[Snort-users] Rule management

Jeff Dell jdell at ...1095...
Tue Nov 27 04:03:05 EST 2001

I have been working on a tool that does just this: IDS Policy Manager
www.activeworx.com. It does complete rule management for Snort. Yes,
this tool does reside on Windows 2k, but it handles rules for really any
os. One thing it doesn't presently have is automatic rule update. But it
does everything else. If that is something that is in high demand, it
should be easy enough to do. 

To be honest with you, I watch how often the CVS rules get updated and
it only happens about once a week. If you modify your ids sensors more
then once a week, it is easy enough to just click a button to merge in
the new rules as you are modifying them. This way you know exactly which
rules were merged in and if you really want them enabled or not. I
personally have a hard time just updating the policy without me knowing
what changes have been made.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: snort-users-admin at lists.sourceforge.net 
> [mailto:snort-users-admin at lists.sourceforge.net] On Behalf Of 
> Jason Lewis
> Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2001 6:34 AM
> To: snort-users at lists.sourceforge.net
> Subject: [Snort-users] Rule management
> I was thinking about all the requests for automatic rule 
> updates.  I think this stems from the anti-virus auto update 
> features.  The thinking is....the more up to date the sigs 
> are, the better off you are.
> What we really need is a rule management tool.  IDScenter 
> does some of this, but it runs on Win2k.  (You can manage 
> linux sensors too)
> Is anyone updating a master rule list and pushing updates to 
> sensors?  I have tossed around different ideas for doing this 
> and thought maybe I could get some feedback here.  I was 
> thinking a directory structure that had folders for each 
> sensor and rules were updated automatically via scp. Thoughts?
> Jason Lewis
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