Intrusion detection team denies Trojan claim

Monday, 22 September 2003, 4:55 PM EST

The author of Snort, an open-source Intrusion Detection System (IDS), Martin Roesch, has dismissed as untrue claims the software was 'trojaned' by attackers.

Roesch, who is also the chief technology officer of US-based IDS company Sourcefire, moved quickly to quell rumours in the security community that a hacking group had managed to insert back-door code into the Snort source-code repository.

"There is no back door in Snort nor has there ever been, everyone can relax," Roesch wrote in a posting to the full disclosure security mailing list.

Attackers had breached one of Roesch's systems, he admits, but that was a low-security shell server -- used by members of the Snort team and their associates to access services such as IRC without exposing their own machines to risk -- located in his basement, 37km away from the Snort code repository.

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