Firewall Compressor: An Algorithm for Minimizing Firewall Policies

  title={Firewall Compressor: An Algorithm for Minimizing Firewall Policies},
  author={Alex X. Liu and Eric Torng and Chad R. Meiners},
  journal={IEEE INFOCOM 2008 - The 27th Conference on Computer Communications},
A firewall is a security guard placed between a private network and the outside Internet that monitors all incoming and outgoing packets. The function of a firewall is to examine every packet and decide whether to accept or discard it based upon the firewall's policy. This policy is specified as a sequence of (possibly conflicting) rules. When a packet comes to a firewall, the firewall searches for the first rule that the packet matches, and executes the decision of that rule. With the… CONTINUE READING
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