I have a 2800 router connecting a small office to the Internet. I am using zone-based firewall to provide protection. The small office also needs to connect to another office. The 2800 is at the small office and an ASA at HQ. I successfully established the VPN connection and have allowed Internet access for the small office. The purpose of this post is my zone-base fw policy doesn't appear to be as secure as it could be.
2800 - I have defined two zones (inside and outside). Traffic from the inside to the outside is inspected expect for the traffic to the other office. I allow traffic to the other office to "pass" zbfw. Because the traffic "passes" zbfw, I have to "pass" the same traffic for the outside to in policy. The ASA has "sysopt" to allow VPN traffic to bypass the outside_acl. Do routers and zone-based firewall have a similar feature?