[Snort-users] Drifting timestamps
jake_roberts at ...10077...
Thu Oct 21 14:56:02 EDT 2004
I think we've decided that Barnyard is just getting behind.
We are still doing some checking, but we think that Snort is
using so much CPU time that Barnyard doesn't get enough time to process
the log file in real time and so the alerts aren't added to the database
for a couple of hours.
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Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2004 9:53 AM
To: Jacob Roberts
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Subject: Re: [Snort-users] Drifting timestamps
It could be but IIRC Barnyard is just reading the timestamps from the
unified files for its insertions. I just checked the code and
Barnyard's ACID database plugin gets timestamps from the unified file.
Might be MySQL, but that would be weird...
On Oct 18, 2004, at 3:18 PM, Jacob Roberts wrote:
> We check the timezones and clocks of all the systems involved. They
> all correct and don't drift from day to day.
> They daily routine is to Stop barnyard, stop snort, drop the Mysql
> database(not just deleted the records), re-create the database, start
> snort, start barnyard.
> At the time everything is restarted the timestamps are in sync with
> correct time. As the system runs the timestamps drift
> We've narrowed it down to on of the following:
> 1. Something weird in Snort (probably not)
> 2. Something in Barnyard (we've no idea)
> 3. Something in Mysql. (We've added a timestamp column to the
> table and it auto-inserted correct timestamps. So we don't thing its
> Could this be a Barnyard thing?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Martin Roesch [mailto:roesch at ...1935...]
> Sent: Sunday, October 17, 2004 9:10 AM
> To: Jacob Roberts
> Cc: snort-users at lists.sourceforge.net
> Subject: Re: [Snort-users] Drifting timestamps
> Hi Jake,
> That'd have to be the system clock on the sensor drifting, the
> timestamps that Snort uses is based on a call to gettimeofday() that
> libpcap performs when it receives a new packet. Snort has no internal
> time tracking mechanisms and in fact we take advantage of the fact
> that libpcap gives us time data "for free" to track time inside Snort.
> On Oct 15, 2004, at 6:50 PM, Jacob Roberts wrote:
>> We have a snort setup with barnyard which dumps in to a MySQL
>> database. We stop snort and barnyard each day, delete the database,
>> re-create it, then restart snort and barnyard.
>> As snort runs through the day we start to see the timestamps of
>> drift behind actual time. We aren't receiving an excessive amount of
>> alerts so we ruled out Barnyard not being able to keep up with the
>> alerts generated by Snort (I don't know if that would happen anyways)
>> Has anyone had anything like this happen? We haven't been able to
>> track it down and aren't sure what to do.
>> Jake Roberts
>> Brigham Young University
>> jake_roberts at ...10077...
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