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The status page

The status page

The status page is the first page you see when you start up Firestarter. This page gives you an overview of the firewall, as well as allowing you to change the state of the firewall.

The state is changed through the buttons on the toolbar at the top of the page. There are three states the firewall can be in:

A button on the toolbar of the status page allows you to access the program preferences.

The status page is further divided into three separate sections.

Firewall status

The states of the firewall

The firewall status section shows you at a glance the state the firewall is in. It does this through the icons depicted to the right.

A count is also kept of the number of firewall events, meaning blocked connection attempts, since program startup. The events are separated based on the direction of the attempted connection. If the connection originated from the firewall host or from a client on the LAN, it is classified as outbound, otherwise inbound. An event is further marked and counted as critical if Firestarter thinks it is a genuine threat and you should pay closer attention to it.

For more information about the various types of events, please see the section on events.

Network status

The network section of the status page gives you an overview of the network resource usage. It contains a list of all the network devices in the firewall host, as well as some metrics for each device.

The following device metrics are gathered:

Active connections

Active connections is a view into the firewall engine itself. It lists every established connection the firewall is tracking at any given moment. These connections include incoming traffic to the firewall as well as outgoing connections and the programs they are associated with. Furthermore, all the traffic that is being routed through the firewall, in case Internet connection sharing is enabled, is also tracked.

The following data points are recorded for each tracked connection:

The entries in the active connections list are color coded as follows:

Using the context-sensitive menu associated with the entries, accessed through the right mouse button, there is the option to resolve the hostnames of the source and destination of a connection.

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