European shipments of Black Hole 3.0, a firewall for Virtual Private Networks that supports X.500 key management, have now begun.
The product, from network security company Milkyway Networks, has been available in the US since August and is now shipping in Europe and Asia. It is an application level firewall that now supports automatic distribution of security ?keys? via standard X.500 directories and X.509 certificates. Most VPN solutions, according to Milkyway?s chief executive Hung Vu, rely on manual key distribution but Black Hole communicates with existing certificate authorities on the Internet automatically, using the Entrust encrytion and certificate management technology from Northern Telecom.
Black Hole 3.0 has been tested with Stentor?s On Watch service, an X.500-based directory service and certificate authority on the Internet.
The vendor claims its firewall is the only one on the market that monitors all 64,000 ports simultaneously for intrusions. It features a ?hardened kernel? architecture that plugs certain security holes in Unix.
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