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[ih] birth of the Internet?

On Oct 28, 2010, at 1:29 PM, Miles Fidelman wrote:

>> On 10/28/2010 15:40 EDT, Miles Fidelman wrote:
>>> Hmmm.... does that suggest that the mailbridge gateways were the
>>> embryonic Internet? :-)
>> They weren't fully transparent IP forwarders.
> As I recall, they weren't supposed to be transparent forwarders, but in practice nobody every configured the filters.  Bob Hinden - care to comment?

We built filtering code that was deployed in the mailbridge gateways.  As I remember, except for the time when the Morris worm struck, it was not turned on.  These may have been the (or as least one of) first firewalls.