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What is the difference between Snort and Bro?

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Bro is the only other real open source network intrusion detection system supported by a significant community of users. Vern Paxson of the University of California at Berkeley is the lead developer. Bro is considered a specification-based network IDS. Bro uses a variety of protocol analysis modules to inspect traffic and make judgments regarding its conformance to various norms. It is actually a very powerful complement to Snort.


This was first published in January 2008

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