Bro Question

I am a student a Harvey Mudd College and I am working with a research
clinic sponsored by the Aerospace Corporation. I'm currently
working on configuring Bro alpha 0.6 under Solaris 2.7. When I start
running it, it appears to be working for a while, but eventually
(sometime between 25min and about a day) it runs away, takes up the whole
cpu on an Ultra Sparc 30 with 256 megs of RAM, and never seems to write
to any of its logs again.

What volume traffic stream are you running it on, and with what tcpdump
filter? The symptoms sound like it is running out of virtual memory and
starting to page-fault thrash.


I'm using the suggested filter, i.e.:

./bro -f "((tcp[13] & 0x7 != 0) or \
port telnet or tcp port 513 or port finger or port 111 or tcp port 113 or \
port ftp or dst port 8000 or \
(tcp and (ip[6:2] & 0x3fff != 0)))" \
-i hme0 mt

Looking at the top stats for the system, top gives:

load averages: 1.00, 1.01, 1.01 00:15:11
22 processes: 20 sleeping, 1 running, 1 on cpu
CPU states: 0.0% idle, 99.8% user, 0.2% kernel, 0.0% iowait, 0.0% swap
Memory: 256M real, 76M free, 13M swap in use, 424M swap free

3172 root 1 40 0 4216K 3736K run 22.9H 99.51% bro
3197 root 1 58 0 2152K 1488K cpu 14:05 0.25% top
  193 root 1 58 0 1872K 864K sleep 2:45 0.00% sshd1
    1 root 1 59 0 2232K 696K sleep 0:06 0.00% init


tcpdump is seeing between 250 and 2500 packets per second with no filter
depending on the time of day. With the suggested filter, its see about
1-100 packets per second.


Matthew J. Schnaider East 121
Harvey Mudd College x72006
340 E. Foothill Blvd. Class of 2001
Claremont, CA 91711 Computer Science Department Staff

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