GlowWorm FW Lite
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GlowWorm FW Lite is a rule-based network security and monitoring application built on plugin-accessible framework.

Rules can be defined on the basis of a set of connection criteria include the addresses, ports, relevant endpoint and protocol. Additionally, rules can be restricted to a particular set of users, groups or applications, and the lifetime of a rule can be limited by the lifetime of that application or until the machine reboots.

Relative Network Names allow one to specify symbolic endpoint address like localhost, localnet or remotenet instead of having
What's New
Version 1.5.3b4:
  • Added Growl notification support to Rule Actions.
  • Added the application name to the logging system and the rule editor logging preview table.
  • Fixed a rule-save issue apparent at GlowWorm shutdown.
  • Fixed an issue in GlowWorm.app where a disable message was not being received.
  • Fixed a kernel panic issue having to do with TrueDNS packet parsing.
  • Fixed an issue where the data being sent to the StreamMonitor was sometimes truncated.
  • Added support for clearing the buffer on a per-socket basis in the StreamMonitor plugin.
  • Added support for per-socket buffer size limits (in megabytes) in the StreamMonitor plugin.
  • Added support for Packets registration codes, which are now for sale.
  • Fixed a kernel panic issue having to do with udp4 data send/recv.
  • Fixed a possible null-pointer dereference in the kernel extension in bignum_cmp().
  • Fixed a dead-lock issue that could occur between glowwormd and the kernel extension.
  • Removed editable flag on the Registration and Plugin tables in GlowWorm.app preferences.
Version 1.5.3b4:
  • Added Growl notification support to Rule Actions.
  • Added the application name to the logging system and the rule editor logging preview table.
  • Fixed a rule-save issue apparent at GlowWorm shutdown.
  • Fixed an issue in GlowWorm.app where a disable message was not being received.
  • Fixed a kernel panic issue having to do with TrueDNS packet parsing.
  • Fixed an issue more...
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • Mac OS X 10.4 or later
  • Does not support Mac OS X 10.5



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GlowWorm FW Lite User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Giltai commented on 11 Apr 2010
I am running leopard 10.6 and loaded this program with the safe version. It crashed my macbook and the only way I could get going again was to restore from my time machine backup. I had been running little snitch previously on a older macbook without an issue and will go back to it. My only issue with little snitch is you have to take the time to work out whats safe or not.
[Version 1.5.3b4]


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Guasi reviewed on 18 Jan 2009
By the time I read "10.4 required, will not work on 10.5" I had laready pressed the install button. Froze my system, had to do a hard reset, then got blue screen with cursor. I have a second machine and was able to find forums that advised starting on safe-mode and unstalling. I suggest putting in bold letters at the very top of description WARNING: THIS APPLICATION WILL CRASH LEOPARD! DO NOT INSTALL IN LEOPARD. Yes it's free, but please be responsible and warn your users.
[Version 1.5.3b4]


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Cerebrl reviewed on 18 Nov 2008
WARNING: This application can lock up your system as soon as it is installed.

Some time ago, I installed glowworm on OS X 10.4, didn't like it and uninstalled it. At least that is what I thought. I finally figured out it was still running on my system causing some strange errors. I noticed that it was still causing thousands of lines of errors in the console app. I then decided to reinstall the app, so I could use the official uninstaller that comes with the installer, hopefully ridding my computer of every trace of glowworm.

After I read the other commenters warning of system crashes, I thought to myself, "I will just install it, but never run it, so I can get the uninstaller." Big mistake! This thing automatically runs without even starting the app, immediately crashing you system badly.

I had to do a hard shut down, and the boot in safe mode (took a VERY LONG TIME to boot up) to run the uninstaller. After I did so, it was fine. The developer is crazy to think this thing runs on 10.5. IT DOES NOT RUN ON LEOPARD AT ALL!
[Version 1.5.3b4]


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ivanovitch commented on 22 Jul 2008
Also froze my Mac, and created havoc. WARNING: don't use this software with OS X10.5....
[Version 1.5.3b4]


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R33c3 commented on 22 Jun 2008
Terrible program. Froze my apps, had to hard boot my mac. And I had to reinstall the systm files.

** Thank you time machine **
[Version 1.5.3b4]


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mok commented on 04 Dec 2007
Careful! This program hosed my Leopard mac. After installing and launching, immediately a few of my apps stopped responding and went into a ghost state in which they could not be force quit under any means (I've never seen anything like it before). A soft logout or restart stopped working too, so I did a hard reboot and my mac would not make it past a blue screen. Tried over and over again, couldn't even get to the login screen. I rebooted from my OSX DVD, opened the Terminal.app and looked for recently modified files in the /System directory. Guess what: the newest file was a GlowWorm kernel extension. I moved this out of the way (the only change I did), rebooted and my system now works perfectly again. This is program super flaky, I have NEVER had a program prevent my mac from booting before.

I realize that it's hard to maintain free software, but when it comes to kernel extensions, my tolerance for flakiness is very low. Use caution.
[Version 1.5.3b4]

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Arvidtp commented on 06 Mar 2008
I just had the same thing happen to me with GlowWorm-1.5.3b4 on 10.5.2! Thankfully I had already read your post and removed the kext before force-restarting so I didn't have to go through safe mode. This program, while I'm sure it is good intentioned, needs some work.

best,
Arvid
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Whyatt Thrash commented on 25 Jun 2007
Why does it try to connect to dm00042.lunarpages.com every time an unknown outward connection is made?
[Version 1.5.3b4]


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croweater downunder commented on 18 Mar 2007
Thanx to the developer & users of this software for your informative reviews - i'm making the transition from Win PC to iMac & looking for a Mac FW comparable with Comodo, which i've been using on XP with great success. Being a total noob to Macs, i'm wearing myself out scouring the net for general info so i (hopefully) don't stuff up! I'm encouraged by the fact that this software allows users to make application-specific rules, as i'm not sufficiently au fait to make IP- & port-specific rules...my first challenge will probably be configuring my ADSL connection to at least get online!

Anyway, thanx again & cheers!
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Borlox reviewed on 04 Mar 2007
This is the only usable product of its kind for the Mac. The only competition is the embarrassingly-named Little Snitch, which has such a broken security model that nobody should use it.

The important difference between GW and LS is that unprivileged users can use GW without being given control over other users' processes. The firewall rules are set by the system administrator, but they apply to all users. With LS, the foreground user can allow or deny access to the network for any process running as any user. Even if you're the only user of your machine, that's a huge security hole, because it means that any application you run could potentially open the firewall without your knowledge. LS supposedly takes some precautions against this, but the model is fundamentally bad.

The GW interface isn't beautiful, but it's adequate. The menu bar item has crashed on me once. Otherwise no problems with stability.

The Mac platform needs the functionality that this application provides. Users who are conscious of privacy and security should support the developer.
[Version 1.5.3b2]

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sjk replied on 07 Mar 2007
Thanks for the brief comparison of GW vs. LS security models.
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Glowworm (developer) replied on 09 Mar 2007
Yeah, support the developer! :-)

Thanks for the review. I'm constantly working to increase stability. If you find any consistency to the crashes, please send along the details (cjones@glowworm.us). Thanks!
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nonya replied on 13 Aug 2008
STAY AWAY! STAY AWAY! STAY AWAY!

Installed this product in several variations with Leopard 10.5, ie beta, 'stable', etc.

All destroyed my OS + required reinstallation.

BIGGEST PIECE OF CRAP EVER, AND THIS FROM A FORMER PC USER!
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Gaoshan commented on 15 Feb 2007
I just downloaded it and now, each time I launch it, it tells me there is a new version available. I download the new version, install it and then, after launching, it tells me there is a new version available, etc., etc.

Seems too flaky for use to me. Sorry.
[Version 1.5.2]

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Glowworm (developer) replied on 16 Feb 2007
Thanks for pointing out the bug. It has been fixed. I'll just be replacing the existing v1.5.2 release (in just a minute). Feel free to download it again. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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Glowworm (developer) replied on 16 Feb 2007
The new build has finished uploading. http://glowworm.us/downloads/GlowWorm-1.5.2.dmg.zip ... let me know if you chance to give it a try and find anything else wrong. Thanks again for the feedback.
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Thisroadends had trouble on 21 Sep 2009
If you've upgraded to 10.5 like I have, and your system is still OK, but GlowWorm is still in your process list in Activity Monitor, here is exactly what I did:

Open Activity Monitor
Quit the Glow Worm process (called glowwormd or something like that)
Then to uninstall,
Download GlowWorm FW Lite (from this page)
Mount the .dmg GlowWorm-1.5.3b4 (or whatever it is exactly) on your desktop and open it.
Right click (or Control-click on 'Installer')
Show Package Contents
Contents > Resources > Uninstaller
That should uninstall all GlowWorm FW related files without actually installing them first.

Restart to make sure that process isn't still running.
Good luck!
[Version 1.5.3b4]


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jaime_sf had trouble on 30 Oct 2007
Don't use 4.53 beta 2 under Leopard. Installed under leopard. system began to hang on startup. I had to boot into safemode and uninstall with their uninstaller found in /Libarary/Application Support.
[Version 1.5.3b4]



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MarcoDravigne9317 rated on 11 Apr 2013

[Version 1.5.3b4]



versandleiter rated on 13 Jun 2011

[Version 1.5.3b4]


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Version Downloads:5,288
Type:Utilities : Security
License:Free
Date:09 Mar 2007
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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GlowWorm FW Lite is a rule-based network security and monitoring application built on plugin-accessible framework.

Rules can be defined on the basis of a set of connection criteria include the addresses, ports, relevant endpoint and protocol. Additionally, rules can be restricted to a particular set of users, groups or applications, and the lifetime of a rule can be limited by the lifetime of that application or until the machine reboots.

Relative Network Names allow one to specify symbolic endpoint address like localhost, localnet or remotenet instead of having to "hard code" an ip subnet address.

Rule Actions can alert you using a user-customizable dialog message (based on an sprintf-like format so that you can choose what information to include), if a particular rule matches.

Support for incoming and listener connections provides a more precise means of controlling network traffic than offered by the Mac OS X Firewall.

Drag-and-drop rule re-ordering makes prioritizing rules an intuitive and easy process.


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