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 From:  Jeffrey Goldberg <jeffrey at goldmark dot org>
 To:  Monowall Mailing List <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  SUMMARY: [m0n0wall] IDS or log watching utilities
 Date:  Fri, 8 Oct 2004 12:00:41 -0700
On Oct 6, 2004, at 3:29 PM, Jeffrey Goldberg wrote:

> I would like to know about what sorts of utilities exist for watching 
> firewall logs as part of some sort of intrusion detection system.
> My specific immediate need is rather small [...]

I received helpful pointers to

   Snort:  http://snort.org/
      It's probably overkill for my immediate needs, but seems like the 
tool to
      learn, so I'll go that way.


      A suite of Unix-like tools for MS-Windows for doing this sort of 
stuff.  The
      best reference I could find was


      I failed to specify that I was looking for Unix tools, but at 
least one person
      mailed me off list asking about MS-Windows tools.

   swatch:  Perl based and OS independent according to


     I didn't really look at this too much.  It seems like a good tool 
for many log
     monitoring tasks, and not just IDS.

> Also, is there some set of rules that people recommend for being a 
> "good network citizen"?  That is, what should I try to prevent from 
> leaving my network?

I received a recommendation for a default block all, with only opening 
up what is needed.  At some sites, I will do that.   At others, I will 
have to allow and log for a while to get a sense of legitimate 
out-going that I might not know about.  Eg, in addition to the list 
recommended, I know that I'll need ports 53 and 123? (ntp), at least 
from selected hosts.  I suspect that there will be more that I have 

Anyway, thanks all for your help and responses.