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By mogilner ·
I work for an online catalog company. Because 50% to 60% of the customer base comes through AOL we need to be able to test our site through AOL during the pre-production stage. Our preproduction server lies within the firewall.

We have some extremely strict security policies because of our parent company and some of the other businesses we are in.

Is there a secure way to allow an AOL within the firewall without compromising security.

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by McKayTech In reply to AOL through a firewall

I guess I'm not clear on your question. AOL is just an ISP so browser packets coming from AOL are no different than browser packets coming from anyone else and the security risks are roughly the same. The only qualifier to that is that the rate atwhich AOL IP addresses change is somewhat higher than with some other providers so using an Access Control List with a source IP won't work.

From an architecture perspective, any server that will be available to the Internet should probably be ona DMZ implemented as a third interface on your firewall. The best you could do in your current situation would be to only allow Port 80 (and port 443 is you're using SSL) to reach the preproduction server and use a real-time IDS system of some type.

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