The goal of this paper is to analyze the functionality and usability of the Windows Filtering Platform introduced by Microsoft Corporation as set of API functions that are controlling the network stack of the Windows operating systems. The applications build on it are intended to be used as the windows firewall replacement, with additional functionality in terms of the logic of packet filtering. Some examples demonstrating the usage of the platform will be described. In order to check the durability and exploitability of the systems built on this platform we will use the QualysGuard infrastructure by Qualys, specialized for vulnerability and open ports scanning. The results provided by the tests are analyzed and some conclusions are given.
Windows Filtering Platform, windows security, port scanning, vulnerability testing, QualysGuard