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Quick Snort Setup Instructions for New Users
« on: April 10, 2013, 09:36:35 pm »
Here are the steps for a very quick and easy initial setup of the Snort package on pfSense for new users

1.  Go to the Available Packages tab under the System menu and install the snort package.

2.  When the installation completes, click on Snort under the Services menu.  This will open the Snort main setup page.

3.  Click the Global Settings tab and perform the following:

     Change the "Update Rules Automatically" drop-down to 12-hours.
     Near the bottom of the page, click the box for "Keep Snort settings after deinstall"

At the top of the page you have three choices for Rule Sets to activate.  I recommend strongly that you obtain your own Oinkcode from Snort.org by clicking the URLs under the radio button for "Install Basic Rules or Premium Rules".  You can sign up for a free "Registered User" account, or pay $29 annually for a "Subscriber Account".  The paid account gets rule updates at least twice per week, and sometimes more.  Registered User free accounts only get rules as they age past 30 days.  That means your rules are 30 days old.  That's why the paid account is preferred.

Another option is the free Emerging Threats Rule Set.  This one contains quite current rules and is quick to adapt to new threats, but it does not offer the easy pre-defined policies the Snort VRT rules do.  For beginners, the choices in the Emerging Threats rules can be a bit overwhelming.  I recommend the Snort VRT rules, and this means you need either a free or paid Oinkcode.

Now back to the setup --

4.  Click the radio button to "Install Basic Rules or Premium Rules".

5.  Assuming you followed my advice above, paste your new Oinkcode in the text box provided.  Paste just your Oinkcode itself.  Do not include URL or filename!  Snort handles those using built-in values.

6.  Click Save.

7.  Next, go to the Updates tab and click the Update button to download your rules.  Don't worry when it warns you about no configured interfaces.  We will set that next.

8.  Click the Snort Interfaces tab and then click the plus "+" icon to add a Snort interface.

9.  On the If Settings tab, click the Enable checkbox.

10.  In the drop-down, choose the interface.  The WAN interface is the default and is a good first choice.

11.  In the Description textbox, enter a name (WAN again, is fine here).

12.  Click the checkbox to "Send alerts to the main System logs".

13.  You can leave the other settings at their defaults, but one setting you can usually safely enable is the "Checksum Check Disable" box.

14.  Click Save and you will be returned to the main Snort Interfaces tab.

15.  Click the small "e" next to your interface to edit more settings.

16.  Click the Preprocessors tab.

17.  Scroll down into the General Preprocessor Settings area and then check (or enable) all of the preprocessors listed in that section EXCEPT the Sensitive Data preprocessor.  It can cause a lot of alerts and is best used after you gain some experience with Snort.

18.  Click Save at the bottom of the page.

19.  Now click on the Categories tab.  This is where we will choose a threat detection policy and associated rules.

20.  If you followed my advice for Snort VRT rules, this page is easy.  Just click the check box for "Use IPS Policy" and then select "Connectivity" in the drop-down.  Click Save and you're done!  Once you gain some experience with Snort, you can come back and choose one of the other two more restrictive policies.  I personally run "Balanced", but it will require some tuning if run in blocking mode.

21.  Go back to the main Snort Interfaces tab.

22.  Click the red icon under the Snort column for your interface.  After several seconds it will turn into a green icon if Snort starts up.

23.  Congratulations!  You have an operable Snort IDS (Intrusion Detection System).  Alerts can be viewed on the Alerts tab.  After you gain experience, you can put Snort in blocking mode (IPS) by checking the "Block Offenders" box on the If Settings tab for the interface.

24.  If Snort failed to start for you, click Status and System Logs from the pfSense menu to examine the system log.  You should find a clue for Snort not starting in there.  Probably one of the most common reasons for failing to start is a preprocessor dependency in an enabled rule.  Stated another way, an enabled rule contains a rule option or content option that relies on a preprocessor that is currently disabled.  This is why I recommend turning on pretty much all of the preprocessors back up in Step 17.  That avoids these kinds of FATAL ERROR problems on Snort startup.  As you gain experience and knowledge with Snort, you can selectively disable preprocessors you truly do not need.  For an explanation of preprocessors and their associated rule options, have a look at the Snort Manual at http://manual.snort.org/node17.html

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Re: Quick Snort Setup Instructions for New Users
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2013, 04:43:48 pm »
Just wanted to say thanks, I'm a first time Snort user and this really helped me get things up and running to the point where I can start dicking around and experimenting.  :D

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Re: Quick Snort Setup Instructions for New Users
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2013, 07:23:29 pm »
The Missing Part to Quick Snort Setup Instructions for New Users

Instructions on making the most of your shiny new IDS
Snort is designed to block pretty much anything you can think of. That's why there are many false positives. When I first started using snort, I was constantly banging my head on my desk because most sites would be blocked for (seemingly) no reason.
The CORRECT way to stop false positives is to disable the rules causing them, NOT using suppression lists. I may hear you ask "but all other places on the internet say use suppression lists, why shouldn't I?".
A little (simplified) info on how snort works will help you understand why.
Snort takes the packets and analyses them. Matches to the rules will be forwarded to alerts, then pfsense's plugin takes over and bans them. Suppression lists work just before the last step. They stop alerts from being produced. Disabling rules stops the "process" at the very beginning. Why analyze a packet if you are going to ignore it? This saves CPU processing which could be used for other purposes (eg enable more rules).
There are times when this will not work. Rules deep deep inside snort (preprocessor rules) have no way of being disabled (if I'm wrong about this, please correct me). That's where suppression lists become useful.

With that out of the way, this is the process to stop false positives.
1) Identify the rule causing them. On the alerts tab you will find all alerts (no kidding). The last columns should show a number in the format x:YYYY:x and an explanation for the rule.
I'll use this for this example:
x:2000419:x ET POLICY PE EXE or DLL Windows file download
2) copy the YYYY part (2000419). Take a look at the explanation. ET (emerging threats) POLICY. This means you'll find this rule in emerging-policy list.
3) go to the snort home page (services> snort). Click the e to edit interface settings, then go to rules. In the drop down select emerging-policy. Assuming you use firefox, CTRL+F and paste the rule number (called sig_id, signature ID) and click next. For other browsers, find a way to search the page for a term and enter the number there.
4) click the red or yellow (depending if you previously enabled the rule) to turn it into a lighter shade of yellow (see bottom of page).
5) top of page, click apply changes and wait for the page to reload.
6) go back to the snort home page and restart the interface (click the red x until it becomes green, wait a couple of seconds and click it again to turn it back to red) <<< DO NOT FORGET THIS STEP
------warning!!!-------
as of version 2.5.8 the icons are now swapped. Green is running, red is not running. So invert the colors above
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7) relax, the rule is now disabled and will stop generating alerts. Go to blocked tab, and find the ip that it previously banned and unban it (click the button to the right of the explanation).

In that rare case you cannot find the rule causing the alert (eg explanation does not offer information about the list), first check GPLv2 list, then IPS policy list. If you still cannot find it, a suppression entry is needed. Simply click the add to suppression list (little +) next to the rule on the alerts tab. Assuming you have set up your suppression list correctly, it will be added to it. Restart the interface (step 6 above), unban the ip, and you are done!

And now for my contribution to the community. The default enabled rules are too relaxed. We need to enable more rules, but a word of caution. ONLY USE THIS LIST IF YOU HAVE ENOUGH MEMORY.
I'm currently using it on redundant CARP firewalls, with a crappy p4 cpu and 2GB of ram each. The systems average about 25-30% RAM usage.The list below shows how snort is configured on a production environment and works perfectly (for me) but it is not complete. Entries that do not have a DONE > in front of them are NOT COMPLETED. Please review and make changes depending on your environment.

In tab "Rules", under "Category" select:
(--- means blank table at time of writing)

DONE > emerging-activex > all

DONE > emerging-attack_responses > all

DONE > emerging-botcc > all

DONE > emerging-chat > all except:
2010784 ET CHAT Facebook Chat (send message)
2010785 ET CHAT Facebook Chat (buddy list)
2010786 ET CHAT Facebook Chat (settings)
2010819 ET CHAT Facebook Chat using XMPP
2002327 ET CHAT Google Talk (Jabber) Client Login
2002334 ET CHAT Google IM traffic Jabber client sign-on
2001241 ET CHAT MSN file transfer request
2001242 ET CHAT MSN file transfer accept
2001243 ET CHAT MSN file transfer reject
2001682 ET CHAT MSN IM Poll via HTTP
2002192 ET CHAT MSN status change
2008289 ET CHAT Possible MSN Messenger File Transfer
2009375 ET CHAT General MSN Chat Activity
2009376 ET CHAT MSN User-Agent Activity

DONE > emerging-ciarmy > all

DONE > emerging-compromised > all

DONE > emerging-current_events > all

DONE > emerging-deleted > ---

DONE > emerging-dns > all except:
2008446 ET DNS Excessive DNS Responses with 1 or more RR's (100+ in 10
seconds) - possible Cache Poisoning Attempt
2008470 ET DNS Excessive NXDOMAIN responses - Possible DNS Backscatter or Domain Generation Algorithm Lookups
2001117 ET DNS Standard query response, Name Error

DONE > emerging-dos > all

DONE > emerging-drop > all

DONE > emerging-dshield > all

DONE > emerging-exploit > all except:
2001058 ET EXPLOIT libpng tRNS overflow attempt
2002913 ET EXPLOIT VNC Client response
2002914 ET EXPLOIT VNC Server VNC Auth Offer
2002919 ET EXPLOIT VNC Good Authentication Reply
2002915 ET EXPLOIT VNC Authentication Reply
2002758 ET EXPLOIT WMF Escape Record Exploit - Version 1
2002742 ET EXPLOIT WMF Escape Record Exploit - Version 3

DONE > emerging-ftp > all

DONE > emerging-games > all

DONE > emerging-icmp > ---

DONE > emerging-icmp_info > ---

DONE > emerging-imap > ---

DONE > emerging-inappropriate > all except:
2002925 ET INAPPROPRIATE Google Image Search, Safe Mode Off
2001608 ET INAPPROPRIATE Likely Porn

DONE > emerging-info > all except:
2014472 ET INFO JAVA - Java Archive Download
2014473 ET INFO JAVA - Java Archive Download By Vulnerable Client
2014819 ET INFO Packed Executable Download
2015016 ET INFO FTP STOR to External Network
2015561 ET INFO PDF Using CCITTFax Filter
2015744 ET INFO EXE IsDebuggerPresent (Used in Malware Anti-Debugging)
2016360 ET INFO JAVA - ClassID
2016361 ET INFO JAVA - ClassID
2016404 ET INFO MPEG Download Over HTTP (1)

DONE > emerging-malware > all except:
2008438 ET MALWARE Possible Windows executable sent when remote host claims to send a Text File

DONE > emerging-misc > all

DONE > emerging-mobile_malware > all except:
2012251 ET MOBILE_MALWARE Google Android Device HTTP Request
2012848 ET MOBILE_MALWARE Possible Mobile Malware POST of IMEI International Mobile Equipment Identity in URI

DONE > emerging-netbios > all

DONE > emerging-p2p > all except:
2000369 ET P2P BitTorrent Announce
2007727 ET P2P possible torrent download
2008581 ET P2P BitTorrent DHT ping request
2008583 ET P2P BitTorrent DHT nodes reply
2008585 ET P2P BitTorrent DHT announce_peers request
2010144 ET P2P Vuze BT UDP Connection (5)
2011699 ET P2P Bittorrent P2P Client User-Agent (Transmission/1.x)

*emerging-policy > all except:
2000419 ET POLICY PE EXE or DLL Windows file download
2000428 ET POLICY ZIP file download
2001115 ET POLICY MSI (microsoft installer file) download
2003595 ET POLICY exe download via HTTP - Informational
2001898 ET POLICY eBay Bid Placed
2001907 ET POLICY eBay Placing Item for sale
2001908 ET POLICY eBay View Item
2001909 ET POLICY eBay Watch This Item
2003303 ET POLICY FTP Login Attempt (non-anonymous)
2003410 ET POLICY FTP Login Successful
2003121 ET POLICY docs.google.com Activity
2003597 ET POLICY Google Calendar in Use
2002801 ET POLICY Google Desktop User-Agent Detected
2002838 ET POLICY Google Search Appliance browsing the Internet
2000035 ET POLICY Hotmail Inbox Access
2000036 ET POLICY Hotmail Message Access
2000037 ET POLICY Hotmail Compose Message Access
2000038 ET POLICY Hotmail Compose Message Submit
2000039 ET POLICY Hotmail Compose Message Submit Data
2008238 ET POLICY Hotmail Inbox Access
2008239 ET POLICY Hotmail Message Access
2008240 ET POLICY Hotmail Compose Message Access
2008242 ET POLICY Hotmail Access Full Mode
2006408 ET POLICY HTTP Request on Unusual Port Possibly Hostile
2006409 ET POLICY HTTP POST on unusual Port Possibly Hostile
2002330 ET POLICY Google Talk TLS Client Traffic
2002332 ET POLICY Google IM traffic Windows client user sign-on
2002333 ET POLICY Google IM traffic friend invited
2002878 ET POLICY iTunes User Agent
2002722 ET POLICY MP3 File Transfer Outbound
2002723 ET POLICY MP3 File Transfer Inbound
2001114 ET POLICY Mozilla XPI install files download
2001973 ET POLICY SSH Server Banner Detected on Expected Port
2001974 ET POLICY SSH Client Banner Detected on Expected Port
2001975 ET POLICY SSHv2 Server KEX Detected on Expected Port
2001976 ET POLICY SSHv2 Client KEX Detected on Expected Port
2001977 ET POLICY SSHv2 Client New Keys detected on Expected Port
2001978 ET POLICY SSH session in progress on Expected Port
2001979 ET POLICY SSH Server Banner Detected on Unusual Port
2001980 ET POLICY SSH Client Banner Detected on Unusual Port
2001981 ET POLICY SSHv2 Server KEX Detected on Unusual Port
2001982 ET POLICY SSHv2 Client KEX Detected on Unusual Port
2001983 ET POLICY SSHv2 Client New Keys Detected on Unusual Port
2001984 ET POLICY SSH session in progress on Unusual Port
2013031 ET POLICY Python-urllib/ Suspicious User Agent
2013414 ET POLICY Executable served from Amazon S3
2014297 ET POLICY Vulnerable Java Version 1.7.x Detected
2012647 ET POLICY Dropbox.com Offsite File Backup in Use
2012648 ET POLICY Dropbox Client Broadcasting
2014313 ET POLICY Executable Download From DropBox

DONE > emerging-pop3 > ---

DONE > emerging-rbn-malvertisers > all

DONE > emerging-rbn > all

DONE > emerging-rpc > ---

DONE > emerging-scada > all

DONE > emerging-scan > all except
2002992 ET SCAN Rapid POP3 Connections - Possible Brute Force Attack
2002993 ET SCAN Rapid POP3S Connections - Possible Brute Force Attack
2002994 ET SCAN Rapid IMAP Connections - Possible Brute Force Attack
2002995 ET SCAN Rapid IMAPS Connections - Possible Brute Force Attack

DONE > emerging-shellcode > all except
2011803 ET SHELLCODE Possible TCP x86 JMP to CALL Shellcode Detected
2012252 ET SHELLCODE Common 0a0a0a0a Heap Spray String
2012257 ET SHELLCODE Common %0c%0c%0c%0c Heap Spray String
2012510 ET SHELLCODE UTF-8/16 Encoded Shellcode
2013222 ET SHELLCODE Excessive Use of HeapLib Objects Likely Malicious Heap Spray Attempt
2013267 ET SHELLCODE Hex Obfuscated JavaScript Heap Spray 0a0a0a0a

DONE > emerging-smtp > all

DONE > emerging-snmp > all

DONE > emerging-sql > all

DONE > emerging-telnet > all

DONE > emerging-tftp > all

DONE > emerging-tor > all

emerging-trojan > all except

DONE > emerging-user_agents > all except:
2010697 ET USER_AGENTS Suspicious User-Agent Beginning with digits - Likely spyware/trojan

DONE > emerging-voip > all

DONE > emerging-web_client > all except
2011347 ET WEB_CLIENT Possible String.FromCharCode Javascript Obfuscation Attempt
2011507 ET WEB_CLIENT PDF With Embedded File
2010518 ET WEB_CLIENT Possible HTTP 404 XSS Attempt (External Source)
2012119 ET WEB_CLIENT Possible Hex Obfuscation Usage On Webpage
2012205 ET WEB_CLIENT Possible Malicious String.fromCharCode with charCodeAt String
2012266 ET WEB_CLIENT Hex Obfuscation of unescape % Encoding
2012272 ET WEB_CLIENT Hex Obfuscation of eval % Encoding
2012398 ET WEB_CLIENT Hex Obfuscation of replace Javascript Function % Encoding


DONE > emerging-web_server > all except
2003099 ET WEB_SERVER Poison Null Byte

emerging-web_specific_apps > all except:
2010890 ET WEB_SPECIFIC_APPS phpBB3 registration (Step1 GET)
2010891 ET WEB_SPECIFIC_APPS phpBB3 registration (Step2 POST)
2010892 ET WEB_SPECIFIC_APPS phpBB3 registration (Step3 GET)
2010893 ET WEB_SPECIFIC_APPS phpBB3 registration (Step4 POST)

DONE > emerging-worm > all

DONE > GPLv2 community rules > all except
254 DNS SPOOF query response with TTL of 1 min. and no authority
384 PROTOCOL-ICMP PING
385 PROTOCOL-ICMP traceroute
399 PROTOCOL-ICMP Destination Unreachable Host Unreachable
402 PROTOCOL-ICMP Destination Unreachable Port Unreachable
408 PROTOCOL-ICMP Echo Reply
540 POLICY-SOCIAL Microsoft MSN message
648 INDICATOR-SHELLCODE x86 NOOP
649 INDICATOR-SHELLCODE x86 setgid 0
1200 INDICATOR-COMPROMISE Invalid URL
1201 INDICATOR-COMPROMISE 403 Forbidden
1292 INDICATOR-COMPROMISE directory listing
1390 INDICATOR-SHELLCODE x86 inc ebx NOOP
1394 INDICATOR-SHELLCODE x86 inc ecx NOOP
1437 FILE-IDENTIFY Microsoft Windows Media download detected
1841 FILE-OTHER Oracle Javascript URL host spoofing attempt
1846 POLICY-MULTIMEDIA vncviewer Java applet download attempt
1852 SERVER-WEBAPP robots.txt access
1986 POLICY-SOCIAL Microsoft MSN outbound file transfer request
1988 POLICY-SOCIAL Microsoft MSN outbound file transfer accept
1989 POLICY-SOCIAL Microsoft MSN outbound file transfer rejected
1990 POLICY-SOCIAL Microsoft MSN user search
1991 POLICY-SOCIAL Microsoft MSN login attempt
2180 PUA-P2P BitTorrent announce request
2181 PUA-P2P BitTorrent transfer
2707 FILE-IMAGE JPEG parser multipacket heap overflow
3463 SERVER-WEBAPP awstats access
25518 OS-OTHER Apple iPod User-Agent detected
25519 OS-OTHER Apple iPad User-Agent detected
25520 OS-OTHER Apple iPhone User-Agent detected
25521 OS-OTHER Android User-Agent detected
25522 OS-OTHER Nokia User-Agent detected
25523 OS-OTHER Samsung User-Agent detected
25524 OS-OTHER Kindle User-Agent detected
25525 OS-OTHER Nintendo User-Agent detected

*IPS Policy - Security > all except
4152 BROWSER-PLUGINS Microsoft Windows Media Player 6.4 ActiveX object access
19436 BROWSER-IE Microsoft Internet Explorer CStyleSheetRule array memory corruption attempt

Suppression List:
#GLOBAL
# gen_id 1
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 536
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 648
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 653
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 1390
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 2452
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 11192
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 15306
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 16313
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 17458
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 20583
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 23098
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 2000334
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 2008120
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 2010516
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 20122758
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 2014518
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 2014520
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 2100366
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 2100368
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 2100651
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 2101390
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 2101424
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 2102314
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 2103134
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 2500056
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 100000230
suppress gen_id 3, sig_id 14772
#(http_inspect) DOUBLE DECODING ATTACK
suppress gen_id 119, sig_id 2
#(http_inspect) BARE BYTE UNICODE ENCODING
suppress gen_id 119, sig_id 4
#(http_inspect) IIS UNICODE CODEPOINT ENCODING
suppress gen_id 119, sig_id 7
#(http_inspect) NON-RFC DEFINED CHAR [**]
suppress gen_id 119, sig_id 14
#(http_inspect) UNKNOWN METHOD
suppress gen_id 119, sig_id 31
#(http_inspect) SIMPLE REQUEST
suppress gen_id 119, sig_id 32
#(http_inspect) NO CONTENT-LENGTH OR TRANSFER-ENCODING IN HTTP RESPONSE
suppress gen_id 120, sig_id 2
#(http_inspect) NO CONTENT-LENGTH OR TRANSFER-ENCODING IN HTTP RESPONSE
suppress gen_id 120, sig_id 3
#(http_inspect) HTTP RESPONSE HAS UTF CHARSET WHICH FAILED TO NORMALIZE
suppress gen_id 120, sig_id 4
#(http_inspect) HTTP RESPONSE GZIP DECOMPRESSION FAILED
suppress gen_id 120, sig_id 6
#(http_inspect) INVALID CONTENT-LENGTH OR CHUNK SIZE
suppress gen_id 120, sig_id 8
#(http_inspect) JAVASCRIPT OBFUSCATION LEVELS EXCEEDS 1
suppress gen_id 120, sig_id 9
# Unknown
suppress gen_id 120, sig_id 10
#(smtp) Attempted response buffer overflow: 1448 chars
suppress gen_id 124, sig_id 3
#(ftp_telnet) Invalid FTP Command
suppress gen_id 125, sig_id 2
#(ssp_ssl) Invalid Client HELLO after Server HELLO Detected
suppress gen_id 137, sig_id 1
#(IMAP) Unknown IMAP4 command
suppress gen_id 141, sig_id 1
« Last Edit: May 30, 2013, 10:14:39 pm by jflsakfja »
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Re: Quick Snort Setup Instructions for New Users
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2013, 04:12:00 pm »
I had a discussion recently with another Snort user about suggested setups.  The user was asking whether to run Snort just on the WAN, or to run it on both the WAN and LAN.  The post linked below describes a good Snort configuration method for users with a single WAN interface and a LAN interface using NAT (typical for home networks and some small businesses).

http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,62928.msg341417.html#msg341417

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« Last Edit: June 06, 2013, 04:13:34 pm by bmeeks »

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Re: Quick Snort Setup Instructions for New Users
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2013, 08:09:31 am »
I had a discussion recently with another Snort user about suggested setups.  The user was asking whether to run Snort just on the WAN, or to run it on both the WAN and LAN.  The post linked below describes a good Snort configuration method for users with a single WAN interface and a LAN interface using NAT (typical for home networks and some small businesses).

http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,62928.msg341417.html#msg341417

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Use this list :)

http://services.ce3c.be/ciprg/?countrys=RUSSIAN+FEDERATION

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Re: Quick Snort Setup Instructions for New Users
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2013, 03:28:45 pm »
Use this list :)

http://services.ce3c.be/ciprg/?countrys=RUSSIAN+FEDERATION

Is there really any benefit in completely blocking entire countries ? I mean, looking at the logs of tens of servers, I'd say that most "bad" traffic seems to originate from hacked VPS in USA and Europe.

I typically use country CIDR ranges to explicitly white-list ranges of IPs for SSH logins on certain systems, in those few cases where I "know" that nobody will login from abroad.

PS: Sorry for high-jacking this thread, mod(s) please feel free to move this message to a more appropriate topic.
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Re: Quick Snort Setup Instructions for New Users
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2013, 08:55:29 am »
First of all, sorry if it's a noob question. We use pfSense as inter-department firewall within private network. We could install snort package through pfSense proxy setting. However, we couldn't perform the snort rule update. Is there anyway we could set the proxy snort update and how? or how to perform snort rule update manually?

FYR, we are using pfSense 2.0.3 with Snort 2.9.4.6 pkg v. 2.5.9 

Thank you in advance.
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Re: Quick Snort Setup Instructions for New Users
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2013, 09:15:00 am »
First of all, sorry if it's a noob question. We use pfSense as inter-department firewall within private network. We could install snort package through pfSense proxy setting. However, we couldn't perform the snort rule update. Is there anyway we could set the proxy snort update and how? or how to perform snort rule update manually?

FYR, we are using pfSense 2.0.3 with Snort 2.9.4.6 pkg v. 2.5.9 

Thank you in advance.

Proxy support for rule updates does not currently exist, but that is an excellent idea to add to the package.  I will put that on my TODO list.

Give me a little time to investigate a temp workaround for you.  Perhaps a quick patch might be doable that allows Snort to use the pfSense proxy settings.

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Re: Quick Snort Setup Instructions for New Users
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2013, 09:53:12 am »
Whats the syntax for whitelisting an ext. client IP in Snort?

Kind regards Brian


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Re: Quick Snort Setup Instructions for New Users
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2013, 11:03:40 am »
Whats the syntax for whitelisting an ext. client IP in Snort?


I would create an Alias for the IP under Firewall...Aliases.  Then go to the Whitelist tab and either create new list or choose the one being used by the interface in question.  At the bottom of the edit screen for the whitelist is a red background textbox for adding an Alias.  Simply choose the Alias there you created.  Start typing the name of the Alias and a dropdown list should automatically appear of matching entries to choose from.

If there are several IPs, or may be several in the future, I would create an Alias group and put the IPs in there.  Then choose that group on the Whitelist edit page.

Bill

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Re: Quick Snort Setup Instructions for New Users
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2013, 11:09:05 am »
Yes but even if you run more than one whitelist, you can only add one for the WAN interface....
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Re: Quick Snort Setup Instructions for New Users
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2013, 11:38:34 am »
Yes but even if you run more than one whitelist, you can only add one for the WAN interface....

Multiple whitelists for the same interface don't really make sense to me.  It all has to be a single file for the Spoink plugin anyway.  Now what could be done is allow the addition of multiple Aliases, but the same thing can be accomplished by using Alias groups.  So it's six of one and half-dozen of the other as we say in America  ;D  The idea with multiple whitelists is to have a different one for each interface if you want.

Perhaps you are not using Aliases to their full extent?  They are a powerful tool that makes future upkeep of the firewall rules and Snort easy.  When an IP changes, just change it once in the Alias tab and it is instantly changed everywhere that Alias is used.  Contrast this with having individual IPs scattered all over the rules in the firewall, Snort and other places.  Lots of places to change then and lots of opportunity for typos.

I have yet to encounter a whitelist situation that can't be solved with a single Alias group.  Then in that group I can add all kinds of host IPs and/or networks.  These all get translated into actual IPs when the whitelist file is built during generation of the snort.conf file.

Lots of commercial firewalls use the same idea as Aliases.  I work extensively with Check Point firewalls, and they call them "objects", but they work the same way as Aliases in pfSense.  In Check Point, you cannot enter an IP address or port number anywhere in a firewall rule.  Everything has to be entered as an object.  You first create objects having the IP addresses and ports you want to use, then you select those objects in your rules.  It seems extra work the first time you see it, but then you quickly start to appreciate the utility when you come along and need to change a host IP for instance.  Just change it in the object, push the firewall policy (Check Point's term for regenerating the configuration), and the new IP address is reflected in every rule that references it.  No need to manually update the IP in say a dozen rules or something (where each time you type it you could enter it wrong).
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Re: Quick Snort Setup Instructions for New Users
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2013, 11:46:08 am »
Alias Group??? Where in the GUI is that Bill?
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Re: Quick Snort Setup Instructions for New Users
« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2013, 11:54:03 am »
Alias Group??? Where in the GUI is that Bill?

You can create an Alias that has other Aliases in it.  Under Firewall...Aliases.  Attached are two screenshots showing my whitelist alias group.  Click the (e) to edit the alias.  Then on the next screen click the (+) icon to add more entries to the alias (in effect making it an Alias Group).

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Re: Quick Snort Setup Instructions for New Users
« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2013, 11:58:29 am »
This is great!! Thx ;)
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