July 23, 2006

Snort 2.6 Book

Category: Security Article Reviews,Security Information Management — Raffael Marty @ 9:21 pm

It’s done. I was working on writing a chapter for the new Snort book. I got the chapter on data analysis assigned. These things take time. It was fun writing it though. It forced me to look into some tools that are quite interesting. OpenSIMs and OSSIM are two of them. They are not quite as mature as I was hoping they would be. Well, somehow I guess I knew they wouldn’t be. They are great starting points for a SIM though. Maybe they should just combine the two projects.
Another project that I found was interesting is SEC. The Simple Event Correlator. I have looked at this tool before, but this time I have to say, I am quite impressed. The correlation capabilities are quite interesting. There is one huge problem, which is that you have to define the matching log entry for every rule. This just doesn’t scale. You need to have a normalization module first and then you apply the correlation on the normalized data. And by normalized I mean parsed and categorized! And that’s one of the other huge problems: Categorization is not standardized and it takes a huge amount of work to do it yourself. Believe me, I know what it means to categorize. We have a database of aobut 150.000 events that we categorized…
Anyways. The chapter is written and hopefully I can spend some more time again on the other writing projects I have lined up. But first it’s going to be travel and conference month! BlackHat is close!

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