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Re: Recommending an IDS system
From: "Bob Radvanovsky" <rsradvan () unixworks net>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 15:57:00 -0600

If you are looking for some "alternatives", there is a distribution called
"Sentinix", which is available FREE.  Go here for their web site:
http://www.sentinix.org.  It's SNORT with SNORTCenter, running ACID, Nagios,
Nagat, Cacti, and a few others.  Nicely done, nicely put together, and seems
to be (fairly) "stable".

If you'd like to see a demonstration of the product, I am hosting the demo
server:  http://sentinix-demo.unixworks.net

Logins are:

snortcenter/cacti: "admin", pw="temp1234"
nagios/nagat: "nagiosadmin", pw="temp1234"

The server is rebuilt weekly to keep its "freshness".  The server is
available openly and freely to anyone who wishes to use it.  The distro,
however, is only available through the Sentinix web site, or their mirrors.

Spread 'da woyd...  ;)

Cheers!

Bob Radvanovsky [/unixworks]
rsradvan(at)unixworks.com
"knowledge squared is information shared."


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Conner" <jconner () lrn com>
To: <JGrimshaw () ASAP com>
Cc: <security-basics () securityfocus com>
Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 11:33 AM
Subject: RE: Recommending an IDS system


I did an evaluation with Sourcefire and I have to say that I really liked
it.  We are doing evals on other appliances before committing to anything.

Sourcefire has three architectures to choose from; IBM, Intel, and Solaris
(IIRC -- they might not have a solaris product but I believe they do).  We
went with the Intel 22mb arch since it was the least expensive and our
infrastructure doesn't require much hardware-wise to watch whats going on.
Each architecture also has a speed associated with it which for higher
speeds you'd pay more for the product.  The speeds were (again, IIRC)
22mb,
45mb, 100mb, and 1gb.  These speeds were the amount of throughput that the
snort engine was tuned to be able to watch without dropping packets as
well
as hardware for the gigE interface, I believe.  They have a configuration
management machine that is capable of monitoring all of the sensors on
your
network allowing administrators to view all goings-on from one central
location.  That machine is a flat $17K.  It is not a sensor.  You can't
eval
that machine either so it is difficult to say how well the product will do
its job.  However, judging on the appliance and its abilities the config
mgmt box is probably decent.

We started the evaluation using the older 2.7 interface.  The 3.0
interface
went prod while we were eval'ing the unit so I upgraded the machine from
2.7
to 3.0 which was an extremely simple process.  I found the 3.0 interface
to
be 100x's better than the 2.7 interface.  Out of the box the configuration
of the product was simple.  Tuning is the same as any other IDS.  It was
basically plug-n-play, though.  You can update the snort rules, which come
from Sourefire, from the web interface.  You also get full admin access to
the console of the machine should you decide to mess with things or want
to
view logs or whatnot.  It was not necessary to ever really use the CLI,
though.

Overall, I really liked the product.  We are evaluating the Still Secure
IPS
product now.

------------------------------------
Jim Conner   | Systems Administrator
310.209.5487 | http://www.lrn.com
LRN -- The Legal Knowledge Network


-----Original Message-----
From: JGrimshaw () ASAP com [mailto:JGrimshaw () ASAP com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 7:00 AM
Cc: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: RE: Recommending an IDS system


Does anyone have any insight into the Sourcefire products?  They are Linux
appliances  based on the Snort system.



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