Friday, June 22, 2012

Introducing the new ClamAV team

Earlier this week we announced a new chapter for ClamAV with the departure of Tomasz Kojm, Alberto Wu, Luca Gibelli and Edwin Török. While we are sad to see them go, we are grateful for the contributions they have made and are committed to carrying on the project with the community in mind.

As Tomasz mentioned in his own email, ClamAV just had its 10th birthday. Over the years we've been able to integrate ClamAV into our own product suite and it is now used by millions of mail filters, operating systems and millions of file scans per day. It's big, and we want it to be even bigger, with open source commitment at its core.

So, now that we've begun this new chapter, I’d like to introduce you to some new members of the ClamAV team. These folks might be new to ClamAV, but they have been with the Sourcefire Vulnerability Research Team (VRT) for quite some time, and all have worked on other open source projects. Without further ado, they are:

Matthew Olney is the project development lead for ClamAV and lead architect for the Razorback framework. Pulling from his experience as a network and security engineer, he’s also a detection specialist for Snort and a frequent contributor of signatures to the ClamAV engine itself.

Ryan Pentney is the lead bytecode engine developer for ClamAV; a perfect complement to his role as lead developer for file format detection for the Razorback framework. He also is a contributor to both the Snort and ClamAV engines.

Tom Judge has a strong background in systems and security operations. He is a FreeBSD committer, a lead developer for the Razorback framework and a long-time user of ClamAV. On the ClamAV development team, he concentrates on FireAMP integration, virtual machine interfacing and freshclam development.

David Raynor is the core engine developer for ClamAV. He was a developer of a major scalable security system for the United States Department of Homeland Security before coming to Sourcefire.

Nigel Houghton has been with Sourcefire as the lead of the Department of Intelligence Excellence for almost 10 years. Nigel has vast knowledge of programming, operating systems, administration, and security. His team is responsible for the ClamAV supporting infrastructure as well as releasing signature updates.

As I mentioned, all of the above are members of the VRT, led by Matt Watchinski, who has overseen the ClamAV project since Sourcefire acquired it in 2007. We remain committed to continuing the open source nature of the project, pushing the growth of the project even farther.

As always, you can reach us on the ClamAV Mailing lists found here: We look forward to hearing your ideas and feedback. Thanks for using ClamAV and we look forward to working with you.

Joel Esler
Open Source Community Manager
Senior Research Engineer, VRT