[Oisf-users] Suricata generating fewer alerts than Snort

Spransy, Derek dsprans at emory.edu
Thu Oct 22 17:43:10 UTC 2015

We're currently in the process of working to move away from using load balanced Snort processes to Suricata. In my current setup I'm running the same ruleset on our existing Snort sensor and on our Suricata sensor (pulledpork configured the same, except to pull suricata rules on that box). We've got our aggregation switch configured to send the same data feed to both sensors. However, what I'm noticing is that Suricata detects significantly fewer events than Snort, not just in terms of volume of alerts but in terms of different unique signatures as well. It often seems to get stuck just alerting on the same few rules, or won't generate any alerts for hours while Snort continues to hum along. Detection rates also tend to drop the longer that Suricata is active.

I would have expected just the opposite as our Snort box is more underpowered and has a higher packet drop rate. Can anyone point me in a direction to troubleshoot? Generally our packet drops seems to be relatively low, (~2%) on the Suricata system. However, I don't know how accurate these are as sometimes Suricata reports packet drop percentages higher than 100%, which in itself seems really rather odd.



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