Application layer gateway

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An application layer gateway is a special firewall which does stateful packet inspection. Some protocols such as TFTP use ports chosen at random. An application layer gateway can strengthen such a system by only allowing communication on ports which are used by one of the sessions. Note that this setup is different from a proxy firewall (also called application layer firewall). Such a firewall will also look at the payload data being transmitted.