License issues with metasploit-framework
Hi, there is an open ITP on metasploit-framework (#323420), and the
owner Luciano asked me to contact this list about some of the license
issues involved with the package.
At the moment the framework is at version 2, and is released under a
dual license of GPL v2 and Perl Artistic.
There are a lot of contributed files in the package. Most have the
; This file is part of the Metasploit Exploit Framework
; and is subject to the same licenses and copyrights as
; the rest of this package.
and some have no license header. There are a few that say the following
# This file is part of the Metasploit Framework and may be redistributed
# according to the licenses defined in the Authors field below. In the
# case of an unknown or missing license, this file defaults to the same
# license as the core Framework (dual GPLv2 and Artistic). The latest
# version of the Framework can always be obtained from metasploit.com.
There is one with
* The contents of this file constitute Original Code as defined in and
* are subject to the Apple Public Source License Version 1.1 (the
* "License"). You may not use this file except in compliance with the
* License. Please obtain a copy of the License at
* http://www.apple.com/publicsource and read it before using this file.
* This Original Code and all software distributed under the License are
* distributed on an "AS IS" basis, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER
* EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND APPLE HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL SUCH WARRANTIES,
* INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY,
* FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. Please see the
* License for the specific language governing rights and limitations
* under the License.
which the archives seem do suggest is not DFSG-free.
There is a zlib implementation with the following license
This software is provided 'as-is', without any express or implied
warranty. In no event will the authors be held liable for any damages
arising from the use of this software.
Permission is granted to anyone to use this software for any purpose,
including commercial applications, and to alter it and redistribute it
freely, subject to the following restrictions:
1. The origin of this software must not be misrepresented; you must
claim that you wrote the original software. If you use this
in a product, an acknowledgment in the product documentation would
appreciated but is not required.
2. Altered source versions must be plainly marked as such, and must
misrepresented as being the original software.
3. This notice may not be removed or altered from any source
And my favourite
# Yo yo, this be da socketNinja.
# Alpha-2.0 release
# Distribute and get a visit from tireIronNinja
which I don't think is free.
There are also binary files distributed in the tarball, these are not
meant to be compiled, as they are for executing on the target computer.
I'm not sure how this sits, as they are obviously not the preferred form
of modification, and some don't include the source they were compiled
Now, we could contact upstream and get them to include proper headers
etc., but I wanted to know how much of this was unsuitable for
distribution, as if it leaves a severely crippled package then it's not
really worth it.
Also upstream are working on version 3 which is in alpha now. The decided
to change the license to The Metasploit Framework License v1.0.
The Metasploit Framework License v1.0
Copyright (C) 2006 Metasploit LLC
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The webpage requires a click through of this license to get the source.
How does this license look? If it is DFSG-free, then the best option is
probably to package this version.
Apologies for dumping everything here, but I want to be clear about the
legal issues before proceeding.