[Snort-users] Problems with display, new inst

Eli Stair estair at ...7351...
Thu Dec 12 17:09:12 EST 2002

Stefan, thanks for your response.

That is a chicken-and-egg.  While on my first use of SnortCenter I installed it
into a machine that had previously had a standalone Snort install that was reporting
to a remote SQL database, and thus the database had the sensor info, and alerts etc 
pre-existing... on this machine I am following the "correct procedure" of the
install docs in which snort is never actually run (and thus no sensor id established)
until after the SC console is up and running.

In both docs I am referencing, the procedure goes roughly 1) Web server config, 2)
SnortCenter console install, (optionally ACID also) 3) Snortcenter AGENT installed
on the sensor box.  The problem is manifesting right after stage 2.  

What happens (incorrectly) is that after SC is live, upon loading it I get the
"little oval box", thus cannot use the built-in function to create the tables in
the database.  Soo... I use the script manually, then upon loading I get the login
box, default admin/change works but _THEN_ I get the blank oval again.  The site
goes immediately to /sensor.php.  It's not until after these steps that (according 
to both docs) I would install the agent, thus connecting to the database and adding 
a sensor ID. Unless I am grossly mistaken.

In my first use of SC I had no issues, possibly because the entire working 
database existed.  Am I possibly running into a step that needs to be re-arranged?
But if I need to run the agent first to generate the sensor ID in the database,
how would it connect to SC in the first place, since I won't have been able to
specify the configuration of rules and agent info?

I'm running myself around here as you can see.  Thanks for any ideas you can
shoot my way Stefan (or anyone else :)  I'm sure that this is just a screwup
I'm having conceptual difficulties with.


> Did you already create a sensor and import the rules from the internet?
> The little oval box is empty when there is nothing in the database to show.
> Stefan D.

> >
> >I'm installing on a new machine and having some issues I haven't seen before.  
> >ACID is loading, but none of the PHP graphics are showing up, i.e. the colored
> >backgrounds, highlights etc.  Also SnortCenter is not loading properly, but
> >a more critical problem.  The gifs for title bar, footer etc show up but all
> >that is dynamically displayed by the php is a little oval-ish box in the center
> >of the screen, none of the content that is supposed to appear is there.
> >
> >I'm running Apache 2.0.43, PHP 4.2.3, ADOdb 2.50, MySQL 4.0.5 on a linux box.  
> >In all other ways Apache and PHP are working fine.  phpinfo displays OK, MySQLAdmin 
> >is working. All perms are apache:apache, not using symlinks out of wwwroot, 
> >ACID and SC are both in a directory with other PHP apps that are working fine.
> >MySQL users are valid, and when using an invalid user/pass both apps fail normally.
> >There are no errors in the logs during the period when this is tested.
> >
> >I'm at a loss on this, all software is the same as in use on another machine.
> >Fresh configuration, everything double-checked against both the Snort-Enterprise
> >Implementation docs and the official ACID installation and configuration.
> >
> >All ideas and suggestions on troubleshooting this are welcome!
> >
> >Thanks,

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