[Snort-users] Check Point Software Technologies to Acquire Sourcefire

Richard Harman snort at ...13383...
Thu Oct 6 04:57:10 EDT 2005

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The good thing is that Snort is GPL.  If CheckPoint/Sourcefire decides
to take the current code base and relicense it, we've still got what's
been previously released under the GPL.  You can't take back licensing
something under the GPL, that's why it's been called "viral".  Push come
to shove, Snort could be forked from the current GPL codebase into a new
project.  It's happened before in other situations.

SourceFire is a good company, and I don't think we've got anything to
worry about.

carlopmart at ...11827... wrote:
> I think that this is a bad news. I known CheckPoint (I take working with
> them arround 6 years with CheckPoint products) and I think that snort
> stopped being GPL/free in one or two years maximum ....
> i repeat: bad notice for GNU community.
> Sorry for my bad english.
> Jennifer Steffens wrote:
>> Hi Everyone,
>> We are very excited to announce that Check Point has signed an
>> agreement to acquire Sourcefire. We understand that this announcement
>> affects not only Sourcefire but the community as well. We want to be
>> sure to put everyone's mind at ease that Snort is now and will
>> continue to be free to end-users.  We will continue to develop and
>> distribute the Snort engine under the GPL, improve and document the
>> program to stay on the cutting edge and expand the snort.org web
>> site.  The community continues, as always, to be important to us as a
>> group of people who use the code pervasively throughout the entire
>> Internet, report on problems and make suggestions and contributions to
>> the project.  Check Point is very excited about continuing
>> Sourcefire’s involvement with the open source community!
>> Read a message from Marty Roesch, Snort creator, to the community at
>> http://www.snort.org/about_snort/msg_from_marty/mr_100605.html.
>> Regards,
>> Jennifer
>> -- 
>> Jennifer Steffens
>> Director, Product Management - Snort
>> Sourcefire, Inc
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