NetScreen puts IPv6 in firewall beta

Thursday, 10 July 2003, 2:31 PM EST

Makers of network security gear are lining up to help enterprises and service providers implement IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6), the next-generation network layer protocol for the Internet that offers a vastly larger number of host addresses.

NetScreen Technologies, a maker of network security appliances, Monday made available to existing customers a beta version of firewall and VPN (virtual private network) software that supports IPv6. The release comes less than a month after Cisco Systems, the dominant maker of Internet routers and a major vendor of firewalls itself, laid out plans to add stateful packet filtering of IPv6 to its software and hardware firewall products in the first half of next year.

Check Point Software Technologies last October introduced IPv6 support for its software with the release of Check Point VPN-1/FireWall-1 Next Generation, Feature Pack 3, according to a company representative.

The beta release of ScreenOS, the software for NetScreen's integrated firewall and VPN platforms, can automatically detect and secure traffic that uses either IPv6 or IPv4, the current version of IP. The beta release is free.

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