Typically software that runs to prevent network traffic from reaching a computer. Also a hardware device that works on a network level rather than running on a single computer.

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MacOS 10.6 firewall treats IPv4 and IPv6 packets differently

I'm develping a wireless MIDI controller. When connecting to a Mac running Mac OS 10.6, everything works fine, so long as the controller attempts to connect to the Mac using IPv4. When using IPv6, I ...
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Mail.app can't connect to network (can't reach servers)

One day I woke up and could not use my Mail.app anymore :( Mail can't connect to any my account related server, either POP, IMAP or SMTP Why ? I don't know. In Log file I see that: When I try to ...
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What are the numerous incoming connections I see on public wifi for?

In general I have incoming connections disabled by my security software (Little Snitch). But even when I do this, on public wifi, I see numerous incoming connections for netbios and mDNSResponder ...
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No Jailbreak Firewall for iOS (iPhone) for iOS 7

Is there a non jailbreak firewall for the iPhone or is there some way to set one up, somehow?
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OSX Firewall: Forwarding Ports & Ignoring Non-Local Requests

On my production Debian server I use this to forward requests that come in to port 80 to a non-root process running on port 8080: sudo iptables -A PREROUTING -t nat -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 80 -j ...
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Migration Assistant fails on Ethernet Mavericks-to-Mavericks migration

I have the following setup and am attempting the use Migration Assistant over Ethernet: Source machine: Early 2009 24-inch iMac running OS X 10.9 Destination machine: Latest MacBook Pro Retina ...
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Migration Assistant fails on FireWire Mavericks-to-Mavericks migration

I have the following setup and am attempting the use Migration Assistant over FireWire: Source machine: Early 2009 24-inch iMac running OS X 10.9 Destination machine: Latest MacBook Pro Retina ...
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Pf firewall logging

I have pf configured and working with rule sets that are logged. Where is pf logging to? How do I check these logs? How do I configure them?
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How to configure `ipfw` on Lion, Mountain Lion?

I'd like to configure and start ipfw on Macs running Lion, Mountain Lion. I found that pfctl is configured and started with: /etc/pf.conf /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.pfctl.plist How is ...
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Prevent data on unsecured wireless, until VPN is connected [duplicate]

There's a lot of good advice around about avoiding connecting to unsecured wireless networks, and using a VPN (for all traffic) if you absolutely must use one. What seems to be missing from this ...
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Open ports. Safe?

My friend is currently running the default firewall with "Block all incoming connection" (except the basic ones like 80). I just scanned his mac for open ports and I found the following: Open TCP ...
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Block access from WAN but not from LAN

I have an OSX Lion box behind a router (firewall on in the router). On the OS X, if I switch the firewall on, I'm unable to access the web server running on this box from outside the network (i.e. ...
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How to isolate apps from the internet?

Can I completely isolate apps on mac from the internet, without installing any additional software ? I need a sort of firewall to isolate them thanks
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Sharing screen with Messages.app on Mountain Lion

Both computers are running OS X 10.8.4 When trying to initiate the screen sharing feature, the other computer gets the request, then clicks "Accept" but thats as far as we get. Then we see this: I ...
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What app is this ScannerEventWatcher.app?

After enabling the Firewall, I got this message: Do you want the application “ScannerEventWatcher.app” to accept incoming network connections? Clicking Deny may limit the application’s ...
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Is it possible to block a specific IP from attempting to connect to screen sharing?

I have noticed for some time that the shared screen icon flickers on and off on my menubar every couple of minutes (MacBook Pro, MAC OS X 10.8.4). I thought it was a glitch or a bug. I've checked the ...
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How to configure client OS X VPN (L2TP) connection so you do not loose access to intranet?

I am looking for a solution for configuring the VPN on OS X so you do not loose access to internal network. In fact I want to use the VPN only to enable access to different external services that ...
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How can I disable any external traffic to my port 80?

I don't want others on the same network (or any network!) to be able to access my machine at port 80, where I have dev websites. I've tried adding this rule to ipfw: deny tcp from any to any ...
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How can I permanently suppress the firewall access prompt while developing a server program

I have a server process that I am developing that opens listening TCP sockets. Each time that happens, the firewall opens a dialog with the text "Do you want the application “server” to accept ...
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Firewall with application rules for iPad

I've read some other topics about not needed firewall for iPad's, but I'm searching the other way of security or (more important) to help my budget. I need firewall that has incoming/outcoming rules ...
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Why can't I remove this top entry in the firewall options?

I go into the System Preferences, Firewall, then Firewall Options. I can't select the "File Sharing (FTP)" entry to remove it. How can I? Update: I'm running OS X 10.7.5, and nothing is enabled in ...
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Enforcing firewall (native or 3rd-party)

We're currently doing PCI compliance, and one of the requirements is that mobile devices that have access to systems involved in processing card data have personal firewall software installed which ...
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Can someone help me with errors in my pf.conf file? OS 10.7

I keep getting errors about the order of my rules and that there are syntax errors in my pf.conf file, and after troubleshooting for days, I thought I'd ask for some help. Please take a look and let ...
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Application asks to allow incoming communications but is already allowed in firewall preferences

One of my login items is called FontAgent Activator.app Each time I restart, I am prompted to accept incoming network communications for this app. However the app is already listed as allow incoming ...
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Firewall window pops up then vanishes

For about the last month, I've had the Firewall Accept/Deny incoming connection window pop up at semi-regular intervals. I have not, however, been able to identify the cause. Taking a look at the ...
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FTP: active vs. passive, command line vs. browser

Here's a weird one for everyone. I'll use AskDifferent because my test bed is on a Mac, but I don't know that the underlying issue is specifically Mac. My Mac is behind a NAT wall. Let's call my ...
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Firewall settings with “imagent”

Among others that I recognize, I have the "imagent" been allowed to pass true my firewall (allow incoming connection). What/who is it, and do I must have it or can I just block it. I do not ...
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Firewall for outgoing connections

Is there a firewall for OSX Lion, that allows controlling of outgoing connections? The built in firewall handles only incoming connections, apparently.
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Firewall on iPhone/iOS (ipfw or pf)

I want to run ipfw or pf on my iPhone -- or the equivalent. Seems simple, but I can't find anything that works. Device is jailbroken, looked very carefully through Cydia, and even through some of ...
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Disable Little Snitch in guest account?

It's annoying as hell to let others use your computer on a guest account with Little Snitch installed, all the consecutive popups one after another...it's really ridiculous. Also in the event my ...
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How can I disable the firewall on OS X after forgetting how I set it?

I have enabled an option on my mac to ask for permission every time I open an network application, But I can't seem to find out how to turn it off. Where would I disable the below dialog?
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Should I block incoming connections from “netbiosd”?

My (application) firewall settings are configured to block incoming connections from netbiosd. I don't recall setting this myself, and wonder what the consequences are. What are the consequences of ...
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Mac OS X Server ignores remote HTTP connections, but accepts local ones

I cannot get Mac OS X Server's web server to accept connections from other machines on the same LAN. This is on OS X 10.8.2, running on a Mac mini which originally shipped with Lion Server. I can ...
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Mountain Lion firewall is randomly delaying DNS requests

I recently experienced some delays during DNS host resolution on OS X 10.8. To test it I started a simple script which tries to repeatedly resolve the same hostname 20 times: #!/bin/sh for i in `seq ...
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Configure ipfw to filter by ip range

I am a Linux user and very new to OSX. I have an OSX 10.7.5 "Lion" server that I am configuring as a webserver. I only have shell access. I am tryin to configure the firewall, but ipfw is quite ...
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How can I exclude certain ports from the firewall notifications?

First of all, I know I can manually configure the firewall through IPFW but I hope that the OS X firewall system has an option for this by default. The problem I am currently having is that when I'm ...
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Firewall Being turned off

Is it possible for an application to close my OSX firewall? Several times I have opened the security pref and I find FireWall off while I do not remember turning it off. For antivirus I use ClamXav ...
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Macbook Pro 10.7.5 I have internet connection but can't open any page

I need some help. My internet was working fine and all of a sudden I am not able to open a web page. I went through some of the steps you recommended to other users, such as adding DNS 208.67.222.222 ...
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How to open port 8080 on external interface?

I am running a server on port 8080, which I can access fine as localhost:8080 or 127.0.0.1:8080. However, assuming my IP address is 192.168.1.15, how can I access the port using 192.168.1.15:8080? ...
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How to stop Windows firewall from blocking Bonjour hostname resolution

I have Bonjour installed on my Windows 7 PC, and the installer appears to have poked all the necessary holes in the Windows firewall. However, I can't ping windows-pc.local from my Mac. If I ...
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Ip blocked since I updated my Mac to Mountain Lion

Since I've upgraded my mac from lion to mountain lion, the ip 5.9.31.48 (api.shellycloud.com) appear to be down (ping said that "Host is down"). So I think that there is somewhere a firewall rule that ...
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How does one lock down OS X Server using the PF firewall?

Assume I have ip blocks for China, Russia, North Korea etc. How would I configure pf to allow those IP addresses to only access ports 80 and 443, and be denied access to other ports? I have an ...
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How can I turn off “iTunes incoming connection” warning?

I have enabled my firewall on Mac OS X Lion. And now every single time I open iTunes I get this warning:
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How does Application Level Firewall work?

I'm a bit confused about OS X Mountain Lion's Application Level Firewall. I have enabled ALF (Application Level Firewall) in Settings -> Secuity & Privacy -> Firewall and have some rules for some ...
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Enable ssh-key-only login to my Mac for 1 user

I have a Macbook Air that I would like to allow remote SSH access to without a password. I have created a user called remotepair that I have logged into and verified I can used the Mac with. I have ...
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Is ipfw available in Mountain Lion?

Is ipfw available in Mountain Lion? The reason for asking is that they introduced pf in Lion, but kept ipfw, however there is a chance that ipfw would eventually be removed. I found this: Can I use ...
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Network Access - SonicWALL VPN options

Does the built-in VPN client connect to SonicWALL?
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Little snitch and different network profiles

Is there any way to have different "little snitch" rules set for different networking profiles ? like for HOME one rule list for WORK another etc ...
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How to create OS X Server Admin firewall rules using ip address groups by command line?

The (Lion) Server Admin.app has a nice ability to apply firewall rules to ip address groups without having to edit ipfw config files. But having to enter large and long lists of IP addresses using ...
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How can I tell Firewall to allow incoming connections for Python running a specific script? (In this case: SickBeard)

I'm running SickBeard on my Lion installation, but I can't figure out how which Python version or script I should add to the Firewall rules allow connections from outside. In Console I get this ...