[Snort-users] PDF Snort Management Reports

pieter claassen pieter at ...9950...
Sat Sep 20 06:44:09 EDT 2003

We are in the process of developing a Management Reporting tool and
currently have a prototype out there that produces PDF reports from a
Snort database.


The product is completely done in Python, can run standalone (python
interpreter and libraries are packaged together) and runs on both
Windows and Linux.

So, here are my questions:
1. We currently do not plan to open source the product because we
believe there is no good business model specifically for management
reporting to do this. The reason primarily being that device management
is exactly the value add that commercial products such as Sourcefire and
Countersnipe offer to the client and by providing this capability as
open source, it will undermine the revenue model that currently makes
Snort such a successful OS product. Any opinions on this matter?
2. The product does not easily lend itself to collaborative effort from
a technical point of view, but there is certainly great millage in
obtaining input from the OS community on the business logic (what type
of questions should business reports answer). Does anybody have any
ideas on how such a relationship between the OS community and a
commercial product could work? I see this as an efficiency issue in that
we will eventually obtain those questions through our clients, but it
will happen faster through the snort community.
3. Lastly, any comments on how to handle commercial products in this


pieter claassen <pieter at ...9950...>

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