Impressive Open Source Intrusion Prevention – HLBR

Outsmart Malicious Hackers


It’s good to see work on open source tools in the countermeasure department aswell as the attack and penetration arena.

It’s a shame since Snort and Nessus have gone semi-commercial.

I hope more people invest their time in good IDS, Firewall and IPS systems, I love things like IPCop and hope to see more products like HLBR.

HLBR is a brazilian project, started in november 2005, as a fork of the Hogwash project (started by Jason Larsen in 1996)

HLBR is an IPS (Intrusion Prevention System) that can filter packets directly in the layer 2 of the OSI model (so the machine doesn’t need even an IP address). Detection of malicious/anomalous traffic is done by rules based in signatures, and the user can add more rules. It is an efficient and versatile IPS, and it can even be used as bridge to honeypots and honeynets. Since it doesn’t make use of the operating system’s TCP/IP stack, it can be “invisible” to network access and attackers.

Since version 1.0, released in march 5th 2006, HLBR can use regular expressions to detect intrusion attempts, virus, worms, and phishing.

You can view the entire HLBR README file here.

Go to the HLBR Homepage for more information and downloads.


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