[Snort-users] Machine placement

François Désarménien f.desarmenien at ...3437...
Fri Sep 14 08:34:02 EDT 2001

Fri, 14 Sep 2001 08:33:28 -0500
"snortlst snortlst" <snortlst at ...125...> wrote:

> I have quite a standard setup:
> Firewall and external router connected to one hub.
> DMZ servers connected to another hub
> LAN is connected to the other hubs.
> Hub are interconnected.

By gateways ? It isn't clear.

> What is the better place to plug the snort machine in my network?

It really depends what you expect to catch :

- Between router and firewall : bad external traffic coming on your network

- On your DMZ : bad traffic your firewall let come in

- On your local network : Policy enforcement, backdoor infected local systems, etc.

> It is a 100Mb network, should I really run snort in -b (bynary) mode in that envoronment?

Again, it depends on the network load, the CPU speed, the disk speed, the OS, the weather, etc.

'-b' beeing the fastest, you simply lower the risk of missing packets.

Hope this helps


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