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Windows 7 Homegroup Support in SEP

Created: 30 Sep 2009 • Updated: 09 Jan 2010 | 8 comments
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Status: Partially Implemented

At the University where I work, we license SEP for all of our students.  A number of them live off-campus and use their own home networking.  Windows 7 adds a new feature called Homegroup.  As best I can tell, the average user cannot get Network Threat Protection to support these Homegroups.  A simple checkbox configuration that adds exclusions for Homegroups (similar to how file and print sharing is easily configured) would help these students use SEP at home instead of ignoring A/V protection or using an inferior product.

More details about Homegroups can be found here.  In general, a Homegroup is a easy, more-secure way to share files and printers within a home network.

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At present SEP NTP doesn't scan IPV6 packets which is a huge security hole at the  moment.  When SEP is installed NTP by default blocks IPV6 packets.  Blocking IPV6 disables Homegroups since this functionality depends on IPV6.  The only solution at the moment is to disable NTP in favor of the Win7 Firewall.  I agree that SEP should support this, but even more SEP needs to scan IPV6.

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snekul's picture

That explains it, IPv6.  The Windows 7 firewall is probably adaquate for the typical student, so that'll probably be the way we point them.  NTP is a big plus on XP, where the Windows firewall is definately lacking.

Eric C. Lukens IT Security Policy and Risk Assessment Analyst University of Northern Iowa

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kristopherjturner's picture

I know this is an old post but is there a way to just allow homegroup connection but still block some ipv6?

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As far as I know it is not possible.  SEP does not understand IPv6 at all other then to allow or block it.

Eric C. Lukens IT Security Policy and Risk Assessment Analyst University of Northern Iowa

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kristopherjturner's picture

Doh!  Thanks!  I had to allow my three IPV6 to get it to work.   Hopefully in the next version they will have better IPV6 support.

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Andre Lalonde's picture

I'm looking for a status update on this issue. We're now running 12.1.671.4971, and seeing the same problem with connecting to a Homegroup. Does anyone have a workaround?

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bbgun06's picture

It's been 4 years, and countless updates, and a major version change, and there's still no ipv6 support?

Symantec has been a great application. I've never had any problems with it, but if this isn't fixed I will have to find something else.

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