Installing and Configuring Snortsnarf


You want to use Snortsnarf to analyze your Snort alert output.


Install Snortsnarf by using the following command:

[root@localhost root]# tar zxvf SnortSnarf-021111.1.tar.gz

Install the Time::ParseDate Perl module by downloading it and compiling it manually, or by using the following command:

[root@localhost root]# cd SnortSnarf-021111.1

[root@localhost SnortSnarf-021111.1]# perl -MCPAN -e 'install 


Next, make a directory in which to store the module and copy the files:

[root@localhost SnortSnarf-021111.1]# mkdir ./include/SnortSnarf/Time

[root@localhost SnortSnarf-021111.1]# cp /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/

5.8.0/Time/*.* ./include/SnortSnarf/Time

Next, you can run Snortsnarf to analyze your alerts file by using the following:

[root@localhost SnortSnarf-021111.1]# ./ /var/log/snort


The output will be created in the snfout.alert directory in your current directory. Use a web browser to open the index.html file located within that directory (Figure 5-15). You may use the -d command-line option to specify an output directory, such as your /www directory.

Figure 5-15. Snortsnarf start page

You can also run Snortsnarf to analyze alerts in a MySQL Snort database by using the following:

[root@localhost SnortSnarf-021111.1]# ./ snort@localhost

The database input is specified in the form user:passwd@dbname@host:port. The @dbname parameter is optional and defaults to a database name of snort. The :port parameter is also optional and defaults to 3306. If you do not supply a password, you are prompted to enter it.


Snortsnarf is a Perl script that takes one or more Snort input sources and converts the information into web pages. You can use the Snort alert files or a MySQL Snort database as input sources. The following command will show usage and help information:

[root@localhost root]# ./ -usage

To use Snortsnarf to read alerts from a MySQL database, you will need to download and compile the DBI and MySQL Perl modules:

[root@localhost SnortSnarf]# perl -MCPAN -e 'install DBI'

You must stop the MySQL database and restart it without grant tables. This starts the database so that the automatic script can log in as root without a password. Once you have completed the install for the MySQL Perl module, you must stop and restart the MySQL database.

[root@localhost SnortSnarf-021111.1]# /etc/init.d/mysql stop

[root@localhost SnortSnarf-021111.1]# /usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqld_safe

 --skip-grant-tables &

[root@localhost SnortSnarf-021111.1]# perl -MCPAN -e 'install Mysql'

[root@localhost SnortSnarf-021111.1]# /etc/init.d/mysql stop

[root@localhost SnortSnarf-021111.1]# /etc/init.d/mysql start

You can download the latest SnortDBInput module from Save the file to the directory /root/SnortSnarf-021111.1/include/SnortSnarf. Next, use the following commands to replace the old SnortDBInput module:

[root@localhost SnortSnarf]# rm

rm: remove regular file `'? y

[root@localhost SnortSnarf]# mv


See Also

Running Snortsnarf Automatically

Installing Snort from Source on Unix

Logging to a File Quickly

How to Build Rules

Detecting Stateless Attacks and Stream Reassembly

Managing Snort Sensors

Generating Statistical Output from Snort Logs

Monitoring Network Performance


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