snort.confexample files are that we (the VRT) use to test our rules with.
snort.confthat is contained inside the
etc/directory of the Snort tarball is a snapshot in time (at the time of the tarball release), it's necessary to occasionally update the
snort.confin order to take advantage of updated settings for the preprocessors and include new rule files.
So, in order to provide the latest functionality for all our users, the
snort.conffiles that are contained within the subscriber tarball are now listed http://www.snort.org/vrt/snort-conf-configurations/ here.
Also, we've included the automatically generated
sid-msg.mapfile so that people may use those as well if you don't use a tool like PulledPork to automatically generate these files.
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