by October 6, 2009 0 comments



Untangle provides all the basic security functionalities that a typical UTM
offers including anti-virus, anti-spam, anti-malware/spyware, IPS, content
filtering, monitoring,etc. You can download and install the free and open source
UTM on a decent machine and start using it. You don’t need to worry about the
licenses or the restricted number of users. In the free edition, you get open
source virus databases and with the paid version, you get Kaspersky virus
blocker. Also in case of anti-spam, the paid version provides Commtouch Spam
blocker which is one of the best in the breed. Apart from these, the paid
version provides live support, WAN balancer which allow the administrator to
allocate traffic across multiple Internet providers, remote access panel, which
allows you to access internal network resources services such as file server,
webmail, etc via a Web browser and over a secure channel.

Untangle has a graphical installation option. Also the installation was easy
as compared to the text based Endian. Once the installation was done, a wizard
popped which further helped in configuring the UTM. Untangle provides a client
interface on the machine it is installed to as well as a Web based configuration
panel for remote management. Once the configuration is done, real pain starts.
You need to download each feature one by one. For example, if you need an
anti-spam solution then you have to download it. The download option is easy.
You just need to do couple of clicks, and once it is downloaded, it
automatically gets mounted on the virtual rack.


Quick Specs

Price:Free (community edition)
Meant for: Small/mid-size enterprises
Specs: Anti-spyware, web content filter, VPN,
ad blocker
Pros: IDP, anti-spyware/malware, reporting
Cons: Downloading the application
Contact: www.untangle .com

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We tested out the software on our Harpertown server, and the performance was
satisfying. The results were very much similar as compared to other UTMs in the
shootout. First, we did the anti-virus test and the result was 92%. Also the
virus collection was a mix of Macro, Zipped and Executables. Next was the
anti-spam test, where it was able to catch 54% of spam only. Further in the IPS
test, it passed by stopping the attacks. We tried jamming the port with five
different machines, and we were able to jam the ports. Next, we ran Nessus which
showed zero hole and warnings which is good. We also tested for DOS attack which
this device detected and stopped.

This shows the Untangle virtual rack, with all the
appliances plugged in and working. It also shows real time data within the
appliances.

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