[Snort-devel] Versioned rulesets and release schedule

W. Michael Petullo mike at flyn.org
Sat Aug 18 08:57:38 EDT 2018

I am the maintainer of the Snort packages for OpenWrt. I have two
questions which follow from my work packaging Snort.

First, does the Snort team provide a versioned tarball of the community
rules available at:

	https://www.snort.org/downloads/community/snort3-community-rules.tar.gz ?

The trouble with the unversioned tarball is that it seems to change over
time. This causes a problem because an OpenWrt package specification
contains both the URL of a resource and its hash. My build breaks when
the team updates snort3-community-rules.tar.gz due to the package hash
becoming invalid. I think other Linux distributions work this way.

I could leave the rules out of the package, but that leaves a follow-on
step for users who install the Snort package on OpenWrt.

Second, has the Snort team published a timeline for the final 3.0.0
release? The team has clearly done a huge amount of work on the Snort 3
source tree. As a packager, I am interested in projecting when we will
see a stable release. The last time I have seen this discussed was on
the Snort mailing list in 2016 ("snort++ (ver. 3) roadmap/release date,"
April 15, 2016.

Thank you!



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