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    Question Can any user just snooze the firewall for 5min?

    Maybe I didn't set things up correctly. I recently installed ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus +Firewall version 12.0.104.000 and I understand the ability for the Administrator on a Windows 7 machine to be able to disable the firewall for 5min, but it seems that any user can do it too? I have a couple other standard user accounts installed on my machine and when I switch over to any of those accounts, the ability to snooze the firewall shows up on their settings when right-clicking the zonealarm icon on the system tray. I was hoping that choosing that option on their accounts would at least pop up the admin password dialog box, but I was wrong. It only pops up when I opt to exit the app. I was able to disable the firewall from those accounts without any prompts. It's good that they can't close the app down entirely, but I don't want them being able to snooze the firewall at all. What am I doing wrong? I want to disable them from being able to do this. Thx.

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    Default Re: Can any user just snooze the firewall for 5min?

    Yeap, thats correct. I reported this to development during a beta but I don't think it has been addressed so far.
    As trhe free version offer to no support. I would suggest that you particate to a beta test (whenever there will be one) and provide feedback on this issue.

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    Unhappy Re: Can any user just snooze the firewall for 5min?

    OMG, that is a SERIOUS design flaw. If it hasn't been addressed so far, perhaps it's their way of forcing you into buying the regular version? Does the full blown version have the same issue? If so, I can't use a firewall with such an obvious security risk :-/ thanks for the quick reply though.

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    Default Re: Can any user just snooze the firewall for 5min?

    It's the same for all versions.

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    Default Re: Can any user just snooze the firewall for 5min?

    Thank you for letting us know about this security issue.

    We have passed the details on to Development.


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    Default Re: Can any user just snooze the firewall for 5min?

    Hello,

    Development has responded to this security concern.

    Snooze is exempted from client password protection because it is temporary. (only lasts for 5 mins at a time)

    This is not seen as a security issue at all in the software.


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