[Snort-users] disable /var/log/snort logging

Nick White nwhite at ...9112...
Wed May 7 16:49:04 EDT 2003

You're right, the -N option turns off packet logging.  Sure it doesn't
write to the disk, but it turns off packet logging within mysql as well
- not cool.  Surely there is a way to have snort log everything to mysql
(even packet logging), without dumping data to the hard drive.  I just
can't figure out how.  I'm starting snort with -b (binary logging)
option, which takes care of it crashing after a few minutes under a
really heavy load.  Even still, logging to the disk is a total waste
because I'll never do anything with the binary logs.

-----Original Message-----
From: Anderson Johnston [mailto:andy at ...2878...] 
Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 3:36 PM
To: Nick White
Cc: snort-users at lists.sourceforge.net
Subject: Re: [Snort-users] disable /var/log/snort logging

The -N option should suppress logging (while allowing alerts).

	1. I don't know if it will stop logs to mysql, too.
	2. The option doesn't seem to be working on my
		system  (Solaris 8) under Snort 2.0.

					- Andy

On Tue, 6 May 2003, Nick White wrote:

> Hi All,
> I'm fairly new with snort, so go easy on me.  I'm running snort and
> logging to mysql just fine.  The problem is, it's also logging to
> /var/log/snort.  I need to figure out how to disable this logging to
> disk.  I've looked at all the switches, and I can't seem to figure it
> out.  I tried -A none, but then it stopped alerting to mysql.  I also
> tried -l /dev/null, but it didn't like that one.
> Snort starts as a service via:
> /usr/local/bin/snort -u snort -g snort -d -D -c /etc/snort/snort.conf
> In snort.conf, I log to mysql with:
> output database: alert, mysql, user=snortusr password=fakepass
> dbname=snort host=localhost
> I'm trying to kill snort with as much data as I can throw at it, and
> always dies after a few minutes with:
> May  6 14:54:34 localhost snort: FATAL ERROR: OpenLogFile() =>
> fopen(/var/log/snort/ log file: Not a directory
> But I KNOW that the snort user has full permission to /var/log/snort.
> But I don't need logging to disk.  It's a waste.  I only want it to
> to mysql.
> Thanks for your help!
> - nick white
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