Two-way firewall protection for Mac
ProteMac's network logger and firewall software NetMine has been upgraded to version 2.0, bringing with it a new network engine, new interface, a new notification center and new rules. It allows users to monitor all incoming and outgoing traffic and sets parameters that limit communication (either by software or by hackers or bots) in order to enhance security on a given Mac. The software can also protect against ping floods, port scans, Trojan horses and alert users to maliciously-crafted websites.
Features new interface, rules editor
Intelus, makers of MacVide, have updated their network firewall application ProteMac NetMine to v2, bringing with it an all-new interface and new firewall rules editor as well as real-time connection requests. The two-way firewall protects Macs from malicious attacks or software from both internal and external network sources, providing protection from hackers, keyloggers, malware and unauthorized program use.
Monitors network usage and applications
ProteMac has introduced a security software package, ProteMac Security Suite, that is designed to protect against threats such as Trojans and network attacks. The package pairs two of the company’s security programs, NetMine and Meter. NetMine provides a firewall for Mac OS X, while Meter works as a network traffic logger that records all incoming and outgoing TCP/IP traffic and data. All information gathered from the programs can be viewed in daily, weekly or monthly formats.
Firewall adds web updates, other fixes
ProteMac has updated its network firewall, releasing NetMine 1.5. The Mac-based firewall can control all Internet and network access from Mac applications, limiting the possibility of attacks from network worms, trojans malware and viruses. It can limit any specified network traffic from reaching specified Macs. NetMine is a two-way firewall that can prevent the spread of Malware on a network.
Kerio Firewall: Mac VPN
Kerio has released WinRoute Firewall 6.6, adding a VPN client supporting Windows, Mac 0S X and Linux connectivity. The company says its customers have increasingly asked for cross-platform support, as mobile users switch to Mac and Linux machines. Kerio says the VPN software was completely rewritten, with a Mac client "fully integrated" with OS X.
Firebox X updated
WatchGuard Technologies recently updated its Firebox X network protection hardware to neutralize the latest Java threats against Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger users. Malicious web pages are reportedly the most common methods of implementation for viruses or attacks, but WatchGuard says that its equipment prevents against these kind of incursions by running network traffic through its Application Proxy technology – a proxy that separates user traffic from web-source to neutralize these exploits. Application Proxy is currently available in all of WatchGuard's products, including the Firebox X line of protective hardware.
SonicWALL Quicktime issue
Networking security hardware manufacturer SonicWALL recently announced that it has distributed defensive measures to users of it's Unified Threat Management technology, against zero-day vulnerability exploits found in QuickTime. Malicious websites are able to create a stack-based buffer overflow in Apple's media player, by providing a phony movie file that, when activated, executes a series of code that allows a users machine to be taken over. SonicWALL says that the problem lies within the "Content-Type" header field that is sent from the server, which is not properly verified by the client's QuickTime. Once the "Content-Type" field reaches a certain length, a Buffer Overflow condition occurs, and through this, malevolent users can rewrite a user's privileges so that they have read-write access to the machine.