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Re: Snort as Firewall (WinXP)
From: "coder" <elite.coder () ntlworld com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2006 00:48:29 -0000

Hi Neil,

I am currently doing research into this area for my university thesis. Snort
is foremost a lightweight IDS as with any IDS  you are going to get false
positives (Snort requires a lot of tuning to the network environment its
placed in). Where I work snort always gives off an "MTU denial of service"
alert when someone reads their emails, simply because the packets are larger
than the default MTU, now if I had snort running as a firewall and it
blocked these communications, no one can read their email! Likewise if a
false-positive happens over port 80, you loose your web surfing abilities!

Now, someone can correct me if I am wrong here, from what I read as snort
analyses a packet, other packets go by unchecked (in a high traffic area).
So placing snort in a high traffic area would mean a lot of packets would go
unchecked, now I think (and again correct me if I am wrong), even though
there isn't a lot of traffic going to/from your laptop, your laptop would be
focusing its processing power on your tasks. So I think you would have the
same effect again, as your laptop is loading Outlook or something, many
packets will go by unchecked.

My research is focused on writing a client-side firewall (which will be used
in a corporate environment) which can be centrally managed via a web
interface and also interfaces with one or more snort databases. Although
this is for a corporate environment I plan to use it on my own home network
if all goes to plan.

Regards,

Davie

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Neil" <neil () voidfx net>
To: <security-basics () securityfocus com>
Sent: Sunday, January 22, 2006 2:26 AM
Subject: Snort as Firewall (WinXP)


Has anyone here ever tried using Snort as a firewall, particularly on a
Windows box?  I was toying around with the idea of using it as a
firewall for my laptop (not an enterprise).

From what I've read, a couple people have tried, but most people were of
the opinion to use Snort as an IDS, and have a separate firewall.

If anyone has done it, do you recommend it? Why/why not?
For those who are against using it as a firewall, again, why?

Thanks for the input.
-- 
Neil.
http://voidfx.net
"Lord, grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the
courage to try to change the things I can, and the wisdom to hide the
bodies of the people I had to kill because they pissed me off."
--Anonymous


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