Sean thanks I just reread XP sp2 details and your right sp2 starts the
firewall SOONER during boot (like before it starts
most network services
Boot time security. In earlier versions of Windows there is a window of
time between when the network stack started and when ICF provided
protection. Consequently, a packet could have been received and
delivered to a service without ICF filtering it, potentially exposing
the computer to vulnerabilities. In SP2, the firewall driver has a
static rule called a boot-time policy to perform stateful filtering.
This will allow the computer to perform basic networking tasks such as
DNS and DHCP and communicate with a Domain Controller to obtain policy.
Once the firewall service is running, it will load and apply the
run-time ICF policy and remove the boot-time filters. This change should
increase system security without affecting applications.
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