StartX and McAfee Firewall!

Alexander Gottwald
Wed Oct 6 15:43:00 GMT 2004

On Wed, 6 Oct 2004, Andy wrote:

> We run McAfee personal firewall on our laptops for security outside of 
> the office.  When startx is launched, the firesrvc pegs at near 90 and 
> will stay there as long as it is used.  The only way to bring it down is 
> by disabling the service, which we prefer not to do.  Any one have any 
> ideas on how to solve this or what might be causing it.

Personal firewall scan all network traffic. XWin causes network traffic. 
This provides a lot of work for any personal firewall.

possible solutions:

- find a way to disable scanning for local or X11 connections
- secure the computers by removing vulnerable programs and apply 
  security patches for windows. This will render the PF useless

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