My intepretation has always been:
The firewall on a car is what separates the engine compartment from the
people compartment. It is the wall that protects the passengers from an
engine fire, etc.. This is a very very old term in the automotive
Now it also separates the "internet" and the "users", to protect the
>From: RAGHAVENDRA M[SMTP:rohini!cs93318 @
>Sent: Friday, November 15, 1996 7:28 AM
>To: firewalls @
>Subject: Question ?
> Can anyone tell me why the name 'FIREWALL'? And when
>was it first developed ?
> Thanks in advance.