[Snort-users] Snort 1.8.7 does not log anything (OS: SuSE 8.1)

Michael Steele michaels at ...9077...
Wed Dec 10 07:29:02 EST 2003

Is there a specific reason why your using such an outdated Snort?

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: snort-users-admin at lists.sourceforge.net [mailto:snort-users-
> admin at lists.sourceforge.net] On Behalf Of Ralf Mellis
> Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 5:51 AM
> To: snort-users at lists.sourceforge.net
> Subject: [Snort-users] Snort 1.8.7 does not log anything (OS: SuSE 8.1)
> Hello,
> I'm very confused. I have set up Snort 1.8.7 on a test box successfully
> (SuSE Linux 8.1). If I run a nmap tcp scan from another box against the
> snort box, snorts logs several events to the file
> "/var/log/snort/alert", as exspected. Having things so tested out, I
> have set up snort in exactly the same manner on my production box (SuSE
> 8.1, too). But here, snort does not log anything. If I do a nmap tcp
> scan against this box, there are absolutely no entries in the alert
> file. I have compared the configuration files and the start scripts:
> They are identical (no wonder, the same system...).
> The nmap scan is detected by the firewall (iptables) and scanlogd
> (exactly as on my test box). No matter that snort "sees" the packets
> even when the firewall is active, I have tested the nmap scan with my
> firewall deactivated, but no change in behaviour, nothing is logged.
> The only difference (but I'm not sure whether this is relevant) is:
> The test box located in my home network has an ip (eth0) of
> The production box is a root server directly connected
> to the internet, so the ip is xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/32.
> Is it possible, that this fact produces the misbehaviour?
> My relevant "snort.conf" entries (at this time not modified by my self,
> but system defaults):
> var HOME_NET $eth0_ADDRESS
> var RULE_PATH ./
> var HTTP_PORTS 80
> var ORACLE_PORTS 1521
> preprocessor frag2
> preprocessor stream4: detect_scans, disable_evasion_alerts
> preprocessor stream4_reassemble
> preprocessor http_decode: 80 -unicode -cginull
> preprocessor rpc_decode: 111 32771
> preprocessor bo
> preprocessor telnet_decode
> include classification.config
> include $RULE_PATH/bad-traffic.rules
> include ...
> Regarding to the snort faq 3.7, the variable $eth0_ADDRESS will be set
> to the ip/netmask of the interface which snort will be listening...
> Snort is invoked on my system as:
> /usr/bin/snort -d -D -i eth0 -l /var/log/snort -u snort -g snort -c
> /etc/snort/snort.conf
> And eth0 is the active interface of my server.
> (In addition I have tested the "-p" switch, but without success, too.
> Snort is starting up without errors, as shown by the system log, but
> does not log anything.)
> Where is my mistake?
> Regards from (cold) germany
> Ralf Mellis
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