I'm afraid that, in some cases, the SmartDefense Advisor "Auto" & "System" settings I'm seeing are just a little bit too... umh?... 'exciting' for me to handle. I'm not sure I'm ready for such 'interesting' Program Control setting.
Here's a list of what I mean by that:
Mozilla Firefox (firefox.exe) Given both Trusted & Internet Server permission?
Mozilla Thunderbird (thunderbird.exe) Given both Trusted & Internet Server permission?
Run a DLL as an App (rundll32.exe) Given Trusted & Internet Server, and Send Mail rights?
Windows Explorer (explorer.exe) Given Send Mail permission?
System Information (msinfo32.exe) Given Send Mail permission?
Application Layer Gateway Service (alg.exe) Given Internet Server permission?
Are there some sort of SmartDefense Advisor tech support documents that contain listings of programs for which the SmartDefense team has determined "Auto"/"System" access advice, and which contains reasonable justifications, for how and/or why that particular program's access advice was chosen?
Exactly what I'm thinking about, in asking this question, is the way Uniblue (formerly LIUtilities (or, Sysinfo.org and other helpful folks, to numerous to list completely) have created extremely useful informational web pages, for Windows XP processes. In the case of Uniblue the info. listing is called "WinTasks Process Library."
If something like the above exists, for SmartDefense Advisor programs access permissions settings, please give me a hint where to find it. If it doesn't exist... well, why not? IMO, for those of use who want/need to take some responsibility for figuring out safe but functional security settings, for ZA firewalls and such, the task at hand isn't likely to get easier any time soon.
Anyway, for now, I couldn't handle the excitement so I've changed the above listed programs to the "Custom" setting "?" as in "Ask".
If anyone has some idea about what the SmartDefense Advisor team may have been thinking, in granting the program permission I've noted in the above list, I'm all ears... ) in a manner of speaking. Socket to me... I mean, sock it to me... help me understand why the SmartDefense Advisor "Auto" and/or "System" settings for the above listed programs may be safe to accept.
Operating System:Windows XP Home Edition
Product Name:ZoneAlarm Pro