[Snort-users] Request for help with ppp0 configuration of snort -- NEWBIE --

Dave.Hartley at ...9934... Dave.Hartley at ...9934...
Thu Sep 11 01:26:28 EDT 2003

        A while ago I posed a question regarding a home deployment of Snort.
I received a very helpful answer from the following two list members:
Erek Adams & John Sage
My situation was and is that I am running a dial up connection at home using
KPPP.  I have the latest version of snort, ACID, APACHE, PHP, and Snort GUI.
I have configured all of these per the set up guides available from
http://www.snort.org/docs/snort_acid_rh9.pdf and
The additional information I was given from this list was to configure my
sensor as follows:
Sensor Name: Snort_1
Sensor IP: 
Port: 2525
Agent Type: 
Interface to sniff: ppp0
Snort Command Line: snort -b -i ppp0 -o -c /etc/snort/snort.conf
However I have only just found time to work on this machine, and I have an
additional problem.  Maybe someone can help??
I can download the Rules (Import from Web).  When I try to push or start the
sensor, I receive the following error, and the status informs me that snort
has not started:

Error in /snortcenter/sensor/rules//snort.ppp0.conf
Started snort with previous configuration!!!
Current config file error:
Running in IDS mode
Log directory = /var/log/snort
Initializing Network Interface ppp0
ERROR: OpenPcap() FSM compilation failed:
PCAP command: %s
Fatal Error, Quitting..
I have checked the /var/log/snort directory and no files are present?
Can anyone assist??


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