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Outpost Pro Firewall 2.5 Released

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#1
Mine just auto updated, but here's the changelog.

Agnitum Outpost Firewall Pro 2.5 offers an extensive list of valuable features that maintain the integrity of your system on the Internet.
Agnitum Outpost Firewall Pro 2.5 features improvements that make it more reliable, flexible and easy to use.

What's new?

Personal Firewall

- Ability to configure local packets filtering rules in order to increase the security behind local proxy
- Ability to configure transit packets filtering rules for better performance on the gateway PCs
- Rawsockets control allows protecting against direct low-level socket calls
- Ability to allow/block ICMP type 10 (Router Solicitation)
- Network mask support in Network Address dialogs
- Presets for working in Windows domain
- Support for creating rules for applications with non-English names
- Ability to add command line parameters for 'Run application' action in rules creation dialog

Component Control

- Ability to accept one changed component for all applications at once
- Ability to view all controlled components for particular application
- Ability to rebuild component control database from scratch

Leak tests

- Protection against process memory space hijacking by malicious code (Copycat and Thermite leak tests)
- Prompt for launching a process in hidden window (former DisableNetworkForHiddenPrcoess option in outpost.ini)
- Password protection from unauthorized stopping/terminating of Outpost service

Logging

- Option to turn logging off without Outpost restart
- Export of log files in CSV format
- Log Viewer shows records in real time
- Component Control events are logged

Advanced Configuration Wizard

- Ability to edit application rules while performing auto configuration during installation
- Ability to build Component Control database during installation
- Ability to run auto configuration both during installation and when creating a new configuration

Miscellaneous Outpost improvements

- Access to Log Viewer can be protected by password
- Faster IGMP and ICMP packet processing
- "What's new" is available" from the Help menu
- Warning if user exits Outpost or switches it to Disable mode
- "Show Log Viewer" option added to tray shortcut menu
- Outpost does not require a restart after entering registration key
- All passwords used in Outpost are encrypted
- License expiration date is shown in Outpost’s main window
- [Last Hosts] option in outpost.ini is no more logged
- Automatically switching to Block most policy after certain period of inactivity or screen saver activation
- Ability to select a policy for Background mode

Attack Detection plug-in

- Option to play sound when attack or port scanning is detected
- Option to unblock the IP that was blocked by Attack Detection plug-in after attack or port scanning
- Ability to turn on and off detection of attacks of particular type
- Exclusion list of IPs from which port scanning would not be detected
- Exclusion list of ports to which port scanning would not be detected
- Customizing a weight of danger for port to trigger Port Scanning detection warning
- Customizing a weight of danger to trigger Port Scanning detection warning for Low, Normal and Maximum modes
- Fine tuning of attack and scanning detection internal parameters

DNS Cache plug-in

- All requests to remote port 53 violating the DNS standards are blocked
- Ability to exclude host from being cached

Attachment Quarantine plug-in

- Suspicious attachments with non-English names now also can be renamed so they cannot harm your computer
- CLSID attachments now also can be renamed to protect from malicious code execution
- Attachment extensions are shown in Attachment Quarantine Properties dialog

Ads plug-in

- Ability to download list of advertisement blocking keywords from Agnitum forum (AGNIS list)
- Import and export of the plug-in settings

Active Content plug-in

- Referrer blocking on per site basis allows controlling your privacy on the selected sites only
- Option to prompt a request for blocking referrers

Content plug-in

- Ability to exclude specific sites from being blocked by plug-in
- Import and export of the plug-in settings

Fixes (only major are listed):

- BSOD on Hyper threading PCs
- Log Cleaner crashed and slowed performance
- Different kinds of system freezes including freeze due to alert on blocked attack, freeze during standby, freeze caused by malformed e-mails
- Incorrect service registration distorting TCP protocol performance
- Memory leaks due to IGMP flood
- Troubles in rules settings for applications located not on hard disk (floppy, CD, etc.)
- Outpost crashed during Windows shutdown
- NetBIOS counters now show correct number of sent/received bytes
- Blocking of access to specific sites
- Errors while creating exclusions lists for Ads and Active content plug-ins
 
#3
Yes perris it is. This was released 3 weeks ago and is a fantastic update to a already excellent firewall! Well worth the small price.
 
#8
_kC_ said:
or Agnitum BSODpost ;)
Which is totally false. As I have said before OP 1 had issues but it's not a valid claim to state 2.x has a high level of bugs, the thousands of users that own Outpost seem to have little issue with it.
 

leedogg

Gojyone kawaiiiiiiii!
#9
I tried outpost a few months ago, and it seemed to assume certain traffic to allow/block...i.e. it was allowing or blocking things without prompting me. Not knowing if it was blocking something really posed a problem for me.
 

_kC_

Moderator
#10
yep its got its fair share of problems;)

last i tried was v2.1.. failed too many tests, BSOD'd my laptop, so went back to a real one..

funny thing is, agnitum actually charge for it..
 
#11
leedogg said:
Not knowing if it was blocking something really posed a problem for me.
Thats what the log and real time reporting are for.

Anyway, to each his own.

Would be interesting to hear the results of your tests KC.
 

Howling Wolf

We did not deserve this !
#12
perris said:
nice post

outpost is probably the best of the paid software firewalls
No, I disagree with that... no wonder ;)

I use and love Sygate's Personal Firewall Pro (never used the Free version...). For those interested, a new Pro version is due next month, version 5.6.x (5.5.2710 now).
39$, that's cheap, I think.
 
#13
Howling Wolf said:
No, I disagree with that... no wonder ;)

I use and love Sygate's Personal Firewall Pro (never used the Free version...). For those interested, a new Pro version is due next month, version 5.6.x (5.5.2710 now).
39$, that's cheap, I think.
Both are good, if someone doesn't like the one they seem to like the other! I think they are pretty much equal in performance when pitted against testing, at least they were last year when I last did a side by side.

I still think of you as a OP man but its KAV where we have an alliance :)
 

Howling Wolf

We did not deserve this !
#14
Enyo said:
Both are good, if someone doesn't like the one they seem to like the other! I think they are pretty much equal in performance when pitted against testing, at least they were last year when I last did a side by side.

I still think of you as a OP man but its KAV where we have an alliance :)
... what's an OP ? Obstinate Person ?:confused: :eek:
 

Dublex

Quazatron R6 droid
#15
Outpost I think :)

What features does it have say over NIS '03? I'm just curious.

As I am thinking of booting NIS when my sub runs out next year and moving over to OP or SG
 

Khayman

I'm sorry Hal...
Political User
#19
Enyo said:
It still works out cheaper if you buy your licence from the US site, £21 :)
its actualy slightly more expensive, if you continue with a purchase of the $39.99 package from the US site you get this message
"European Union residents pay EUR 45.94 / USD 45.94 (incl. 15% VAT)."
which is about £24

just to pick hairs :)
 

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