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    MS Download: Changes to Functionality XP SP2

    The Windows XP SP2 Beta will be released very soon--probably within a week or two--what that has to do with SP2 being released between now and a new OS I don't know but some of the features are discussed in this Word doc:

    Changes to Functionality in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2

    Windows XP Service Pack 2: A Developer's View

    <A target="_blank" HREF="http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032240383&Culture=en-US">Microsoft Executive Circle Webcast: Monthly Update from Microsoft

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    Re: MS Download: Changes to Functionality XP SP2

    SMBP

    As usual, some excellent references! (but why didn't you post in the Windows XP forum?!)

    The Microsoft description of the changes that will be made in XP SP2 are very interesting, and my eye alights on the following:
    Prior to Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows XP shipped with ICF disabled by default.
    'nuff said! (Apologies via PM by the person who didn't believe me -- if he wishes!)

    The more important thing I noticed (so far) was that the Firewall would operate much earlier in the boot process than it currently does (if switched on) to guard against a hacker getting in during the very short time beween (the availability of a broadband-connected PC on the network after boot-time) and (the ICF firewall kicking in).

    Does this mean that, even with another software firewall installed (e.g. Zone Alarm) you should have ICF turned on to cover the very short "window of hacker opportunity" from boot to the activation of the non-ICF firewall?

    (Has this been mentioned in any of the forums of software firewall manufacturers, does anyone know? About how long is this "window of opportunity"? It can't be more than a few tens of seconds, at most, surely...)
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    Re: MS Download: Changes to Functionality XP SP2

    <hr>Does this mean that, even with another software firewall installed (e.g. Zone Alarm) you should have ICF turned on to cover the very short "window of hacker opportunity" from boot to the activation of the non-ICF firewall?<hr>
    I have never given that idea much thought, but I would still be loathe to enable the Microsoft firewall for any reason. Surely there are third party products that can provide the same protection?

    I cannot find a definitive answer regarding my firewall of choice (Sygate) but the documentation suggests that it is active from very early on in the boot process.
    -Mark

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    Re: MS Download: Changes to Functionality XP SP2

    I didn't post in XP (could have) but thought it would distract a little from an ongoing problem type post. This question about the time is a good one--I don't know the answer and am far from a firewall packet guard and inspection type specialist, but my instinct would be like Mark says, that their have always been caveats never to have the XP ICF enabled when you have a third party software or hardware firewall on board because of potential conflict.

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