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Announcement | Version 6.9.2.0 has been released. (15-February-2023)

SHA-256: 548214adb293b8e42fa26bd3ca91d558d21435eeb39fa4b3576a0d053c3ac757

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“This build is for WFC enthusiasts and is not yet released officially on Binisoft.org website.”

Unreleased version 6.9.3.0 is available. (14-August-2023)

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SHA-256: 2ad225153308bbd4d44f8b37d5461d3b3412965186f66eb65fd33354b83d2fca

 
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Below is the changelog of the items included in this build:

- Improved: Replaced WCF with gRPC for inter process communication.
- Improved: Global hotkey which can toggle between Low and Medium profiles can now toggle between all profiles.
- Improved: User settings are now applied per user account. Only the settings from the Security tab are still global per machine.
- Fixed: Secure Boot is not enabling High Filtering profile if wfc.exe is not running.
- Fixed: Installer does not work if there is a WCF related problem with .NET Framework installation.
- Fixed: After a failed policy import, notifications are not displayed anymore and a program restart is required to re-enable them.
- Fixed: Notification dialog becomes unresponsive if a program generates a lot of blocked connections.
- Fixed: WFC service fails to start if EventLog service is unavailable.
- Fixed: Shell Integration allows creating new firewall rules even if WFC is locked with a password.

Due to the fact that this build uses gRPC instead of WCF, the minimum required .NET Framework version is now 4.6.2 instead of 4.5.

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Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control (WFC) 6.9.4.0 has been released. (17-October-2023)

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Windows Firewall Control v.6.9.4.0

Change log:
- New: Added compatibility with Smart App Control from Windows 11. The process wfc.exe was renamed to wfcUI.exe.
- Improved: Replaced WCF with GRPC for inter process communication. WFC requires now NET Framework 4.6.2 or a newer version.
- Improved: Global hotkey which can toggle between Low and Medium profiles can now toggle between all profiles.
- Improved: User settings are now applied per user account. Only the settings from Security tab are still global per machine.
- Fixed: Main Panel opens multiple times if you press fast on the tray icon.
- Fixed: Secure Boot is not enabling High Filtering profile if wfc.exe is not running.
- Fixed: Installer does not work if there is a WCF related problem with .NET Framework installation.
- Fixed: After a failed policy import, notifications are not displayed anymore and a program restart is required to re-enable them.
- Fixed: Notification dialog becomes unresponsive if a program generates a lot of blocked connections.
- Fixed: WFC service fails to start if EventLog service is unavailable.
- Fixed: Shell Integration allows creating new firewall rules even if WFC is locked with a password.

Due to the fact that this build uses GRPC instead of WCF, the minimum required .NET Framework version is now 4.6.2 instead of 4.5.

Unfortunately, a clean install is required. You have to uninstall any previous version, select the third option in the uninstaller to keep the firewall rules, then install the new version while preserving the existing firewall rules.

Updated language strings:
310 = Toggle between filtering profiles
501 = Use the shortcuts below to launch various system utilities

Download location: https://binisoft.org/download/wfc6setup.exe
SHA1: 068b9f7bc2870cb1609d714526779067942c20f7
SHA256: 92965864dc52f619d4ba904bb26ac6a82efad62411ea7f3d7eeda4ee8a988cc7

Thank you for your feedback and your support,
Alexandru Dicu

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Note: It was later discovered that version 6.9.6.0 was also released on this same day but missed in this topic.

Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control (WFC) 6.9.5.0 has been released. (18-October-2023)

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Windows Firewall Control v.6.9.5.0
Change log:
- Fixed: Global hotkeys can't be set properly without restarting the software.
- Improved: Uninstall dialog will now resize the content so that it displays the entire content in all languages.
- Removed: Unmaintained language files were removed from the software.

Download location: https://binisoft.org/download/wfc6setup.exe
SHA1: da1a2207468f22704752956ab5871948e75b4c8a
SHA256: 9d49fcb5f3e7bc05db4da11ebfc793d71699762a1015ddcd7db19141dba9d5d4

 

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Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control (WFC) 6.9.7.0 has been released. (20-October-2023)

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Windows Firewall Control v.6.9.7.0

Change log:
- Fixed: Cannot delete invalid rules located under C:\$WINDOWS.~BT folder.
- Fixed: Adding multiple rules at once to the same group fails if the rules have no description set.
- Fixed: Cannot create a duplicate of a temporary rule.
- Fixed: Notifications are disabled after WFC restart and must be re-enabled again.
- Fixed: When unchecking the 'Blocked connections' in Connections Log, the notifications still appear as enabled when they are, in fact, disabled.
- Added back translations for Chinese, Dutch, Polish, since they were updated to the current version.

Download location: https://binisoft.org/download/wfc6setup.exe
SHA1: 00d42ce20765f920b575de3b090a871ec1178020
SHA256: 4705777f045450023b739e9e87c73c9d53f158faf788fe720a23df8cf2d89280

Thank you for your feedback and your support,
Alexandru Dicu

It appears that the major changes that were made in version 6.9.3.0 created some new bugs and also helped to discover older bugs. The first 3 fixed bugs from the changelog existed for many years ago.

 

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Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control (WFC) 6.9.8.0 has been released. (14-November-2023)

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Windows Firewall Control v.6.9.8.0

Change log:
- Improved: Retrieving the group display names uses now shlwapi.dll. This fixes group names with dll names and resource ids.
- Improved: The default option is now the third one in the uninstall dialog. This will leave the firewall rules untouched during uninstall.
- Improved: The speed of importing a *.wpw file was improved by updating the internal cache mechanism.
- Improved: The speed of deleting multiple rules at once was improved.
- Fixed: Can't load language files which have a language code that is not 2 letters.
- Fixed: Experimental feature that auto-allows certain paths/file names does not work anymore.
- Fixed: During uninstall, restoring default/previous Windows Firewall rules fails if Secure Rules is enabled.
- Fixed: Deleting multiple rules at once may fail if Secure Rules is enabled.
- Fixed: Search functionality may result in a crash in Rules Panel and Connections Log.
- Fixed: Revert profile timer is not updated unless the revert profile is unchecked and checked again.
- Removed: Exporting/importing to/from *.wfw file (Windows Firewall format) was removed due to unreliable results. This can still be done from WFwAS, but not from WFC anymore.
- New: Added translation for Serbian language.

Download location: https://binisoft.org/download/wfc6setup.exe
SHA1: c420ce25d217551dfb8b6760142c37a8cef60161
SHA256: f696d6fae4491b1297834092a4ffce5c65a41506b72d0c8417e3e72b5f030c69

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Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control (WFC) 6.9.9.0 has been released. (20-November-2023)

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Windows Firewall Control v.6.9.9.0

Change log:
- Improved: When exporting rules, the sorting order and filters are now preserved in the exported wpw file. On import, you get back what was seen in Rules Panel at export time.
- Improved: The import and the export of the firewall rules are fully async now. This improves the UI responsiveness during these actions.
- Fixed: When duplicating multiple rules at once, they are created in the reversed order.
- Fixed: Authorized groups list has a display issue where it displays also the internal group names.
- Fixed: When creating a duplicate rule in the Rules Panel, the Please wait message remains displayed and Rules Panel needs to be closed and reopened.
- Fixed: Secure Rules disables custom groups names in the latest version.

Download location: https://binisoft.org/download/wfc6setup.exe
SHA1: b1a241ddf22a84dab61981a8fe34b85aa65f49eb
SHA256: 81813cd194250c8b49d096ccd484c714ffa0fa5a56cec46b607c36878caaf613

 

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Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control (WFC) 6.9.9.1 has been released. (14-December-2023)

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Windows Firewall Control v.6.9.9.1

Change log:
- Improved: The notification dialog was updated to be able to add a notification exception for the full path too.
- Improved: Loading time was decreased for Rules Panel and Connections Log with a new cache mechanism for program icons.
- Fixed: Rules Panel may crash if there are hundreds of firewall rules and the rules are scrolled up and down multiple times.

There is just one new translation string 248 = Exclude full path which I already updated in all included language files.

Download location: https://binisoft.org/download/wfc6setup.exe
SHA256: cef52f11a0e28d7eb02012f45ca5947d6fed094cbcf7ed2935ed1be15d3db325
SHA512: d6024384fa9c1d581fde3c148bdbc37da6608bfe3b4752a63aa43274adce525175bc493f93ef7e37a73294b324db0cb34b6871e6beb186774dda8d25abb5c855

Thank you for your feedback and your support,
Alexandru Dicu

This is the last release for this year. I am running out of version numbers :) The next big change is dark theme support which requires a lot of work. This will be included in version 7 which will come next year. Happy holidays to all of you!

P.S. In case someone needs the previous version, it can be downloaded from: https://binisoft.org/download/old/6990/wfc6setup.exe
 

 

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Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control (WFC) 6.9.9.2 has been released. (21-January-2024)

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Windows Firewall Control v.6.9.9.2

Change log:
- Fixed: It is not possible to create a duplicate of the first rule in the Rules Panel.
- Fixed: Remote code execution vulnerability via gRPC named pipes.
- Updated: Standard user accounts are allowed to perform elevated actions without requiring elevation authorization. Starting with this version, if wfcUI.exe is executed as a standard user account, it has only read access to the user interface. The software must be elevated before being able to perform any write actions (CVE-2023-36631).
- Updated: Run button was disabled in the installer to avoid executing the software under an elevated account from a standard user account.

New translation strings:
090 = Request elevation

Download location: https://binisoft.org/download/wfc6setup.exe
SHA1: 531a77a85ac8e169ca757e46de3bcd51fc965da5
SHA256: d1e659dc2a8e6a11280cf4f34a19f053a72039661f8479d5032457f92829ca5d

Thank you for your feedback and your support,
Alexandru Dicu

 

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Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control (WFC) 6.9.9.3 has been released. (28-January-2024)

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Windows Firewall Control v.6.9.9.3

Change log:
- Fixed: Create WFC recommended rules does not work in the latest installer.
- Fixed: After installation, 'Auto refresh on open' is set by default to true in Connections Log instead of false.
- Improved: Added read-only access to Rules Panel, Connections Log and Notifications for standard user accounts.
- Improved: Run button will start WFC under the user account which started the installer, instead of the elevated user account.

Download location: https://binisoft.org/download/wfc6setup.exe
SHA256: 563756eb0b904d66cee3077145a331fb75f426755cbfd11b34ac32f0f644300e
SHA512: c276c75600907d47dc23fab408c71ef80985d6d17a90bb38b98dcbe5a12bab316d98d6f39e840a52f62073e670c16f5bcf9a1a4eeb69ce2664d31e5e10f4a156

I revisited the code and tried to improve the standard user accounts experience. Standard user accounts have now access back to Rules Panel, Connections Log, Main Panel and Notifications. All these dialogs are read only and do not allow creating/modifying/deleting firewall rules or alter Windows Firewall state. Standard user accounts can receive notifications and can create notifications exceptions only, not firewall rules. The experimental notifications exceptions with uppercase do not apply from standard user accounts, since this will create firewall rules. Any action that requires elevated privileges is still not available if the program does not run under an elevated user account. Tray icons are again colored.

I revisited the installer code so that after the installation/update is performed, the Run button will execute wfcUI.exe in the context of the current user not in the context of the elevated user account.

Thank you for your feedback and your support,
Alexandru Dicu

 

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Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control (WFC) 6.9.9.4 has been released. (10-February-2024)

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Windows Firewall Control v.6.9.9.4

Change log:
- Improved: Request elevation button will not restart wfcUI.exe anymore. Instead, it will remove the read-only state from the current non-elevated executing instance.
- Improved: When a new rule is created by the experimental notification exception feature, the Rules Panel will refresh if it is open.

Download location: https://binisoft.org/download/wfc6setup.exe
SHA256: 47c3314ebfbb9111da98b576486db872a68bb14bdf3e4fc032d5465ca45f9189
SHA512: f5292d276834241907b8a899ea991fea537b572c53376bffb3c3518c72700c4a99fa47304c4458123ce57fd7e59d62384fa54e07e45a4fcb3ded36027df715d6

This is the latest improvement for standard user accounts. Instead of restarting wfcUI.exe process, when you press on Request elevation button and the UAC dialog is displayed for a second instance, if an administrator account confirms the UAC dialog, the new elevated instance closes itself and the read-only mode is removed from the old non-elevated instance. In this way, if you are a standard user account and receive a notification about a blocked connection, once you request elevation you can continue with the existing displayed notification dialog which is now fully unlocked.

 

 

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Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control (WFC) 6.9.9.5 has been released. (03-March-2024)

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Change log:
- Fixed: When importing user settings, the authorized groups list is not refreshed.
- Fixed: The experimental feature which auto-creates allow rules for certain paths generates duplicate rules if a blocking rule prevents certain connections.
- Fixed: The tray icon does not offer any clue if the program runs in standard user mode or in elevated mode.
- Fixed: Learning mode tray context menu item remains disabled even after elevated rights are granted.
- New: Added a new WFC recommend rule for wwahost.exe, which is required to reset a Windows PIN. Without this rule, it is impossible to reset a Windows PIN.

Download location: https://binisoft.org/download/wfc6setup.exe
SHA256: cf5ec3ba3ca300bc4bb844446e26c4b921cf1097c7c387b37a8c23df37dfcf31
SHA512: cbb19e5eebc6e026b7e0db64a0b5c00084249262545a36c95c3b5d1ac6a50d57b3ab7e24da8a83e94f4dd35d95e7773714baa20e989ba4f7a27fe09d6008cb8c

 

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Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control (WFC) 6.9.9.6 has been released. (03-March-2024)

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Change log (same as 6.9.9.5):
- Fixed: When importing user settings, the authorized groups list is not refreshed.
- Fixed: The experimental feature which auto-creates allow rules for certain paths generates duplicate rules if a blocking rule prevents certain connections.
- Fixed: The tray icon does not offer any clue if the program runs in standard user mode or in elevated mode.
- Fixed: Learning mode tray context menu item remains disabled even after elevated rights are granted.
- New: Added a new WFC recommend rule for wwahost.exe, which is required to reset a Windows PIN. Without this rule, it is impossible to reset a Windows PIN.

Download location: https://binisoft.org/download/wfc6setup.exe
SHA256: accb7d4ccd9e6c5c1988c1bfe8015b2e459e52b3f8a965bd086a4746000524e6
SHA512: bd0b3ca576e5984d63f7eec9f9283abe8c2eddaf637f934c8d9811ef301f7a1927a78a0ca548f22aa1aa78788f20334f0cb275fa4662935f3a1ddc58014ba6bf

 

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Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control (WFC) 6.9.9.7 has been released. (11-April-2024)

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SHA256: e753f8b104068990a6847e80568385b37d4870b5cf803ba8adffa62bcb1ebf95
SHA512: 7b357e64bfda9263974ba3c2c581c0ecd64601afc6231fbb96af19f599ae5587f2713e0675f89cf71ac6ed15799fb769a4e09883735644e9ad31ee946f679855

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What's new in version 6.9.9.7 (11.04.2024)

- New: Added support for retrieving the friendly name for Name, Group, Description 
of Windows Store firewall rules.
- Fixed: When importing user settings with proxy config, the tray app wfcUI.exe 
crashes on startup.
- Fixed: It is not possible to remove the custom IP addresses/ranges from the 
High Filtering profile custom rules once they are set.

 

 

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Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control (WFC) 6.9.9.8 has been released. (16-April-2024)

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SHA256: b037a4416a5fee614d43e0abb138b60b8f9f4762d9da3f32a38a2c2dc0eb382f
SHA512: ca555cce31c23029626c97c648fe5aac01cec2339dab225924dc33a4cb0f12c046ba2923b723cc643d4b7e8a05976c9d17030fd0e95f995197220cd90e5afd39

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What's new in version 6.9.9.8 (16.04.2024)

- New: Added detection of invalid Windows Store rules. If a package is not found on 
the machine, the rule will appear with red text in the Rules Panel.

- Updated: The logic from previous version which detects the friendly name for 
Description property was reverted so that at least one column in the Rules Panel contains
the version of the package.

 

 

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Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control (WFC) 6.9.9.9 has been released. (18-April-2024)

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What's new in version 6.9.9.9 (18.04.2024)

— Fixed: Certain Windows Store firewall rules may show as invalid in the Rules Panel when
they are still valid.
— Improved: Notifications exceptions list is now sorted for uppercase entries first
and then the others.

 

 

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