At 07:10 PM 2/21/95 +1100, Mark Smallcombe wrote:
>My manager is a UNIX hater (through lack of knowledge) and thinks that
>Windows NT is the best thing since sliced bread :(
Hmmm. I was going to say something nasty, but then I decided I might get
>He wants me to use Windows NT as the firewall for the company WAN!
If *you're* the one managing and setting up the firewall, *you* should
choose what OS to use, not your manager. Many people I deal with are
convinced they need a GUI-based firewall, but they're not the ones managing
it, so I'm not convinced they do...
> Is there anyone out there using Windows NT as a firewall?
There are, as far as I'm aware, no commercial firewalls using Windows NT. I
expect one might be able to get the TIS toolkit working on NT with some
effort. I've considered trying to do this, but decided I had better things
to do with my time. If anyone does know of an NT-based firewall, I have
equally Unix-hating customers who trust Microsoft to produce a secure OS...
> Are there any major security holes in Windows NT?
Your guess is as good as mine. At least with BSDI, Linux or NetBSD the
sources are available for people to scrutinize (even if it would take a long
time) and fix; and at least many holes have been plugged because of this.
With NT, they did put a lot of effort into trying to make it secure, but no
source code access coupled with an immature product doesn't make security.
>Any help or comments would be great,
I'm not sure how helpful I've been :-).
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