[Snort-users] My Experience with the new Sourcefire VRT rules..

Marc Hering mhering at ...13116...
Tue Mar 8 10:20:55 EST 2005

I know there has been a lot of debate over the new VRT Rules and
licensing methods from Sourcefire.  I was staying on the sidelines due
to my relative newness to Snort in general, but now that I have had some
interaction with the new website I wanted to let everyone know my
experiences..  This is just what happened to me, and I am not trying to
start any flame wars...so if you agree with me then great, if you don't
agree with me then great!
Let me start out by saying that I personally don't have a problem with
what SF is doing,  After all, if I didn't want to pay I can still get
the rules 5 days later for free or write my own.  but since I need the
rules pretty fast (and I am not the best at writing rules..) I was ok
with paying the subscription fee.   So I mosey on over to snort.org and
try to sign up.  
Well, all I can say is that if you are like me and don't mind paying the
subscription, then GOOD LUCK!!  Finding the pricing is damn near
impossible, and when you follow the link to even sign up, it tries to
take you to a secure site THAT HAS AN INVALID CERTIFICATE! (the cert is
valid, but it doesn't protect snort.ort  it is for sourcefire.com)
then when I get to the signup page, firefox reports that this site is
not secure at all (even though it says https, there is no encryption
going on) Yean I'm gonna transmit info plaintext..NOT!   And still no
mention of how much it costs until after you create an account.....  Oh
and for all you ACID users out there, I just found out that you can't do
a rule lookup anymore even if you are a subscriber ( In their defense,
they DO say the rule lookup function is forthcoming and I am sure some
clever person will write a patch eventually)
I completely understand why Sourcefire is changing the way the rules are
distributed, and I support them in it after all, they do deserve to get
paid for hard work, however if they are going to make a change like this
that affects the whole snort community, then I would request that they
at least make sure that everything works before they put it live!
</rant mode>
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