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London, February 5, 2001 - Solsoft, Inc., the leading provider of policy
management for e-Business security, today announced a number of
to its free security management solution Solsoft NP-Lite 4.1. New
include support for the newly released Linux NetFilter firewall and
for IP masquerading. The enhanced solution will be demonstrated at the UK
Security Show - a key event for enterprise security. Solsoft NP-Lite 4.1
a free security solution and can be downloaded from Solsoft's Web site

"Solsoft's development team is culturally a very strong Linux bastion. We
follow Linux developments very closely and have been working on the
integration of NetFilter since its beta version was made available last
June," said Sylvain Gil, Programme Manager at Solsoft.

He continued: "With NetFilter, Linux users not only benefit from all the
features and functionalities that are traditionally offered by the most
advanced firewalls of the market, they can also inspect the source code of
their core security device and therefore keep full control of their
security. This is something that commercial firewalls do not offer today.
The combination of NetFilter and NP-Lite 4.1 offers users an exceptionally
robust and user-friendly tool to manage their network security."

New features in Solsoft NP-Lite 4.1:

* Support for NetFilter devices - Solsoft NP-Lite 4.1 offers full
management capabilities for NetFilter. NetFilter is the most advanced
firewall to this date; released in January 2001 and shipped with the new
version of Linux, NetFilter offers stateful inspection, advanced NAT
and other advanced functionalities that make it comparable to any
established commercial firewalls.

* Secure upload on Linux devices using SSH - Solsoft NP-Lite 4.1
offers SSH upload capabilities, allowing administrators to build a secure
connection between their administration machine and filtering devices for
the upload of their configuration (login, password, and IP filter files).
This feature protects security policies from being observed as they are

* Support of IP Masquerading - Another major enhancement of Solsoft
NP-Lite 4.1 is the support of IP masquerading on IPchains and NetFilter.
masquerading is the Linux equivalent of Network Address Translation. Used
by organisations as both a security measure and a tool for simplifying
administration, IP masquerading allows a machine (or user) to connect to
Internet through a firewall without using an individual IP addresses.
Masquerading allows insiders to get out without allowing outsiders in, or
even to find the internal machines, since they are aware of only one IP
address, that of the firewall. This way, they cannot attack the internal
machines directly.

About Solsoft NP-Lite

Solsoft NP-Lite is a free version of Solsoft NP specifically created for
Linux users.
Combining a powerful visual interface and compiler engine, Solsoft NP-Lite
automatically translates visual representations of a security policy into
consistent, error-free IP Filters.
Solsoft NP-Lite configures up to 3 interfaces on Linux IP Firewall 2.0.x,
Linux IP Chains 2.2.x and Linux NetFilter version 1.2.

Solsoft NP-Lite 4.1 version is this product's third release; Solsoft
was originally launched and made available on Solsoft's web site in July
2000, and today totals over 3500 users throughout the world.

About Solsoft, Inc.

As the leading provider of policy management for e-Business security since
1996, Solsoft is recognised as a pioneer for its innovative approach and
market-leading competency. The company's product line, Solsoft NP,
organisations with the ability to reduce their cost of security ownership,
while improving the overall security of their intranet, distributed branch
offices, e-Commerce, and extranet implementations. Solsoft's customers
represent business segments ranging from high-growth dot-com companies to
the more traditional large manufacturing companies. The company is funded
by several industry-leading investors including: The Carlyle Group, Cita,
Innovacom-Technocom, Intel Capital, Ventech, Société Générale: Asset
Management, Sofinnova Partners and Viventures. Solsoft is headquartered in
Mountain View, California and Paris, France.

Solsoft and Solsoft NP are trademarks of Solsoft, Inc. All other
are the property of their respective owners.

For additional information about Solsoft, visit

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