Wietse Venema

Wietse Venema Zweitze (* 1951) is a Dutch programmer and physicist who is best known for his mail server ( MTA) Postfix. He has also written numerous security tools, such as The Coroner's Toolkit, SATAN (along with Dan Farmer ) and TCP wrappers.


Wietse, as he is generally called briefly studied physics at the University of Groningen, where he also received his doctorate. He spent twelve years at the Technical University of Eindhoven as a system architect at the faculty of mathematics and computer science. There he wrote programs for electronic data exchange. Emigrated since Wietse the U.S. in 1996, he worked for the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York.


Venema has received numerous awards, including:

  • Security Summit Hall of Fame Award ( July 1998)
  • SAGE Outstanding Achievement Award (November 1999)
  • NLUUG Award ( November 2000) ( NLUUG is the Unix User Group of the Netherlands )
  • FSF Award ( March 2009)
  • ISSA Award ( October 2012 )


  • With Dan Farmer Forensic Discovery, Addison -Wesley 2005