I have my sensor set up to email me notices with:

hook Notice::policy(n: Notice::Info)
add n$actions[Notice::ACTION_EMAIL];

If I understand correct this will email me upon any entry in the notice.log. Is there a way to:

  1. only get specific items emailed upon entry
  2. get the rest of notice.log entries emailed with ACTON_ALARM in the alarm-mail.txt and have that ignore anything that was previously emailed.
  3. Only get one notice email per alert?

What I am doing is in the /opt/bro/share/bro/intel folder creating different folders with IOS’s I want the intel framework to look over and I am using meta.do_notice to send the items of importance to the notice log.

Excuse my ignorance with this subject I am just now trying to get things emailed out efficiently to reduce some noise and redundancy my analysts are seeing.

I'm not sure about #2, but for 1 and 3 there is an easy way to do this with the default configuration. The notice framework has this as the notice policy:

hook Notice::policy(n: Notice::Info) &priority=10
    if ( n$note in Notice::ignored_types )

    if ( n$note in Notice::not_suppressed_types )
    if ( n$note in Notice::alarmed_types )
        add n$actions[ACTION_ALARM];
    if ( n$note in Notice::emailed_types )
        add n$actions[ACTION_EMAIL];

    if ( n$note in Notice::type_suppression_intervals )

    # Logging is a default action. It can be removed in a later hook if desired.
    add n$actions[ACTION_LOG];

Those tables are all setup to make it easy to toggle actions:

    ## Ignored notice types.
    const ignored_types: set[Notice::Type] = {} &redef;
    ## Emailed notice types.
    const emailed_types: set[Notice::Type] = {} &redef;
    ## Alarmed notice types.
    const alarmed_types: set[Notice::Type] = {} &redef;
    ## Types that should be suppressed for the default suppression interval.
    const not_suppressed_types: set[Notice::Type] = {} &redef;

So you simply need something like this in your local.bro:

redef Notice::emailed_types += {

If you do need to do anything more complicated, you can use your own Notice::policy and add whatever logic you want.

To not get multiple emails for the same notice you need to ensure that the notice has the $identifier set that uniquely identifies the notice. This is minimally something like cat(id$orig_h). If you look at any of the scripts in policy/ you can see how they do this.

Thanks I’ll give it a shot

When trying what you suggested I get the following output from broctl check:

error in /opt/bro/share/bro/policy/frameworks/control/controllee.bro, line 15: syntax error, at or near “module”

At the bottom of my local.bro I added:
redef Notice::emailed_types += {

Any reason why broctl is finding an error in the controllee.bro script.

Ah, I made a common error. The redef line is a regular statement(compared to something like an 'if' or 'export' block) and it needs a ; at the end. The final line needs to be


Bro complains about controllee.bro because it is still expecting a ; and it is the next file that is parsed.