Open source innovator and SNORT creator, Sourcefire, Inc., and Insecure.Org, the creator of the Nmap Security Scanner, today announced a licensing agreement for the parties to jointly develop open source vulnerability scanning technology based on the general purpose Nmap Scripting Engine (NSE) embedded within the Nmap network discovery tool.
Under the agreement, Insecure.Org will develop the engine while the Sourcefire Vulnerability Research Team (VRT) will develop and contribute plug-ins for discovering specific vulnerabilities.
On Monday, Sourcefire the company behind the open-source intrusion-detection application Snort said that hackers could potentially execute malicious code on a system running Snort and gain access to confidential data.
The vulnerability was reported to Sourcefire by Internet Security Systems (ISS), the security arm of IBM.
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