[Snort-users] HOMENET IP exclusions

Jason Wallace jason.r.wallace at ...11827...
Mon Mar 12 14:33:28 EDT 2012

What is $EXTERNAL_NET set to?

On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM, Nogwai <nogwai at ...15539...> wrote:
> Hi there,
> I am trying to exclude some IP/IP range from HOMENET variables. Basicly, I
> don't want to see any alerts coming from some single IP(s) and complete IP
> pools.
> So I've configured my HOMENET like this (in snort.ethX.conf) :
> var HOMENET [,,![,]]
> It appears that I have a lot of traffic coming from interface eth1. So I've
> managed to split the single snort process in three separate process running
> on interfaces eth1:1, eth1:2 and eth1:3 (with different rule-sets on each).
> And replicate the HOMENET variable in each snort.eth1:x.conf.
> Looking at snort process, HOMENET variable seems to be not taken from my
> snort.eth1:x.conf files but snort.debian.conf (I'm running Alienvault
> OpenSource SIEM - OSSIM v3.0, based on Debian 5.0.8 and Snort
> So I've modified the DEBIAN_SNORT_HOME_NET to look like this :
> And then, Snort don't want to restart :
> FATAL ERROR: /etc/snort/rules/emerging-dns.rules => Negated IP ranges that
> are equal to or are more-general than non-negated
> ranges are not allowed. Consider inverting the logic: $EXTERNAL_NET.
> Looking for some hints, I came across this
> (http://seclists.org/snort/2010/q3/674), this
> (http://seclists.org/snort/2009/q3/267) and read README.variables. But still
> lost. Don't know if the problem is Debian or Snort related...
> Actually, I play with CIDR to exclude the above IP inside the
> snort.debian.conf file. But this is a bit painful to maintain and I received
> some new exclusions to add to the list every week. I'll appreciate some
> light on this :)
> Greetings,
> Nogwai
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