The new engine technology will be available within the open source Nmap Security
Scanner as well as bundled into the Sourcefire 3D System. When combined with Sourcefire RNA as part of the 3D System, these new active scanning capabilities will enable customers to coordinate passive network discovery with surgical active scanning. Users of Sourcefire RNA will be able to identify real-time network changes and then use the Nmap capabilities to deliver specific vulnerability information for only those assets that have been added or changed.
An alpha release of the Nmap Scripting Engine with a number of initial scripts is now available for download. The commercial Sourcefire version is expected to be embedded in the 3D System beginning in the first quarter of 2008.