Friday, May 27, 2016

Reminder: Upgrade your Bro installation! Stability updates in 2.4.1

Reminder: Upgrade your Bro installation! Stability updates in 2.4.1

Bro 2.5 is not far away, but in the meantime you should upgrade to Bro 2.4.1. This is the latest stable release. If you are running 2.4 the upgrade to 2.4.1 won't break your config. This release contains important fixes without changing Bro's functionality.
Not sure which one your version is? 'bro --version' will tell you.

Check the change log here.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Reminder: BroCon ’16 CFP ends Friday June 3rd

Interested in presenting at BroCon ’16 this year? Our call for presentations ends Friday, June 3rd.

We are looking for talks to represent the many applications of Bro. Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
  • as a tool for solving problems;
  • interesting user stories, solutions, or research projects;
  • a postmortem analysis of a security incident, emphasizing Bro’s contribution;
  • the value Bro brings to your professional work;
  • and, using Bro for more than intrusion detection.
Criteria for evaluating proposals include whether the topic is applicable to multiple types of organizations, gives people ideas to take home and use, can be understood by a broad audience, or is novel to many in the audience. Scrolling through our YouTube Channel may provide some insight into the types of presentations we wish to feature. Plan on limiting your talk to 30-35 minutes with an additional 10 minutes for questions/comments.

Send abstracts (max 500 words) to:
Subject: BroCon 2016 Call for Presentations
Submission due date: Friday, June 3rd
Target date for announcing speakers: Friday July 1st

Proposals are selected by the Bro Leadership Team:
  • Seth Hall, International Computer Science Institute
  • Keith Lehigh, Indiana University
  • Vern Paxson, University of California at Berkeley / International Computer Science Institute
  • Michal Purzynski, Mozilla Foundation
  • Aashish Sharma, Lawrence Berkeley Lab
  • Adam Slagell, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
  • Robin Sommer, International Computer Science Institute

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Talk to us! - The Bro team's communication channels

Talk to us! - The Bro team's communication channels

Bro is now more than 20 years old. The community has grown in size and diversity. In response we made some changes to the ways the Bro community can communicate with us.


We are currently testing Gitter, a chat system designed for developers. Please join the Bro channel. You can browse to it at, download the native apps, or connect via IRC. Currently, we have a Bro room and Broker room. We're looking forward to seeing you there! The test will go on for a couple more weeks. Please give feedback in Gitter or to about this.


Our IRC channel #bro on Freenode is the well established chat where many people of the community as well as some Bro developers will answer questions.

The Bro Mailing Lists

We also will continue to maintain our mailing lists. The most important ones are,, and is our general user mailing list. If you prefer mail over chat, this should be your first address whenever you get stuck using Bro or want to understand something. Experienced Bro users and members of Bro's developer team answer on this list. is a low traffic mailing list used to announce Bro events, code releases, and other important news. is the mailing list you should subscribe to if you want to follow or participate in discussions on Bro's future from a developer perspective. On this list we discuss design and feature decisions, and also how to resolve problems and bugs. We recently moved automated mails from our ticket system away from this list to reduce the noise. The immediate effect was an increase in productive discussions.


Our Twitter channel is @Bro_IDS. This is our channel for quick and short news, too small for bro-announce or a blog post.

Bro Community and other ways to reach us

More options to listen or talk to us are listed on our Community page.
If you need to talk to us in private about logistics, donation offers, or other special requests, you can write to

A little reminder and request to the community: As an open source project the Bro team tries to help wherever possible with using and developing Bro. Please send technical questions to one of the mailing lists, though; not to That way the broader Bro community gets a chance to chime in as well, and everybody will benefit from any responses.

The Bro User Community

We want to take this opportunity to thank all our users and contributors! Please keep talking to us.