[Snort-users] Price for "vanilla Snort" (no bells and whistles)

dr.kaos dr.kaos at ...4970...
Mon May 6 19:32:01 EDT 2002

On Monday 06 May 2002 05:30 am, Glenn Larsson wrote:

> The Snort license speaks of snort as free (as in sourcecode) and not
> price; i'm wondering - is sourcefire the only current provider of a
> commercial snort?

Not exactly. Sourcefire is the only organization with a true 'commercial 
snort' in the sense that they've changed the code (and the license) to 
improve functionality and performance (if I understand right). To my 
knowledge, this is the only closed-source derivation of Snort to date. 
There are a few others, though, that make 'snort appliances' (hardware 
boxes with pre-configured snort, sometimes with custom management 
interfaces). Check out the CrunchBox at http://www.shopip.com and 
Silicon Defense's products at http://www.silicondefense.com

Also, above you associate 'free' with 'sourcecode'. You should note that 
Snort is available via www.snort.org in precompiled binary format for 
most linux platforms, as well as a few other various and sundry.

> What if i do not need the Management console or hardware or any
> support that sourcefire provide, i just the packet driver and the IDS
> engine.
> Is there a "for commercial purposes" version of snort (without the
> above stuff) that i could buy or...?!?!?

For what reason are you not interested in the existing open source 
version of Snort? If you just need the packet driver and the IDS 
engine, libpcap and Snort via www.snort.org should do all you need.

> Anyone have an answer?

Yep. Hope they were helpful.

best regards,


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