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jeremy 12-30-2006 03:05 PM

Security App of the Year
Yes, we know many of these apps are not even remotely directly comparable. The real question should be, which one does its job the best. There are simply too many security niches for us to have a poll for each one.


raskin 12-30-2006 03:50 PM

Maybe it is reasonable to mark "Ethereal" item as "Wireshark (former Ethereal)", after domain and trademark went to main developer's former employer and all the team is now working on Wireshark (with same code base)?

jeremy 12-30-2006 03:55 PM

Good point - done.


zetabill 12-30-2006 07:33 PM

Wow that's kind of a hard one. I use a lot of those. I am going to have to thrown down on Wireshark though, because I use it when I notice my bandwidth acting up when it shouldn't. I can also use it to monitor traffic on my whole network and not just between my computer and the internet. Very nice.

raskin 12-31-2006 03:13 AM

By the way, if I tend to think I will vote for Wireshark anyway, do I have right to propose dsniff package (including arpspoof)? As far as I remember neither of proposed options allows you to intercept gateway traffic for some exotic machine (like I have notebook on the same switch as an HDS X terminal, and surely I have no chance to run sniffer on an important server - so I fake gateway for X terminal and debug its network boot, it was exactly so).

PhillipHuang 12-31-2006 09:29 PM

nmap tool is my favor for usually checking my network.

Old_Fogie 01-01-2007 02:14 AM

I vote for Ossec hids with rkhunter as a very very very near second. Ossec really helps me as a "noobie" as it tells me right away or within a few minutes at the least what's going on with my system, it monitors my rkhunter db and files, my aide.conf and db and other important misc files and it comes with fantatic "noobie friendly" installation for a slackware linux noobie as myself. In fact it is one of my favorite app's in gnu/linux becuase of it's spped and consistency even on old pc's tho I rkhunter is truly a blessing :D

Hangdog42 01-01-2007 05:13 PM

How about adding Aide to the list?

diilbert 01-02-2007 05:36 AM

Firestarter... makes firewalling easy ;)

cincindie 01-02-2007 06:03 AM

Haven't heard about half the apps listed here. The ones I know of do not do the same thing. Tough call.

kuhndog86 01-02-2007 09:42 AM

Good old reliable chkrootkit.

LocoMojo 01-02-2007 10:32 AM

Can't really vote on this one. I use a few of the options for different things. Choosing one is like choosing between a TV and a computer, I like them both for different reasons.

Samoth 01-02-2007 04:46 PM

Where is FireHOL(Bash based, file configured, iptables interface)? Can't vote anything else....


gnukish 01-03-2007 01:49 PM

not fair ... most of the stuff mentioned are good. [except nessus, since they made it closed source-free application instead of having it as open source since version 3.0] so iam unsure whether it can be included here ;)

Ethereal,dsniff,nmap,tcpdump and ...kismet seem to be "impressive" [i use them regularly]

drokmed 01-03-2007 01:50 PM

Holy cow, need to split this one up into multiple categories, ie: firewall, sniffing, anti-virus, anti-spam, etc.

I'll go down the firewall avenue, and pick shorewall, because it can be reconfigured from the command line, and has a really nice webmin module (all my servers run webmin). fwbuilder is really nice for the complex firewalls, but requires a gui to make any changes.

I'd have to add a few options to this poll. My firewalls usually run shorewall, squid, dansguardian, clamav, then mgmt tools like sarg, webmin, vnc, etc.

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