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Re: ISS X-Force Security Advisories on Checkpoint Firewall-1 andVPN-1

  • From: Christopher L. Morrow
  • Date: Thu Feb 05 12:51:30 2004

again, not that I care about the vendor in question.. BUT

On Thu, 5 Feb 2004, Alexei Roudnev wrote:

> Checkpoint is a very strange brand. On the one hand, it is _well known
> brand_, _many awards_, _editors choice_, etc etc. I know network consultant,
> who installed few hundred of them, and it works.
> On the other hand, every time, when I have a deal with this beasts (we do
> not use them, but some our customers use), I have an impression, that it is
> the worst firewall in the world:
> - for HA, you need very expansive Solaris cluster (compare with PIX-es) /I
> can be wrong, but it is overall opinion/.

wrong, get nokia's run checkpoint on them, they do VRRP natively, it
rocks... does stateful failover so you can't even tell when one dies.

> - VPN have numerous bugs (it is not 100% compatible with Cisco's by default;
> of couse, I can blame Cisco, but Checkpoint is _the only_ one of my peers
> which have this problem);

this actually works well, provided you config it correctly, there is an
example for pix/CP vpn config at:

not that phoneboy should be anyone's substitute for support on the cisco
or CP side, of course.

> - Configuration is not packed in 1 single file, so making difficult change
> control, etc etc...

right, this is actually a huge problem for MSSP's, having to do everything
via a gui is bad :(