How to use Ubuntu Snort for intrusion detection?

by ari.olson , in category: Security , a year ago

How to use Ubuntu Snort for intrusion detection?

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by keegan.towne , a year ago


Snort is a popular open-source network intrusion detection and prevention system. Ubuntu Snort is simply the Snort software that is installed and run on an Ubuntu operating system. Here are the steps to use Ubuntu Snort for intrusion detection:

  1. Install Snort: You can install Snort on Ubuntu using the package manager by running the following command in the terminal:
sudo apt-get install snort

  1. Configure Snort: Snort needs to be configured to monitor your network traffic and detect intrusions. The main configuration file for Snort is located at /etc/snort/snort.conf. You can edit this file using a text editor to define the rules and settings for Snort.
  2. Create rules: Snort uses rules to detect malicious traffic. You can create your own rules or use pre-existing rules from sources such as Snort Community Rules or Emerging Threats. You can add your rules to the snort.conf file or create a separate file and include it in the snort.conf file.
  3. Start Snort: Once Snort is installed and configured, you can start it by running the following command in the terminal:
sudo snort -i <interface> -c /etc/snort/snort.conf

Replace <interface> with the name of the network interface you want Snort to monitor, such as eth0.

  1. Analyze logs: Snort generates alerts when it detects suspicious activity. These alerts are saved to a log file located at /var/log/snort/alert. You can analyze these logs to investigate and respond to intrusions.

It is important to note that Snort is just one component of a comprehensive network security strategy. It is recommended to use Snort in conjunction with other security tools and best practices to protect your network.