Quoting <Pine.LNX.4.21.0006271809000.3203-100000 at rossi.itg.ie>
by Paul Jakma <paulj at itg.ie>:
> > No, ip_masq modules are not stateful firewalls. These are application
> > specific transparent proxies.
>> that's the problem with 'stateful'. To me that term covers a very broad
> range of firewall types.
Fair enough - the general usages, as I understand them, are:
Packet filter: Looks at each IP packet on its own merits.
Example: router/switch ACL.
Stateful inspector: Looks at each IP packet in context.
Example: ipfilter , Checkpoint Firewall-1 
Application proxy: Looks at application packets.
Example: TIS fwtk , squid 
> > It's nice to see what I presume to be a grown man resort to
> > calling people trolls when his credentials are brought into
> > question.
> so what are your credentials? i called you a /possible/ troll after
> you said i was a "conjecturer" and that you were "more likely to be
> more correct",
Neither of you have flashed any credentials at anybody - why one of
you gets accusations of trolling thrown at them, aside from upset at
Linux being dissed, is beyond me.
> yet you offered no credentials to back this up apart from some net
> flight list mail. (however we've also seen a link to a post from
> alexy kutznekov absolutely refuting the nfr claims).
I can be sure that a Linux developer is biased towards Linux - it's
partly their own work after all. I can't be certain that NFR is biased
against Linux, and am very much inclined to think they are OS-agnostic
- indeed, they recommend different OSes for their Intrusion Detection
Appliance and Central Station, despite the additional costs of
supporting different OSes from a development perspective. Very, very,
very few companies who can get away with supporting one OS choose to
> note the /possible/, if you weren't trolling then at the very least
> you need to calm down a little and try discuss things in a more
> considered and less aggressive manner.
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