[Snort-users] Does snort.conf have conflicting comments?

Phil Wood cpw at ...440...
Sun Nov 11 18:57:02 EST 2001

On Sun, Nov 11, 2001 at 11:19:51AM -0800, Erek Adams wrote:
> In looking at the current (CVS) snort.conf, I noticed something.
> Lines 37-42 discuss how to set the HOME_NET variable.  They mention how to
> place multiple IP's into a list.
>     37  # You can specify lists of IP addresses for HOME_NET
>     38  # by separating the IPs with commas like this:
>     39  #
>     40  # var HOME_NET [,]
>     41  #
> Now, looking down a bit....
>    227  # Use portscan-ignorehosts to ignore TCP SYN and UDP "scans" from
>    228  # specific networks or hosts to reduce false alerts. It is typical
>    229  # to see many false alerts from DNS servers so you may want to
>    230  # add your DNS servers here. You can all multiple hosts/networks
>    231  # in a whitespace-delimited list.
>    232  #
>    233  preprocessor portscan-ignorehosts: $DNS_SERVERS
> It refers to a 'whitespace delimited list'.
> Is this right, wrong, or a feature of using a variable in the ignorehosts
> line?  Or do I just need to get some coffee?  :)

Candy is dandy, but liquor quicker.  It would be nice if ip lists in snort were
consistant.  They are not.  I been there.  Done that.  Currently, I'm in
limbo doing other things.  It would be nice to make a pass on the syntax,
enforce new syntax for plugins, plugouts, and other configuration what's-its.

The reason I'm pick'n on this bone is that I just got my first bug report
on my "vim" syntax file for snort (it's been released with a new release of
vim).  So, I jumped into my code and started "fixin" things.  Every damn
preprocessor and output plugin has a different way of specifying the same
sets of things: ip lists, port lists, var=value, etc.  I need some "coffee".

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