[Snort-users] Quick questions about recieved packets

Bill Parker dogbert at ...11664...
Wed Oct 26 17:47:41 EDT 2005

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Richard Bejtlich" <taosecurity at ...11827...>
To: <snort-users at lists.sourceforge.net>
Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2005 4:06 AM
Subject: Re: [Snort-users] Quick questions about recieved packets

Joseph Nicholson wrote:

>I see that snort dropped 179457 packets because it couldn't process them.
> Snort received 186246 packets
> Analyzed: 6789(3.645%)
> Dropped: 179457(96.355%)
> My gut instinct is telling me that it dropped 179457 packets because it
> felt there was no threat from them and that the 6789 it analyzed looked
> suspicious.

Hi Joseph,

You have a serious problem with your Snort deployment.  The packets
Snort dropped were never inspected, period.

Can you describe your configuration?  Are you sending Snort alerts
directly to a database, without Barnyard?  Are you running any odd

Another thing to consider is the settings on the NIC in the snort device
(assume it's a linux box) and the settings on the SPAN port, you will want
to set the NIC in the snort device to 10/full, 100/full, or 1000/full
(mii-tool or eth-tool as root under linux will give you information as to
what the current settings on the NIC for the snort side is set at).  Also
make the SPAN port on the catalyst 10/full, 100/full, or 1000/full (that
should be checked before making any funky changes to snort configuration,


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