[Snort-users] Snort runs really slow

Ali Nasir Hussain alinasir at ...7130...
Tue Aug 10 03:12:52 EDT 2004

I have installed snort-2.1.3
Its really slow.
When I installed it the main page was displayed after 2-3 seconds.
but after 10-15 minutes the main page displays after about 60-70+ seconds.
As the time progresses it takes more and more time to load.

Also the the database size increases very severely. Any remedy for that

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Ali Nasir Hussain 
  To: snort-users at lists.sourceforge.net 
  Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2004 10:43 AM
  Subject: snort error

  I have installed snort but all the parameters are always ZERO.

  I have run the command
  snort -c /etc/snort/snort.conf
  and it gives me following error.
  ERROR: Fatal Error, Quitting..

  USAGE: database plugin

   output database: [log | alert], [type of database], [parameter list]

   [log | alert] selects whether the plugin will use the alert or
   log facility.

   For the first argument, you must supply the type of database.
   The possible values are mysql, postgresql, odbc, oracle and
   The parameter list consists of key value pairs. The proper
   format is a list of key=value pairs each separated a space.

   The only parameter that is absolutely necessary is "dbname".
   All other parameters are optional but may be necessary
   depending on how you have configured your RDBMS.

   dbname - the name of the database you are connecting to

   host - the host the RDBMS is on

   port - the port number the RDBMS is listening on

   user - connect to the database as this user

   password - the password for given user

   sensor_name - specify your own name for this snort sensor. If you
          do not specify a name one will be generated automatically

   encoding - specify a data encoding type (hex, base64, or ascii)

   detail - specify a detail level (full or fast)

   ignore_bpf - specify if you want to ignore the BPF part for a sensor

                definition (yes or no, no is default)

   The configuration I am currently using is MySQL with the database
   name of "snort". The user "snortusr at ...274..." has INSERT and SELECT
   privileges on the "snort" database and does not require a password.
   The following line enables snort to log to this database.

   output database: log, mysql, dbname=snort user=snortusr host=localhost

  I am using the following in snort.conf
  output database:log, mysql, user=snort password=xyz dbname=snort
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