[Snort-devel] requested clarification on xml

Martin Roesch roesch at ...48...
Sat Feb 10 23:40:12 EST 2001

I like the idea of a translator as well.


"A.L.Lambert" wrote:
> > I just want to make sure of something:
> >
> > I haven't seen anyone object to snort's using XML natively and just
> > using a translator to continue to support the existing format for
> > people who like it.  Does anyone have an objection to that course?
> > If so, what is the objection?  If not, then I think that we have
> > consensus that XML is an option if the technology can be made to work.
>         Now this track, I don't really have any objections to.  Perhaps a
> tool that will parse both ways would be the best key.  That way, when/if
> we start getting people distributing rules in native XML format, those of
> us who need/want to use the old format can crunch them XML->flat ASCII,
> and when done, can do flat ASCII->XML.
>         As I said, I'm not saying that I think XML is a bad idea for Snort
> (from a technical perspective, it doesn't look like a bad idea at all,
> with the possible exception of portability issues), I'm just asking that
> you (and other folks who want to do this) keep in mind us 'ignorant
> savages', and not leave us too far in the dust.  Based on your response, I
> seem to have made my point, so I'll shut up now. :)  Thanks for listening
> to me.  Cheers!
>         --A.L.Lambert
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Martin Roesch
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