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 From:  Michael Brown <knightmb at knightmb dot dyndns dot org>
 To:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] Firewall virus protection?
 Date:  Wed, 14 Nov 2007 22:59:31 -0600
Clever marketing on their part, no real technical understanding on the 
customer's part. Being that m0n0wall is basically "free" in that you 
just need the hardware and time to put one together, there's no reason 
why content filtering or virus scanning couldn't be handled by another 
machine. This just sets them up for a single point of failure for 
multiple applications, that's what I always tell my customers, it 
usually works in keeping m0n0wall in the "front" of everything and using 
other solutions for other problems. The last you thing you want is a wiz 
bang all in one computer that can have a single failure that takes down 

Just my $0.02 anyway :-)


Joe Lagreca wrote:
> A customer of mine recently replaced their m0n0wall with a Fortigate
> firewall because of two "benefits" of the fortigate.  First they liked
> the content filtering fortigate offered.  They also liked the firewall
> virus protection.
> I'm a little unclear on exactly how a firewall does virus protection?
> I'm sure its not smart enough to inspect all packets.  Especially if
> they are encrypted point to point, like Skype file transfer.  Can
> anyone explain how firewall virus protection is better than what
> m0n0wall offers?
> Thanks.