BrickHouse for Mac

BrickHouse for Mac

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Version:
1.1b5
File Size:
Not available
Date Added:
June 04, 2001
Price:
Purchase; $25.00 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.0/10.1
Total Downloads:
770
Downloads Last Week:
14
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Additional Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.0 or newer
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    • 2 stars

      "Does not work"

      February 15, 2007   |   By malamud

      Version: Not Found

      Summary

      This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
      I had used this software on a previous laptop, so when I needed something for my Intel Mac running Tiger, I turned here first. I paid my $25 to get it running on the desktop system, but that was definitely a mistake.

      This software does not work anymore. For example, the firewall does not install itself as part of the boot process: you have to run the software each time, authenticate yourself, and hit "install."

      If you're looking for something that works on a modern system, I'd recommend <a href="http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/24156">Firewall Builder.</a>

      IMHO, it is not exactly honest of Mr. Brian D. Hill, the developer, to be still taking money for software he is clearly not supporting anymore. (Yes, I did run the demo version before forking over my money, but only after using it for a while did I realize how bad it really is.)

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    • 3 stars

      "Flying Butres 1.4"

      June 29, 2006   |   By tmr1

      Version: Not Found

      Summary

      This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
      it changes every login password!!

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    • 3 stars

      "10.3.9"

      July 03, 2005   |   By amcgee

      Version: BrickHouse 1.3

      Summary

      This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
      There have been various reports of problems getting Brickhouse to startup properly in 10.3.9 or later, and the reason for that is twofold, (1) the boot script doesn't write any messages to the console letting you know whether it's starting or not, leading to confusion, and (2) the parameters file doesn't list the proper required services needed to be running before starting the script, causing it to start too early and consequently, the settings get wiped out when the system firewall extension gets loaded. Brickhouse needs to load after the IP Firewall extension loads, not before.

      To solve this, your boot script needs to look like this (/Library/StartupItems/Firewall/Firewall):

      #!/bin/sh
      # Firewall Boot Script
      # Generated by BrickHouse

      . /etc/rc.common

      #===========================================================
      # Activate Firewall Filters
      #===========================================================

      ConsoleMessage "Activating Brickhouse Filters"

      /sbin/ipfw -q /etc/firewall.conf

      #===========================================================
      # Enable IP Firewall Logging
      #===========================================================

      ConsoleMessage "Enabling Brickhouse Logging"

      /usr/sbin/sysctl -w net.inet.ip.fw.verbose=1
      /usr/sbin/sysctl -w net.inet.ip.fw.verbose_limit=65535

      And your startup parameters file needs to look like this (/Library/StartupItems/Firewall/StartupParameters.plist):

      <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
      <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
      <plist version="1.0">
      <dict>
      <key>Description</key>
      <string>BrickHouse Firewall</string>
      <key>Messages</key>
      <dict>
      <key>start</key>
      <string>Activating Firewall</string>
      <key>stop</key>
      <string>Clearing Firewall</string>
      </dict>
      <key>OrderPreference</key>
      <string>Late</string>
      <key>Provides</key>
      <array>
      <string>Firewall</string>
      </array>
      <key>Requires</key>
      <array>
      <string>NetworkExtensions</string>
      <string>Resolver</string>
      <string>Super Server</string>
      </array>
      </dict>
      </plist>

      For the record, the Messages key in the parameters file has been deprecated by Apple and doesn't do anything, which is why normally you can't even tell if the rules have been applied. The addition of the ConsoleMessage commands in the actual script remedies that.

      After making the changes and rebooting, you should now be able to look at the system.log and see if Brickhouse has loaded properly.

      While Brickhouse is a great product, it's plain sloppy of the developer not to have corrected this by now.

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    • 4 stars

      "stealthy"

      April 14, 2005   |   By peterm555

      Version: BrickHouse 1.3

      Summary

      This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
      I've been using Brians Brickhouse for several months & find it to be some of the best & stealthest firewall software out there. If you want to test your what your running go to www,grc.com I was surprized to see how well his software works. Well worth the $25

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    • 3 stars

      "v1.3 killed my connection"

      April 14, 2005   |   By Gulliver64

      Version: BrickHouse 1.3

      Summary

      This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
      Version 1.3 kills my internet connection. Version 1.1b6 works fine. I have ADSL/VPN with a Alcatel Speed Touch Home and use DigiTunnel to connect.

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    • 5 stars

      "Absolutely superb"

      January 14, 2004   |   By wgscott

      Version: BrickHouse 1.2b12

      Summary

      This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
      I've been using this I think for about 2 years. It is superb in every way. The firewall software that comes with Mac OS X, called ipfw, works fine without this, but configuring this, even for a very unix-oriented person like myself, is a pain in the arse.

      This makes life much much easier.

      My only regret is that I still haven't gotten around to paying for this. I guess it is time...

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    • 2 stars

      "Used many times in the past now nothing"

      December 08, 2003   |   By sfmike64_1

      Version: BrickHouse 1.2b11

      Summary

      This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
      I've used BH many times in the past to configure the firewall on my OSX server (since the panther tools that are built in are pretty lame). Now it refuses to save my configuration and gives no feedback as to why.

      Clicking continue at the end of the guided setup results in nothing happening. Something seems to be seriously broken.

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