[Snort-users] Promiscuous monitoring

Erek Adams erek at ...577...
Tue Jul 2 11:10:01 EDT 2002

On 2 Jul 2002, Francis Yom wrote:

> Thank for the advice Dan, but it's not it.  I have snort running on an
> old but reliable 10BaseT hub.  It use to be able to work just fine under
> the older 1.73 version of snort.

Hrm...  I'd hazard a guess that the system has been upgraded since the 1.73
version.  You might be running into something that's driver releated...

> I did have problems getting the thing into promisc mode initially.  I
> have a Intel E100B adapter in it.  Using the e100.o module you can
> compile from Intel's source, I could not get it to go promisc.  I
> switched over to the open source (David Hine's) eepro100 module, and I
> could get it to run in promisc as that point.

Try this test:  Run snort and tcpdump at the same time.  You _should_ see the
same packets.  If not, it might be the version of pcap each is linked against.

> I do have some snorting.  The stream4 preprocessor seems to work and I
> can detect port 21 stealth activity, but that is it.


See if that makes a difference.

> I have all the rules enabled and the box is a Pentium Pro 180 (400
> bogomips).  I'm running Debian with Kernel 2.4.19-pre1-ac2 with rmap VM
> and xfs filesystem.  System has run stable  - no oops or crashes or any
> other weirdness.
> So what do you think?

I know a number of folks are running in a similar config to yours.  I'd have
to guess that it would be something specific to your config, hardware or
network setup.

Good luck!

Erek Adams

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