After reviewing the NCSA firewall site, I was still confused as
to which platforms / operating systems were being approved. In
particular, are there any Windows NT firewall systems NCSA approved?
And the answer is NO. Even firewalls like the Raptor Eagle that is
available for both Unix and Windows NT operating systems was only
approved for Unix. Attached is the NCSA response.
NCSA Firewall Certifications
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> From: JD McCown
> Subject: Re: Multi-platform Multiple O/S Certifications ?
> Date: Monday, July 29, 1996 1:45PM
> On 23 Jul 1996 sacherich @
> > Many vendors offer multi-platform and multiple operating system firewall
> > solutions. That is, a product may be available for a RISC and Intel
> > platform, running Unix (BSDI, HPUX, AIX, etc) or Windows NT operating
> > system. It is unclear from you Web pages what combination the NCSA
> > Certification applies to.
> How we handle this issue is about to change, however under the 1.0
> certification, we certify products in one of the following categories:
> Unix-BSD origin, Unix-SysV origin, NT, Proprietary/Other. (A caveat was
> also included for Solaris 2.5 ports, as the networking code in that
> version was substantially altered from earlier Solaris versions.)
> Because our certification involves quarterly retests, we perform the
> testing against "other" ports than the one initially certified.
> The 1.0 results were as follows:
> ASG Turnstyle 2.1 BSDI 1.1 Intel
> Border Borderware 3.1.1 BSD/Janus Intel
> Milkyway Blackhole 2.0 SunOS 4.1.4 Sparc
> Checkpoint Checkpoint FW 2.0C Solaris 2.4 Sparc
> DEC DEC FW for Unix 2.0 DEC/Unix 3.2C Alpha
> (aka Altavista FW)
> GTA GFX Internet FW 2.5 BSDI 1.1 Intel
> Harris Cyberguard 2.1.2 Unix/MLS 6.2 Motorola
> IBM SNG 220.127.116.11 AIX 4.1.0 IBM Risc
> Livermore Portus 2.1 AIX 4.1.4 PowerPC
> ON Onguard 1.02 S32OS Intel
> Radguard Cryptowall 1.0 Embedded Proprietary
> Raptor Eagle 3.1 SunOS 4.1.4 Sparc
> Sun SPF-100 1.0 Proprietary Sparc (?)
> Technologic Interceptor 3.1 BSDI 1.1 Intel
> TIS Gauntlet 3.1 BSDI 2.0.1 Intel
> NEC PrivateNET 1.0.1A BSDI 2.1 Intel
> The processor architecture is not a category per se but is useful.
> > Can you provide me a list of certified firewalls _showing_ the platforms
> > and operating system tested per vendor? We are nearing the end of an
> > evaluation and would like to have that information quickly.
> See the above, give me a call if you have questions.
> - Jon McCown, NCSA Labs
> > Thanks in advance,
> > Larry Sacherich
> > sacherich @
> > PPG Industries, Inc.