Sophos Open Sources Sandboxie Windows Sandbox Isolation Tool

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  • Previously, Sophos had said that it planned to transition Sandboxie into an open-source tool after switching it to a completely free license
  • Sandboxie was initially developed by Ronen Tzur and released on 26th June 2004

Cybersecurity company Sophos has announced that it has open-sourced the Sandboxie Windows sandbox-based isolation utility. Sandboxie and its source code can be downloaded from the official company website.

Sophos director of product marketing Seth Geftic said that the Sandboxie tool has been built on many years of highly-skilled developer work. It is an example of how to integrate with Windows at a very low level. He added that the Sandboxie user base represents some of the most passionate, forward-thinking, and knowledgeable members of the security community. With this announcement, the company expects a fresh wave of ideas and use cases.”

Sophos when it acquired Invincea in 2017

Sandboxie was initially developed by Ronen Tzur and released on 26th June 2004. Then, Tzur upgraded Sandboxie to also support sandboxing any other Windows applications that require a secure virtual sandbox for while running. In 2013, Invincea acquired Sandboxie from Tzur. It moved under Sophos when it acquired Invincea in 2017.

Previously, Sophos had said that it planned to transition Sandboxie into an open-source tool after switching it to a completely free license in September. At that time, Geftic said that Sandboxie has never been a significant component of Sophos’ business. He added that the company has been exploring options for its future.

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