Wietse Venema

IRL Name: 
Wietse Zweitze Venema

Dr. Wietse Zweitze Venema (born 1951) is a Dutch programmer and physicist best known for writing the Postfix mail system. He has also written numerous other security related tools such as the Coroner's Toolkit, written with Dan Farmer, primarily for the post-mortem analysis of computer break-ins. He wrote these at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, in the USA, where he currently works.

Older widely-known software includes TCP Wrapper, and SATAN (written with Dan Farmer). He wrote these while he lived in the Netherlands.

He was awarded an IBM technical accomplishment in 2007, a Sendmail innovation award in 2006, the NLUUG Award 2000 in recognition of outstanding achievements for the users of UNIX and Open Systems, the SAGE 1999 outstanding achievement award, and the security summit hall of fame award in 1998.

He completed my 2+ year term as chair of the FIRST, an international association of computer security teams with over 150 members world-wide in government, industry, and academia.


He studied physics at Groningen University in the Netherlands, where he did his Ph.D. dissertation on work done

His Ph.D. dissertation was on work done at the KVI ( http://www.kvi.nl/ ).


Wrote postfix as a response to the author of sendmail telling him to STFU