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What does the future hold for Snort?

Discover how the new features of Snort 3.0 promise to deliver greater functionality to Snort users and their clients than ever before.

Snort's future has never been brighter. Probably the most exciting development in Snort is the work to produce Snort 3.0. Snort 3.0 will be a radical departure from the 1.x and 2.x lines.

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Richard Bejtlich is director of incident response at General Electric Company in Manassas, Va. and blogs at and Listen to the rest of Richard's answers on Snort by downloading our Snort podcast.

Snort 3.0 is a complete rewrite that will use the Lua programming language to control and extend Snort's operation. Snort will become more of a detection framework with the ability to operate multiple threads performing various inspection activities. I strongly recommend reading Snort developer Marty Roesch's blog for periodic updates on Snort 3.0's status.

This was last published in January 2008

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