Astaro Rolls out Version 5 of Astaro Security Linux

BURLINGTON, Mass – March 18, 2004 (CeBIT Fairs Hanover Germany) – Astaro Corp. (, developers of the most popular Open Source-based security product, today announced Version 5 of its Astaro Security Linux. The perimeter security solution, which protects more than 20,000 installations in over 60 countries, now includes Intrusion Protection capabilities that protect networks against complex attacks, and added Virus Protection for HTTP and FTP. Version 5 will also stop viruses in password-protected zip attachments.

Astaro Security Linux is a comprehensive network security product for midsized to large businesses. It combines a firewall, VPN gateway, intrusion protection, virus protection, spam protection and surf protection (URL filtering). This complete software solution bundles a hardened Linux operating system that can run on any x86-compatible hardware, and is also available as a pre-installed appliance solution.

With Astaro Security Linux V5, Astaro further demonstrates that a single network security solution can offer comprehensive protection while remaining easy to deploy and manage.

NEW – Intrusion Protection
New to Astaro Security Linux V5 is fully integrated Intrusion Protection. Intrusion Protection combines both a pattern-recognition intrusion detection, and a intrusion prevention technology that immediately blocks attacks when they reach the protected network.

NEW – HTTP Virus Scanning
Conventional anti-virus gateway products scan emails that pass through email servers, but provide no protection when computer users download files and use web-email from their Internet browsers. Now Astaro Security Linux added Virus Protection for the Web, and now has full anti-virus coverage for Email (POP3 and SMTP) and Web (HTTP and FTP) traffic.

“Astaro was one of the first companies to recognize the value of an all-in-one network security solution,” said industry-expert Pete Lindstrom from Spire Security. “With Astaro Security Linux V5, Astaro demonstrates how designing an integrated threat management package from the ground up can increase security while driving down the cost of security administration. Spire Security believes that the combination of functionality and ease of use will help Astaro create a strong place for itself in the market for integrated security software.”

Additional Enhancements
In Astaro Security Linux V5 the seamlessly-integrated VPN functionality is augmented by L2TP over IPSec, which enables clientless native Windows IPSec support.

Astaro Security Linux V5 can automatically generate and distribute Astaro IPSec client configurations eliminating the need for complex manual client configurations. This more readily enables the mass distribution of remote VPN clients and minimizes problems caused by faulty client configurations, making IPSec VPN as easy to configure as SSL VPN.

Furthermore, version 5 features unified logging and reporting for easier reporting. Data can be collected, and, with push-button ease, be evaluated and packaged into management reports in HTML email format to serve as documentation.

Availability and Pricing
Astaro Security Linux V5 will be available on March 31st from Astaro solution partners or by calling (781) 272-8787. Pricing starts at $390 for 10-user licenses. Spam Protection is a free subscription service. Intrusion Protection, Virus Protection for Email, Virus Protection for the Web, and Surf Protection are optional subscription services. ASL is an affordable alternative to high-cost, high-maintenance solutions such as those offered by Cisco (Nasdaq:CSCO), Check Point (Nasdaq:CHKP) and NetScreen (Nasdaq:NSCN). The product is free to home users with special programs for non-profits and educational institutions.

About Astaro
Astaro provides a network security solution that is complete, simple to manage, affordable and effective. Astaro selects and integrates the best of open source security software to provide the widest range of innovative security technology available in a single package: Astaro Security Linux. Astaro’s software has won numerous awards, and is in use on over 20,000 networks in 60 countries. Astaro Security Linux is distributed by a worldwide network of solutions partners who offer local support and services. (

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