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When you are working on a network that is to be safe and secure you should think of the best protection that is provided with the latest technology filled software. As the technology has improved its wings the positive and negative impacts are equally impacting the individual’s work whether it is related to office or personal.

So using the open source network that will provide you with the best intrusion prevention and proper detection system called shortly as IDS and IPS can make your life easy. Snort for Windows is one such open source solution that is developed by source fire.

The signatures of various types can be combined with the protocol that is known only to the parties that are sending and receiving the information across the network and also for the anomaly based inspection can help you in getting the best out of your knowledge along with securing it on the network.

This technology is being used across the world for all kinds of work that do need security facility. There are millions of people that are downloading the software and many of them having the old versions are upgrading to the latest version in order to take advantage of the features that are made available with programming the latest technological strategies into this software.
Version reviewed: Date: 02:33:23 PM, Sunday, May 29, 2011

windows default iconSnort for Windows Publisher's description

Snort is an open source network intrusion prevention and detection system (IDS/IPS) developed by Sourcefire.

Snort is an open source network intrusion prevention and detection system (IDS/IPS) developed by Sourcefire. Combining the benefits of signature, protocol, and anomaly-based inspection, Snort is the most widely deployed IDS/IPS technology worldwide. With millions of downloads and approximately 300,000 registered users, Snort has become the de facto standard for IPS.


- Protocol analysis and content searching/matching
- Uses a flexible rules language to describe traffic that it should collect or pass
- Detection engine that utilizes a modular plug-in architecture
- Real-time alerting capability
- Detects buffer overflows, stealth port scans, CGI attacks, SMB probes, OS fingerprinting attempts, and more

What's New in This Release:

New additions:
- Add support to do file specific processing within DCERPC preprocessor for files being transferred over SMB.
- File capture and storage -- saves files as they traverse the network via a new preprocessor that ties in support within HTTP, FTP, SMTP, POP, IMAP, and SMB. See README.file and README.file_server (under tools/file_server) for details.
- Add = operators to byte_test rule option.
- Update SMTP to detect Cyrus SASL authentication attack.
- Add capability to capture a single session from start to end.
- EXPERIMENTAL: Add support to leverage file type identification in snort rules. See README.file_ips for details.
- Only inject active responses when a TCP session is established.
- Update the POP and IMAP protocols to support simple PAF for improved identification and capture of files.
- Update SMTP, POP, IMAP to improve inspection when mime boundaries are split across packets.
- Address issue to address end of line incorrectly for Quoted Printable email attachments.
- Handle out of order SSL handshake in SMTP when STARTTLS is used and fix checks for SSL type only within the SSL hand shake.
- Update sensitive data preprocessor to handle a stateful search of patterns across multiple packets.
- Address a few issues in the Snort manual and other READMEs for flowbits and tunneling.
- Save off packet data for quicker debugging in case of a SIGABRT or SIGBUS.

System Requirements:

Winpcap 4.1.1
Program Release Status: Major Update
Program Install Support: Install and Uninstall

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