[Snort-users] HELP!!! HELP!!! HELP!!!

Jim Hendrick jrhendri at ...9784...
Fri Nov 12 04:52:16 EST 2004

Slow down man... While I'm sure there are folks on the list who can help
with what you (seem to be) trying to do, I'd recommend that you start a bit
more modestly.

That is, *just* run snort on XP logging to files without trying to include
acid, mysql, etc. etc.

This is pretty straightforward and will at least give you the chance to
familiarize yourself with the config file, rules, etc. all while starting to
at least see what your network traffic is like.

THEN you should try adding logging to another format like mysql and
presenting a web server.

Now if you just can't wait, (unless someone offers a better suggestion) I
would simply go to a linux based IDS (there are very explicit step-by-step
guides to do this). You can take an older machine (or dual-boot your
workstation with redhat (for example) and follow the step-by-step guides.
You will be snorting and logging and viewing with acid on apache in no-time.

Best of luck,


-----Original Message-----
From: snort-users-admin at lists.sourceforge.net
[mailto:snort-users-admin at lists.sourceforge.net] On Behalf Of Jeremiah J
Sent: Friday, November 12, 2004 7:28 AM
To: snort-users at lists.sourceforge.net
Subject: [Snort-users] HELP!!! HELP!!! HELP!!!

hello snort users,,, im a newbie in the IDS field. Im
trying my best to make this snort thing to work in
Windows XP. I'm so frustrated coz after downloading
tons of documents to help me set it up, tried all
their steps and guess what its partially working...
Can somebody kind enough to walk me through to make it
work. current softwares to install snort that i have
right now are the following...


I already tried to install and follow the steps 5times
and unfortunately i just go up to this point

Running in IDS mode with inferred config file:
Log directory = log

Initializing Network Interface

        --== Initializing Snort ==--
Initializing Output Plugins!
Decoding Ethernet on interface
Initializing Preprocessors!
Initializing Plug-ins!
Parsing Rules file ./snort.conf

Initializing rule chains...
,-----------[Flow Config]----------------------
| Stats Interval:  0
| Hash Method:     2
| Memcap:          10485760
| Rows  :          4099
| Overhead Bytes:  16400(%0.16)
No arguments to frag2 directive, setting defaults to:
    Fragment timeout: 60 seconds
    Fragment memory cap: 4194304 bytes
    Fragment min_ttl:   0
    Fragment ttl_limit: 5
    Fragment Problems: 0
    Self preservation threshold: 500
    Self preservation period: 90
    Suspend threshold: 1000
    Suspend period: 30
Stream4 config:
    Stateful inspection: ACTIVE
    Session statistics: INACTIVE
    Session timeout: 30 seconds
    Session memory cap: 8388608 bytes
    State alerts: INACTIVE
    Evasion alerts: INACTIVE
    Scan alerts: INACTIVE
    Log Flushed Streams: INACTIVE
    MinTTL: 1
    TTL Limit: 5
    Async Link: 0
    State Protection: 0
    Self preservation threshold: 50
    Self preservation period: 90
    Suspend threshold: 200
    Suspend period: 30
Stream4_reassemble config:
    Server reassembly: INACTIVE
    Client reassembly: ACTIVE
    Reassembler alerts: ACTIVE
    Zero out flushed packets: INACTIVE
    flush_data_diff_size: 500
    Ports: 21 23 25 53 80 110 111 143 513 1433
    Emergency Ports: 21 23 25 53 80 110 111 143 513
ERROR: ./snort.conf(287) => Invalid file name for IIS
Unicode Map file.
Fatal Error, Quitting..


hope this will help. like you i would like to be a
pioneer on this OpenSource IDS. Help is much
appreciated. Thank you very much.

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