Snort 2.9.8.3 end-of-life for shared object rules

Attention SNORTⓇ users and integrators:

This blog post serves as the official announcement that the shared object rules for Snort version 2.9.8.3 have now reached their end of life. This version will no longer be included in our shared object rule releases from now on. For an indeterminate amount of time, we'll still be supporting plain text rules for 2.9.8.3.

As we release new versions of Snort, occasionally we have to decommission older versions, lowering our amount of maintenance to building the ruleset for these different versions. We continually review the usage of versions and try to strive to only keep the most actively used versions around. There are several older Snort rule integrators that are using very old versions, which is the reason those versions are still around. However, we are actively working with these partners to move them to more current versions of Snort.

If you are using an older version of Snort, we encourage you to please start your upgrades to a more recent version of Snort 2.9 or Snort 3.