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Re: EOL for Snort 2.8.5.3 and Snort 2.8.6.0 rules reminder
From: Mike Lococo <mikelococo () gmail com>
Date: Mon, 04 Oct 2010 18:07:14 -0400

Support for Snort 2.8.5.3 rules will cease on October 22nd.

With the release of Snort 2.9, support for Snort 2.8.6.0 rules will end 
90 days from today, that is Jan 2nd 2011.

Really?  A 90-day upgrade window?  According to the VRT rules EOL
policy, the current and prior major releases will be supported [1]:

Major Release: Change in the first or second decimal of the version
number. Examples: Version 2.0 to 3.0, Version 2.8 to 2.9
...
Prior Version: The *major* release previous to the current
production release with the highest minor and patch releases

While the emphasis on the word "major" is mine, the document is specific
about what that means.  Based on that language, I would expect that
2.8.final would be supported until 3.0 or 2.10 are released.  Of course,
the February "current" examples aren't actually consistent with the
statement, listing a "previous" version instead of a "prior" version,
which is one *minor* revision behind, instead of one major revision behind.

I see the policy was updated in Feb, but don't know what it looked like
prior.  Are these recent changes, policies which weren't enforced until
recently, or long-standing policies that I've simply never noticed?

Regards,
Mike Lococo

[1] http://www.snort.org/vrt/rules/eol_policy

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