[Snort-users] Does setting HOME_NET have any effect in Stealth mode?

Rob Ward rob.ward at ...11329...
Wed Nov 3 03:00:01 EST 2004

Thanks Alex,

--On 03 November 2004 10:19 +0000 "Alex Butcher, ISC/ISYS" 
<Alex.Butcher at ...11254...> wrote:

> --On 02 November 2004 13:05 +0000 Rob Ward <rob.ward at ...11329...>
> wrote:
>> When I set "HOME_NET" to anything other than 'any' I no longer see any
>> DOS or DDOS alerts but P2P alerts are still output.
> Depending on how the P2P rules in question are written, that will still
> be the case. If you don't want to know which of your hosts in $HOME_NET
> are using P2P services, why do you have the rules enabled?

I do want to see these but they're output regardless of what I set HOME_NET 
to. The thing is I also want to see the DOS and DDOS alerts but these stop 
being output when I use anything other than "var HOME_NET any"? I'd hoped 
that setting HOME_NET and EXTERNAL_NET would cut down the load on my box - 
which it does but if the DOS and DDOS alerts are no longer output then it 
defeats the object!

>> I've tried following the configuration examples in the FAQ's etc and
> can't
>> get it to work. I'm wondering if HOME_NET has any relevance when running
>> snort in 'stealth' or am I wide of the mark?
> You're wide of the mark. Running the sniffing interface with no IP
> address has no interaction with HOME_NET, whether it's left at 'any' or
> not. :-)
>> Also - can snort cope with variable length subnet masks?
> Looks like it, from reading the source for ParseIP() in
> parser/IpAddrSet.c. I'd be surprised if it doesn't handle VLSM
> flawlessly, just as I was surprised when Solaris still didn't back around
> '98/99 or so.
>> Rob Ward
> Best Regards,
> Alex.
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