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Tool and Usage

Snort is a network intrusion detection system (NIDS) that runs on Linux and other platforms.


Besides intrusion detection, Snort has the capabilities to prevent attacks by taking actions.

Usage and audience

Snort is commonly used for security monitoring. Target users for this tool are system administrators.


  • Snort is written in C
  • Customization and additions are possible
  • Extendable with custom tests and plugins

Tool review

The review and analysis of this project resulted in the following remarks for this security tool:


  • + Supported by a large company

Author and Maintainers

Snort is under development by Marty Roesch and maintained by Cisco. This project is currently maintained by Christine Council, Sammi Seaman.


Support operating systems

Snort is known to work on FreeBSD, Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

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Project details
Latest release2.9.9.0 [2016-11-07]
Last updatedNov. 2, 2017

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