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Manually Configuring Windows Firewall in Windows XP Service Pack 2

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5 Sep 2004 8:46 AM
The Cable Guy - February 2004
Manually Configuring Windows Firewall in Windows XP Service Pack 2
Updated: February 16, 2004

By The Cable Guy

The following sections describe the settings for the new Windows Firewall.

On This Page
Windows Firewall
General Tab
Exceptions Tab
Advanced Tab
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Windows Firewall
Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) includes the new Windows Firewall, which replaces the Internet Connection Firewall (ICF). Windows Firewall is a stateful host-based firewall that drops unsolicited incoming traffic that does not correspond to either traffic sent in response to a request of the computer (solicited traffic) or unsolicited traffic that has been specified as allowed (excepted traffic). Windows Firewall provides a level of protection from malicious users and programs that rely on unsolicited incoming traffic to attack computers on a network.

In Windows XP SP2, there are many new features for Windows Firewall, including the following:

Enabled by default for all the connections of the computer

New global configuration options that apply to all connections

New set of dialog boxes for local configuration

New operating mode

Startup security

Excepted traffic can be specified by scope

Excepted traffic can be specified by application filename

Built-in support for Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) traffic

New configuration options with Netsh and Group Policy


For more information about these changes, see New Networking Features in Windows XP Service Pack 2, the January 2004 Cable Guy article.

This article describes in detail the set of dialog boxes to manually configure the new Windows Firewall. Unlike ICF in Windows XP with Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows XP with no service packs installed, the configuration dialog boxes configure both IPv4 and IPv6 traffic.

The settings for ICF in Windows XP with SP1 and Windows XP with no service packs installed consist of a single checkbox (the Protect my computer and network by limiting or preventing access to this computer from the Internet check box on the Advanced tab of the properties of a connection) and a Settings button from which you can configure excepted traffic, logging settings, and allowed ICMP traffic.

In Windows XP SP2, the check box on the Advanced tab of the properties of a connection has been replaced with a Settings button from which you can configure general settings, permissions for programs and services, connection-specific settings, log settings, and allowed ICMP traffic. The Settings button launches the new Windows Firewall Control Panel applet, which is also available from the Network and Internet Connections and Security Center categories of Control Panel.

The new Windows Firewall dialog box contains the following tabs:

General

Exceptions

Advanced


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General Tab
The General tab with its default settings is shown in the following figure.


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