[Snort-users] Question about Sguil

Matt Martin MMartin at ...16693...
Fri Jun 20 13:33:19 EDT 2014

Hey Jeremy, thanks for the reply!

Yea, I was actually just reading about Snorby. Looks pretty cool, reminds me of our Packetshaper’s web frontends…
I think I’m going to install that first before I really dive into Sguil. Anything I need to be aware of with Snorby?

Thanks again for the reply, much appreciated!


From: Jeremy Hoel [mailto:jthoel at ...11827...]
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2014 12:38 PM
To: Matt Martin
Cc: snort-users at lists.sourceforge.net
Subject: Re: [Snort-users] Question about Sguil

Base relies on Barnyard2 to send alerts to a databse.  Snorby works the same way and has a more modern front end, you might try that first before jumping into sguil.

sguil doesn't use barnyard, it has tcl agents that look at snort (and can also look at pcap, session, ossec and other data) and sends it all to a server running the sguil server and that goes into it's own database in a completely different format.

Base and snorby are web based, not client based; sguil you need to run a client (tcl based, but I have seen a exe around for windows machines).

Depending on your sensor OS, there are guides for rolling our sguil, but if you have everything else working right now, you might just want to check out snorby first.

On Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 4:21 PM, Matt Martin <MMartin at ...16693...<mailto:MMartin at ...16693...>> wrote:
Hello All,

I am currently using BASE as my frontend for Snort. But I get errors when clicking into lots of stuff on the GUI, so I’m looking into other GUI frontends for Snort. Not to mention mostly every time I click on an “Alert”, when the page loads in the browser it just says in red that “Alert Deleted”… Don’t know why would it be deleting alerts…

But anyway, I came across Sguil which seems to be a pretty popular choice amongst GUI frontends for Snort. But I am a bit confused by the installation process, so I was hoping someone could explain this question below for me…?

I downloaded the most recent version of Sguil (*Sguil Version 0.9.0). And reading about the installation process on a number of different sites I am still confused by the Client/Server/Sensor architecture of it. I currently have my Snort installation, along with Barnyard2, MySQL, BASE and Oinkmaster all on the same server (*I downloaded PulledPork because I heard good things, but still need to install it and replace Oinkmaster…). I have had Snort running now on this server for a few weeks and it seems to be going well, except for the frontend...

So since I have Snort all contained on a single server am I supposed to install Sguil Client, Server, and Sensor on that server as well? If I want to use it simply as a frontend to Snort, do I need all 3 of those? I couldn’t find any installation docs for Sguil for when Snort and it’s MySQL Database are on the same server. All the docs seemed to be for “split” Snort installations, i.e. across multiple servers…

Could anyone explain to me those 3 different parts to Sguil? And whether or not I need all 3 of them installed?
Any thoughts or suggestions would be much appreciated!

Thanks in Advance,

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