Might I suggest a solution?
From out here, it seems the real value from a CheckPoint FW is
the GUI & management tools. The packet filter itself is fairly
similar to freely available ones such as IPFilter and ipfw. So
release the source code to the packet filter. This will make it easy
to dispell rumors of back doors in your security code, without giving
up the sales advantage of your user interface.
Another company that has been plauged by rumors, Security
Dynamics, has chosen to present their algorithims and protocols in
public for the next major release of their software. I expect, as
does their management, that this will go quite a long ways towords
Emily G. Cohen wrote:
| Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. would like to assure its
| customers, security experts, and others that there is no, and never
| has been, an "agreement" or relationship between Check Point Software
| and the Mossad, or any other branch of the Israeli government or military,
| to create a "back door" into Check Point products.
| These are false and malicious rumors that have been circulating
| since Check Point became successful, specifically targeted at
| damaging the company, and they are always from "anonymous sources."
| Check Point takes these rumors seriously, and if anyone has information
| on the source/s of these rumors, we would be very interested in hearing
| from you, so that we can take appropriate action.
| Check Point FireWall-1 is the most widely installed network security
| solution in the world and no customer has ever reported a security
| breach of this nature. Check Point FireWall-1's customer list includes
| accounts with the highest level of security consciousness such as U.S.
| national and foreign governments, the world's leading financial institutions,
| telcos and ISPs. All Check Point FireWall-1 customers benefit from the
| product's patented Stateful Inspection technology ensuring the highest
| level of enterprise security available today.
| Emily Cohen, Director of Corporate Communications
| Check Point Software Technologies, Inc.
| 400 Seaport Court, Suite 105
| Redwood City, CA 94063
| Tel: 415-562-0400 x228
| Fax: 415-562-0410
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of
officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.