Campus Firewall

Why do we have a campus firewall?
How do I find out the firewall configuration for a certain host?
How do I request a new firewall exception?
What ports can I open through the firewall if I live in a dorm/residence hall?

Why do we have a campus firewall?

The campus firewall restricts access to the Texas A&M campus network from the Internet. It protects campus resources from abuse/attack by Internet users who may take advantage of the many vulnerabilities on modern computer systems.

How do I find out the firewall configuration for a certain host?

Current firewall settings for an individual machine can be viewed at View Firewall Settings. You must provide your NetID and password in order to enter the site. Once this information is entered, all hosts for which you are listed as a group owner in Infoblox will have their firewall settings returned.

How do I request a new firewall exception?

You can request a port opening at https://scan.tamu.edu/campus/. Requests must come from a member of an Infoblox group which is listed as owning the host and may take up to two business days to be processed. Requests can also be made through email to security@tamu.edu. Please include the IP address or hostname needing the exception, the port(s) needing to be opened, and the reason for the port opening.

What ports can I open through the firewall if I live in a dorm/residence hall?

Due to changes in network configurations, students in the Residence Halls will no longer be allowed to request a port opening for computers on ResNet. This means that no computer on ResNet can be accessible from off campus.