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PSAD

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NAME

psad - The Port Scan Attack Detector  

SYNOPSIS

psad [options]  

DESCRIPTION

psad makes use of iptables log messages to detect, alert, and (optionally) block port scans and other suspect traffic. For TCP scans psad analyzes TCP flags to determine the scan type (syn, fin, xmas, etc.) and corresponding command line options that could be supplied to nmap to generate such a scan. In addition, psad makes use of many TCP, UDP, and ICMP signatures contained within the Snort intrusion detection system (see http://www.snort.org/) to detect suspicious network traffic such as probes for common backdoors, DDoS tools, OS fingerprinting attempts, and more. By default psad also provides alerts for snort rules that are detected directly by iptables through the use of a ruleset generated by fwsnort (http://www.cipherdyne.org/fwsnort/). This enables psad to send alerts for application layer attacks. psad features a set of highly configurable danger thresholds (with sensible defaults provided) that allow the administrator to define what constitutes a port scan or other suspect traffic. Email alerts sent by psad contain the scanning ip, number of packets sent to each port, any TCP, UDP, or ICMP signatures that have been matched (e.g. "NMAP XMAS scan"), the scanned port range, the current danger level (from 1 to 5), reverse dns info, and whois information. psad also makes use of various packet header fields associated with TCP SYN packets to passively fingerprint remote operating systems (in a manner similar to the p0f fingerprinter) from which scans originate. This requires the use of the --log-tcp-options argument for iptables logging rules; if this option is not used, psad will fall back to a fingerprinting method that makes use of packet length, TTL and TOS values, IP ID, and TCP window sizes.

psad configures syslog to write all kern.info messages to a named pipe /var/lib/psad/psadfifo and then reads all messages out of the pipe that are matched by a string designed to catch any packets that have been logged (and possibly dropped) by the firewall. In this way psad is supplied with a pure data stream that exclusively contains packets that the firewall has deemed unfit to enter the network. psad consists of three daemons: psad, kmsgsd, and psadwatchd. psad is responsible for processing all packets that have been logged by the firewall and applying the signature logic in order to determine what type of scan has been leveraged against the machine and/or network. kmsgsd reads all messages that have been written to the /var/lib/psad/psadfifo named pipe and writes any message that matches a particular regular expression (or string) to /var/log/psad/fwdata. psadwatchd is a software watchdog that will restart any of the other two daemons should a daemon die for any reason.  

OPTIONS

-A, --Analyze-msgs
Analyze an iptables logfile for scans and exit. This will generate email alerts just as a normal running psad process would have for all logged scans. By default the psad data file /var/log/psad/fwdata is parsed for old scans, but any file can be specified through the use of the --messages-file command line option. For example it might be useful to point psad at your /var/log/messages file.
-i, --interface <interface>
Specify the interface that psad will examine for iptables log messages. This interface will be the IN= interface for packets that are logged in the INPUT and FORWARD chains, and the OUT= interface for packets logged in the OUTPUT chain.
--sig-update
Instruct psad to download the latest set of modified Snort signatures from http://www.cipherdyne.org/psad/signatures so that psad can take advantage of signature updates before a new release is made.
-O, --Override-config <file>
Override config variable values that are normally read from the /etc/psad/psad.conf file with values from the specified file. Multiple override config files can be given as a comma separated list.
-D, --Dump-conf
Dump the current psad config to STDOUT and exit. Various pieces of information such as the home network, alert email addresses, and DShield user id are removed from the resulting output so it is safe to send to others.
-F, --Flush
Remove any auto-generated firewall block rules if psad was configured to automatically respond to scans (see the ENABLE_AUTO_IDS variable in psad.conf).
-S, --Status
Display the status of any psad processes that may or not be running. The status output contains a listing of the number of packets that have been processed by psad, along with all IP addresses and corresponding danger levels that have scanned the network.
--status-ip <ip>
Display status information associated with ip such as the protocol packet counters as well as the last 10 packets logged by iptables.
--status-dl <dl>
Display status information only for scans that have reached a danger level of at least dl
--status-summary
Instruct psad to omit detailed IP information from --Status and --Analyze modes.
-m, --messages-file <file>
This option is used to specify the file that will be parsed in analysis mode (see the --Analyze-msgs option). The default path is the psad data file /var/log/psad/fwdata.
--CSV
Instruct psad to parse iptables log messages out of /var/log/messages (by defult, but this path can be changed with the -m option), and print the packet fields on STDOUT in comma-separate value format. This is useful for graphing iptables log data with AfterGlow (see http://afterglow.sourceforge.net/index.html).
--CSV-fields <tokens>
Instruct psad to only include a specific set of iptables log message fields within the CSV output. AfterGlow accepts up to three fields for its graph data, so the most common usage of this option is "src dst dp" to print the source and destination IP addresses, and the destination port number.
-K, --Kill
Kill the current psad process along with psadwatchd and kmsgsd. This provides a quick and easy way to kill all psad processes without having to look in the process table or appeal to the psad-init script.
-R, --Restart
Restart the currently running psad processes. This option will preserve the command line options that were supplied to the original psad process.
-U, --USR1
Send a running psad process a USR1 signal. This will cause psad to dump the contents of the %Scan hash to the file "/var/log/psad/scan_hash.$$" where "$$" represents the pid of the psad process. This is mostly useful for debugging purposes, but it also allows the administrator to peer into the %Scan hash, which is the primary data structure used to store scan data within system memory.
-H, --HUP
Send all running psad daemons a HUP signal. This will instruct the daemons to re-read their respective configuration files without causing scan data to be lost in the process.
-B, --Benchmark
Run psad in benchmark mode. By default benchmark mode will simulate a scan of 10,000 packets (see the --packets option) and then report the elapsed time. This is useful to see how fast psad can process packets on a specific machine.
-p, --packets <packets>
Specify the number of packets to use in benchmark mode. The default is 10,000 packets.
-d, --debug
Run psad in debugging mode. This will automatically prevent psad from running as a daemon, and will print the contents of the %Scan hash and a few other things on STDOUT at crucial points as psad executes.
-c, --config <configuration-file> By default all of the psad makes use of the configuration file /etc/psad/psad.conf for almost all configuration parameters. psad can be made to override this path by specifying a different file on the command line with the --config option.
--signatures <signatures-file>
The iptables firewalling code included within the linux 2.4.x kernel series has the ability to distinguish and log any of the TCP flags present within TCP packets that traverse the firewall interfaces. psad makes use of this logging capability to detect several types of TCP scan signatures included within /etc/psad/signatures. The signatures were originally included within the snort intrusion detection system. New signatures can be included and modifications to existing signatures can be made to the signature file and psad will import the changes upon receiving a HUP signal (see the --HUP command line option) without having to restart the psad process. psad also detects many UDP and ICMP signatures that were originally included within snort.
-e, --email-analysis
Send alert emails when run in --Analyze-msgs mode. Depending on the size of the iptables logfile, using the --email-analysis option could extend the runtime of psad by quite a bit since normally both DNS and whois lookups will be issued against each scanning IP address. As usual these lookups can be disabled with the --no-rdns and --no-whois options respectively.
-w, --whois-analysis
By default psad does not issue whois lookups when running in --Analyze-msgs mode. The --whois-analysis option will override this behavior (when run in analysis mode) and instruct psad to issue whois lookups against IP addresses from which scans or other suspect traffic has originated.
--snort-type <type>
Restrict the type of snort sids to type. Allowed types match the file names given to snort rules files such as "ddos", "backdoor", and "web-attacks".
--snort-rdir <snort-rules-directory>
Manually specify the directory where the snort rules files are located. The default is /etc/psad/snort_rules.
--passive-os-sigs <passive-os-sigs-file>
Manually specify the path to the passive operating system fingerprinting signatures file. The default is /etc/psad/posf.
-a, --auto-dl <auto-dl-file>
Occasionally certain IP addresses are repeat offenders and should automatically be given a higher danger level than would normally be assigned. Additionally, some IP addresses can always be ignored depending on your network configuration (the loopback interface 127.0.0.1 might be a good candidate for example). /etc/psad/auto_dl provides an interface for psad to automatically increase/decrease/ignore scanning IP danger levels. Modifications can be made to auto_dl (installed by default in /etc/psad) and psad will import them with 'psad -H' or by restarting the psad process.
--fw-search <fw_search-file>
By default all of the psad makes use of the firewall search configuration file /etc/psad/fw_search.conf for firewall search mode and search strings. psad can be made to override this path by specifying a different file on the command line with the --fw-search option.
--fw-list-auto
List all rules in iptables chains that are used by psad in auto-blocking mode.
--fw-analyze
Analyze the local iptables ruleset, send any alerts if errors are discovered, and then exit.
--fw-del-chains
By default, if ENABLE_AUTO_IDS is set to "Y" psad will not delete the auto-generated iptables chains (see the IPT_AUTO_CHAIN keywords in psad.conf) if the --Flush option is given. The --fw-del-chains option overrides this behavior and deletes the auto-blocking chains from a running iptables firewall.
--fw-dump
Instruct psad to dump the contents of the iptables policy that is running on the local system. All IP addresses are removed from the resulting output, so it is safe to post to the psad list, or communicate to others. This option is most often used with --Dump-conf.
--fw-block-ip <ip>
Specify an IP address or network to add to the iptables controls that are auto-generated by psad. This allows psad to manage the rule timeouts.
--fw-rm-block-ip <ip>
Specify an IP address or network to remove from the iptables controls that are auto-generated by psad.
--fw-file <policy-file>
Analyze the iptables ruleset contained within policy-file instead of the ruleset currently loaded on the local system.
--CSV-regex <regex>
Instruct psad to only print CSV data that matches the supplied regex. This regex is used to match against each of the entire iptables log messages.
--CSV-neg-regex <regex>
Instruct psad to only print CSV data that does not match the supplied regex. This regex is used to negatively match against each of the entire iptables log messages.
--CSV-uniq-lines
Instruct psad to only print unique CSV data. That is, each line printed in --CSV mode will be unique.
--CSV-max-lines <num>
Limit the number of CSV-formatted lines that psad generates on STDOUT. This is useful to allow AfterGlow graphs to be created that are not too cluttered.
--CSV-start-line <num>
Specify the beginning line number to start parsing out of the iptables log file in --CSV output mode. This is useful for when the log file is extremely large, and you want to begin parsing a specific place within the file. The default is begin parsing at the beginning of the file.
--CSV-end-line <num>
Specify the ending line number to stop parsing the iptables log file in --CSV output mode. This is useful for when the log file is extremely large, and you do not want psad to process the entire thing.
--gnuplot
Enter into Gnuplot mode whereby psad parses an iptables logfile and creates .gnu and .dat files that are suitable for graphing with Gnuplot. The various --CSV command line arguments apply to plotting iptables log with Gnuplot.
--gnuplot-template <file>
Use a template file for all Gnuplot graphing directives (this is usually a .gnu file by convention). Normally psad builds all of the graphing directives based on various --gnuplot command line arguments, but the --gnuplot-template switch allows you to override this behavior.
--gnuplot-file-prefix <file>
Specify a prefix for the .gnu, .dat, and .png files that are generated in --gnuplot mode. So, when visualizing attacks captured in an iptables logfile (let's say you are interested in port scans), you could use this option to have psad create the two files portscan.dat, portscan.gnu, and Gnuplot will create an additional file portscan.png when the portscan.gnu file is loaded.
--gnuplot-x-label <label>
Set the label associated with the x-axis.
--gnuplot-x-range <range>
Set the x-axis range.
--gnuplot-y-label <label>
Set the label associated with the y-axis.
--gnuplot-y-range <range>
Set the y-axis range.
--gnuplot-z-label <label>
Set the label associated with the z-axis (only if --gnuplot-3D is used).
--gnuplot-z-range <range>
Set the z-axis range. (only if --gnuplot-3D is used).
--gnuplot-3D
Generate a Gnuplot splot graph. This produces a three-dimensional graph.
--gnuplot-view
Set the viewing angle when graphing data in --gnuplot-3D mode.
--gnuplot-title <title>
Set the graph title for the Gnuplot graph.
-I, --Interval <seconds>
Specify the interval (in seconds) that psad should use to check whether or not packets have been logged by the firewall. psad will use the default of 15 seconds unless a different value is specified.
-l, --log-server
This option should be used if psad is being executed on a syslog logging server. Running psad on a logging server requires that check_firewall_rules() and auto_psad_response() not be executed since the firewall is probably not being run locally.
-V, --Version
Print the psad version and exit.
--no-daemon
Do not run psad as a daemon. This option will display scan alerts on STDOUT instead of emailing them out.
--no-ipt-errors
Occasionally iptables messages written by syslog to /var/lib/psad/psadfifo or to /var/log/messages do not conform to the normal firewall logging format if the kernel ring buffer used by klogd becomes full. psad will write these message to /var/log/psad/errs/fwerrorlog by default. Passing the --no-ipt-errors option will make psad ignore all such erroneous firewall messages.
--no-whois
By default psad will issue a whois query against any IP from which a scan has originated, but this can be disabled with the --no-whois command line argument.
--no-fwcheck
psad performs a rudimentary check of the firewall ruleset that exists on the machine on which psad is deployed to determine whether or not the firewall has a compatible configuration (i.e. iptables has been configured to log packets). Passing the --no-fwcheck or --log-server options will disable this check.
--no-auto-dl
Disable auto danger level assignments. This will instruct to not import any IP addresses or networks from the file /etc/psad/auto_dl.
--no-snort-sids
Disable snort sid processing mode. This will instruct psad to not import snort rules (for snort SID matching in a policy generated by fwsnort ).
--no-signatures
Disable psad signature processing. Note that this is independent of snort SID matching in iptables messages generated by fwsnort and also from the ICMP type/code validation routines.
--no-icmp-types
Disable ICMP type and code field validation.
--no-passive-os
By default psad will attempt to passively (i.e. without sending any packets) fingerprint the remote operating system from which a scan originates. Passing the --no-passive-os option will disable this feature.
--no-rdns
psad normally attempts to find the name associated with a scanning IP address, but this feature can be disabled with the --no-rdns command line argument.
--no-kmsgsd
Disable startup of kmsgsd. This option is most useful for debugging with individual iptables messages so that new messages are not appended to the /var/log/psad/fwdata file.
--no-netstat
By default for iptables firewalls psad will determine whether or not your machine is listening on a port for which a TCP signature has been matched. Specifying --no-netstat disables this feature.
-h, --help
Print a page of usage information for psad and exit.
 

FILES

/etc/psad/psad.conf
The main psad configuration file which contains configuration variables mentioned in the section below.

/etc/psad/fw_search.conf

Used to configure the strategy both psad and kmsgsd employ to parse iptables messages. Using configuration directive within this file, psad can be configured to parse all iptables messages or only those that match specific log prefix strings (see the --log-prefix option to iptables).

/etc/psad/signatures

Contains the signatures psad uses to recognize nasty traffic. The signatures are written in a manner similar to the *lib signature files used in the snort IDS.

/etc/psad/icmp_types

Contains all valid ICMP types and corresponding codes as defined by RFC 792. By default, ICMP packets are validated against these values and an alert will be generated if a non-matching ICMP packet is logged by iptables.

/etc/psad/snort_rules/*.rules

Snort rules files that are consulted by default unless the --no-snort-sids commmand line argument is given.

/etc/psad/auto_dl

Contains a listing of any IP addresses that should be assigned a danger level based on any traffic that is logged by the firewall. The syntax is "<IP address> <danger level>" where <danger level> is an integer from 0 to 5, with 0 meaning to ignore all traffic from <IP address>, and 5 is to assign the highest danger level to <IP address>.

/etc/psad/posf

Contains a listing of all passive operating system fingerprinting signatures. These signatures include packet lengths, ttl, tos, IP ID, and TCP window size values that are specific to various operating systems.
 

PSAD CONFIGURATION VARIABLES

This section describes what each of the more important psad configuration variables do and how they can be tuned to meet your needs. Most of the variables are located in the psad configuration file /etc/psad/psad.conf but the FW_SEARCH_ALL and FW_MSG_SEARCH variables are located in the file /etc/psad/fw_search.conf. Each variable is assigned sensible defaults for most network architectures during the install process. More information on psad config keywords may be found at: http://www.cipherdyne.org/psad/config.html
EMAIL_ADDRESSES
Contains a comma-separated list of email addresses to which email alerts will be sent. The default is "root@localhost".
HOSTNAME
Defines the hostname of the machine on which psad is running. This will be used in the email alerts generated by psad.
HOME_NET
Define the internal network(s) that are connected to the local system. This will be used in the signature matching code to determine whether traffic matches snort rules, which invariably contain a source and destination network. Multiple networks are supported as a comma separated list, and each network should be specified in CIDR notation. Normally the network(s) contained in the HOME_NET variable should be directly connected to the machine that is running psad.
IMPORT_OLD_SCANS
Preserve scan data across restarts of psad or even across reboots of the machine. This is accomplished by importing the data contained in the filesystem cache psad writes to during normal operation back into memory as psad is started. The filesystem cache data in contained within the directory /var/log/psad.
FW_SEARCH_ALL
Defines the search mode psad uses to parse iptables messages. By default FW_SEARCH_ALL is set to "Y" since normally most people want all iptables log messages to be parsed for scan activity. However, if FW_SEARCH_ALL is set to "N", psad will only parse those iptables log messages that match certain search strings that appear in iptables logs with the --log-prefix option. This is useful for restricting psad to only operate on specific iptables chains or rules. The strings that will be searched for are defined with the FW_MSG_SEARCH variable (see below). The FW_SEARCH_ALL variable is defined in the file /etc/psad/fw_search.conf since it is referenced by both psad and kmsgsd.
FW_MSG_SEARCH
Defines a set of search strings that psad uses to identify iptables messages that should be parsed for scan activity. These search strings should match the log prefix strings specified in the iptables ruleset with the --log-prefix option, and the default value for FW_MSG_SEARCH is "DROP". Note that psad normally parses all iptables messages, and so the FW_MSG_SEARCH variable is only needed if FW_SEARCH_ALL (see above) is set to "N". The FW_MSG_SEARCH variable is referenced by both psad and kmsgsd so it lives in the file /etc/psad/fw_search.conf.
SYSLOG_DAEMON
Define the specific syslog daemon that psad should interface with. Psad supports three syslog daemons: syslogd, syslog-ng, and metalog. The default value of SYSLOG_DAEMON is syslogd.
IGNORE_PORTS
Specify a list of port ranges and/or individual ports and corresponding protocols that psad should complete ignore. This is particularly useful for ignore ports that are used as a part of a port knocking scheme (such as fwknop http://www.cipherdyne.org/fwknop/) for network authentication since such log messages generated by the knock sequence may otherwise be interpreted as a scan. Multiple ports and/or port ranges may be specified as a comma-separated list, e.g. "tcp/22, tcp/61000-61356, udp/53".
ENABLE_PERSISTENCE
If "Y", psad will keep all scans in memory and not let them timeout. This can help discover stealthy scans where an attacker tries to slip beneath IDS thresholds by only scanning a few ports over a long period of time. ENABLE_PERSISTENCE is set to "Y" by default.
SCAN_TIMEOUT
If ENABLE_PERSISTENCE is "N" then psad will use the value set by SCAN_TIMEOUT to remove packets from the scan threshold calculation. The default is 3600 seconds (1 hour).
DANGER_LEVEL{1,2,3,4,5}
psad uses a scoring system to keep track of the severity a scans reaches (represented as a "danger level") over time. The DANGER_LEVEL{n} variables define the number of packets that must be dropped by the firewall before psad will assign the respective danger level to the scan. A scan may also be assigned a danger level if the scan matches a particular signature contained in the signatures file. There are five possible danger levels with one being the lowest and five the highest. Note there are several factors that can influence how danger levels are calculated: whether or not a scan matches a signature listed in /etc/psad/signatures, the value of PORT_RANGE_SCAN_THRESHOLD (see below), whether or not a scan comes from an IP that is listed in the /etc/psad/auto_dl file, and finally whether or not scans are allowed to timeout as determined by SCAN_TIMEOUT above. If a signature is matched or the scanning IP is listed in /etc/psad/auto_dl, then the corresponding danger level is automatically assigned to the scan.
PORT_RANGE_SCAN_THRESHOLD
Defines the minimum difference between the lowest port and the highest port scanned before an alert is sent (the default is 1 which means that at least two ports must be scanned to generate an alert). For example, suppose an ip repeatedly scans a single port for which there is no special signature in signatures. Then if PORT_RANGE_SCAN_THRESHOLD=1, psad will never send an alert for this "scan" no matter how many packets are sent to the port (i.e. no matter what the value of DANGER_LEVEL1 is). The reason for the default of 1 is that a "scan" usually means that at least two ports are probed, but if you want psad to be extra paranoid you can set PORT_RANGE_SCAN_THRESHOLD=0 to alert on scans to single ports (as long as the number of packets also exceeds DANGER_LEVEL1).
SHOW_ALL_SIGNATURES
If "Y", psad will display all signatures detected from a single scanning IP since a scan was first detected instead of just displaying newly-detected signatures. SHOW_ALL_SIGNATURES is set to "N" by default. All signatures are listed in the file /etc/psad/signatures.
SNORT_SID_STR
Defines the string kmsgsd will search for in iptables log messages that are generated by iptables rules designed to detect snort rules. The default is "SID". See fwsnort (http://www.cipherdyne.org/fwsnort/).
ENABLE_DSHIELD_ALERTS
Enable dshield alerting mode. This will send a parsed version of iptables log messages to dshield.org which is a (free) distributed intrusion detection service. For more information, see http://www.dshield.org/
IGNORE_CONNTRACK_BUG_PKTS
If "Y", all TCP packets that have the ACK or RST flag bits set will be ignored by psad since usually we see such packets being blocked as a result of the iptables connection tracking bug. Note there are no signatures that make use of the RST flag and very few that use ACK flag.
ALERT_ALL
If "Y", send email for all new bad packets instead of just when a danger level increases. ALERT_ALL is set to "Y" by default.
PSAD_EMAIL_LIMIT
Defines the maximum number of emails that will be sent for a single scanning IP (default is 50). This variable gives you some protection from psad sending countless alerts if an IP scans your machine constantly. psad will send a special alert if an IP has exceeded the email limit. If PSAD_EMAIL_LIMIT is set to zero, then psad will ignore the limit and send alert emails indefinitely for any scanning ip.
EMAIL_ALERT_DANGER_LEVEL
Defines the danger level a scan must reach before any alert is sent. This variable is set to 1 by default.
ENABLE_AUTO_IDS
psad has the capability of dynamically blocking all traffic from an IP that has reached a (configurable) danger level through modification of iptables or tcpwrapper rulesets. IMPORTANT: This feature is disabled by default since it is possible for an attacker to spoof packets from a well known (web)site in an effort to make it look as though the site is scanning your machine, and then psad will consequently block all access to it. Also, psad works by parsing firewall messages for packets the firewall has already dropped, so the "scans" are unsuccessful anyway. However, some administrators prefer to take this risk anyway reasoning that they can always review which sites are being blocked and manually remove the block if necessary (see the --Flush option). Your mileage will vary.
AUTO_IDS_DANGER_LEVEL
Defines the danger level a scan must reach before psad will automatically block the IP (ENABLE_AUTO_IDS must be set to "Y").
 

EXAMPLES

The following examples illustrate the command line arguments that could be supplied to psad in a few situations:

Signature checking, passive OS fingerprinting, and automatic IP danger level assignments are enabled by default without having to specify any command line arguments (best for most situations):

# psad

Same as above, but this time we use the init script to start psad:

# /etc/init.d/psad start

Use psad as a forensics tool to analyze an old iptables logfile (psad defaults to analyzing the /var/log/messages file if the -m option is not specified):

# psad -A -m <iptables logfile>

Run psad in forensics mode, but limit its operations to a specific IP address "10.1.1.1":

# psad -A -m <iptables logfile> --analysis-fields src:10.1.1.1

Generate graphs of scan data using AfterGlow:

# psad --CSV --CSV-fields src dst dp --CSV-max 1000 -m <iptables logfile> | perl afterglow.pl -c color.properties | neato -Tgif -o netfilter_graph.gif

The psad.conf, signatures, and auto_dl files are normally located within the /etc/psad/ directory, but the paths to each of these files can be changed:

# psad -c <config file> -s <signatures file> -a <auto ips file>

Disable the firewall check and the local port lookup subroutines; most useful if psad is deployed on a syslog logging server:

# psad --log-server --no-netstat

Disable reverse dns and whois lookups of scanning IP addresses; most useful if speed of psad is the main concern:

# psad --no-rdns --no-whois  

DEPENDENCIES

psad requires that iptables is configured with a "drop and log" policy for any traffic that is not explicitly allowed through. This is consistent with a secure network configuration since all traffic that has not been explicitly allowed should be blocked by the firewall ruleset. By default, psad attempts to determine whether or not the firewall has been configured in this way. This feature can be disabled with the --no-fwcheck or --log-server options. The --log-server option is useful if psad is running on a syslog logging server that is separate from the firewall. For more information on compatible iptables rulesets, see the FW_EXAMPLE_RULES file that is bundled with the psad source distribution.

psad also requires that syslog be configured to write all kern.info messages to the named pipe /var/lib/psad/psadfifo. A simple

echo -e 'kern.info |/var/lib/psad/psadfifo' >> /etc/syslog.conf

will do. Remember also to restart syslog after the changes to this file.  

DIAGNOSTICS

The --debug option can be used to display crucial information about the psad data structures on STDOUT as a scan generates firewall log messages. --debug disables daemon mode execution.

Another more effective way to peer into the runtime execution of psad is to send (as root) a USR1 signal to the psad process which will cause psad to dump the contents of the %Scan hash to /var/log/psad/scan_hash.$$ where $$ represents the pid of the psad process.  

SEE ALSO

iptables(8), kmsgsd(8), psadwatchd(8), fwsnort(8), snort(8), nmap(1), p0f(1), gnuplot(1)  

AUTHOR

Michael Rash <mbr@cipherdyne.org>  

CONTRIBUTORS

Many people who are active in the open source community have contributed to psad. See the CREDITS file in the psad sources, or visit http://www.cipherdyne.org/psad/docs/contributors.html to view the online list of contributors.  

BUGS

Send bug reports to mbr@cipherdyne.org. Suggestions and/or comments are always welcome as well.

For iptables firewalls as of Linux kernel version 2.4.26, if the ip_conntrack module is loaded (or compiled into the kernel) and the firewall has been configured to keep state of connections, occasionally packets that are supposed to be part of normal TCP traffic will not be correctly identified due to a bug in the firewall state timeouts and hence dropped. Such packets will then be interpreted as a scan by psad even though they are not part of any malicious activity. Fortunately, an interim fix for this problem is to simply extend the TCP_CONNTRACK_CLOSE_WAIT timeout value in linux/net/ipv4/netfilter/ip_conntrack_proto_tcp.c from 60 seconds to 2 minutes, and a set of kernel patches is included within the patches/ directory in the psad sources to change this. (Requires a kernel recompile of course; see the Kernel-HOWTO.) Also, by default the IGNORE_CONNTRACK_BUG_PKTS variable is set to "Y" in psad.conf which causes psad to ignore all TCP packets that have the ACK bit set unless the packets match a specific signature.  

DISTRIBUTION

psad is distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL), and the latest version may be downloaded from: http://www.cipherdyne.org/ Snort is a registered trademark of Sourcefire, Inc.


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
OPTIONS
FILES
PSAD CONFIGURATION VARIABLES
EXAMPLES
DEPENDENCIES
DIAGNOSTICS
SEE ALSO
AUTHOR
CONTRIBUTORS
BUGS
DISTRIBUTION

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