[Snort-users] Snort Debian newbie all is well but I have rules questions

david david at ...14095...
Sun Apr 8 13:51:57 EDT 2007

Hello snort users, gurus, developers, evangelists, ranters and ravers. I am a Snort newbie. I have for some time been aware of various IDSs and Snort no less. I am a long time Linux user and I have until recently relied upon my firewall, the # and type of hits I have been taking and whois to admin and maintain intrusion prevention. Now, I realize intrusion detection must be included with my iptables install and blacklist. I have installed Snort via apt-get and after reading the content at dshield.org I realize I need to be able to include custom rules such as those issued by dshield.org. Unfortunately, Debian forces me to use dpkg to add rules. The standard rule set that is allowed via snort.debian.conf is a far cry from the standard /etc/snort/snort.conf. All of the rules are prepended with: DEBIAN_SORT_<something> with an intimidating comment in the top of the .conf file: # You have to use "dpkg-reconfigure snort" to change them. I downloaded the following URL in an effort to lea
rn how to reconfigure but the PDF "how-to" (http://firmanix.com/deb-snort-howto.pdf) seems much more involved that what I currently need. What are the advantages of reinstalling snort with the previously stated guidelines in the PDF "how-to" versus keeping my current install and learning how to enlarge the debian.snort.conf to the size of the standard snort.conf file? Environment particulars follow. All rants and raves welcomed. Thanks in advance and please advise, David.

OS: Debian Linux 3.1 (Linux 2.6.8-2-686-smp on an i686)
Snort:  Version 2.3.2 (Build 12) By Martin Roesch & The Snort Team: http://www.snort.org/team.html

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