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BrickHouse (Mac OS X Firewall Configuration)
Developer: Brian Hill


BrickHouse:
'The Network Firewall Configuration' for MacOS X


1.1b6 released
BrickHouse was developed by Brian Hill to ease the process of configuring MacOS X's built-in Firewall.

His hard work has paid off; hundreds of OS X owners use his program. Changing Firewall settings manually without a GUI can be tedious and confusing for unexperianced users; this program removes those barriers.

By using BrickHouse to configure your computer's firewall, you can more effectively keep unauthorized users from gaining access to your computer via your internet connection.

BrickHouse makes it easy to use your firewall to guard against denial of service or resource-based internet attacks. Network attacks will bounce off the firewall, preventing your computer from slowing down or crashing.

BrickHouse provides a simple and easy interface to activate and configure your firewall's filters. It also includes a firewall monitor window that allows you to see how frequently each filter is used. Filter settings can be saved and toggled quickly, and can be imported and exported to and from disk. Settings can be created by knowledgeable users and admins, who can distribute them to others, quickly disabling specific or recently discovered attack techniques.

BrickHouse includes several pre-loaded firewall filter sets for several situations, including a typical, secure set for the average home user, one that allows access to web and ftp servers, and one that allows all access from computers on a home ethernet network and no incoming access via the PPP /Internet connection.

Rating:
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BrickHouse has been given a 5rate rating for the following reasons:
Excellent Programming
First in Idea for the Mac OS X
All around usefull application for everyone interested in security

New features in this version include:
  • Built for Mac OS X 10.1, also runs on Mac OS X 10.0.x
  • Can enable IP Sharing gateway at startup for 'always on' connections (Ethernet and Airport).
  • French localization by Vanden Eynde Jérôme. Thanks! More languages coming soon.
  • Can enter custom labels for custom firewall filters
  • Can copy/paste filters from one interface to another
  • Can paste filters into text document to generate ipfw syntax
  • Can optionally turn off 'deny source routed packets' filter (for Q3A)
  • All default filters for DNS, FTP data, NTP have improved security
  • IP Gateway can optionally create and remove filters automatically to allow traffic from local LAN
  • Over 3500 services now labeled with names in the Monitor and Log windows using an internal database of ports and services.
  • Advanced filter options based on TCP Flags, IP Options, ICMP Types or logging are now displayed in the Edit filter panel next to the Advanced Filter Options button.
  • Service protocol and ports are now displayed in the details for each service in the Assistant.
  • Several more common Service definitions added to Edit Filter and Assistant panels
  • Numerous minor bug fixes for MacOS X 10.1

Registration:
BrickHouse is a $25.00 shareware application that may be easily registered online via KAGI

Downloads:
BrickHouse 1.1b6 Binary

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