[Snort-users] How to run snort with -g and -u flags

twig les twigles at ...131...
Tue Jul 23 10:14:05 EDT 2002

My understanding of Snort's ability to run as another
user is that it *drops* the privileges to that user. 
This is significant in that you have to start out as
root for packet sniffing (tcpdump makes you do this
too).  So even though I run Snort and the rules update
crontab as user snort, I have to stop and start Snort
as root, which is no problem due to the clunky way our
infrastructure makes me update signatures....

So I guess the way I'll be automating this when I get
around to it is to have a seperate crontab under root
that bounces snort using the startup file about 5
minutes after the signature update runs.  Hope this
helps, sounds like you're 95% done.

--- Tim Goodwin <jaguar_fresh at ...131...> wrote:
> Hi all
> I run the snort 1.8.7 on OpenBSD. I created user
> snort
> and I run snort with -g snort -u snort. I update
> rules
> with the oinkmaster which is run out of snort user
> crontab everyday. I have problem I hope you can
> help.
> snort users crontab oinkmaster gets new rules and
> work
> fine, at end of crontab I restart snort with kill
> -HUP
> `cat /var/run/snortpid` but it say I not root so I
> cant sniff. Which is true, I not root, I snort at
> that
> time. How I get around this? Also another thing...I
> start snort from the rc.local file but snort start
> as
> root and only root can read /var/run/snortpid file
> so
> I have to manual chmod it to have snort user read
> it.
> What do people do to work with these problems. thank
> you for your time
> Marcello
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