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Postby Spiedbot » Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:57 am


With Windows 8, explorer.exe has every day a lot of connections to Microsoft and Akamai, should it allow TCP outgoing for ports 80 and 443?

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Re: Explorer.exe

Postby VistaFirewallControl » Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:48 am

We have no a strict answer.
The answer depends on _your_ security policy, on whether you suppose the activity safe for yourself personally. The policy is typically unique.
Actually “what is safe” for one user can be extremely dangerous for another.
For instance, Windows updates are treated as vital/safe by about 50% of the users, the others expect the updates unwanted (and unsafe as the result)
Anyway W7FC is just a tool to implement a security policy.

Honestly applications behavior and subsequent network activity are known in full by the related developers only and we (as the firewall manufacture) can hardly understand/predict purpose of an activity.
Actually what explorer.exe can do via the network? The only idea we have at the moment is applications certificates verification that explorer can make on the applications start.
It’s just a random idea for the access to Microsoft however. No ideas for Akamai related explanation......

We could offer you the following questions to yourself to determine the right security policy.
If (a) everything works as expected and (b) there are no direct problems with a questionable activity disabled, the activity may be treated as redundant, so potentially unsafe and can be kept disabled.
If disabling the activity causes lacks of vital/required functionality, the activity should be enabled just to provide with the required functionality at least.
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Re: Explorer.exe

Postby Spiedbot » Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:26 am

Merci pour la réponse.
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