[Snort-users] newbie snort user on windows xp needs help please

Michael Steele michaels at ...155...
Wed Jun 26 23:22:04 EDT 2002


 -Michael

 Michael Steele | System Engineer / Support Technician
 mailto:michaels at ...155...
 Silicon Defense: IDS solutions - http://www.silicondefense.com
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-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Steele [mailto:michaels at ...155...] 
Sent: June 26, 2002 11:21 PM
To: 'Scott Weeks'
Subject: RE: [Snort-users] newbie snort user on windows xp needs help
please

Scott,

The way you are running Snort will not allow Snort to generate alerts to
the screen.

The rules are correct and you should be generating an enormous amount of
traffic. Use your browser to generate the traffic. Make sure you have
activated your custom rules in your Snort.conf. Also, when you add
rules, be sure to restart snort.

After you run snort and generate some traffic, stop snort and use a text
editor to check your alert.ids file and see if there are alerts being
entered. They will be time stamped.

If you really want to get the feel of Snort and have a better
understanding of how things work, you might want to do a manual install.
All the programs you are using are available outside of the installer.

There is a LOT of documentation out there for Snort and Windows, but not
nearly as much as there are for *nix. Try doing a search on google for
some key words or phrases.

Also, I have never used that installer so some of the above may not
apply.

-Michael

 Michael Steele | System Engineer / Support Technician
 mailto:michaels at ...155...
 Silicon Defense: IDS solutions - http://www.silicondefense.com
 Snort: Open Source Network IDS - http://www.snort.org


-----Original Message-----
From: Scott Weeks [mailto:surfer at ...6173...] 
Sent: June 26, 2002 8:22 PM
To: Michael Steele
Cc: snort-users at lists.sourceforge.net
Subject: RE: [Snort-users] newbie snort user on windows xp needs help
please



On Wed, 26 Jun 2002, Michael Steele wrote:

: Scott,
:
: There are a multitude of new people visiting this list every day, or I
: would hope. The information, no matter how trivial will help someone.
It
: will also help people to better understand Snort and what works and
what
: doesn't work and hopefully that knowledge will better the Snort
: community.
:
: How I usually, and I'm sure most of the tech's that monitor this list
: deal with posting is; not only to reply back to the list but to CC the
: poster so he or she can get the required information the quickest
: possible way.



Hello list members,

Here's the gist of my problem...

I am finding documentation for windows lacking.  I'm using XP Home
Edition
(unfortunately) and IDScenter 1.09 Beta 1.3.  (Beta.  Maybe that's my
problem?) on my home computer, so I can get used to using SNORT in
preparation for an interview I have coming up.  Just to get some traffic
generated I put in the following rules:

   log tcp any any <> any any (msg: "test";)
   alert tcp any any <> any any (msg: "test";)

These are in the "IDS rules" part of the GUI interface.  In the
"Logs/Alerts" section I left the path unchanged:

   C:\Program Files\IDS_systems\Sourcefire\log\alert.ids

In the "General Setup" window I click on "Create Script" and
everything's
OK. For the IP I use the "Select" button and check with the "Command
Prompt" (DOS screen) using the ipconfig command, so I know it's the
correct one.  (My ISP uses DHCP)  I also used the "Test Configuration"
button for sanity's sake.  All is good.

When I click "Start Snort" a DOS window opens up and remains open.  I'm
assuming that the "alert" rule should cause things to show up in that
window and the "log" rule should cause the same entries to show up in
the
"alert.ids" file and those should be able to be seen when clicking on
the
"View Alerts" button.  However nothing shows up on the DOS screen nor
does
anything show up in the "View Alerts" window when I put the path to the
file "C:\Program Files\IDS_systems\Sourcefire\log\alert.ids" in the
"Search alert log" box.

Thanks,
scott








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