[Snort-users] memory leak in Snort 1.8.7?

Ben Feinstein me at ...6289...
Thu Oct 3 14:47:02 EDT 2002

What output plugin(s) are you using?  From my experience, the postgresql
db output leaks memory pretty badly...

On Thu, 3 Oct 2002, Matthew Harrell wrote:

> Here's my setup:
> I'm running Mandrake Linux 9.0 on a Pentium 200 with 64 MB RAM.  I'm
> running snort-1.8.7-3mdk.rpm.  A little while ago, I changed two things.  I
> upgraded from Mandrake Linux 9.0beta2 to 9.0, and I changed the switch port
> that this box is on so that it hears traffic on all of the ports on that
> switch.  Since then, obviously, I've seen greatly increased scans in Snort
> (about 1 to 2 unique IP numbers an hour, but it varies).
> Before these two things were changed, Snort ran just fine, not using up a
> significant amount of memory.  Now, Snort gradually consumes all spare RAM
> and VRAM (which is set at 256 MB).  It seems to take about 24 hours for it
> to use up all the swap space.  The system gets gradually slower and slower
> until it's just about unusable.
> Now, is this a memory leak, or is Snort just going to need a HUGE amount of
> RAM due to the increased traffic it sees?
> -----------------
> Matt Harrell
> Plexus Systems
> mhar at ...7038...
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