>So my question: Is there any way for me to do this? Is there anything that
>runs under Mac OS (doubt that!) or would it be possible to run either AUX
>or one of the other Unix flavours that exist for the Mac and port an
>existing Firewall app. to that? If so, what are the recommendations?
No need to laugh. Peter Lewis has written a shareware SOCKS server for the
Macintosh. It is fairly basic but it appears to do the job. I am sure this
could be of use on many Mac sites. From your description it would appear
to be useful on your site.
>From the readme file for SOCKS v1.0.1:
SOCKS implements version 4 of the SOCKS firewall protocol. It allows users
with SOCKS compatible clients to connect to the SOCKS firewall and then the
server in turn connects to the outside world on the user's behalf.
Together with a correctly configured router, SOCKS can reduce the possible
methods of attack.
Check <ftp://redback.cs.uwa.edu.au//Others/PeterLewis/> for a copy.
For those firewall administrators with Mac users, I may as well mention
that most of Peter's other Mac software (especially Anarchie, an excellent
archie and ftp client) attempts to provide some level of firewall support
(SOCKS, proxy servers, PASV ftp's etc).
I'm not aware of any other Mac based firewall solutions. Apple's Open
Transport software ships soon, so this should open up the market a little
since OT has a much more solid implementation of IP (as I understand it).
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