Fortinet has added intrusion-prevention software to its multi-function security platform, letting customers block a range of threats or suspected attacks.

Version 2.5 of its FortiOS software for FortiGate appliances also upgrades its virus scanning, intrusion detection, firewall and VPN capabilities.

The package is configured to block more than 30 known attacks such as denial of service and distributed DoS, SYN floods and other protocol floods, buffer overflows, ping of death and port scanning. The software uses many means to block attacks, including dropping suspicious packets, resetting connections and blocking source addresses.

The company has also added the ability to scan FTP files for viruses. Before, its anti-virus software could scan only POP3, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, Internet Message Access Protocol and HTTP traffic.

It can scan e-mails and filters based on different parameters such as sender, black lists and white lists and words and phrases in the body of the message. It also now can scan LZH compressed traffic and HTTP traffic that enters via firewall ports other than Port 80. Customers can set aside up to 15 percent of the memory on FortiGate gear to quarantine suspicious files until they can be examined.

FortiOS 2.5 is available this month on new equipment and is available free as part of service contracts for existing customers.

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