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Snort Description

Snort is a lightweight network intrusion detection and prevention system that performs packet logging and traffic analysis on IP networks. The Windows software is also capable of performing protocol analysis and content searching/matching.  It can detect a number of probes and attacks such as stealth port scans, SMB probes, buffer overflows, OS fingerprinting attempts, CGI attacks, and much more.

The packet sniffer and logger detects unwanted intrusions in your network and features real-time analysis and alerts. In order to work in a proper manner, Snort for Windows requires WinPcap, a tool to provide a direct packet access.

The networking tool for PC can be configured in three main modes: packet logger, sniffer, and network intrusion detection. In packet logger mode, the application will log packets to the disk. In sniffer mode, it reads network packets and shows them on the consoles. Finally, in network intrusion detection mode, the program monitors network traffic and analyze it against a user-defined rule. Download Snort to provide an all-round protection to your system’s network.

Available as an open-source network monitoring application, Snort displays TCP/IP packet headers and records packets to a logging directory or a database like ODBC and MySQL database.

The latest version of Snort for Windows analyzes the sent and received packets and determines whether any of them represent a possible threat or not. Moreover, the packets that trigger rules can be logged in binary or ASCII format.

Key features of Snort

 > Protects your network from emerging threats

 > Captures raw packets with LibPcap and then decodes as well as preprocesses them before forwarding them to the detection engine

 > Provides alert when a suspicious packet is detected

 > Can output ‘alert’ and ‘log’ data in a variety of formats and methods

 > Supported databases: Oracle, MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, and ODBC

 > Includes an IDS mode in which you can define the behavior of Snort

 > Allows you to define the behavior by editing the configuration file

The pros

 > Great accuracy

 > Rapid response

 > IPS detection and blocking

The cons

 > A bit complicated for beginners

The bottom line

Snort provides a high-performance yet flexible rule-based network intrusion detection and prevention system that performs real-time traffic analysis and logging. The networking tool monitors, detects, and responds to several attack strategies by using protocol, signature, and anomaly-based inspection techniques. Whether you use it for real-time traffic analysis or as an IPS/IDS appliance, Snort for Windows is an outstanding networking tool to go for. 

6.0 MB
Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
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