HenWen 2.0.4 Description:
HenWen is a network security package for Mac OS X that makes it easy to configure and run Snort, a free Network Intrusion Detection System (NIDS). HenWen's goal is to simplify setting up and maintaining software that will scan network traffic for undesirable traffic a firewall may not block. Everything you need to have is bundled in; there is no compiling or command line use necessary. A NIDS has a number of practical uses on a network. For people that use Mac OS X Server or otherwise provide network services with their Macs, a NIDS will inform the administrator that someone from a specific place on the network is trying to scan the server for possible vulnerabilities, or try to compromise security. A NIDS can also scan the network for bad TCP or ICMP traffic, or traffic that suggests someone on the network (or the local computer) is trying to do something that the network administrator does not want them doing (ie. trading pirated software or using software they're not supposed to be using). While a NIDS is mainly used by network administrators, a NIDS is also a useful thing for home users to have as well, especially for home users who are always connected to the Internet and/or have a home network installed.