[Snort-users] suppresing events from private lan

hans rosa.schwein at ...12989...
Fri Feb 18 00:18:50 EST 2005

hi matt 

of course, i know.  a packet from in with destination 172.20.x.y
can never reach me, therefore i sayd ".. if snort could see .."
as there is no nat-rule in my fw.

my question was in direction, do i understand snort correctly
and you did commit. 

best regards 


On Thu, Feb 17, 2005 at 06:18:05PM -0500, Matt Kettler wrote:
> At 05:56 PM 2/17/2005, hans wrote:
> >thanks for answering again.
> >i did change the config due to your recommendations.
> >it seems, it is working as expected.
> >
> >but this means, if snort could see an attack from
> >internet to my private lan ( it's really at home )
> >it would also log this to file, or whatever defined.
> Yes. In general, snort rules look for attacks from EXTERNAL_NET to HOME_NET.
> However, one thing to be aware of is to keep in mind what it's possible for 
> snort to see.
> Your is a reserved non-routable IP range, implying you've got 
> a NAT somewhere.... If snort is sniffing your outside interface on a NAT 
> firewall, it's never going to see packets addressed there, and you should 
> leave that part out.  If snort is also sniffing a post-nat interface, then 
> you want to include those IPs.
> (Remember, outside of your private network, those addresses are not 
> routeable, thus your ISP will never forward packets addressed to 
> to your network. They don't even know you are using that 
> address space, nor do they care. They only care about the address you NAT 
> against.)
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