I purposely crafted such a "news subject" for getting you prepare for some bad news; and inevitably magnify your delight in discovering what's going on instead.
In fact, despite my condition of persistent overload (which ultimately brought to SSHGuard much slower progress than what users are pushing for) there are some very positive news about the project.
First, thanks to all the users for the continuing feedback, support, and feature requests even during "unresponsive" time. As usual, sampling interest among the community is an essential factor for motivation.
Second, a new developer joined the team. Canadian TJ is already committing stuff to the SVN, and we are discussing about the roadmap. Especially since this, avoid to send me emails on the project privately. The mailing list is the place where you're most likely getting an answer.
Third, website. We received some 25 applications in response to our "call for webmater" ( https://sourceforge.net/people/viewjob.php?group_id=188282&job_id=32313 ). For one reason or the other, the position is still open. If interested, submit your application along with a couple of sample websites you prepared.
Fourth, we are planning to completely turn SSHGuard's documentation and provide a "SSHGuard Handbook". The aim is to get a unique, consistent, professionaly organized document that users will refer to, similar to what the FreeBSD Handbook is to FreeBSD users.
Soon more news.
2009-06-21 07:27:57 PDT by mijio
sshguard 1.1 is finally released as stable, after more than year of development, feedback, refinement, see
"Release often, release early" did not really apply this time, but the time let several new major features in; especially, log message authentication which makes sshguard the first log monitor securely usable in servers where local users are not trusted. A further plethora of minor features are included, from hot suspension, sensitivity to more services (dovecot, ftpds etc.), more logging formats, to blocking backends (ipfilter, aix's etc).
Sshguard now appears to be the most advanced log monitor around in terms of power, reliability, flexibility, ease of use, lightness, and extensibility. Feel free to leave your feedback on the mailing list.
The Changelog since 1.0 can be found at
The FreeBSD port is already updated, and package maintainers will be notified soon for having packages for other platforms too.
You can get support asking on the project's mailing list, see
As usual, you can propose support for new services and blocking backends at
Thanks to the users for the feedback received in the past months, and for submitting proposals on the project website.
2008-07-27 06:16:36 PDT by mijio
After several solicitations from users, especially for the possibility of providing sshguard for package managers, I have decided to get sshguard 1.1 to stable. I will commit the modifications in the TODO list and then release one "release candidate" version within the next two weeks. The final stable will follow.
2008-06-17 03:00:04 PDT by mijio
I'm extremely busy these months and this is why sshguard has not had new releases recently. Version 1.0 is satisfying and version 1.1beta3 proven reliable. I'm not releasing it as stable because I have some changes to the parser in mind, that would still improve the amount of detections.
As usual, feedback from users is very welcome. Feel free to submit bugs, feature requests, compatibility issues with uncommon OSes, and comments in general.
Most of the people emails privately; I appreciate if you post on the mailing list (support request, comments) or the tracker (feature reqs and bugs) instead, as users are now used to assess the liveness and weight of a project counting the public community activity.
I had a lot of comments, expecially from US universities and from the BSD folks. This is motivating, and I'll put hands back into sshguard for new updates as soon as some spare time comes.
2007-09-14 08:08:38 PDT by mijio
Sshguard 1.0 is finally released and marks the end of life for the 0.x branch. Major changes wrt 0.x include address whitelisting and support for IPv6. A longer list is available at
Documentation has of course been updated to reflect these news, see
I will notify maintainers soon for updating packages to this new release. We're constantly looking for packagers for new OSes, see
2007-06-04 14:09:03 PDT by mijio