Project Release Information
Packages for Windows and Mac OS X are now distributed under the GPL, and the source code includes all files necessary to build on Linux, *BSD, Windows, and Mac OS X. This release also includes a few bugfixes in the policy compiler for iptables and for the build problem on Gentoo.
This release includes improvements in the design of the installer dialog to let users start in non-batch install mode but continue in batch install mode later; improvements in support for iptables configurations for bridging Linux firewalls; fixes for several GUI crashes; policy compilers now correctly handle /31 subnets.
This release includes multiple GUI enhancements and improved support for large configurations with new features like user defined subfolders, keywords for tagging objects, dynamic groups with smart filters, and more. Other new features include support for importing PF configuration files and a new object type called Attached Networks, which represents the list of networks connected to a network interface.
This version fixes bugs in the built-installer batch install mode, SNMP network discovery wizard, and few minor bugs in the GUI.
This version significantly improves importation of existing firewall configurations and introduces support for importing Cisco ASA/PIX/FWSM configuration and de-duplication of imported objects. Support for the configuration of bridge and VLAN interfaces and static routes on FreeBSD was added, and it is now possible to generate configuration in the format of rc.conf files. The latest versions of Cisco ASA software are now supported, including the new command syntax for NAT commands in ASA 8.3. The speed of rule compilation has been improved, and is especially noticeable on very large data files.
Firewall Builder consists of a GUI and set of policy compilers for various firewall platforms. It helps users maintain a database of objects and allows policy editing using simple drag-and-drop operations. The GUI and policy compilers are completely independent, which provides for a consistent abstract model and the same GUI for different firewall platforms. It currently supports iptables, ipfilter, ipfw, OpenBSD pf, Cisco PIX and FWSM, and Cisco routers access lists.