Mininet Floodlight Snort
In this post, we’re going to be building our own IDS setup to play around with.
This setup can be used as a POC, or to just see how an IDS works. We’re going to be using 3 technologies here.
- Mininet, which is a program to create your own virtual network on your host.
- Snort, which is an IDS program
- Floodlight, which is an SDN controller
We’re going to setup an SDN network with 5 hosts, with host 5 sniffing traffic on host 4 using Snort.
This project will have 3 malicious actors (h1, h2, h3), a victim machine (h4) and an IDS using Snort sniffer (h5)
We will configure the network such that the 5 hosts are connected to the a switch, and the switch is connected to Floodlight SDN Controller. h1, h2 and h3 will attack h4 with a DoS attack, and h5 will be able to pick it up using Snort rules.
Setting up floodlight
git://github.com/floodlight/floodlight.git $ cd floodlight $ git submodule init $ git submodule update $ ant $ sudo mkdir /var/lib/floodlight $ sudo chmod 777 /var/lib/floodlight
After you’ve configured Floodlight, run it with:
$ java -jar target/floodlight.jar
Floodlight GUI will be running on http://localhost:8080/ui/pages/index.html
Setting up mininet
Clone and install:
$ git clone git://github.com/mininet/mininet $ cd mininet $ sudo ./util/install.sh -a
Mininet is now installed.
Spawn your network with the command:
$ sudo mn --topo single,5 --controller=remote,ip=127.0.0.1,port=6653
Spawns a single layer network, with 5 hosts connected to a switch.
The switch is connected to a remote controller, which is the floodlight service you setup earlier.
Note: your port specified in this command should be
6653 and not
8080 is used for showing the UI,
6653 is used for communicating with your switch.
If your floodlight service is running on another machine, configure the
Setting up Snort (In Ubuntu)
Before installing Snort, you have to first install DAQ
Updating your apt
$ apt-get update -y $ apt-get upgrade -y
$ apt-get install openssh-server ethtool build-essential libpcap-dev libpcre3-dev libdumbnet-dev bison flex zlib1g-dev liblzma-dev openssl libssl-dev
Grabbing DAQ source (Change the value of the version to the lastest one)
$ wget https://www.snort.org/downloads/snort/daq-2.0.6.tar.gz $ tar xvf daq-2.0.6.tar.gz $ cd daq-2.0.6
Configure and install DAQ
$ ./configure && make && make install
Now that you’ve installed DAQ, you can proceed to install Snort
Grabbing Snort source (Change the value of the version to the lastest one)
$ wget https://www.snort.org/downloads/snort/snort-22.214.171.124.tar.gz $ tar vzf snort-126.96.36.199.tar.gz $ cd snort-188.8.131.52
Configure and install Snort
$ ./configure --enable-sourcefire && make && make install
Link the libraries
Creating a symbolic link to Snort binary
$ ln -s /usr/local/bin/snort /usr/sbin/snort
Test it out!
$ snort -V
After Snort is up and running, you will need to create directory structures for it
$ mkdir /etc/snort $ mkdir /etc/snort/preproc_rules $ mkdir /etc/snort/rules $ mkdir /var/log/snort $ mkdir /usr/local/lib/snort_dynamicrules $ touch /etc/snort/rules/white_list.rules $ touch /etc/snort/rules/black_list.rules $ touch /etc/snort/rules/local.rules $ chmod -R 5775 /etc/snort/ $ chmod -R 5775 /var/log/snort/ $ chmod -R 5775 /usr/local/lib/snort
Configuring Snort Rules
Download Snort rules here https://www.snort.org/downloads
snort.conf accordingly to remove any preprocessors you don’t have
If you’re having trouble,
$ sudo find / -type f -name snort.conf
Adding a rule in
snort.conf to catch DoS by ICMP packets
alert icmp any any -> any any (threshold: type both, track by_dst, count 70, seconds 10; msg: "DoS by ICMP detected"; sid:1001;)
Mirroring port h4 to h5 and sniff using Snort
Command to mirror h4 traffic to h5
mininet$ s1 ovs-vsctl -- set Bridge "s1" mirrors=@m -- --id=@s1-eth4 get Port s1-eth4 -- --id=@s1-eth5 get Port s1-eth5 -- --id=@m create Mirror name=e4toe5 select-dst-port=@s1-eth4 output-port=@s1-eth5
Now all traffic that is flowing into h4 will be mirrored onto h5, where Snort is running.
mininet$ xterm h5
In the new terminal spawned for h5, run:
h5$ ifconfig to get the adapter name
h5$ snort -i <Adapter name> -c <snort.conf location> &
h5 is now sniffing traffic on h4
Starting the attack
mininet$ h1 ping -f h4
This launches a barrage of ICMP packets from h1 to h4, which will subsequently be detected by h5, who is sniffing h4.
h5 will then write an alert which you should see in
/var/log/snort/alert the message
"DoS by ICMP detected"