Copyright 2009,2010 Ivan Ristic <firstname.lastname@example.org>
LibHTP is a security-aware parser for the HTTP protocol and the related bits
and pieces. The goals of the project, in the order of importance, are as
1. Completeness of coverage; LibHTP must be able to parse virtually all
traffic that is found in practice.
2. Permissive parsing; LibHTP must never fail to parse a stream that would
be parsed by some other web server.
3. Awareness of evasion techniques; LibHTP must be able to detect and
effectively deal with various evasion techniques, producing, where
practical, identical or practically identical results as the web
server processing the same traffic stream.
4. Performance; The performance must be adequate for the desired tasks.
Completeness and security are often detremental to performance. Our
idea of handling the conflicting requirements is to put the library
user in control, allowing him to choose the most desired library
| IMPORTANT LIBHTP IS NOT YET CONSIDERED STABLE. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. DO NOT
| USE IN PRODUCTION. WORK IS CURRENTLY UNDER WAY TO ENSURE THAT
| LIBHTP IS SECURE AND THAT IT PERFORMS WELL.
| STATUS LIBHTP IS VERY YOUNG AT THIS POINT. IT WILL BE SOME TIME BEFORE
| IT CAN BE CONSIDER COMPLETE. AT THE MOMENT, THE FOCUS OF DEVELOPMENT
| IS ON ACHIEVING THE FIRST TWO GOALS.
LibHTP is an open source product, released under terms of the General Public Licence
version 2 (GPLv2). Please refer to the file LICENSE, which contains the complete text
of the license.
In addition, there is a special exception that allows LibHTP to be freely
used with any OSI-approved open source licence. Please refer to the file
LIBHTP_LICENSING_EXCEPTION for the full text of the exception.
The installation process should be as simple as:
# make install
| NOTE If you already have an early 0.2.x version installed, you must
| uninstall it before proceeding. Initially /usr was used for the
| installation, but /usr/local is used now. If you forgot to uninstall,
| clean all traces of LibHTP from /usr/lib/libhtp* and /usr/include/htp/*.
If you want to use a repository version of LibHTP, do the following:
1. Use svn export to retrieve the sources of the version you wish to use
2. Run ./update_version, which will update htp.c with the latest Subversion
3. You may wish to also update htp.pc.in and configure.ac with the correct version
4. Run autoconf -i --force, which will prepare the library for installation
5. Run doxygen to generate the API documentation
6. Continue to install as described above
The best documentation at this time is the code itself and the Doxygen output (which
should be all right). There's also a quick start guide in the doc/ folder, which
should give you enough information to get going.
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