I was not referring to firewalls as a bad design. They are designed to
protect the intranets against the outside attack. This makes them a
necessity. What is bad is using firewalls not against the outsiders,
rather against the people inside the firewall, enforcing email
censorship, blocking outbound print jobs, etc.
I just don't see the bulk of the market using firewalls against their
>>babakj at MICROSOFT.com said:
>> We are not in the busniess of developing software for organizations
>> who think this way. We are targeting the bulk market. Such paranoid
>> organizatoins need to buy custom software adapted to their special
>>If you mean by this that you regard firewalls as an aberration,
>example of bad design, a totally unworkable solution in the
>long run, and something we should ignore when designing real protocols,
>then we are in complete agreement.
>>Unfortunately paranoid organizations have a lot of buying power,
>so not all people may be happy with that attitude.
>Let's just make sure that if we mention firewalls at all, we
>describe them correctly; I prefer to ignore them whenever I can.
>> Harald A