[fw-wiz] Object Filler / Object Dumper version 2.2 released!



Hello people!

After some beta testing and documents updates, I'm proud to announce
that Object Filler and Object Dumper version 2.2 are being released
today - I'm attaching a copy of the "What's new" doc.

For those of you that don't know the tools, Object Dumper is a tool
that "dumps" the objects configuration of your Check Point SmartCenter
to a CSV format.

Object Filler can convert objects configuration from other firewall
brands (Such as PIX, NetScreen, Sidewinder, Raptor and Gautlet) and
leave those in a Check Point format; and as well can assist on bulk
creation/modification/moves of your SmartCenter objects.

The tools are free (as in free beer) and publicly available at the
following sites:
http://ofiller.chatscope.com (already there - in the downloads section)
http://www.lindercentral.com/ofiller (will be there very soon)
http://www.cpug.org (will be there very soon)

The size of the package is: 4,205,207 bytes
The MD5 signature for it is: ECDAE8F1FD4C273D6E164186D36C72BA

The tools come with documentation, and a Tutorial guide that describes
step-by-step how to perform some of the basic and some of the most
powerful operations with them

As a last thing, I would like to remind you all that even thoug they
work fine and have been tested, the tools are NOT officially supported
by Check Point nor anybody else - which as you know, it means that you
may not call Chek Point support on this, and if something goes wrong
with the tools, you are on your own... :-)

If you have any feedback, I'll be glad on getting it! :-)

Enjoy!

- Martín.
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* Unofficial/unsupported Object Filler and Object Dumper for Check Point's *
* SmartCenter Server and Provider-1 MDS - Developed by Martin Hoz *
* (c) 2003-2005 by Check Point Software Technologies, Ltd. and subsidiaries *
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* Version 2.2 - December 2005 *
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What's New
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* Object Filler
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- Fixed bug: When there was a comma in the comments field of the object,
Object Filler didn't behave well. Now it works correctly.
- Fixed bug: Alert was not properly recognized as a Track option for security
rules. Now is recognized and applied properly.
- Fixed bug: Under some circumstances, IP ranges were not processed properly
throwing an error ?Found out that specified parameters don't make sense as
specified object type requires. Ignoring...? ? Now all the Object Ranges are
under all circumstances processed correctly.
- Now when processing Service Groups, Object Filler recognizes if the service
being added is a predefined one. If it is a predefined service, then it
processes it successfully even though such service was not explicitly
processed during the program execution.
- Now when importing from PIX configurations, it does Service Group
recognition with the properly group type (TCP/UDP) for the services.
- Added support to configure Host Objects as Mail and DNS Servers. Useful in
R55W and R60.
- Added support for InterSpect gateways. Useful from R55W and up.
- Added support for Connectra gateways. Useful from R60 and up.
- Added support for Multicast Address Ranges. Useful on R60 only.
- Added support for Empty Groups (groups that have no elements inside them)..
- Added support for Groups with Exclusion (groups with Exceptions).
- Different policy packages are now recognized properly using the keywork
?rulebase_header?. Object Filler recognized, imports and process these tags
appropriately.
- Tested to work properly on Provider-1 NGX R60 and SmartCenter NGX R60 (with
some limitations. Please read the limitations section)

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* Object Dumper
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- Added support to recognize Host Objects as Mail and DNS Servers. Useful in
R55W and R60.
- Added support for Multicast Address Ranges. Useful on R60 only.
- Added support for InterSpect gateways. Useful from R55W and up.
- Added support for Connectra gateways. Useful from R60 and up.
- Added support for Empty Groups (groups that have no elements inside them)..
- Added support for Groups with Exclusion (groups with Exceptions)
- Different policy packages are now recognized properly using the keywork
?rulebase_header?. Object Dumper exports these tags appropriately.
- Now Object Dumper recognized the default objects by Object Type and not only
by object name.

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* Documentation
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- Created a Tutorial document, meant to be a step-by-step document to be
followed to perform some of the basic and powerful operations with the tools.
- Created a Provider-1 objects manipulation document, that shows (Among other
things) how to move objects between CMAs and the MDS Global Objects Database.
- Added to the Documentation a ?medium-level? (not too technical but not too
light) Presentation about the tools.