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Network Security Alchemy

Formatted Snort alerts in your e-mail

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… As if you don’t have enough email to read as it is.

People commonly expect Snort to provide many systems that are well out of scope of it’s design, including :

  • Event analysis UI’s
  • Real-time e-mail alerts
  • Graphical configuration tools
  • The kitchen sink
  • Reporting functions

The list goes on …

There are many external tools that provide all of these functions, please remember Snort is a high performance network intrusion detection/prevention engine and not a complete IPS solution alone. Many commercial offerings use Snort as the detection engine but bundle their own management and reporting framework around it, including <blatent plug> Sourcefire </blatant plug>.

Swatch is the most commonly used light-weight method of performing an active response when Snort raises an event, this included sending email. When I teach Snort classes I find that students quickly get to grip with how to use swatch, but still need a hand getting a formatted email out of the system.

To make this a more simple task, i threw together this simple script to provide nice email alerts with impact and advice on how to react to the event.

Let me know if you find it useful.

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Written by leonward

May 24, 2008 at 6:02 pm

Posted in Security

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  1. Where is the script then?

    Tony

    June 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

    • Good question… I’ve no idea how the link got broken, or where the code is now.
      Sorry. My bad.

      leonward

      August 15, 2014 at 9:07 am


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