Campaign: Free Airlock WAF Development and Integration Test License

Ergon and Acrosec are offering free Airlock WAF development and integration test licenses to Japanese companies and organizations. We are also extending this offer to SIer and IT service providers, as well as technical schools and universities which are interested in web application security.

The goal of this campaign is to promote web application security during development. We believe that the best approach to cyber security is to cover security during the whole application life-cycle. Covering security early in the application development process including testing and operations not only requires a DevSecOps mindset but also that advanced application layer security functionality is available to the developer and tester in their multiple development and testing environments.

This campaign started in February 2017. A free license can be renewed with the same conditions. The campaign has no end date (open ended). However, we reserve the right to change or terminate this campaign or conditions at any time. Licenses always remain valid until expiration.

How to apply:

Please use the campaign application form in order to apply for a free license.
The terms of use and license conditions are also available on the application page.


The following describes the (engineering level) details of how to get the license and how to download and install an Airlock WAF.

1. Choose a suitable development or testing environment

Specification: 64 bit compatible x86 architecture, 2GHz+ CPU, 2GB+ Memory, 20GB+ HD

Attention: Airlock WAF is a security device and does not tolerate other installations on the same machine. It is bundled with its own OS which will format all drives during the installation process. Please pay attention to this point and install it only on suitable machines in a dedicated development or testing environment. You are not allowed to use this license in a production environment.

We suggest to use a virtual machine like VirtualBox or VMWare. If you plan to use the Airlock WAF as Docker host make sure that your VM supports nested virtualization.

2. How to get a license (which is bound to the MAC address of a network adapter)

Start with this step as the license key is important and will be required later in order to activate the product.

License procedure

2a) Apply for a license key: Click here to open the application form

  • Add contact information and your affiliation to an organization and what Airlock WAF functionality you would like to use.
  • Add the MAC address as the issued license key will be bound to this MAC address. Using the MAC address of a NIC within a virtual machine is perfectly fine. In case of multiple NICs, only one MAC address is required.
  • Submit the application form and you will receive an automatic reply mail. Do not reply to this mail.

2b) If your request is granted:

  • You will receive a confirmation email from Acrosec if your request is granted.
  • Go to step 3 and create a user account in the Airlock Techzone in order to get access to the download file. You do not have to wait for the license key in 2c) as you can start installing and configuring immediately after getting access to the download area.

2c) You will receive the license key by e-mail from Acrosec in order to activate Airlock. Please allow some time for this process.

3. Download Airlock WAF and create a bootable drive from ISO

Create user account on Techzone

Create a user account in the Airlock Techzone if you don’t have one yet. Register at “sign up here” by following this link

Please add also following context information during the registration process: “Ergon Contact: Acrosec”, “Account Reason: Free Airlock WAF Development and Integration license”.

Please pay attention that you need first to go through steps 2a) and 2b) above, otherwise the account will not be created.


Download the installation DVD file from the Techzone page ( If you see below information then you are on the right page.

File Checksum SHA256 Comment
airlock_ISO_x64_7.0.iso b8e4c7db875392963a012
ISO image for full system installations

Please note that Airlock WAF is downloaded as ISO file for the installation. Subsequent updates and upgrades are executables.

ISO files can not be executed directly and need to be prepared (which depends on your preferred install media DVD, USB etc.). This requires making your media bootable before starting the installation. This is the same process as creating a bootable media for installing a Linux OS or similar.

4. Installation and activation with the license key


Start the installation process from the bootable drive of your choice. It is similar to installing a Linux OS.

Pay attention that you choose an interface with suitable IP address which is accessible afterwards with your browser and that you define user account and password which you can remember. You will need IP address and user account afterwards to logon to the Airlock Admin GUI (Configuration Center).


Access the Admin GUI from your browser (after finishing the installation) by typing in the IP address for the Admin GUI and login to the Configuration Center with your user name and password which you created during the installation process.

Go to “Setup Setup” > “License” and copy-paste the license key into the appropriate form and activate the Airlock.

Start configuring; Airlock will tell you if you make a mistake. Use the context help button on the Airlock for configuration hints or go to Airlock Techzone for additional documents with more configuration details:

Some useful configuration links can be found on the Acrosec FAQ page.

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