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Book Review: Configuring SonicWALL Firewalls, Chris Lathem et al

Rob Slade (
Thu, 29 Jun 2006 09:19:52 -0800


"Configuring SonicWALL Firewalls", Chris Lathem et al, 2006,
1-59749-250-7, U$49.95/C$69.95
%A Chris Lathem
%C 800 Hingham Street, Rockland, MA 02370
%D 2006
%G 1-59749-250-7
%I Syngress Media, Inc.
%O U$49.95/C$69.95 781-681-5151 fax: 781-681-3585
%O Audience i- Tech 2 Writing 1 (see revfaq.htm for explanation)
%P 500 p.
%T "Configuring SonicWALL Firewalls"

Chapter one provides an overview of the basics of networking,
information security (at a rather simplistic level), and firewalls.
The features of SonicWALL devices are described in chapter two. The
material is mostly at sales brochure level. While some negative
points are raised the text is not particularly careful: at one point
we are told that the SonicWALL can terminate any type of VPN (Virtual
Private Network), while later it is admitted that it can terminate any
IPSec VPN. Management and configuration is covered in chapter three,
although the command line interface gets pretty short shrift. Access
control and policy management is dealt with in chapter four. Chapter
five reviews user accounts and authentication. The two routing
protocols possible with SonicWALL, RIP (Routing Information Protocol)
and OSPF (Open Shortest Path First), are described in chapter six.
Chapter seven explains network address translation (NAT) and lists the
SonicWALL dialogue boxes for it. Transparent (layer two) mode
screenshots are contained in chapter eight. Chapter nine throws
around terms like "attack detection and defence" and "intrusion
prevention" but is really a list of the application proxy setting
screens. IPSec adjustments are shown in chapter ten. Availability
and redundancy functions are described in eleven. "Troubleshooting,"
in chapter twelve, enumerates various utilities and diagnostics.
Chapter thirteen shows shots of the multi-device management system.

This is a decent enough replacement for vendor documentation, but not
much more.

copyright Robert M. Slade, 2006 BKCNSWFW.RVW 20060602

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