[Oisf-users] number of alerts versus performance

Peter Manev petermanev at gmail.com
Thu Jun 30 15:00:04 UTC 2016

On Thu, 2016-06-30 at 14:41 +0000, Yasha Zislin wrote:
> I have been trying to figure out a packet loss on one of my sensors
> and I am puzzled.
> It is has 16 gigs of RAM, one quad core AMD CPU, and nic sees about 3
> million packets per minute. Nothing special in my mind. I am using
> PFRING 6.5.0 and Suricata 3.1.
> I get about 20% to 40% packet loss.  I have another identical server
> which sees the same amount of traffic and maybe some of the same
> traffic as well.
> I've been messing around with NIC settings, IRQs, PFRING settings,
> Suricata settings trying to figure out why such a high packet loss.
> I have just realized one big difference in these two sensors.
> Problematic one gets 2k to 4k of alerts per minute which sounds huge.

Any particular sig that is alerting in excess ?

> Second one gets like 80 alerts per minute. Both have the same
> rulesets.
> The difference of course is the home_net variable.
> Can the fact that Suricata processes more rules due to HOME_NET
> definition cause high performance strain on the server? 

Yes HOME_NET size has effect on performance as well (among other
things). For example - 
HOME_NET: "any"
will certainly degrade your performance.

> If the packet does not match per HOME_NET, it will be discarded before
> being processed in rules. Correct?
> Versus if packet passes HOME_NET check, it would have to go through
> all of the rules, hence cause higher CPU utilization.
> Thank you for the clarification.
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Peter Manev

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