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Publisher description for Program Guard
Program Guard allows the user of a Linux workstation to specify which application programs that are allowed TCP/IP connections to the Internet (Internet addresses are defined as any IP address not in the range of 10.0.0.0/24 or 192.168.0.0/16). The application program names can be specified by listing them in a file (Static Mode) by querying the user (Query Mode). In Query Mode, when a program that is unknown to Program Guard attempts to access an Internet IP address, Program Guard displays the Program Guard Dialog Box. In addition to providing connection information, this dialog box gives the workstation user the option of allowing the program to access the Internet or to be blocked from accessing the Internet. This can be done either for the current instance of the program or for this and all future instances of the program (Make Persistent checkbox). This screenshot shows the Program Guard Dialog Box when Firefox is attempting an Internet access. Currently, the program names that are allowed or denied Internet access apply to all users of the workstation rather than on a per user basis. For example, if Program Guard is running in Query Mode and user A invokes a program previously blocked from Internet access by user B, the program will be blocked from Internet access for User A as well. Connections blocked by Program Guard are logged to the Program Guard log file pgrd.log. It is located in the /var/log/pgrd directory. If desired, Program Guard can be configured to log all Internet connection attempts rather than just those that have been blocked.