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From: "me null" <me_null () hotmail com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2003 21:12:25 -0500

Well i must say i am verry happy with the amount of replys i recieved on this thread. sry bout the delay in my responce, all ov your input was very nice and sry bout noot looking as well as i should have on snort.org

As far as *nix goes, i have been planing on getting a distro. and learning *nix ive just been very bussy latly. I was over on technet the otherday and noticed thay smartly made the conversion from *nix > M$ alot eayser via there doc on x-fering *nix knowladge to M$. i havnt read it but i did have 2 questions...

1 witch distrobution makes the eaysest transition from MS > *nix?
2 is there a doc the opsite of the 1 MS made? i sapose i could reverse enginer it but id rather not have to

you can turn off / close all of the ports in MS atleast in 2k3 i havnt tryed it in 2k yes even 135tcp i dont mean block but close the ports. (tho u can block access to them 3 times over aswell) what i lack in *nix knowlage i make up for in MS

- thx again - me


From: Jimi Thompson <jimit () myrealbox com>
To: "me null" <me_null () hotmail com>,security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Re: Windows IDS
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2003 22:55:24 -0600

All of the best tools are going to be linux or unix based since they've likely been around longer. Personally, I consider my IDS box to be a bastion host and I try to lock it down as best I can. That's very difficult to do with Windows unless you want a very broken machine. It's much easier to do with Linux or Unix. Frankly, of all the IDS's I've see, commercial and open source, SNORT rates among the highest. I've worked for larger employers who insisted on testing other products, many that ran well into 6 figures, but most all of them ended up using SNORT. They may have bought the other stuff, but SNORT definitely has it's place. Combined with per host firewalls, Tripwire, good perimeter security and Nessus to scan and check on everything, you should be in good very good shape. I'd also suggest that you scavenge something you can load RedHat, Mandrake, or SuSE on and start getting comfortable with Linux.

2 cents,

Jimi

At 2:31 PM -0500 11/6/03, me null wrote:
Hello everyone, ive seen alot of people recomending snort as an IDS but the only problem w/ that is im running windows. As far as the enviorment the IDS would be in... theres not alot of PCs in it, its a privet network. The top few things i want are in this order

1 - Security of course, how good the IDS acutualy is
2 - Interface, something that will not be a pain in the arse to have to deal with
3 - Price, null = best
4 - Funcontionalty, basic features that make life easyer ie. having logs sent to a remote pc, ect ect

TY

BTW about "opensource" things, is the only opensource apps / tools just for non MS platforms? if i made an IDS for windows i would have it be open source

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