[Snort-users] Snort Questions

Sandy Martin lists at ...2694...
Thu Jun 20 05:24:03 EDT 2002

I have been studying Snort on Windows for a couple of weeks now and have
gotten a pretty good idea of how it works and how to deploy it.

If it ok, I would like to ask a couple of questions to clarify a couple of

First, after looking through the rules, I noticed a wide variety of rules
for a cross section of platforms. I understand that they were written that
way on purpose. My question is, is it ok to go through and edit these rules
to remove all of the *nix related stuff? Our network is composed of 20
nodes. All Windows 2000 with 1 Windows 2000 Server. The server is a DC but
not a web/mail, etc. server. So, I was thinking that to improve performance
and reduce false positives, I could go through and edit the rules leaving
only the Win32 stuff in. Is this a good route to go?

The second question is as follows. Given the pretty basic network setup
described above, can someone give my a good idea of which rules are good to
start with (before I get into editing them)? Obviously, some like X11 and
web-coldfusion would not be necessary. What would be a good starting point?
Any input here?

Thank you to anyone that is able to help.

Low man on the totem pole

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