Thursday, September 19, 2019

Snort versions EOL and open-source Snort release schedule updates

It's time again for us to wind down certain versions of SNORTⓇ.

We currently support 36 different Open Source Operating System builds for the Snort Subscriber Rule Set. Each additional version of the OS and additional version of Snort that we have to support exponentially increases the amount of build — and, subsequently, QA — time required to create a version of the ruleset. To adjust this workload, we will be deprecating the following versions of Snort:

  • 2.9.9.0
  • 2.9.11.1
  • 2.9.12.0

Using our regular 90-day notice policy, this means that those versions will deprecate on Dec. 18 later this year.

This will leave versions:

  • 2.9.8.3
  • 2.9.13.0
  • 2.9.14.1
  • 2.9.15.0

If you are on 2.9.9.0, 2.9.11.1, or 2.9.12.0, we recommend you upgrade to 2.9.14.1 immediately.

We will be updating our EOL page on Snort.org soon to reflect this change as soon as we get a chance to push that live.

But, there is good news.

We are going to move to a more regular release schedule of about once a quarter. We will iron out the dates and details soon, at which time we'll let you know on the blog with an accompanying page on Snort.org. This will allow for more regular releases and easier depreciation of older releases.

If there are any concerns, please bring them to the Snort-Users mailing list.