[Oisf-users] Using Suricata in Multi-vlan network environment

Leonard Jacobs ljacobs at netsecuris.com
Wed Dec 5 13:23:50 UTC 2018

Sniffing VLAN Traffic correct.  However, the particular brand of layer 3 switches does offer VLAN port mirroring so not sure where Suricata could sniff VLAN traffic in the switch stack.  The stack does offer regular or traditional port mirroring.  If we do many to 1 port mirroring, concerned that sniffing may be overwhelming.  I don't know.  Maybe not.  Each switch has VLANs split across them.

We thought VLAN mirroring would be easier to see all the traffic across multiple VLANS even if we monitor one VLAN.  It would see traffic when systems communicate to systems on a VLAN we are not sniffing but not sure we would see all traffic that way.



 From:   Peter Manev <petermanev at gmail.com> 
 To:   Leonard Jacobs <ljacobs at netsecuris.com> 
 Cc:   oisf-users <oisf-users at openinfosecfoundation.org> 
 Sent:   12/5/2018 2:24 AM 
 Subject:   Re: [Oisf-users] Using Suricata in Multi-vlan network environment 

On Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 10:19 PM Leonard <ljacobs at netsecuris.com> wrote: 
> How would you suggest using in a network environment where a set of layer 3 switches are used to build multiple VLANs?  The VLANs separate servers from PCs. 
In what way you mean? (just sniffing vlan traffic ?) Suricata can 
utilize  vlan tracking  - 
Thank you 
Peter Manev 

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