“After a long period of downtime, Defender is back under active development. There’s a lot of mess as far as the website goes (under construction yadda yadda) but at least there’s someone to get a hold of if things go wrong”, the IRC Defender website announced. This modular Perl based piece of software is coded to help networks with security issues such as worms, spambots and viruses.
The development was halted for quite some time. Formerly active member Brain explains: “Development for IRC defender has been slow for a couple of years now. The program basically did what we needed it to for chatspike (the network it was initially written for), and with other projects like InspIRCd keeping me busy, i was unable to put the time into the project that it needed.”
A new maintainer Thunderhacker was chosen after he asked Brain about the project, and if development could resume. He seemed enthusiastic and willing to maintain the project, so i gave him access to the project to continue it in my ‘absence’.
The new version released (1.5 RC1) has been used on Chatspike for the past few years and includes new modules such as an anti-spamming and anti-repeating module, and the obligatory bugfixes. “Not that much is new yet but with ‘fresh blood’ on the project i can imagine that very shortly lots of new things will be cropping up in IRC Defender” Brain assures us.
IRC-Junkie asked Thunderhacker about the future for IRC Defender: “One of the major plans I have is setting up an area for third party modules to be hosted for use with Defender.” He is currently also working on a bug, and when that one is solved, RC2 will be released. And finally there are plans for new modules. “Beyond 1.6 is a bit too far to predict. A lot of things could happen in that time”, Thunderhacker explains.
Anyone needing help with IRC Defender is encouraged to visit the forum or visit the #defender channel on Chatspike.
Thanks to w00t for the tip!