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Chapter 1:

Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System............................. 14
Components of the Sourcefire 3D System......................................................... Real-time Network Awareness (RNA).................................................... Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) ......................................................... Real-time User Awareness (RUA) .......................................................... PEP Traffic Management ....................................................................... Defense Centers.................................................................................... Master Defense Centers ....................................................................... Intrusion Agents..................................................................................... RNA for Red Hat Linux........................................................................... RNA and IPS for Crossbeam Systems................................................... eStreamer .............................................................................................. 15 15 16 17 17 17 19 19 20 20 20

Logging into the Appliance ................................................................................. 21 Logging into the Appliance to Set Up an Account .............................................. 23 Logging Out of the Appliance ............................................................................. 24 Last Successful Login......................................................................................... 25 Specifying Your User Preferences ...................................................................... Changing Your Password ....................................................................... Configuring Event View Settings ........................................................... Setting Your Default Time Zone ............................................................. Specifying Your Home Page................................................................... Specifying Your Default Dashboard........................................................ 25 25 27 34 35 35

Using the Context Menu .................................................................................... 36 Documentation Resources ................................................................................. 37

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Documentation Conventions .............................................................................. 38 Platform Requirements Conventions ..................................................... 38 Access Requirements Conventions ....................................................... 39 IP Address Conventions...................................................................................... 41

Chapter 2:

Performing the Initial Setup .................................................... 43
Setting Up 3D Sensors ....................................................................................... 44 Setting up Defense Centers ............................................................................... 47 Communication Ports ......................................................................................... 50 What’s Next? ...................................................................................................... Administrator User Tasks....................................................................... Maintenance User Tasks........................................................................ Policy & Response Administrator User Tasks ........................................ RNA Event Analyst User Tasks .............................................................. Intrusion Event Analyst User Tasks........................................................ 52 53 54 55 56 57

Chapter 3:

Using Dashboards..................................................................... 59
Understanding Dashboard Widgets.................................................................... 60 Understanding Widget Availability ......................................................... 61 Understanding Widget Preferences ...................................................... 64 Understanding the Predefined Widgets ............................................................. Understanding the Appliance Information Widget................................. Understanding the Appliance Status Widget......................................... Understanding the Compliance Events Widget..................................... Understanding the Current Interface Status Widget ............................. Understanding the Current Sessions Widget ........................................ Understanding the Custom Analysis Widget......................................... Understanding the Disk Usage Widget ................................................. Understanding the Interface Traffic Widget ........................................... Understanding the Intrusion Events Widget.......................................... Understanding the Network Compliance Widget .................................. Understanding the Product Licensing Widget ....................................... Understanding the Product Updates Widget......................................... Understanding the RSS Feed Widget .................................................... Understanding the System Load Widget............................................... Understanding the System Time Widget .............................................. Understanding the White List Events Widget ....................................... Working with Dashboards .................................................................................. Creating a Custom Dashboard............................................................... Viewing Dashboards .............................................................................. Modifying Dashboards........................................................................... Deleting a Dashboard ............................................................................ 65 66 67 67 68 69 69 80 81 81 82 84 85 86 87 87 88 89 89 91 93 97

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Using the Defense Center........................................................ 99
Management Concepts .................................................................................... 100 The Benefits of Managing Your Sensors.............................................. 100 What Can Be Managed by a Defense Center? .................................... 101 Understanding Software Sensors ........................................................ 105 Beyond Policies and Events .................................................................. 111 Using Redundant Defense Centers ..................................................... 112 Working in NAT Environments.......................................................................... 112 Working with Sensors ...................................................................................... 113 Understanding the Sensors Page ........................................................ 115 Adding Sensors to the Defense Center ................................................ 117 Deleting Sensors ................................................................................. 121 Resetting Management of a Sensor .................................................... 122 Managing a 3Dx800 Sensor................................................................. 125 Adding Intrusion Agents ...................................................................... 130 Sensor Attributes - Intrusion Agent Page............................................. 130 Managing Sensor Groups ................................................................................. Creating Sensor Groups....................................................................... Editing Sensor Groups ......................................................................... Deleting Sensor Groups....................................................................... Editing a Managed Sensor’s System Settings .................................................. Viewing a Sensor’s Information Page .................................................. Stopping and Restarting a Managed Sensor ....................................... Managing Communication on a Managed Sensor............................... Setting the Time on a Managed Sensor .............................................. 131 131 132 133 133 135 137 138 139

Managing a Clustered Pair ................................................................................ 140 Establishing a Clustered Pair ............................................................... 142 Separating a Clustered Pair.................................................................. 144 Configuring High Availability ............................................................................. Using High Availability.......................................................................... Guidelines for Implementing High Availability ..................................... Setting Up High Availability .................................................................. Monitoring the High Availability Status ................................................ Disabling High Availability and Unregistering Sensors......................... Pausing Communication between Paired Defense Centers ................ Restarting Communication between Paired Defense Centers ............ 145 145 149 150 152 153 154 154

Chapter 5:

Using the Master Defense Center........................................ 156
Understanding Event Aggregation.................................................................... Aggregating Intrusion Events............................................................... Aggregating Compliance Events.......................................................... Limitations on Event Aggregation........................................................ 157 158 158 159

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Understanding Global Policy Management....................................................... Managing Global Intrusion Policies ...................................................... Using RNA Detection Policies on a Master Defense Center ............... Using Health Policies on a Master Defense Center............................. Using System Policies on a Master Defense Center ........................... Master Defense Center Policy Management Limitations .................... Adding and Deleting Defense Centers ............................................................. Adding a Master Defense Center ........................................................ Adding a Defense Center..................................................................... Deleting a Defense Center .................................................................. Resetting Management of a Defense Center ...................................... Editing Settings for a Managed Defense Center .............................................. Viewing the Defense Center Information Page ................................... Editing the Event Filter Configuration .................................................. Editing or Disabling Remote Management Communications .............. Managing the Health Blacklist ............................................................. Managing High Availability Defense Centers ....................................... Managing Appliance Groups............................................................................. Creating Appliance Groups .................................................................. Editing Appliance Groups..................................................................... Deleting Appliance Groups .................................................................. Editing Master Defense Center System Settings ............................................. Listing Master Defense Center Information ........................................ Viewing a Master Defense Center License ......................................... Configuring Network Settings.............................................................. Shutting Down and Restarting the System.......................................... Configuring Remote Management Networking................................... Setting System Time............................................................................ Blacklisting Health Policies...................................................................

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Using the Appliances Page ............................................................................... 173

Chapter 6:

Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets...................... 185
Understanding Detection Engines .................................................................... 186 Understanding Detection Resources and 3D Sensor Models ............. 189 Understanding Default Detection Engines .......................................... 191 Managing Detection Engines............................................................................ Creating a Detection Engine ................................................................ Editing a Detection Engine .................................................................. Deleting a Detection Engine ................................................................ Using Detection Engine Groups ....................................................................... Creating Detection Engine Groups ...................................................... Editing Detection Engine Groups......................................................... Deleting Detection Engine Groups ...................................................... 193 193 194 197 197 197 198 199

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Using Variables within Detection Engines ........................................................ Assigning Values to System Default Variables in Detection Engines... Creating New Variables for Detection Engines .................................... Deleting and Resetting Variables ......................................................... Configuring Custom Variables in Detection Engines ........................... Using Portscan-Only Detection Engines .............................................. Using Interface Sets ......................................................................................... Understanding Interface Set Configuration Options............................ Creating an Interface Set ..................................................................... Creating an Inline Interface Set ........................................................... Editing an Interface Set ....................................................................... Deleting an Interface Set ..................................................................... Using Interface Set Groups .............................................................................. Creating Interface Set Groups ............................................................. Editing Interface Set Groups................................................................ Deleting Interface Set Groups .............................................................

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Inline Fail Open Interface Set Commands ........................................................ 225 Removing Bypass Mode on Inline Fail Open Fiber Interfaces ............. 225 Forcing an Inline Fail Open Interface Set into Bypass Mode ............... 226 Using Clustered 3D Sensors............................................................................. Using Detection Engines on Clustered 3D Sensors ............................ Understanding Interface Sets on Clustered 3D Sensors ..................... Managing Information from a Clustered 3D Sensor ............................ 227 228 229 230

Chapter 7:

Working with Event Reports.................................................. 232
Working with Event Reports............................................................................. 234 Working with Report Profiles............................................................................ 234 Generating Reports from Event Views ............................................................. 235 Managing Generated Reports........................................................................... Viewing Generated Reports................................................................. Downloading Generated Reports......................................................... Deleting Generated Reports ................................................................ Moving Reports to a Remote Storage Location................................... Running Remote Reports .................................................................... Understanding Report Profiles.......................................................................... Understanding the Predefined Report Profiles .................................... Modifying a Predefined Report Profile................................................. Creating a Report Profile...................................................................... 237 238 238 239 239 240 241 242 246 246

Working with Report Information ..................................................................... 248 Using Report Types.............................................................................. 250 Defining Report Information ................................................................ 254

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Working with Report Sections .......................................................................... Using Summary Reports...................................................................... Including an Image File ........................................................................ Defining the Report Sections............................................................... Using a Report Profile ....................................................................................... Generating a Report using a Report Profile ......................................... Editing Report Profiles ......................................................................... Deleting Report Profiles.......................................................................

255 255 257 258 260 261 263 263

Working with Report Options ........................................................................... 258

Chapter 8:

Managing Users ...................................................................... 264
Understanding Sourcefire User Authentication ................................................ Understanding Internal Authentication ................................................ Understanding External Authentication ............................................... Understanding User Privileges ............................................................ Managing Authentication Objects .................................................................... Understanding LDAP Authentication ................................................... Creating LDAP Authentication Objects ................................................ LDAP Authentication Object Examples ............................................... Editing LDAP Authentication Objects .................................................. Understanding RADIUS Authentication ............................................... Creating RADIUS Authentication Objects............................................ RADIUS Authentication Object Examples ........................................... Editing RADIUS Authentication Objects .............................................. Deleting Authentication Objects .......................................................... Managing User Accounts ................................................................................. Viewing User Accounts........................................................................ Adding New User Accounts................................................................. Managing Externally Authenticated User Accounts............................. Managing User Password Settings...................................................... Configuring User Roles........................................................................ Modifying User Privileges and Options ............................................... Modifying Restricted Event Analyst Access Properties....................... Modifying User Passwords.................................................................. Deleting User Accounts ....................................................................... User Account Privileges....................................................................... 264 266 266 267 269 269 269 281 286 287 287 295 298 298 299 299 300 302 303 304 306 307 311 312 312

Chapter 9:

Managing System Policies .................................................... 320
Creating a System Policy .................................................................................. 321 Editing a System Policy..................................................................................... 323 Applying a System Policy .................................................................................. 324 Deleting System Policies .................................................................................. 325

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Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy..................................................... Configuring the Access List for Your Appliance ................................... Configuring Audit Log Settings ............................................................ Configuring Authentication Profiles ..................................................... Configuring Dashboard Settings .......................................................... Configuring Database Event Limits ..................................................... Configuring Detection Policy Preferences ........................................... Configuring DNS Cache Properties...................................................... Configuring a Mail Relay Host and Notification Address ..................... Configuring Intrusion Policy Preferences ............................................. Specifying a Different Language .......................................................... Adding a Custom Login Banner ........................................................... Configuring RNA Settings .................................................................... Configuring RNA Subnet Detection Settings ....................................... Configuring RUA Settings .................................................................... Synchronizing Time .............................................................................. Mapping Vulnerabilities for Services....................................................

325 325 327 329 331 332 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 349 352 354 358

Chapter 10:

Configuring System Settings ................................................. 360
Viewing and Modifying the Appliance Information ........................................... 362 Understanding Licenses ................................................................................... Understanding Feature Licenses ......................................................... Verifying Your Product License ............................................................ Managing Your Feature Licenses ......................................................... 364 366 368 370

Configuring Network Settings........................................................................... 377 Editing Network Interface Configurations......................................................... 380 Shutting Down and Restarting the System....................................................... 382 Configuring the Communication Channel ......................................................... 383 Setting Up the Management Virtual Network...................................... 384 Editing the Management Virtual Network............................................ 385 Configuring Remote Access to the Defense Center ........................................ 386 Setting the Time Manually ................................................................................ 389 Blacklisting Health Modules.............................................................................. 391 Specifying NetFlow-Enabled Devices ............................................................... 392 Managing Remote Storage............................................................................... Using Local Storage ............................................................................. Using NFS for Remote Storage ........................................................... Using SSH for Remote Storage ........................................................... Using SMB for Remote Storage .......................................................... 393 393 394 395 396

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Chapter 11:

Updating System Software.................................................... 398
Installing Software Updates.............................................................................. Updating a Defense Center or Master Defense Center ...................... Updating Managed Sensors ................................................................ Updating Unmanaged 3D Sensors ...................................................... 400 402 404 406

Uninstalling Software Updates ......................................................................... 409 Updating the Vulnerability Database................................................................. 410

Chapter 12:

Using Backup and Restore .................................................... 413
Creating Backup Files ....................................................................................... 414 Creating Backup Profiles ................................................................................... 418 Performing Sensor Backup with the Defense Center ....................................... 419 Uploading Backups from a Local Host .............................................................. 420 Restoring the Appliance from a Backup File ..................................................... 421

Chapter 13:

Scheduling Tasks .................................................................... 425
Configuring a Recurring Task ............................................................................ 426 Automating Backup Jobs .................................................................................. 428 Automating Software Updates ......................................................................... Automating Software Downloads ........................................................ Automating Software Pushes .............................................................. Automating Software Installs............................................................... Automating Vulnerability Database Updates .................................................... Automating VDB Update Downloads................................................... Automating VDB Update Pushes......................................................... Automating VDB Update Installs ......................................................... 430 431 433 435 437 438 440 442

Automating SEU Imports.................................................................................. 444 Automating Intrusion Policy Applications.......................................................... 446 Automating Reports.......................................................................................... 448 Automating Nessus Scans................................................................................ 450 Preparing Your System to Run a Nessus Scan..................................... 450 Scheduling a Nessus Scan................................................................... 451 Synchronizing Nessus Plugins .......................................................................... 452 Automating Nmap Scans .................................................................................. 454 Preparing Your System for an Nmap Scan ........................................... 454 Scheduling an Nmap Scan ................................................................... 455 Automating Recommended Rule State Generation.......................................... 456

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Viewing Tasks ................................................................................................... 458 Using the Calendar .............................................................................. 459 Using the Task List............................................................................... 460 Editing Scheduled Tasks ................................................................................... 461 Deleting Scheduled Tasks ................................................................................. 461 Deleting a Recurring Task .................................................................... 462 Deleting a One-Time Task.................................................................... 462

Chapter 14:

Monitoring the System ........................................................... 463
Viewing Host Statistics..................................................................................... 464 Monitoring System Status and Disk Space Usage ........................................... 468 Viewing System Process Status ....................................................................... 468 Understanding Running Processes................................................................... 471 Understanding System Daemons ........................................................ 471 Understanding Executables and System Utilities ................................ 473 Viewing IPS Performance Statistics.................................................................. 476 Generating IPS Performance Statistics Graphs ................................... 476 Saving IPS Performance Statistics Graphs .......................................... 478 Viewing RNA Performance Statistics................................................................ 478 Generating RNA Performance Statistics Graphs ................................. 479 Saving RNA Performance Statistics Graphs ........................................ 481

Chapter 15:

Using Health Monitoring ........................................................ 482
Understanding Health Monitoring .................................................................... Understanding Health Policies ............................................................. Understanding Health Modules ........................................................... Understanding Health Monitoring Configuration ................................. Configuring Health Policies ............................................................................... Predefined Health Policies ................................................................... Creating Health Policies ....................................................................... Applying Health Policies....................................................................... Editing Health Policies ......................................................................... Deleting Health Policies ....................................................................... 483 484 485 489 489 490 497 528 530 533

Using the Health Monitor Blacklist ................................................................... 534 Blacklisting Health Policies or Appliances ............................................ 535 Blacklisting a Health Policy Module ..................................................... 537

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Configuring Health Monitor Alerts .................................................................... Preparing to Create a Health Alert ....................................................... Creating Health Monitor Alerts ............................................................ Interpreting Health Monitor Alerts....................................................... Editing Health Monitor Alerts .............................................................. Deleting Health Monitor Alerts ............................................................

539 540 540 542 543 544

Chapter 16:

Reviewing Health Status........................................................ 545
Using the Health Monitor ................................................................................. 545 Interpreting Health Monitor Status ...................................................... 547 Using Appliance Health Monitors ..................................................................... Interpreting Appliance Health Monitor Status ..................................... Viewing Alerts by Status...................................................................... Running All Modules for an Appliance ................................................. Running a Specific Health Module....................................................... Generating Health Module Alert Graphs.............................................. Generating Appliance Troubleshooting Files........................................ Working with Health Events ............................................................................. Understanding Health Event Views ..................................................... Viewing Health Events......................................................................... Understanding the Health Events Table............................................... Searching for Health Events................................................................. 547 549 549 550 551 553 554 555 556 556 561 563

Chapter 17:

Auditing the System................................................................ 566
Managing Audit Records .................................................................................. Viewing Audit Records......................................................................... Suppressing Audit Records.................................................................. Understanding the Audit Log Table...................................................... Searching Audit Records...................................................................... 566 567 570 574 575

Viewing the System Log ................................................................................... 578 Filtering System Log Messages .......................................................... 579 Using Four-Digit Year Formats on the 3D3800 ..................................... 581

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................... 629 Version 4............................................... 593 Appendix B: Appendix C: Purging the RNA and RUA Databases........ Exporting an RNA Detection Policy........................................... 584 584 585 585 586 586 588 588 588 589 590 Importing Objects ...............Table of Contents Appendix A: Importing and Exporting Objects ........................ Exporting Multiple Objects ...............9............ 603 Index ................................................ 600 Managing the Task Queue .............................................................. Exporting a System Policy......................................................................... 602 Glossary ........... Exporting a Health Policy ............................................................. Exporting a PEP Policy ................. 598 Viewing the Status of Long-Running Tasks ........................................................................................... Exporting an Intrusion Policy.................................................................................................................................................... 600 Viewing the Task Queue ........................................................... Exporting a Custom Table ....................... Exporting a User-Defined RNA Detector....................................................................................... 583 Exporting Objects ....................................................................................................................................................................................................... Exporting a Dashboard.........................................................................1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 13 ............................................................................................................ Exporting a Custom Workflow........................................................................................

Logging into the Appliance on page 21 explains how to access the web interface on your appliance and log in using one of the user accounts.9. • • • Components of the Sourcefire 3D System on page 15 provides descriptions of each of the components that may be in your Sourcefire 3D System. such as the home page. Using the Context Menu on page 36 explains how to display a context-specific menu of shortcuts on certain pages in the web interface. Logging Out of the Appliance on page 24 explains how to log out of the web interface. time zone.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 14 . Logging into the Appliance to Set Up an Account on page 23 explains how to set up an association between a external user account and a set of credentials on the appliance. and event viewing preferences. Specifying Your User Preferences on page 25 explains how to configure the preferences that are tied to a single user account. account password.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Chapter 1 Administrator Guide tn The Sourcefire 3D System™ provides you with real-time network intelligence for real-time network defense. Sourcefire 3D System has the tools you need to: • • • discover the changing assets and vulnerabilities on your network determine the types of attacks against your network and the impact they have to your business processes defend your network in real time The topics that follow introduce you to the Sourcefire 3D System and describe some of the key components that contribute to its value as a part of any security strategy for your network. dashboard. • • • Version 4.

listening to the network segments you specify. • • • • • • • • • Real-time Network Awareness (RNA) on page 15 Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) on page 16 Real-time User Awareness (RUA) on page 17 Defense Centers on page 17 Master Defense Centers on page 19 Intrusion Agents on page 19 RNA for Red Hat Linux on page 20 RNA and IPS for Crossbeam Systems on page 20 eStreamer on page 20 Real-time Network Awareness (RNA) Sourcefire Real-time Network Awareness (also called RNA) is one of the components of the Sourcefire 3D System that you can use on your 3D Sensor.9. using information from detected packets to build a comprehensive map of the devices on the network. You can set up compliance policies. You must use a Defense Center to manage a 3D Sensor if it is running RNA. Documentation Conventions on page 38 explains typeface conventions used throughout the guide to convey specific types of information visually. As RNA passively observes traffic. RNA monitors traffic on your network. compliance white lists.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Components of the Sourcefire 3D System Chapter 1 • • • Documentation Resources on page 37 explains where to locate specific information about using the Defense Center. it compiles the following information: • • • the number and types of network devices running on your network the operating systems running on monitored network devices the active services and open ports on monitored network devices Version 4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 15 . IP Address Conventions on page 41 explains how the Sourcefire 3D System treats IP address ranges specified using Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) notation. Components of the Sourcefire 3D System The topics that follow introduce you to the Sourcefire 3D System and describe some of the key components that contribute to its value as a part of any security strategy for your network. and traffic profiles to protect your company’s infrastructure by monitoring network traffic for unusual patterns or behavior and automatically responding as needed.

as well as the service and protocol used and. which is a record of the date. In addition. and preprocessors to look for the broad range of exploits that attackers have developed. You can push vulnerability database (VDB) and software updates from the Defense Center as well. integrity. RNA assigns vulnerabilities to the host based on the operating system vendor and version detected for the host. You can also create custom intrusion rules tuned to your environment. time. services.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 16 . and protocols. 3D Sensors that are licensed to use IPS include a set of intrusion rules developed by the Sourcefire Vulnerability Research Team (VRT). and intrusion policies to your sensors. For more information. 3D Sensors with IPS run preprocessors against detected network traffic to normalize traffic and detect malicious packets. When a 3D Sensor identifies a possible intrusion. For packet-based events. you can examine the packets that traverse your network for malicious activity. and contextual information about the source of the attack and its target. You can access host profiles by browsing the network map or through one of the workflows Sourcefire provides to aid your analysis.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Components of the Sourcefire 3D System Chapter 1 • • the vulnerabilities and exploits to which monitored network devices may be susceptible flow data. Each 3D Sensor uses rules. see What Can Be Managed by a Defense Center? on page 101. The Defense Center can also push health. the client application and URL involved in the session You can access event views and graphs to analyze this collected data.9. decoders. By placing 3D Sensors on key network segments. You can push software Version 4. and RNA detection policies to your sensors. and assigned host attributes. In a Sourcefire 3D System deployment that includes 3D Sensors with IPS and a Defense Center. Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) The Sourcefire Intrusion Prevention System (also called IPS) is one of the components of the Sourcefire 3D System that you can run on the 3D Sensor. You can choose to enable rules that would detect the attacks you think most likely to occur on your network. if applicable. system. the type of exploit. or confidentiality of hosts on the network. and sensor statistics to the Defense Center so you can see a consolidated view of events.The Defense Center can also push health. containing host details such as detected operating system. which are records of active sessions involving monitored network devices including the frequency and size of the session. event and flow data. RNA builds a host profile for each host it detects. it generates an intrusion event. a copy of the packet or packets that triggered the event is also recorded. 3D Sensors running RNA transmit the network map. IPS allows you to monitor your network for attacks that might affect the availability. the sensors transmit events and sensor statistics to the Defense Center where you can view the aggregated data and gain a greater understanding of the attacks against your network assets. system.

PEP traffic management enhances the sensor’s efficiency by allowing you to pre-select traffic to cut through or to drop instead of analyzing. you must use the Defense Center to manage them. If you deploy your 3D Sensor inline on your network and create what is called an inline detection engine. You must manage these models with a Defense Center. Note that a 3D Sensor running Version 4. IMPORTANT! The Sourcefire 3D Sensor 3800. If your 3D Sensor is running IPS. You can also push policies created on the Defense Center and software updates to managed sensors. RUA enables you to implement and enforce policies specific to individuals. see What Can Be Managed by a Defense Center? on page 101. you can configure your 3D Sensor to drop or replace packets that you know to be harmful.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 17 . If you have software sensors or Intrusion Agents on your network. PEP allows you to create rules to block. Defense Centers The Defense Center provides a centralized management interface and database repository for the Sourcefire 3D System. analyze. You can apply these policies and rules across the Sourcefire 3D System. 3D Sensor 6800. Sourcefire recommends that you use only the Defense Center’s web interface to interact with the sensor and its data. PEP Traffic Management PEP is a technology based on the hardware capabilities of the 3D9900 Sensors. The network protocol used by your organization to provide user authentication largely determines the amount of data and efficiency of RUA. or other user characteristics. Note that if you do manage your 3D Sensors with a Defense Center. Real-time User Awareness (RUA) The Real-time User-Awareness component (also called RUA) allows you to create policies and response rules that are user-based. and 3D Sensor 9800 models (usually referred to a the 3Dc800 sensors) do not have a web interface.9. departments. or send traffic directly through the 3D9900 with no further inspection. You can analyze and respond to events from all your sensors consistently by doing the analysis through an interface where you can see all the data collected by the managed sensors. you can also use a local web interface to create intrusion policies and review the resulting intrusion events. As a result. For more information. See Using Sourcefire RUA in the Analyst Guide for more information about RUA.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Components of the Sourcefire 3D System Chapter 1 updates from the Defense Center to sensors as well.

A DC3000 allows you to use higher database quantities.5 million maximum RNA Flows . If you deploy Real-time User-Awareness (RUA). you must manage the sensor with a Defense Center.2 million default and 10 million maximum DC1000 You can use DC1000 Defense Centers in most environments. You can configure a DC3000 as a Master Defense Center during the initial setup.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 18 . the Defense Center correlates intrusion events from IPS with host vulnerabilities from RNA and assigns impact flags to the intrusion events. DC500s also have an RNA host limit of 1000. or network vulnerabilities.1 million default and 10 million maximum RNA Flows . the Defense Center correlates threat. If you use your Defense Center to manage 3D Sensors that run RNA and IPS (either on the same sensor or different sensors that monitor the same network segments). You can use either DC1000s or DC3000s in high availability configurations. and network intelligence with user identity information so that you can identify the source of policy breaches. The DC500 receives data at an aggregate rate of up to 100 intrusion events or 900 flow events per second. You can rack mount a DC1000 and collect data from a large number of 3D Sensors. attacks.500 thousand default and 2. Key DC500 database limits are: • • • Intrusion Events .9. Impact correlation lets you focus in on attacks most likely to damage high priority hosts. but if you want to use RNA on the sensor. Key DC1000 database quantities are: • • • Intrusion Events .2 million default and 10 million maximum DC3000 You can use DC3000 Defense Centers in high-demand environments.1 million default and 10 million maximum RNA Flow Summaries .Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Components of the Sourcefire 3D System Chapter 1 the IPS component includes its own local web interface. DC500 You can use the DC500 model of the Defense Center in managed services environments to collect data from up to three 3D Sensors. endpoint. IMPORTANT! You cannot use DC500s in high availability configurations. Version 4.1 million default and 10 million maximum RNA Flow Summaries .

and white list events from up to ten Defense Centers within your Sourcefire 3D System deployment. You can manage up to 25 physical and Virtual 3D Sensors with a Virtual Defense Center. you can view the current status of the Defense Centers across your enterprise from a single web interface.1 million default and 100 million maximum RNA Flows . The Master Defense Center can also aggregate events related to the health of the Defense Centers it is managing. the Defense Center Version 4. You can use the Master Defense Center to aggregate and analyze intrusion events. Although you cannot manage policies or rules for an Intrusion Agent from the Defense Center. If the network map on the Defense Center has entries for the target host in a given event.1 million default and 10 million maximum RNA Flows .9. You can then analyze the events detected by Snort alongside your other data.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 19 . Intrusion Agents If you have an existing installation of Snort®. For more information. Key Virtual Defense Center database quantities are: • • • Intrusion Events . you can install an Intrusion Agent to forward intrusion events to a Defense Center.2 million default and 100 million maximum Virtual Defense Center Virtual Defense Centers are hosted on VMware’s ESX/ESXi or Xen virtual machines.1 million default and 10 million maximum RNA Flow Summaries . compliance events.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Components of the Sourcefire 3D System Chapter 1 Key DC3000 database quantities are: • • • Intrusion Events . you can do analysis and reporting on those events. You cannot use a Virtual Defense Center in high availability configurations or as a Master Defense Center.1 million default and 100 million maximum RNA Flow Summaries . In this way. see the Sourcefire 3D System Virtual Defense Center and 3D Sensor Installation Guide.2 million default and 10 million maximum Master Defense Centers The Sourcefire Master Defense Center is a key component in the Sourcefire 3D System. See Using the Master Defense Center on page 156 for more information about managing your Defense Centers with a Master Defense Center.

for example. See the eStreamer Integration Guide for more information. Separate installation and configuration guides are available for the 3D Sensor Software for X-Series. If. eStreamer integration requires custom programming. RNA and IPS for Crossbeam Systems The Sourcefire 3D System currently supports software-only versions of RNA and IPS for Crossbeam Systems X-Series security switches. eStreamer You can access event data within your own applications through the eStreamer Application Programming Interface (API). IMPORTANT! Because the 3D Sensor Software for X-Series does not have a web interface. IMPORTANT! When using Intrusion Agents registered to Defense Centers configured for high availability and managed by a Master Defense Center. See the Sourcefire RNA Software on Red Hat Linux Configuration Guide for more information. you could write a program to retrieve host criticality or vulnerability data from the Defense Center and add that information to your display. you display network host data within one of your network management applications. IMPORTANT! You must have a Defense Center in your Sourcefire 3D System deployment to use RNA for Red Hat Linux.9. Version 4. You can continue to manually tune Snort rules and preprocessors with the Intrusion Agent in place.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Components of the Sourcefire 3D System Chapter 1 assigns impact flags to the events. you must use a Defense Center to manage it. but allows you to request specific data from a Defense Center. RNA and IPS data received by a Defense Center from a Crossbeam-based software sensors is treated in a similar way to data received from a 3D Sensor.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 20 . RNA for Red Hat Linux The Sourcefire 3D System currently supports a software-only version of the RNA component on your server hardware running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL5) or CentOS 5. register all Intrusion Agents to the primary Defense Center. RNA data received by a Defense Center from the server is treated in a similar way to RNA data received from a 3D Sensor that is running RNA.

x Required Enabled Options and Settings JavaScript cookies Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) v3 JavaScript cookies Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) v3 128-bit encryption Active scripting security setting JavaScript cookies Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) v3 128-bit encryption Active scripting security setting Compatibility View Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 . and analysis tasks. If you are the first user to log into the appliance after it is installed. management. The initial setup process is described in Setting Up 3D Sensors on page 44.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Logging into the Appliance Chapter 1 Logging into the Appliance Requires: Any The Defense Center and many 3D Sensor models have a web-based interface that you can use to perform administrative. If your 3D Sensor is licensed for IPS. and Virtual 3D Sensors) do not have a web interface. RNA for Red Hat Linux.9. Browser Requirements Browser Firefox 3. make sure you allow the script to continue until it finishes. If this occurs. The current version of the web interface supports the browsers listed in the following table.5. Version 4. you must log in using the admin user account. Note that 3Dx800 and software sensors (Crossbeam-based software sensors.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 21 .0 Microsoft Internet Explorer 8. Intrusion Agents.0 TIP! Some processes that take a significant amount of time may cause your web browser to display a message that a script has become unresponsive. there is a limited web interface that you can use to perform the initial appliance setup and to register the sensor with a Defense Center. If your 3D Sensor is not licensed for IPS. you are presented with a more complete web interface that you can use to perform additional configuration and event analysis. You must use the Defense Center’s web interface to manage these sensors. You can access the web interface by logging into the appliance using a web browser.

After you create other user accounts as described in Adding New User Accounts on page 300. You must have already generated your SecurID pin before you can log into the Sourcefire 3D System. you should make sure that users log into the system with the correct account. Direct your browser to https://hostname/. The first time you log into the appliance. The Login page appears. Your session automatically logs you out after 3. To log into the appliance: Access: Any 1. type your user name and password. Version 4. append the token to your SecurID pin and use that as your password to log in.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 22 .5 hours of inactivity. you and other users should use those accounts to log into the appliance. For example. you should use this account. append the SecurID token to the end of your SecurID pin and use that as your password when you log in. where hostname corresponds to the host name of the appliance. IMPORTANT! If your company uses SecurID. If your organization uses SecurID® tokens when logging in. 2. In the Username and Password fields. if your pin is 1111 and the SecurID token is 222222. When the appliance was installed.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Logging into the Appliance Chapter 1 After you log into the appliance.9. However. the user who performed the installation created a single administrative user account and password. the procedures for logging into and out of the appliance remain the same. the features that you can access are controlled by the privileges granted to your user account. type 1111222222. unless you are viewing a page (such as an unpaused dashboard) that periodically communicates with the web server on the appliance. IMPORTANT! Because the Defense Center and the 3D Sensor audit user activity based on user accounts.

Shell users should log in using usernames with all lowercase letters. This activity has been logged. append the token to your SecurID pin and use that as your password to log in. Click Login.9.). However. The menus and menu options that are available to you at the top of the page are based on the privileges for your user account. the first time you log into the Defense Center or 3D Sensor using your external user credentials. LDAP usernames can include underscores (_). Version 4. externally authenticated users can log into the appliance using their external account credentials without any additional configuration by the system administrator. type 1111222222. If the default role for external user accounts is set to a specific access role. the following warning message is displayed: You are attempting to view an unauthorized page. The permissions for that local user record can then be modified. then that page is displayed instead. Instead. If you selected a new home page for your user account. unless they are granted through group or list membership. and hyphens (-) but otherwise only alphanumeric characters are supported. the appliance associates those credentials with a set of permissions by creating a local user record. If your organization uses SecurID tokens when logging in. The default start page appears. use the Defense Center’s web interface to manage policies and view events. If you click a link that requires different privileges from those granted to your account. IMPORTANT! The 3Dx800 sensor models do not have a web interface. For example. it does not create a local user account. if your pin is 1111 and the SecurID token is 222222. If an account is externally authenticated and by default receives no access privileges. You (or your system administrator) can then change the permissions to grant the appropriate access to user functionality. Logging into the Appliance to Set Up an Account Requires: Any Some user accounts may be authenticated through an external authentication server. Note that when a shell access user logs into the appliance. You can either select a different option from the available menus or click Back in your browser window.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Logging into the Appliance to Set Up an Account Chapter 1 3. If this is the case. periods (.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 23 . the links on the default home page include options that span the range of user account privileges. Shell access is controlled entirely through the shell access filter or PAM login attribute set for an LDAP server or the shell access list on a RADIUS server. See Specifying Your Home Page on page 35 for more information. you can log in but cannot access any functionality.

the links on the default home page include options that span the range of user account privileges. See Specifying Your Home Page on page 35 for more information. Logging out ends your web session and ensures that no one can use the appliance with your credentials. The page that appears depends on the default access role for external authentication: • If a default access role is selected in the authentication object or the system policy.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Logging Out of the Appliance Chapter 1 To create an externally authenticated account on the appliance: Access: Any 1. The menus and menu options that are available to you at the top of the page are based on the privileges for your user account. IMPORTANT! If your company uses SecurID. the following warning message is displayed: You are attempting to view an unauthorized page. contact your system administrator and ask them to modify your account privileges or login as a user with Administrator access and modify the privileges for the account. even if you are only stepping away from your web browser for a short period of time. 4. see Modifying User Privileges and Options on page 306. please contact the system administrator. Version 4. Logging Out of the Appliance Requires: Any Make sure you log out of the appliance. the Login page re-appears. the default start page appears. However. with the following error message: Unable to authorize access. If you continue to have difficulty accessing this device. In the Username and Password fields. If you click a link that requires different privileges from those granted to your account.9. You can either select a different option from the available menus or click Back in your browser window. If you do not have access. 3. Direct your browser to https://hostname.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 24 . append the SecurID token to your SecurID pin and use that as your password when you log in. For more information. The Login page appears. 2. • If no default access role is selected. This activity has been logged. type your user name and password. If you selected a new home page for your user account. Click Login. where hostname corresponds to the host name of the appliance. then that page is displayed instead.

9. Configuring Event View Settings on page 27 describes how the event preferences affect what you see as you view events. After setting this value. • • Changing Your Password Requires: Any All user accounts are protected with a password. see Changing an Expired Password on page 26. including passwords. You can see the following information about that user account last login: • • • day of the week. and home page preferences. See the following sections for more information: • • • Changing Your Password on page 25 explains how to change the password for your user account. To log out of the appliance: Access: Any Click Logout on the toolbar. and depending on the settings for your user account. Last Successful Login Requires: Any The first time you visit the appliance home page during a web session. Specifying Your User Preferences Requires: Any Users can specify certain preferences for their user account. month. You can change your password at any time.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 25 . Setting Your Default Time Zone on page 34 explains how to set the time zone for your user account and describes how that affects the time stamp on the events that you view. Specifying Your Default Dashboard on page 35 explains how to choose which of the dashboards you want to use as your default dashboard. Version 4. you can view information about the last login session for the appliance.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Last Successful Login Chapter 1 Note that your session automatically logs you out after 3. Specifying Your Home Page on page 35 explains how to use one of the existing pages as your default home page.5 hours of inactivity. unless you are viewing a page (such as an unpaused dashboard) that periodically communicates with the web server on the appliance. you may have to change your password periodically. date and year of your last login the appliance-local time of your last login in 24-hour notation host and domain name last used to access the appliance. event viewing preferences. this is the first page you see upon logging into the appliance. time zone settings.

your password can expire. passwords must be at least eight alphanumeric characters of mixed case and must include at least one numeric character. In the toolbar. The Change Password page appears. A success message appears on the page when your new password is accepted by the system. Passwords cannot be a word that appears in a dictionary or include consecutive repeating characters. type your current password and click Change. Note that the password expiration time period is set when your account is created and cannot be changed. type your new password. Version 4. If your password has exired. To respond to the password expiration warning: Access: Any You have two choices: • Click Change Password to change your password now.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 26 . IMPORTANT! If you are an LDAP or a RADIUS user. 4. Also. passwords must be at least eight alphanumeric characters of mixed case and must include at least one numeric character.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Specifying Your User Preferences Chapter 1 Note that if password strength-checking is enabled. you cannot change your password through the web interface. In the Current Password field. if password strength-checking is enabled. 5. If you have zero warning days left. Passwords cannot be a word that appears in a dictionary or include consecutive repeating characters • Click Skip to change your password later. Click Change. 2. click Preferences. Click Change Password. In the New Password and Confirm fields. The User Preferences page appears.9. the Password Expiration Warning page appears. you must change your password. To change your password: Access: Any 1. 3. Changing an Expired Password Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor Depending on the settings for your user account.

4. 2. To configure event preferences: Access: Any 1. see Default Workflows on page 32. see Default Time Windows on page 29. Your changes are implemented. 6. click Preferences. Configure the default time window or windows. For more information. For more information. The Event View Settings page appears. Click Save.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 27 . Configure default workflows. For more information. see Event Preferences on page 27. In the toolbar. The User Preferences page appears. Click Event View Settings. 5.9. 3.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Specifying Your User Preferences Chapter 1 Configuring Event View Settings Requires: Any Use the Event View Settings page to configure characteristics of event views in the Sourcefire 3D System. Event Preferences Use the Event Preferences section of the Event View Settings page to configure basic characteristics of event views in the Sourcefire 3D System. Version 4. Configure the basic characteristics of event views.

Expand Packet View Allows you to configure how the packet view for intrusion events appears.expand only the Packet Text subsection • Packet Bytes . For more information on the packet view.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Specifying Your User Preferences Chapter 1 The Event Preferences table describes the settings you can configure. see Configuring Network Settings on page 377. see Using the Packet View in the Analyst Guide.expand all sections Regardless of the default setting. Any IPS or DC/MDC + IPS IPS or DC/MDC Requires Any Version 4. the appliance displays a collapsed version of the packet view. Note also that for this setting to take effect.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 28 .9. if this setting is enabled and you click Delete All on an event view. you must have a DNS server configured in the system settings. By default. you must confirm that you want to delete all the events that meet the current constraints (including events not displayed on the current page) before the appliance will delete them from the database. Resolve IP Addresses Whenever possible.expand only the Packet Bytes subsection • All . you can always manually expand the sections in the packet view to view detailed information about a captured packet. Note that an event view can be slow to display if it contains a large number of IP addresses and you have enabled this option. • None .collapse all subsections of the Packet Information section of the packet view • Packet Text . For example. Rows Per Page Controls how many rows of events per page you want to appear in drill-down pages and table views. allows the appliance to display host names instead of IP addresses in event views. Event Preferences Setting Confirm ‘All’ Actions Description Controls whether the appliance forces you to confirm actions that affect all events in an event view.

• All Policies .1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 29 . Entering zero disables the refresh option. When you log out and then log back in.a single link that deactivates the standard text rule in all the locally defined custom intrusion policies • Current Policy . • Ask . your user account must have either Administrator access or both Intrusion Event Analyst and Policy & Response Administrator access. Note that this interval does not apply to dashboards. time windows are reset to the Version 4. Use the Default Time Windows section of the Event View Settings page to control the default behavior of the time window. in minutes. Controls which links appear on the packet view for intrusion events generated by standard text rules. Sets the refresh interval for event summary pages such as the Intrusion Event Statistics and RNA Statistics pages. Note that this interval does not apply to dashboards. Requires Any Statistics Refresh Interval IPS or DC/MDC Deactivate Rules IPS or DC/MDC + IPS Default Time Windows Requires: Any The time window. Note that you cannot deactivate rules in the default policies.links for each of these options To see these links on the packet view. imposes a time constraint on the events in any event view. Entering zero disables the refresh option.a single link that deactivates the standard text rule in only the currently applied intrusion policy.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Specifying Your User Preferences Chapter 1 Event Preferences (Continued) Setting Refresh Interval Description Sets the refresh interval for event views. Note that regardless of the default time window setting. Also keep in mind that time window settings are valid for only the current session. sometimes called the time range. The following graphic shows the Defense Center version of the page. you can always manually change the time window for individual event views during your event analysis.9.

the SEU import log. or you can use a Single time window that applies to all events. Administrators. If you use a single time window. which displays all the events generated from a specific start time to the present. maintenance users. All user types can set event time windows. services. one day ago) to the present.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Specifying Your User Preferences Chapter 1 defaults you configured on this page. There are three types of time window: • • static. • • You can only set time windows for event types your user account can access. or white list violations.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 30 . remediation status events. for the last day) • Version 4. RNA event analysts. client applications. which displays all the events generated from a specific start time (for example. as time moves forward. the settings for the three types of time window disappear and a new Global Time Window setting appears. compliance events. one for each of these types of events. the time window “slides” so that you see only the events for the range you configured (in this example. vulnerabilities. You can either use Multiple time windows. and IPS event analysts can set health monitoring time windows. flow data. Requires: DC/MDC The Health Monitoring Time Window sets the default time window for health events. as time moves forward. There are three types of events for which you can set the default time window.9. Administrators and maintenance users can set audit log time windows. host attributes. For more information. RUA events. which displays all the events generated from a specific start time to a specific end time expanding. RNA events. the time window expands and new events are added to the event view sliding. and event views for custom tables that can be constrained by time. Note that because not all event views can be constrained by time. time window settings have no effect on event views that display RNA hosts. • Requires: IPS or DC/MDC The Events Time Window sets a single default time window for (depending on the appliance) intrusion events. RUA users. Requires: Any The Audit Log Time Window sets the default time window for the audit log. white list events. see Setting Event Time Constraints in the Analyst Guide.

1970 (UTC) to 3:14:07 AM on January 19.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Specifying Your User Preferences Chapter 1 The Time Window Settings table explains the kinds of default time windows you can configure. 2038 (UTC). As you change event views. The appliance displays all the events generated from a specific start time (for example. As you change event views. Version 4. For static time windows (enable the Use End Time check box). 1 hour ago) to the present.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 31 . For expanding time windows (disable the Use End Time check box). 1 hour ago).9. As you change event views. Time Window Settings Setting Show the Last Sliding Description This setting allows you to configure a sliding default time window of the length you specify. the appliance displays all the events generated from a specific start time (for example. Show the Last Static/Expanding This setting allows you to configure either a static or expanding default time window of the length you specify. to the present. to the time when you first viewed the events. the time window “slides” so that you always see events from the last hour. IMPORTANT! The maximum time range for all time windows is from midnight on January 1. 1 hour ago). the time window stays fixed so that you see only the events that occured during the static time window. the appliance displays all the events generated from a specific start time (for example. the time window expands to the present time.

you can choose between ten different intrusion event workflows. As you change event views.9. the time window expands to the present time.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 32 . For static time windows (enable the Use End Time check box). The current week begins at midnight on the previous Sunday. this time window can be more than 1 week. As you change event views. the appliance displays all the events generated from midnight Sunday to the present. the time window expands to the present time. depending on the type of analysis you are performing. this time window can be more than 24 hours. For expanding time windows (disable the Use End Time check box). the appliance ships with at least one predefined workflow. each of which presents intrusion event data in a different way. Default Workflows Requires: Any A workflow is a series of pages displaying data that analysts use to evaluate events. For expanding time windows (disable the Use End Time check box). For example.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Specifying Your User Preferences Chapter 1 Time Window Settings (Continued) Setting Current Day Static/Expanding Description This setting allows you to configure either a static or expanding default time window for the current day. This means whenever you view intrusion events (including reviewed intrusion events). The appliance is configured with a default workflow for each event type. For example. Note that if your analysis continues for over 1 week before you log out. the appliance displays all the events generated from midnight to the time when you first viewed the events. As you change event views. based on the time zone setting for your current session. Version 4. the Events by Priority and Classification workflow is the default for intrusion events. the time window stays fixed so that you see only the events that occured during the static time window. the appliance displays the Events by Priority and Classification workflow. the time window stays fixed so that you see only the events that occured during the static time window. Current Week Static/Expanding This setting allows you to configure either a static or expanding default time window for the current week. For static time windows (enable the Use End Time check box). The current day begins at midnight. the appliance displays all the events generated from midnight to the time when you first viewed the events. For each event type. based on the time zone setting for your current session. As you change event views. Note that if your analysis continues for over 24 hours before you log out. the appliance displays all the events generated from midnight to the present.

Version 4.9.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Specifying Your User Preferences Chapter 1 You can. on the Defense Center. on a 3D Sensor without an IPS license. Keep in mind that the default workflows you are able to configure depend not only on the appliance you are using. For example. however. For general information on workflows. you can only configure the default workflow for the audit log. change the default workflow for each event type using the Default Workflows sections of the Event View Settings page. see Understanding and Using Workflows in the Analyst Guide. The following graphic shows the Defense Center version of the Default Workflows section. As another example. but also on your user role. intrusion event analysts cannot set default RNA workflows.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 33 .

Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Specifying Your User Preferences Chapter 1 Setting Your Default Time Zone Requires: Any You can change the time zone used to display events from the standard UTC time that the appliance uses. 5. From the box on the right. In the toolbar. South America. select America. For example. WARNING! The Time Zone function assumes that the default system clock is set to UTC time. The time zone is set. if you want to use Eastern Standard Time.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 34 . Click Save. Version 4. For example. you must change it back to UTC time in order to view accurate local time on the appliance. click Preferences. Click Time Zone Settings. 4. If you have changed the system clock on the appliance to use a local time zone. From the box on the left. or Canada. select the zone (city name) that corresponds with the time zone you want to use. select the continent or area that contains the time zone you want to use. see Synchronizing Time on page 354. 2. The Time Zone Preference page appears. 3. To change your time zone: Access: Any 1. For more information about time synchronization between the Defense Center and the sensors. you would select New York after selecting America in the first time zone box. The User Preferences page appears.9. When you configure a time zone. it applies only to your user account and is in effect until you make further changes to the time zone. if you want to use a time zone standard to North America.

click Preferences. The User Preferences page appears. who use the Welcome page. That is. or Administrator access. user accounts with Policy & Response Administrator access have different options from accounts with Intrusion or RNA Event Analyst full or read-only access. the Dashboard List page appears. The default dashboard appears when you select Analysis & Reporting > Event Summary > Dashboards. Click Save. click Preferences. Specifying Your Default Dashboard Requires: Any You can specify one of the dashboards on the appliance as the default dashboard. In the toolbar. Your home page preference is saved. The Home Page page appears. see Using Dashboards on page 59.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Specifying Your User Preferences Chapter 1 Specifying Your Home Page Requires: Any You can specify a page within the web interface as your home page for the appliance. For general information on dashboards. Version 4. 4. In the toolbar. except for user accounts with Restricted Event Analyst access. IMPORTANT! User accounts with Restricted Event Analyst access cannot use the dashboard and therefore cannot specify a default dashboard. Select the page you want to use as your home page from the Opening Screen drop-down list. The default home page is the dashboard (Analysis & Reporting > Event Summary > Dashboards).9. 2.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 35 . Click Home Page. To specify your home page: Access: Any 1. 3. To specify your default dashboard: Access: Any 1. The User Preferences page appears. Maintenance access. Restricted Event Analyst full or read-only access. If you do not have a default dashboard defined. The options in the drop-down list are based on the access privileges for your user account.

You can access the context menu on the following pages. if you access the context menu while viewing an intrusion event that was triggered by an intrusion rule. certain pages in the web interface support a pop-up context menu that you can use as a shortcut for accessing other features in the Sourcefire 3D System. when you select Analysis & Reporting > Event Summary > Dashboards. suppressing.9. Click Save. • • Event pages (drill-down pages and table views) contain hotspots over each event. if you access the menu while viewing an RNA event. the Dashboard List page appears. You can then select a dashboard to view. The Dashboard Settings page appears. disabling. hover your pointer over one of the hotspots. As the name implies. The Rule Editor page for intrusion rules contains a hotspot over each intrusion rule. Using the Context Menu Requires: Any For your convenience.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 36 . Your default dashboard preference is saved. Note that if you try to access the context menu for a web page or location that doesn’t support the Sourcefire-specific menu. To access the context menu: Access: Any 1. If you select None. the normal context menu for your browser appears. A “Right-click for menu” message appears. However. On one of the hotspot-enabled pages in the web interface. You can also view the rule documentation and edit the rule. 4. and thresholding the rule. the context menu provides you with the option to view the event in a separate browser window. 3.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Using the Context Menu Chapter 1 2. For example. you have a range of options that includes enabling. Click Dashboard Settings. Version 4. the contents of the menu depend on the context where you access it. Select the dashboard you want to use as your default from the Default Dashboard drop-down list.

system management. A pop-up context menu appears with options that are appropriate for the hotspot. 3.9.com/). For example. the following menu appears if you right-click over an intrusion event. RUA. which includes information about installing the appliance as well as hardware specifications and safety information. including procedural and conceptual information about user management. and using event reports. and 3D Sensors.sourcefire. scheduling tasks. Right-click your pointing device. The Documentation CD contains a PDF version of the Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide and the Sourcefire 3D System Analyst Guide. The Documentation CD also contains copies of the Defense Center Installation Guide and the 3D Sensor Installation Guide. analyzing RNA. Documentation Resources The Sourcefire 3D System documentation set includes online help and PDF files.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Documentation Resources Chapter 1 2. The Analyst Guide contains information for Intrusion Event Analysts. and IPS and RNA analysis.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 37 . The CD also contains copies of various API guides and supplementary material. The online help includes information about the tasks you can complete on the web interface. You can access the most up-to-date versions of the documentation on the Sourcefire Support web site (https://support. Select one of the options by left-clicking the name of the option. but in an easy-to-print format. managing user accounts. A new browser window opens based on the option you selected. Defense Centers. and Policy & Response Administrators. RNA Event Analysts. In this guide you will find information about managing RNA and IPS policies. The Administrator Guide contains information specifically for administrators and maintenance users. and monitoring the health of your appliances. Version 4. configuring system settings and system policies. You can reach the online help in two ways: • • by clicking the context-sensitive help links on each page by selecting Operations > Help > Online. In this guide you will find information about managing Master Defense Centers. which together include the same content as the online help. and intrusion data.

All platform information is formatted with an orange typeface. Refer to Platform Requirements Conventions on page 38 for the meaning of the Requires statement at the beginning of each section. DC1000.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 38 .9. Refer to Access Requirements Conventions on page 39 for the meaning of the Access statement at the beginning of each procedure. Platform requirement information for specific aspects of a feature is provided where needed. or DC3000 appliance used as a Defense Center Version 4. Virtual Defense Center. Platform Requirements Conventions The Requires statement at the beginning of each section in this documentation indicates the combination of appliance platform and licenses you need to use the feature described in the section. Any DC Any appliance with any combination of licenses A DC500. The following table defines the abbreviations used to indicate each different platform requirement: Platform and Licensing Requirement Abbreviations Requires Acronym 3D Sensor Indicates One of the following Series 1 or Series 2 sensors: • 3D500 • 3D1000 • 3D2000 • 3D2100 • 3D2500 • 3D3500 • 3D4500 • 3D6500 • 3D9900 This acronym on its own indicates that the task in question can be performed on any of these sensors even if an IPS license is not applied on the sensor and the sensor is not managed.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Documentation Conventions Chapter 1 Documentation Conventions This documentation includes information about which Sourcefire 3D System components are required for each feature and which user roles have permission to complete each procedure.

Access Requirements Conventions The Access statement at the beginning of each procedure in this documentation indicates the access role required to use the feature described in the section. to manage a Defense Center with a Master Defense Center. you need both a Defense Center and a Master Defense Center.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 39 . so the Adding a Master Defense Center topic has a Requires statement of MDC + DC. In contrast. The following table defines the abbreviations used to indicate each different platform requirement: Access Requirement Abbreviations Requires Acronym Admin Any Any Analyst Any except Restricted Indicates User must have the Administrator role User can have any role User can have any analyst role User can have any role except Restricted Analyst or Restricted Analyst (Read Only) Version 4. All access information is formatted with a green typeface. For example. you can change an expired password on a Defense Center or Master Defense Center or on a 3D Sensor. so the Changing an Expired Password topic has a Requires statement of DC/MDC or 3D Sensor.9.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Documentation Conventions Chapter 1 Platform and Licensing Requirement Abbreviations (Continued) Requires Acronym DC/MDC IPS RNA RUA Indicates A DC3000 appliance used as a Defense Center or a Master Defense Center A 3D Sensor licensed with the IPS technology An RNA license An RUA license An or conjunction indicates that the task or feature is available on either of the indicated platforms. A “+” conjunction indicates that the platforms are required in combination.

You must have the Administrator role or have the Policy & Response Administrator role in combination with the Intrusion Event Analyst role or the Restricted Event Analyst role with Intrusion Events Data set to Show All Data or to show a specific search to access the packet view and set thresholding for a rule Version 4. to view the Hosts network map. a user must have the RNA Event Analyst or RNA Event Analyst (Read Only) role or the Restricted Event Analyst or Restricted Event Analyst (Read Only) role with RNA Hosts Data set to Show All Data or to show a specific search. For example. A “+” conjunction indicates that the platforms are required in combination. Rule thresholding in the packet view provides an example of required combined access roles.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 40 . The Access setting for the procedure in the Working with the Hosts Network Map topic is Any RNA/Admin.9.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System Documentation Conventions Chapter 1 Access Requirement Abbreviations (Continued) Requires Acronym Any Analyst except Restricted Any IPS Indicates User can have any analyst role except Restricted Analyst or Restricted Analyst (Read Only) User must have the Intrusion Event Analyst role or Intrusion Event Analyst (Read Only) role or the Restricted Event Analyst role or Restricted Event Analyst (Read Only) role with rights to that function User must have the Intrusion Event Analyst role or Restricted Event Analyst role with rights to that function User must have the Intrusion Event Analyst (Read Only) role or Restricted Event Analyst (Read Only) role with rights to that function User must have the Maintenance role User must have the Policy & Response Administrator role User must have the RNA Event Analyst or RNA Event Analyst (Read Only) or Restricted Event Analyst or Restricted Event Analyst (Read Only) with rights to that function User must have the RNA Event Analyst role or Restricted Event Analyst role with rights to that function User must have the RNA Event Analyst (Read Only) role or Restricted Event Analyst (Read Only) role with rights to that function IPS IPS-RO Maint P&R Admin Any RNA RNA RNA-RO A “/” conjunction indicates that the task or feature is available to users with one or more of the indicated platforms.

0/8 172.31.0.576 65.255 Subnet Mask 255.2.16.0.3/8.255 192.0 10.168.0. the following table lists the private IPv4 address spaces in CIDR notation.048.0 255.168.255.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 41 .536 When you use CIDR notation to specify a range of IP addresses.0. As a result. the Sourcefire 3D System uses only the masked portion of the network IP address you specified.240.1. CIDR Notation Syntax Examples CIDR Block 10. the Sourcefire 3D System uses 10. Version 4.0/16 IP Addresses in CIDR Block 10.1.168.0.0 172.255. the Access setting for the procedure in the Setting Threshold Options within the Packet View topic is IPS + P&R Admin/Admin.3/8. IP Address Conventions Requires: Any You can use Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) notation to define IP address ranges in many places in the Sourcefire 3D System.0.0. For example.0 192.0 Number of IP Addresses 16.2.0. including but not limited to the following: • • • • • • • • RNA detection policies custom topologies auto-assigned networks for user-defined host attributes traffic profiles compliance rules and white lists active scan targets intrusion policies.255. if you type 10.0.777 . For example.9.255.0 255. without changing your user input. and standard text rules PEP CIDR notation uses a network IP address combined with a bit mask to define the IP addresses in the specified range.0.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System IP Address Conventions Chapter 1 from the packet view.255.0/8.16.255 172.0.0.0. but the web interface continues to display 10.0.0/12 192. variables.216 1.

9. Version 4. although Sourcefire recommends the standard method of using a network IP address on the bit boundary when using CIDR notation.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 42 . the Sourcefire 3D System does not require it.Introduction to the Sourcefire 3D System IP Address Conventions Chapter 1 In other words.

To perform the initial setup of a Virtual 3D Sensor. provide a rapid set up feature and a status page. Consult your original documentation or contact Sourcefire Support for information about performing the initial setup on those sensor models. See the following sections for more information: • • • Setting Up 3D Sensors on page 44 explains how to complete the setup process for Series 2 3D Sensors. Setting up Defense Centers on page 47 explains how to complete the setup process for Defense Centers.9. you are presented with a series of start-up pages. Note that if you purchased your sensor prior to 2008. Version 4. Newer models of the 3D Sensor. What’s Next? on page 52 provides detailed lists of the next tasks to be performed by each type of user.Performing the Initial Setup Chapter 2 Administrator Guide After installing your Defense Center or 3D Sensor as described in the Installation Guide and logging into the web interface for the first time. you may have a Series 1 3D Sensor. called Series 2 sensors. see the Sourcefire 3D System Virtual Defense Center and 3D Sensor Installation Guide.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 43 .

Use the command line interface on the appliance for subsequent changes to the root password. Version 4. the Install page appears so that you can continue the setup process. Series 2 sensors) provide a simple web form to collect information about your network environment and how you intend to deploy the sensor. and logging into the 3D Sensor’s web interface (as described in the 3D Sensor Installation Guide). in the New Password and Confirm fields. the results can be unpredictable. The same password is used for both accounts. After physically installing the 3D Sensor.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 44 .Performing the Initial Setup Setting Up 3D Sensors Chapter 2 Setting Up 3D Sensors Requires: 3D Sensor Newer models of the 3D Sensor (that is. Avoid using words that appear in a dictionary. enter a new password for the admin user account and for the root password for the shell account. setting up the IP address for the management interface. Defense Centers use the setup process in Setting up Defense Centers on page 47. Under Change Password. These sensors include the following models: • • • • • • • • • 3D500 3D1000 3D2000 3D2100 3D2500 3D3500 3D4500 3D6500 3D9900 You can view illustrations of each model in the 3D Sensor Installation Guide to determine your sensor model.9. To complete the initial setup: Access: Admin 1. WARNING! Prepare for the initial setup and complete it promptly after you begin. Sourcefire strongly recommends that your password is at least eight alphanumeric characters of mixed case and includes at least one numeric character. If the initial setup is interrupted or if a second user logs in while it is underway. TIP! The initial change to the admin user password changes the root password for the shell account.

select Inline with Failopen Mode. Under Remote Management. specify how you want to deploy the 3D Sensor. select Passive Mode. You have two options: • • If you deployed the sensor as an inline IPS using paired sensing interfaces. If your sensor and Defense Center are separated by a network address translation (NAT) device. and gateway fields are pre-populated with your settings. you can specify the Defense Center as the sensor’s NTP server. Refer to Working in NAT Environments on page 112 and Adding Sensors to the Defense Center on page 117 for more information. 3. this step is unnecessary as the current software will synchronize automatically.9. defer Defense Center management until after you complete the initial setup. you must also specify the primary and secondary DNS servers. WARNING! If you select Inline with Failopen Mode when the sensor is deployed passively. Version 4. You can set the time manually or via network time protocol (NTP) from an NTP server. if you specify a DNS server. indicate whether you want to manage the 3D Sensor with a Defense Center.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 45 . enter the settings that you want to use for the management IP address. Note that if you used the configure-network script before logging into the web interface. Optionally. Note that if you are managing the sensor with a Defense Center and the Defense Center itself is set up as an NTP server. 4. 5. Under Network Settings.Performing the Initial Setup Setting Up 3D Sensors Chapter 2 2. you may cause your network to be bridged. resulting in unexpected network behavior. under Time Settings. if your Defense Center is running current software and your sensors are running earlier software. You can use the IP address of the Defense Center or. Under Detection Mode. Note that if you use an NTP server to set the time. indicate how you want to set the time for the 3D Sensor. its hostname. If you deployed the sensor as a passive IDS on your network. the IP address. user-created string that you will also use from within the Defense Center’s web interface when you complete the sensor registration process. The registration key is a single-use. netmask. IMPORTANT! If both your Defense Center and your sensors are running current software.

You can also instruct the system to reapply intrusion policies after the SEU import completes. Skip to step 8. The activation key was previously emailed to the contact person identified on your support contract. you do not need to add a product license. To queue an immediate update from the Sourcefire support site. Select the state for adding new rules to intrusion policies as disabled or in the predefined default state. click the link to navigate to https:// keyserver. refer to Using Recurring SEU Imports in the Analyst Guide. Under Recurring SEU Imports.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 46 .sourcefire. Note that you will be prompted for the license key and an activation key. indicate whether you want to add a product license to the 3D Sensor. and click Add/Verify. enter the license key in the license key field.com/. You will automatically create an RNA detection engine without a policy. To add a product license. select Update Now. • To use IPS functionality (either by itself or with RNA or RUA functionality). Follow the on-screen instructions to generate an email containing the license file and paste it into the License field. Under License Settings. If your current host cannot access the Internet. 7. you must add a product license to the 3D Sensor. For detailed information on adding new rules to custom policies in the default state or in the disabled rule state. check the Enable Recurring SEU Imports check box to configure automatic SEU imports and specify the update frequency. To obtain a product license.Performing the Initial Setup Setting Up 3D Sensors Chapter 2 6. Version 4.9. switch to a host that can and navigate to the keyserver web page. You have two options: • To use only the RNA or RUA functionality without IPS. You control licensing for RNA or RUA through the Defense Center managing the sensor.

remember to connect the cable to the protected management network. Setting up Defense Centers Requires: DC/MDC The first time you log in to the web interface. Version 4. TIP! If you used the option to connect through the management port to perform the initial setup. A dashboard page appears after you log back in. select the check box and click Apply. Under End User License Agreement.9. You can check the task progress at Operations > Monitoring > Task Status. which indicates the appliance is now operational. TIP! Applying a default policy to detection engines can take several minutes. and logging into the Defense Center’s web interface (as described in the Defense Center Installation Guide). After physically installing the Defense Center. WARNING! Prepare for the initial setup and complete it promptly after you begin. See Using Dashboards on page 59 for more information. setting up the IP address for the management interface. If the initial setup is interrupted or if a second user logs in while it is underway. read the agreement carefully. If you agree to abide by its provisions. You will see no intrusion events until it completes. See What’s Next? on page 52 for some suggestions about how to proceed after you complete these initial startup pages. Defense Centers and Master Defense Centers provide a simple web form to collect information about your network environment and how you intend to deploy the appliance. the Install page appears so that you can continue the setup process. The appliance logs you out.Performing the Initial Setup Setting up Defense Centers Chapter 2 8.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 47 . the results can be unpredictable. The 3D Sensor is configured according to your selections.

the Remote Management section becomes unnecessary and is hidden from the form. and not 3D Sensors. See Working in NAT Environments on page 112 and Adding a Master Defense Center on page 165 for more information.9. 2. under Operational Mode. If you select the Master Defense Center mode. IMPORTANT! If your Defense Center and Master Defense Center are separated by a network address translation (NAT) device. TIP! The initial change to the admin user password changes the root password for the shell account. see Master Defense Center and Defense Center Functional Comparison on page 159.Performing the Initial Setup Setting up Defense Centers Chapter 2 To complete the initial setup: Access: Admin 1. if you specify a DNS server. You can use the IP address of the Master Defense Center or. Version 4. Defense Center capabilities are not a subset of a Master Defense Center. Under Network Settings. 4. you can set the appliance to operate as a Defense Center or a Master Defense Center. enter the settings that you want to use for the management IP address. IMPORTANT! A Master Defense Center can manage only Defense Centers. Avoid using words that appear in a dictionary. Skip to step 5. Note that if you used the configure-network script before logging into the web interface. user-created string that you will also need to use when you register the Defense Center through the Master Defense Center’s web interface. If you are installing a DC3000. Under Remote Management. netmask. Sourcefire strongly recommends that your password is at least eight alphanumeric characters of mixed case and includes at least one numeric character.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 48 . 3. defer remote management until after you complete the initial setup. enter a new password for the admin user account and the root password shell account. Under Change Password. indicate whether you want to manage the Defense Center with a Master Defense Center. The registration key is a single-use. Use the command line interface on the appliance for subsequent changes to the root password. and gateway fields are pre-populated with your settings. the IP address. For more information on the differences between the features provided by a Master Defense Center and a Defense Center. The same password is used for both accounts. in the New Password and Confirm fields. its hostname.

its hostname. Under Time Settings. On Defense Centers. IMPORTANT! Use this function only if you have previously installed 3D Sensors that are pending registration with this Defense Center. indicate how you want to set the time for the Defense Center. Note that if you use an NTP server to set the time. Version 4. Refer to Working in NAT Environments on page 112 and Adding Sensors to the Defense Center on page 117 for more information. this step is unnecessary as the current software will synchronize automatically. you must also specify the primary and secondary DNS servers. See Working in NAT Environments on page 112 and Adding a Defense Center on page 168 for more information. Master Defense Center and all sensors are running current software. Click Add to register each newly listed 3D Sensors with this Defense Center. Note that if you are managing the Defense Center with a Master Defense Center and the Master Defense Center itself is set up as an NTP server. 7. if you specify a DNS server.Performing the Initial Setup Setting up Defense Centers Chapter 2 5. If your 3D Sensor and Defense Center are separated by a network address translation (NAT) device. You can use the IP address of the 3D Sensor or. its hostname. defer remote management until after you complete the initial setup. The registration key is the single-use. IMPORTANT! If your Defense Center and Master Defense Center are separated by a network address translation (NAT) device. You can use the IP address of the Defense Center or. user-created string used in the 3D Sensor’s web interface when you configured remote management for the sensor. 6. IMPORTANT! If your Defense Center. indicate whether you want to apply default policies. the Defense Center Registration portion of the form is visible. If you are installing a DC3000 and your operational mode is Master Defense Center. user-created string you used in the Defense Center’s web interface when you configured remote management.9. you can specify the Master Defense Center as the Defense Center’s NTP server. you should defer remote management until after you complete the initial setup. The registration key is the single-use. under Sensor Registration. if you specify a DNS server.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 49 . You can set the time manually or via network time protocol (NTP) from an NTP server. Use these fields only to register Defense Centers where you have already configured remote management by this Master Defense Center.

TIP! If you used the option to connect through the management port to perform the initial setup. If your current host cannot access the Internet. remember to connect the cable to the protected management network. Communication Ports The Sourcefire 3D System requires the use of specific ports to communicate internally and externally. add a product license and any required feature licenses to the Defense Center. switch to a host that can and navigate to the keyserver web page. Note that you will be prompted for the license key and an activation key. For detailed information on adding new rules to custom policies in the default state or in the disabled rule state see Using Recurring SEU Imports in the Analyst Guide. click the link to navigate to https:// keyserver.com/.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 50 .If you agree to abide by its provisions. between Defense Centers and sensors.Performing the Initial Setup Communication Ports Chapter 2 8. To queue an immediate update from the Sourcefire support site. which indicates the appliance is operational.The appliance logs you out. Under License Settings. Select the state for adding new rules to intrusion policies as disabled or in the predefined default state. The Defense Center or Master Defense Center is configured according to your selections. select Update Now. See What’s Next? on page 52 for some suggestions about how to proceed after you complete these initial startup pages. To obtain a product license. and to enable Version 4. Under End User License Agreement. You can also instruct the system to reapply intrusion policies after the SEU import completes.9. Follow the on-screen instructions to generate an email containing the license file and paste it into the License field. 9. check the Enable Recurring SEU Import check box to configure automatic SEU imports and specify the update frequency. select the check box and click Apply. The activation key was previously emailed to the contact person identified on your support contract. Under Recurring SEU Imports. A dashboard page appears after you log back in. 10.sourcefire. See Using Dashboards on page 59 for more information. read the agreement carefully.

9. 80 162 389. Required Open Ports Ports 20. 636 443 514 1241 1660 1812 and 1813 3306 8301 Description ftp ssh/ssl telnet smtp dns dhcp http snmp ldap https syslog Nessus Nmap FreeRADIUS RUA Agent Intrustion Agent Note that you must open both ports to ensure that FreeRADIUS functions correctly. Open this port when you connect to a remote web server through the RSS widget. Open this port for communicatiosn between the Defense Center and RUA Agents. Open this port only if you are using a remote syslog server.Performing the Initial Setup Communication Ports Chapter 2 certain functionality within the network deployment. 21 22 23 25 53 67 68 . Refer to the Required Open Ports table for more information on functions and their associated ports.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 51 . Notes Version 4. Open this port for communications between the Defense Center and Intrusion Agents.

RNA. • Administrator User Tasks on page 53 describe the steps that you must complete before Policy & Response Administrator users and analyst users can begin their tasks. Similarly. tasks that require a Defense Center are preceded with Requires: DC. your next steps depend on the role assigned to your user account (Administrator user. deployments that do not include a Defense Center and do not use RNA). See Managing Users on page 264 for more information about user roles. IMPORTANT! Tasks that must be completed on specific hardware or software platforms are indicated by special text: For example. you can perform much of the process on the Defense Center itself.Performing the Initial Setup What’s Next? Chapter 2 Required Open Ports (Continued) Ports 8302 8305 18183 Description eStreamer Management Virtual Network OPSEC SAM Open this port for communications between the Defense Center and v.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 52 . For deployments that include a Defense Center. For standalone 3D Sensor deployments (that is. Maintenance user. 4. Notes What’s Next? Requires: Any After you complete the initial setup for the Sourcefire 3D System. • • Version 4. Review the tasks in the following sections. or Requires: RUA. Policy & Response Administrator User Tasks on page 55 describe some of the policies and custom rules that Policy & Response Administrator users can create and apply so that analyst users receive useful data for their analyses. if your Defense Center or 3D Sensor must be licensed for IPS. a user with Administrator access must perform the first steps. Maintenance User Tasks on page 54 explain some of the steps in the process that Maintenance users can perform after Administrator users finish their required tasks. or RNA Event Analyst user) and what appliance you are using. Policy & Response Administrator user.x 3D Sensors. which are based on the user account privileges required for the task.8. Requires: RNA.9. the task is preceded with Requires: IPS. or RUA. Intrusion Event Analyst user.

Requires: DC If you want to authenticate users using an external authentication server. Version 4. In most network environments. Sourcefire recommends that you use the Defense Center’s web interface rather than the sensor’s web interface to manage the sensor and view the events that it generates. TIP! You can use high availabilty mode on Defense Centers which are managed by a Master Defense Center. You must complete the steps outlined in Working with Sensors on page 113 on the Defense Center and on the sensors to complete the process. the sensors you add to the primary Defense Center are automatically added to the secondary Defense Center.9. TIP! After you set up management. Intrusion Event Analyst User Tasks on page 57 describe the features that Intrusion Event Analyst users can use to learn about the kinds of attacks that are launched against assets on your network. 3. Administrator User Tasks Requires: Any Administrator users have a superset of tasks. you should set it up now.Performing the Initial Setup What’s Next? Chapter 2 • • RNA Event Analyst User Tasks on page 56 describe the features that RNA Event Analyst users can use to learn about the assets on your network. but you cannot use high availability mode directly on the Master Defense Center itself. 2. The first steps for the Administrator user are as follows: Access: Admin 1. See Configuring Remote Access to the Defense Center on page 386 for information about setting up management links between your sensors and the Defense Center. If you want to manage your 3D Sensors with a Defense Center but did not enable remote management as part of the initial setup on the sensor. Requires: DC If you are deploying two Defense Centers in high availability mode. Tasks essential to initial setup are listed below. you must create an authentication object for that server as described in Creating LDAP Authentication Objects on page 269.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 53 . set up high availability as explained in Configuring High Availability on page 145.

you should configure one that meets the needs of your network and security environment. you need to enable it in a system policy on the Defense Center and apply that policy to any appliances where users will authenticate to the external server. each 3D Sensor has a single detection engine that encompasses all of the available sensing interfaces (or all of the available fast-packetenabled interfaces) on the sensor. Note that a Maintenance user can also set up health policies. See Using Health Monitoring on page 482 for more information. See Managing System Policies on page 320 for more information. The next section. you must modify the default detection engine. You can also create different policies on your Defense Center and apply them to the managed sensors where it is appropriate. 6. Patches and updates are available on the Sourcefire Support site. 5. See Importing SEUs and Rule Files in the Analyst Guide and Updating System Software on page 398 for more information. By default. See Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets on page 185 for more information about examining traffic on multiple network segments with a single sensor. Check for any available software patches. Maintenance User Tasks Requires: Any After a user with Administrator privileges performs the initial configuration as described in Setting Up 3D Sensors on page 44. if you want to use external authentication. If you did not already set up a system policy as part of the initial setup. See Managing Users on page 264 for more information. 8. Note that. Maintenance User Tasks.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 54 . Apply any available software patches or vulnerability database updates to managed sensors where required. The auditing feature records events based on the user account name. Create new user accounts that match the roles you want to assign to your users. and Security Enhancement Updates (SEUs) and apply them to your Defense Center where required.Performing the Initial Setup What’s Next? Chapter 2 4. To take advantage of the multiple detection engine feature.9. The health monitoring feature includes a range of modules that you can enable or disable based on the needs of your network environment. vulnerability database updates. Requires: DC Set up health monitoring policies and apply them to your managed sensors and to the Defense Center itself. describes the steps that a user with Maintenance access can perform. so it is much better to have an account for each user rather than allowing multiple users to access the appliance from one or two accounts. 7. a Maintenance user or an Administrator user can perform the following tasks: Version 4.

Requires: IPS Part of the process for creating an intrusion policy includes enabling the appropriate intrusion rules and fine-tuning the preprocessors and packet decoders to match your network traffic. See Configuring Compliance Policies and Rules in the Analyst Guide. Requires: IPS Create and apply intrusion policies to the IPS-related detection engines on your 3D Sensor. including blocking a suspect host at the firewall or router. For more information on . 4. Version 4. 3. see Configuring Responses for Compliance Policies in the Analyst Guide. 3. See Using Backup and Restore on page 413 for details about backing up configurations as well as event data. Requires: DC If a user with Administrator privileges has not configured health monitoring.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 55 . Maintenance users can: Access: Maint/Admin 1. a Policy & Response Administrator user or an Administrator user can perform the following tasks: To continue the initial setup. you can specify that the Defense Center automatically respond to it in one of several ways. Policy & Response Administrator User Tasks. The next section. describes the steps that a user with Policy & Response Administrator access can perform. sending a notification by email or SNMP or simply generating a syslog alert. 2. Requires: RNA Set up compliance policies to determine when prohibited activity occurs on your network. Develop a backup and restore plan. See Using Health Monitoring on page 482 for more information. See Managing Intrusion Rules in the Analyst Guide and Using Advanced Settings in an Intrusion Policy in the Analyst Guide for more in-depth information about configuring intrusion policies. Note that you can also schedule regular backups of your appliance. Set up scheduled tasks for any jobs that you want to perform on a regular basis. you can set up and apply health policies on your managed sensors and the Defense Center. including anomalous network traffic patterns. See Using Basic Settings in an Intrusion Policy in the Analyst Guide for more information. Requires: RNA If a compliance policy violation occurs. responses.Performing the Initial Setup What’s Next? Chapter 2 To continue the initial setup. Policy & Response Administrator users can: Access: P&R Admin/ Admin 1.9. Policy & Response Administrator User Tasks Requires: Any After a user with Administrator privileges performs the initial configuration as described in Setting Up 3D Sensors on page 44. Compliance policies can contain rules based on nearly any kind of network activity that your 3D Sensor can detect. 2. See Scheduling Tasks on page 425 for more information.

Version 4. See Using the Network Map in the Analyst Guide for more information. unknown hosts. or Restricted Event Analyst access can perform.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 56 . If your network environment includes an OPSEC-compliant firewall. an RNA Event Analyst user or an Administrator user can perform the tasks listed below. you may want to write your own rules to meet the unique needs of your network. RNA Event Analyst User Tasks Requires: Any After a user with Administrator privileges performs the initial configuration as described in Setting Up 3D Sensors on page 44.Performing the Initial Setup What’s Next? Chapter 2 5. Requires: IPS As you gain more experience with the intrusion rules provided by Sourcefire. See Understanding and Writing Intrusion Rules in the Analyst Guide and Rule-Writing Examples and Tips in the Analyst Guide to learn more about using the rule editor to write your own intrusion rules. Intrusion Event Analyst (Read-Only). Requires: IPS To ensure that your intrusion event analysts are informed as soon as possible regarding attacks against your most valuable network assets. Similarly. you can also send SAM-based responses to the firewall. describe the steps that a user with Intrusion Event Analyst. 2. but their event views are limited to specific IP address ranges. RNA Event Analyst User Tasks and Intrusion Event Analyst User Tasks. See Viewing RNA Event Statistics in the Analyst Guide for more information. or via SNMP) if a specific intrusion rule is triggered. use the host profile feature to learn more about them. RNA Event Analyst. 3. consider setting up automated notifications (that can be sent to the syslog. See Using Host Profiles in the nAnalyst Guide for more information. RNA Event Analyst users can: Access: Any RNA/ Admin 1. Requires: RNA If you locate unknown hosts on the network map. RNA Event Analyst (Read-Only). and services that are prohibited by your security policies. The next sections. which can provide you with a high-level view of the activity and events taking place on your network. The network map provides you with an overview of your network and is a good tool for locating rogue access points. To continue the initial setup. Begin by reviewing the summary statistics. Restricted Event Analyst users can perform most of these tasks. See Configuring External Responses to Intrusion Events in the Analyst Guide for more information. Requires: RNA Review the information in the network map. 6.9. via email. The policies and rules that you create as a Policy & Response Administrator user determine the kinds of events that are seen by the RNA Event Analyst and Intrusion Event Analyst users on your appliance. You can also use the host profile to set host criticality and to learn about the vulnerabilities reported for the operating system and services running on each host. which is an expandable tree view of all the hosts and services reported by RNA. RNA Event Analyst (Read Only) users can perform any of these tasks.

Note that flow data is collected by your sensors only if the flow data option is enabled in the RNA detection policy. you can review the information collected by RNA’s traffic monitoring features and identify hightraffic hosts. For example. then determine which might be behaving abnormally. See Working with RNA Events in the Analyst Guide for more information. an Intrusion Event Analyst user or an Administrator user can perform the tasks listed below. but their event views are limited to specific IP address ranges. you may want to create your own workflows. You can also use the extensive search capability to define and save your own search criteria that you can use as part of your regular analysis. or PDF-based event and incident reports. and host attributes. As you grow more experienced with the Sourcefire 3D System. You can use the scheduler to automate reporting. You can review information for network hosts. investigate. services. vulnerabilities. client applications.Performing the Initial Setup What’s Next? Chapter 2 4. Version 4. 7. See Understanding and Using Workflows in the Analyst Guide for more information.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 57 . 5. and act on the events generated by your sensors. Note that the kinds of RNA events that are logged to the database are determined by the system policy on the managing Defense Center. Most of these can be performed by Restricted Event Analyst users also.9. and you can create and save report profiles to use later. See Working with Flow Data and Traffic Profiles in the Analyst Guide for more information. 6. HTML. Intrusion Event Analyst User Tasks Requires: Any After a user with Administrator privileges performs the initial configuration as described in Setting Up 3D Sensors on page 44. You can automatically email a report when it is complete. Use any of the predefined workflows to view. Requires: RNA Use the RNA event workflows to review the activity that has occurred on your network over time. See Scheduling Tasks on page 425. Requires: RNA Use flow data and traffic profiles to gain a different kind of insight into the activity on your network. Use the report designer to create CSV. See Working with Event Reports on page 232 for more information.

See Understanding and Using Workflows in the Analyst Guide for more information. 4. you may want to create your own workflows. which can provide you with a high-level view of the activity and events taking place on your network. Use any of the predefined workflows to view. and you can create and save report profiles to use later. You can use the scheduler to automate reporting. You can use an incident to record details about your investigation. You can also add intrusion event data that you believe might be important to your investigation of the incident. HTML. Note that the events that you see are limited by the options that are enabled in the intrusion policy that is applied to your sensors.Performing the Initial Setup What’s Next? Chapter 2 To continue the initial setup. Use the report designer to create CSV. As you grow more experienced with the Sourcefire 3D System. See Handling Incidents in the Analyst Guide for more information. See Working with Intrusion Events in the Analyst Guide for more information. Requires: IPS Use the intrusion event views to determine which hosts on your network are the targets of attacks and the types of attacks that are attempted against them. Requires: IPS Use the incident handling feature to collect information about your investigation of possible intrusions on your network. and act on the events generated by your sensors. 2. See Using Impact Flags to Evaluate Events in the Analyst Guide for more information. Events with high impact are more likely to indicate that an attack is targeted against a vulnerable host on your network. You can automatically email a report when it is complete. or PDF-based event and incident reports. Intrusion Event Analyst users can: Access: Any IPS/ Admin 1. See Scheduling Tasks on page 425. Version 4. and the appliance automatically records the amount of time you have the incident open. See Working with Event Reports on page 232 for more information. See Viewing Intrusion Event Statistics in the Analyst Guide for more information. 3. intrusion events are correlated with any available RNA data to generate an impact flag. Begin by reviewing the summary statistics.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 58 .9. Requires: RNA Note that on the Defense Center. investigate. 5.

including data about the events collected and generated by the Sourcefire 3D System.Administrator Guide Sourcefire 3D System dashboards provide you with at-a-glance views of current system status. model. You can change the time range to reflect a period as short as the last hour or as long as the last year. Each dashboard has one or more tabs. and its remote manager. the Appliance Information widget tells you the appliance name. Note that because not all widgets are useful for all types of appliances.Using Dashboards Chapter 3 . as well as information about the status and overall health of the appliances in your deployment. Widgets are small. or 3D Sensor. This dashboard provides the casual user with basic event and system status information for your Sourcefire 3D System deployment. self-contained components that provide insight into different aspects of the Sourcefire 3D System. named Default Dashboard. Each dashboard has a time range that constrains its widgets. The Sourcefire 3D System is delivered with several predefined widgets. Each type of appliance is delivered with a default dashboard. the default dashboard differs depending on whether you are using a Master Defense Center.9. For example. current version of the Sourcefire 3D System software running on the appliance.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 59 . Defense Center. Version 4. each of which can display one or more widgets in a three-column layout.

or create a custom dashboard to suit your needs.Using Dashboards Understanding Dashboard Widgets Chapter 3 By default. The Sourcefire 3D System is delivered with several predefined dashboard widgets. You can use the predefined dashboards. each of which can display one or more widgets in a three-column layout. TIP! If you change the home page. see Understanding Flow Data in the Analyst Guide. although you can configure your appliance to display a different default home page.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 60 . for more information on flow summary data. the Defense Center is delivered with two other predefined dashboards: • The Flow Summary dashboard uses flow data to create tables and charts of the activity on your monitored network. You can share custom dashboards among all users of an appliance. RNA. and system status data. Note that Restricted Event Analysts use the Flow Summary page instead of the Flow Summary Dashboard. modify the predefined dashboards. each of which provides insight into a Version 4. In addition to the default dashboard. • The Detailed Dashboard provides advanced users with detailed information about your Sourcefire 3D System deployment. For more information. see Viewing Dashboards on page 91. see the following sections: • • • Understanding Dashboard Widgets on page 60 Understanding the Predefined Widgets on page 65 Working with Dashboards on page 89 Understanding Dashboard Widgets Requires: Any Each dashboard has one or more tabs. You can also set a custom dashboard as your default dashboard. compliance.9. you can access dashboards by selecting Analysis & Reporting > Event Summary > Dashboards. For more information. and includes multiple widgets that summarize collected IPS. the home page for your appliance displays the default dashboard. see Viewing the Flow Summary Page in the Analyst Guide for more information. including pages that are not dashboard pages. or you can create a custom dashboard solely for your own use.

Widgets are grouped into three categories: • • • Analysis & Reporting widgets display data about the events collected and generated by the Sourcefire 3D System. the Master Defense Center cannot access flow data. Also note that widgets cannot display data to which an appliance has no access. Currently the only widget in this category displays an RSS feed. the Appliance Information widget is available on all appliances for all user roles.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 61 . that dashboard may contain unauthorized or invalid widgets. The dashboard widgets that you can view depend on the type of appliance you are using and on your user role: • • An invalid widget is one that you cannot view because you are using the wrong type of appliance. For example. You can minimize and maximize widgets. add and remove widgets from tabs. These widgets are disabled and display error messages that indicate the reason why you cannot view them. Miscellaneous widgets display neither event data nor operations data. and so on. RNA events. Although you cannot add an unauthorized or invalid widget to a dashboard. as well as rearrange the widgets on a tab. In addition. Version 4. while the Compliance Events widget is available only on the Defense Center for users with Administrator. Intrusion Event Analyst. The dashboard widgets that you can view depend on the type of appliance you are using and on your user role. the widget displays an error message. if you import a dashboard created either on a different kind of appliance or by a user with different access privileges. If you import a dashboard onto a Master Defense Center that contains a Custom Analysis widget configured to display one of those data types. Operations widgets display information about the status and overall health of the Sourcefire 3D System. each dashboard has a set of preferences that determines its behavior. or RNA Event Analyst account privileges. For example. For more information. RUA events.9. An unauthorized widget is one that you cannot view because you do not have the necessary account privileges. see: • • • • Understanding Widget Availability on page 61 Understanding Widget Preferences on page 64 Understanding the Predefined Widgets on page 65 Working with Dashboards on page 89 Understanding Widget Availability Requires: Any The Sourcefire 3D System is delivered with several predefined dashboard widgets.Using Dashboards Understanding Dashboard Widgets Chapter 3 different aspect of the Sourcefire 3D System.

see Minimizing and Maximizing Widgets on page 97 and Deleting Widgets on page 97. For more information. but on Defense Centers and Master Defense Centers the widget displays only the status of the management interface. Sourcefire Appliances and Dashboard Widget Availability Widget Appliance Information Appliance Status Compliance Events Current Interface Status Current Sessions Custom Analysis Disk Usage Interface Traffic Intrusion Events Network Compliance Product Licensing Product Updates RSS Feed X X Master Defense Center X X X X X X X X X Defense Center X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 3D Sensor with IPS (and RNA) X 3D Sensor with RNA (only) X Version 4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 62 . as well as widgets that display no data. Note than any content generated in table format can be sorted by clicking on the table column header.Using Dashboards Understanding Dashboard Widgets Chapter 3 Similarly. An X indicates that the appliance can display the widget. For example. keeping in mind that modifying a widget on a shared dashboard modifies it for all users of the appliance. the content of a widget can differ depending on the type of appliance you are using. The Sourcefire Appliances and Dashboard Widget Availability table lists the valid widgets for each appliance.9. You can delete or minimize unauthorized and invalid widgets. the Current Interface Status widget on a 3D Sensor displays the status of its sensing interfaces.

User accounts with Restricted Event Analyst access cannot use User Roles and Dashboard Widget Availability Widget Appliance Information Appliance Status Compliance Events Current Interface Status Current Sessions Custom Analysis Disk Usage Interface Traffic Intrusion Events Network Compliance Product Licensing Administrator X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Maintenance X X P&R Admin X IPS Analyst X X X X RNA Analyst X X X X Version 4. IMPORTANT! dashboards.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 63 . An X indicates the user can view the widget.9.Using Dashboards Understanding Dashboard Widgets Chapter 3 Sourcefire Appliances and Dashboard Widget Availability (Continued) Widget System Load System Time White List Events Master Defense Center X X X Defense Center X X X 3D Sensor with IPS (and RNA) X X 3D Sensor with RNA (only) X X The User Roles and Dashboard Widget Availability table lists the user account privileges required to view each widget.

Using Dashboards Understanding Dashboard Widgets Chapter 3 User Roles and Dashboard Widget Availability (Continued) Widget Product Updates RSS Feed System Load System Time White List Events Administrator X X X X X Maintenance X X X X P&R Admin X X X X X X X X X X X X IPS Analyst RNA Analyst Understanding Widget Preferences Requires: Any Each widget has a set of preferences that determines its behavior. You can only configure the update frequency for this widget. For example.9. To modify a widget’s preferences: Access: Any except Restricted 1. the following graphic shows the preferences for the Current Interface Status widget. Version 4. the following graphic shows the preferences for the Custom Analysis widget. The preferences section for that widget appears. Widget preferences can also be more complex. click the show preferences icon ( ).1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 64 . For example. Widget preferences can be simple. which is a highly customizable widget that allows you to display detailed information on the events collected and generated by the Sourcefire 3D System. On the title bar of the widget whose preferences you want to change. which displays the current status of the network interfaces for the appliance.

) to hide the Understanding the Predefined Widgets Requires: Any The Sourcefire 3D System is delivered with several predefined widgets that. see Understanding the Predefined Widgets on page 65. see the following sections: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Understanding the Appliance Information Widget on page 66 Understanding the Appliance Status Widget on page 67 Understanding the Compliance Events Widget on page 67 Understanding the Current Interface Status Widget on page 68 Understanding the Current Sessions Widget on page 69 Understanding the Custom Analysis Widget on page 69 Understanding the Disk Usage Widget on page 80 Understanding the Interface Traffic Widget on page 81 Understanding the Intrusion Events Widget on page 81 Understanding the Network Compliance Widget on page 82 Understanding the Product Licensing Widget on page 84 Understanding the Product Updates Widget on page 85 Understanding the RSS Feed Widget on page 86 Understanding the System Load Widget on page 87 Understanding the System Time Widget on page 87 Understanding the White List Events Widget on page 88 IMPORTANT! The dashboard widgets you can view depend on the type of appliance you are using and on your user role. Your changes take effect immediately. including data about the events collected and generated by the Sourcefire 3D System. Make changes as needed. see Understanding Widget Availability on page 61. click the hide preferences icon ( preferences section. Version 4. can provide you with at-a-glance views of current system status. For information on the preferences you can specify for individual widgets.Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 2. as well as information about the status and overall health of the appliances in your deployment.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 65 . when used on dashboards.9. On the widget title bar. For detailed information on the widgets delivered with the Sourcefire 3D System. 3. For more information.

the name. rule pack.9. as well as how recently the Defense Centers made contact • • You can configure the widget to display more or less information by modifying the widget preferences to display a simple or an advanced view. The widget provides: • • the name. SEU. operating system. module pack. For more information. Version 4. the name and status of the communications link with the managing appliance for Defense Centers in a high availability pair.Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 Understanding the Appliance Information Widget Requires: Any The Appliance Information widget provides a snapshot of the appliance. the preferences also control how often the widget updates. model.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 66 . Snort. management interface IP address. see Understanding Widget Preferences on page 64. and vulnerability database (VDB) installed on the appliance for managed appliances. and model of the appliance the versions of the Sourcefire 3D System software. and Sourcefire 3D System software and operating system versions of the peer Defense Center.

1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 67 . For more information. see Using the Health Monitor on page 545. over the dashboard time range. For more information.Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 Understanding the Appliance Status Widget Requires: DC/MDC The Appliance Status widget indicates the health of the appliance and of any appliances it is managing. see Understanding Widget Preferences on page 64. you must manually apply a health policy or their status appears as Disabled. Note that because the Defense Center does not automatically apply a health policy to managed sensors. Understanding the Compliance Events Widget Requires: DC/MDC The Compliance Events widget shows the average events per second by priority. You can configure the widget to display appliance status as a pie chart or in a table by modifying the widget preferences.9. You can click a section on the pie chart or one of the numbers on the appliance status table to go to the Health Monitor page and view the compiled health status of the appliance and of any appliances it is managing. The preferences also control how often the widget updates. Version 4.

100Mb full duplex.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 68 . Understanding the Current Interface Status Widget Requires: Any The Current Interface Status widget shows the status of the network interfaces for the appliance. accessing compliance events via the dashboard changes the events (or global) time window for the appliance. represented by a green ball (up) or a gray ball (down) the link mode (for example. regardless of priority. the events are constrained by the dashboard time range. and unused. see Understanding Widget Preferences on page 64. For each interface. The preferences also control how often the widget updates. For more information on compliance events. see Viewing Compliance Events in the Analyst Guide.9. the widget provides: • • • the name of the interface the link state of the interface. grouped by type: management. passive. Note that only 3D Sensors have interface types other than the management interface. In either case. including events that do not have a priority. or 10Mb half duplex) of the interface Version 4. or click the All graph to view all compliance events. For more information.Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 You can configure the widget to display compliance events of different priorities by modifying the widget preferences. You can click a graph to view compliance events of a specific priority. inline. as well as to select a linear (incremental) or logarithmic (factor of ten) scale. Select Show All to display an additional graph for all compliance events. Select one or more Priorities check boxes to display separate graphs for events of specific priorities.

see Viewing Audit Records on page 567 • The widget preferences control how often the widget updates. see Using Host Profiles in the nAnalyst Guide (Defense Center with RNA only) click any IP address or access time to view the audit log constrained by that IP address and by the time that the user associated with that IP address logged on to the web interface. Understanding the Current Sessions Widget Requires: Any The Current Sessions widget shows which users are logged into the appliance. On the Current Sessions widget. you can: • • click any user name to manage user accounts on the User Management page. see Understanding Widget Preferences on page 64. is marked with a user icon and is rendered in bold type. You can use these presets or you can create a custom configuration. that is. For more information. as well as the aggregation method that configures how the widget groups the data it displays. Version 4. Understanding the Custom Analysis Widget Requires: Any The Custom Analysis widget is a highly customizable widget that allows you to display detailed information on the events collected and generated by the Sourcefire 3D System. you must select which table and individual field you want to display.9. copper or fiber the amount of data received (Rx) and transmitted (Tx) by the interface The widget preferences control how often the widget updates. The Custom Analysis widget is delivered with several presets. The presets serve as examples and can provide quick access to information about your deployment. the user currently viewing the widget. see Understanding Widget Preferences on page 64. and the last time each user accessed a page on the appliance (based on the local time for the appliance).1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 69 .Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 • • the type of interface. the IP address of the machine where the session originated. When you configure the widget preferences. that is. The user that represents you. For more information. which are groups of configurations that are predefined by Sourcefire. see Managing User Accounts on page 299 click the host icon ( ) next to any IP address to view the host profile for that computer.

Optionally. Mac OS X. and so on). Microsoft Windows. aggregating by Unique OS tells you how many unique versions of each operating system are running on the same hosts (for example. For example.Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 For example. On the other hand. you can configure the Custom Analysis widget to display which operating systems are running on the hosts in your organization by configuring the widget to display OS data from the RNA Hosts table.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 70 .9. Aggregating this data by Count tells you how many hosts are running each operating system. you can further constrain the widget using a saved search. constraining the first example (operating systems Version 4. if you are using Sourcefire RNA as part of your deployment. how many unique versions of Linux. either one of the predefined searches delivered with your appliance or a custom search that you created.

On the other hand. You can change the color of the bars as well as the number of rows that the widget displays. To change the sort order. you should read the bars from right to left. the widget can display one of three icons to indicate any additions or movement from the most recent results: • • The new event icon ( ) signifies that the event is new to the results. A downward-pointing icon indicates descending order. If you want information on events or other collected data over time.Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 aggregated by Count) using the Local Systems search tells you how many hosts within one hop of your 3D Sensors are running each operating system. A number indicating how many places the event has moved up appears next to the icon. The direction icon ( ) indicates and controls the sort order of the display. the widget updates every five minutes. To determine when the dashboard will update next. The down-arrow icon ( ) indicates that the event has moved down in the standings since the last time the widget updated. an upwards-pointing icon indicates ascending order.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 71 .9. based on the local time of the appliance. hover your pointer over the Last updated notice in the bottom left corner of the widget. Next to each event. • The widget displays the last time it updated. such as one that displays the total number of intrusion events generated in your deployment over Version 4. For example. the widget updates once a week. you can configure the Custom Analysis widget to display a line graph. The widget updates with a frequency that depends on the dashboard time range. if you set the dashboard time range to an hour. A number indicating how many places the event has moved down appears next to the icon. if you set the dashboard time range to a year. The up-arrow icon ( ) indicates that the event has moved up in the standings since the last time the widget updated. You can also configure the widget to display the most frequently occurring events or the least frequently occurring events. click the icon. The colored bars in the widget background show the relative number of occurrences of each event.

show the preferences as described in Understanding Widget Preferences on page 64.9. Finally. To configure a Custom Analysis widget. If the widget continues to stay red over time. Custom Analysis widgets can place a drain on an appliance’s resources. workflows) that provide detailed information about the events displayed in the widget. you can choose the time zone that the widget uses as well as the color of the line. or you configure the widget to show a graph over time (that is. IMPORTANT! Depending on how they are configured. you should remove the widget. For more information. a line graph).Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 time. the Custom Analysis widget has preferences that determines its behavior. Version 4. For graphs over time. a bar graph).1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 72 . From Custom Analysis widgets. see the following sections: • • • Configuring the Custom Analysis Widget on page 72 Viewing Associated Events from the Custom Analysis Widget on page 78 Custom Analysis Widget Limitations on page 79 Configuring the Custom Analysis Widget Requires: Any As with all widgets. you can invoke event views (that is. a red-shaded Custom Analysis widget indicates that its use is harming system performance. A different set of preferences appears depending on whether you configure the widget to show relative occurrences of events (that is. you can choose a custom title for the widget.

select Time from the Field drop-down list. as shown in the following graphic. see the Custom Analysis Widget Presets table on page 75.. the title of the widget.. The presets serve as examples and can provide quick access to information about your deployment.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 73 . Custom Analysis Widget Preferences Use this preference.Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 To configure the widget to show a bar graph. Preset the preset for the widget. as shown in the following graphic. Title To control. If you do not specify a title. the appliance uses the configured event type as the widget title. Version 4. You can use these presets or you can create a custom configuration. which are groups of configurations that are predefined by Sourcefire. The Custom Analysis widget is delivered with several presets.. The following table describes the various preferences you can set in the Custom Analysis widget. select any value except Time from the Field drop-down list. For a detailed list of presets..9. To configure the widget to show a line graph.

Show Movers Time Zone whether you want to display the icons that indicate additions or movement from the most recent results. Table Field To control. TIP! To display a graph over time. Show Results whether you want to display the most frequently occurring events (Top) or the least frequently occurring events (Bottom). although some presets use predefined searches.. The following table describes the available presets for the Custom Analysis widget.. The time zone appears whenever you select a time-based field. The aggregation method configures how the widget groups the data it displays. the number of results rows you want to display.9. Defense Center predefined dashboard uses Version 4. Color the color of the bars in the widget background that show the relative number of occurrences of each result.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 74 . in increments of five. select Time. which time zone you want to use to display results. For most event types. the specific field of the event type you want to display. if any.. the table of events which contains the event data the widget displays. It also indicates which. Search the saved search you want to use to further constrain the data that the widget displays. You do not have to specify a search. You can display from 10 to 25 result rows. Aggregate the aggregation method for the widget.Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 Custom Analysis Widget Preferences (Continued) Use this preference. the default aggregation criterion is Count..

Displays the most active ports on your monitored network. based on the number of flows where the host initiated the session. Predefined Dashboards Default Dashboard Detailed Dashboard Detailed Dashboard Requires IPS or DC/MDC + IPS All Intrusion Events (Not Dropped) IPS or DC/MDC + IPS Client Applications Detailed Dashboard DC + RNA Dropped Intrusion Events Default Dashboard IPS or DC/MDC + IPS Flows by Initiator IP Flow Summary DC + RNA Flows by Port Flow Summary DC + RNA Flows by Responder IP Flow Summary DC + RNA Flows by Service Flow Summary DC + RNA Version 4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 75 . by classification. where the packet was dropped. where the packet was not dropped as part of the event. Displays the most active hosts on your monitored network. by classification. based on the number of flows where the host was the responder in the session. based on the number of detected flows. by application type. Displays the most active client applications on your monitored network. Displays counts for the most frequently occurring intrusion events. (The predefined dashboards on the Master Defense Center and 3D Sensor do not include Custom Analysis widgets.) . based on the number of detected flows. Custom Analysis Widget Presets Preset All Intrusion Events Description Displays a graph of the total number of intrusion events on your monitored network over the dashboard time range.9. Displays the most active hosts on your monitored network.Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 each preset. Displays the most active services on your monitored network. Displays the most frequently occurring types of intrusion events.

Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 Custom Analysis Widget Presets (Continued) Preset Flows over Time Description Displays a graph of the total number of flows on your monitored network. Displays the most active hours of the day. based on the number of intrusion events where the host was the targeted host in the flow that caused the event. Displays the most active hosts on your monitored network. Predefined Dashboards Flow Summary Requires DC + RNA Intrusion Events Requiring Analysis Intrusion Events by Hour Intrusion Events to High Criticality Hosts Detailed Dashboard DC/MDC + IPS + RNA IPS or DC/MDC + IPS DC/MDC + IPS + RNA none Detailed Dashboard Operating Systems Detailed Dashboard DC + RNA Services Detailed Dashboard DC + RNA Top Attackers Default Dashboard IPS or DC/MDC + IPS Top Targets Default Dashboard IPS or DC/MDC + IPS Version 4. based on the number of hosts on the network running services made by that vendor.9. Displays the most common RNA service vendors. based on frequency of intrusion events. Displays the most common operating system. based on the number of intrusion events where the host was the attacking host in the flow that caused the event. based on the number of intrusion events occurring on high criticality hosts. based on event classification. based on the number of hosts running each operating system within your network. Displays the most active hosts on your monitored network.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 76 . Displays the most frequently occurring types of intrusion events. over the dashboard time range. Displays a count of intrusion event requiring analysis.

Displays the most active hosts on your monitored network. based on the number of kilobytes per second of data transmitted by the hosts. Predefined Dashboards Detailed Dashboard Flow Summary Requires DC + RNA Traffic by Initiator User Detailed Dashboard DC + RNA + RUA Traffic by Port Flow Summary DC + RNA Traffic by Responder IP Detailed Dashboard Flow Summary DC + RNA Traffic by Service Detailed Dashboard Flow Summary DC + RNA Traffic over Time Detailed Dashboard Flow Summary DC + RNA Version 4. Displays a graph of the total kilobytes of data transmitted on your monitored network over the dashboard time range.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 77 . based on the number of kilobytes per second of data transmitted by the service. Displays the most active services on your monitored network.9. Displays the most active responder ports on your monitored network.Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 Custom Analysis Widget Presets (Continued) Preset Traffic by Initiator IP Description Displays the most active hosts on your monitored network. based on the number of kilobytes per second of data received by the hosts. Displays the most active RUA users on your monitored network. based on the total number of kilobytes of data received by the hosts where those users are logged in. based on the number of kilobytes per second of data transmitted via the port.

see Default Time Windows on page 29 and Specifying Time Constraints in Searches in the Analyst Guide. Displays the number of unique intrusion event types associated with each impact flag level. Version 4. if you configure a single time window and then access any type of event from the Custom Analysis widget. by violation count? Predefined Dashboards none Requires IPS or DC/MDC + IPS none DC/MDC + IPS + RNA DC + RNA Detailed Dashboard Viewing Associated Events from the Custom Analysis Widget Requires: Any Depending on the kind of data that a Custom Analysis widget is configured to display. and the health monitoring time window changes to the dashboard time range. This also changes the appropriate time window for the appliance. depending on how many time windows you have configured and on what type of event you are trying to view. When you invoke an event view from the dashbaord. For example.Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 Custom Analysis Widget Presets (Continued) Preset Unique Intrusion Events by Destination IP Unique Intrusion Events by Impact White List Violations Description Displays the most active targeted hosts. constrained by the dashboard time range.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 78 . For more information on time windows. and the global time window changes to the dashboard time range. you can invoke an event view (that is. As another example. the events appear in the default workflow for that event type. if you configure multiple time windows on your Defense Center and then access health events from a Custom Analysis widget. Displays the hosts with the most white list violations. the events appear in the default health events workflow. based on the number of unique intrusion events per targeted host. a workflow) that provides detailed information about the events displayed in the widget.9. the events appear in the default workflow for that event type.

click the View All icon in the lower right corner of the widget to view all associated events. depending on how you configured the widget: • On widgets configured to show relative occurrences of events (that is. For Version 4. • For information on working with specific event types. Similarly. Intrusion Event Analysts cannot view RNA events. constrained by the widget preferences.9. if you are using a dashboard imported from another appliance.Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 To view associated events from the Custom Analysis Widget: Access: Any except Restricted You have two options. depending on the user’s account privileges. see the following sections: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Viewing Audit Records on page 567 Viewing Intrusion Events in the Analyst Guide Viewing RNA Network Discovery and Host Input Events in the Analyst Guide Viewing Hosts in the Analyst Guide Viewing Host Attributes in the Analyst Guide Viewing Services in the Analyst Guide Viewing Client Applications in the Analyst Guide Viewing Vulnerabilities in the Analyst Guide Viewing Flow Data in the Analyst Guide Viewing RUA Users in the Analyst Guide Viewing RUA Events in the Analyst Guide Viewing Compliance Events in the Analyst Guide Viewing White List Events in the Analyst Guide Viewing White List Violations in the Analyst Guide Viewing the SEU Import Log in the Analyst Guide Working with Active Scan Results in the Analyst Guide Understanding Custom Tables in the Analyst Guide Custom Analysis Widget Limitations Requires: Any There are some important points to keep in mind when using the Custom Analysis widget. bar graphs). remember that not all appliances have access to data of all event types. On widgets configured to show flow data over time.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 79 . For example. click any event to view associated events constrained by the widget preferences. as well as by that event. remember that not all users can view data of all event types. You can also click the View All icon in the lower right corner of the widget to view all associated events. constrained by the widget preferences. If you are configuring the widget on a shared dashboard.

as well as whether it displays the current disk usage or collected disk usage statistics over the dashboard time range. the Master Defense Center does not store flow data. see Understanding Widget Preferences on page 64. It also shows the capacity of each partition. Note. or you can show these plus the /boot partition usage by modifying the widget preferences.Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 example. If you want to make sure that this does not happen. save the dashboard as private. For more information. For more information. This affects your view of the widget as well. see Configuring Dashboard Settings on page 331.9. however. If your dashboard includes a Custom Analysis widget that displays data that you cannot see. that you (and any other users who share the dashboard) can modify the preferences of the widget to display data that you can see. Understanding the Disk Usage Widget Requires: Any The Disk Usage widget indicates the percentage of space used on each partition of the appliance’s hard drive. You can configure the widget to display just the root (/) and /volume partition usage. If you configure the widget on a shared dashboard and constrain its events using a private search. If you want to make sure that this does not happen. Remember that only you can access searches that you have saved as private. The widget preferences also control how often the widget updates.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 80 . the widget indicates that you are unauthorized to view the data. You enable or disable the Custom Analysis widget from the Dashboard settings in your system policy. the widget resets to not using the search when another user logs in. or even delete the widget. Version 4. save the dashboard as private.

For more information. or both. Note that for managed 3D Sensors. the widget only displays the traffic rate for interfaces that belong to an interface set). The widget preferences control how often the widget updates.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 81 . all intrusion events.Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 Understanding the Interface Traffic Widget Requires: Any The Interface Traffic widget shows the rate of traffic received (Rx) and transmitted (Tx) on the appliance’s interfaces over the dashboard time range. you must enable local event storage or the widget will not have any data to display. see Understanding Widget Preferences on page 64. Understanding the Intrusion Events Widget Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC + IPS The Intrusion Events widget shows the rate of intrusion events that occurred over the dashboard time range. the widget can display statistics for dropped intrusion events. On 3D Sensors. On the 3D Sensor. On the 3D Sensor. On the Defense Center and Master Defense Center. the preferences also control whether the widget displays the traffic rate for unused interfaces (by default. you can configure the widget to display intrusion events of different impacts by modifying the widget preferences. Note that only 3D Sensors have interfaces other than the management interface.9. you cannot configure the widget to display Version 4. On the Defense Center and Master Defense Center. this includes statistics on intrusion events of different impacts.

Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 intrusion events by impact. Understanding the Network Compliance Widget Requires: DC The Network Compliance widget summarizes your hosts’ compliance with the compliance white lists you configured (see Using RNA as a Compliance Tool in the Analyst Guide). In the widget preferences. you can: • Requires: DC/MDC select one or more Event Flags check boxes to display separate graphs for events of specific impacts. For more information on intrusion events. By default. select All to display an additional graph for all intrusion events. On the Intrusion Events widget. the widget displays a pie chart that shows the Version 4. accessing intrusion events via the dashboard changes the events (or global) time window for the appliance. see Using Impact Flags to Evaluate Events in the Analyst Guide select Show to choose Events per second or Total events select Vertical Scale to choose Linear (incremental) or Logarithmic (factor of ten) scale • • The preferences also control how often the widget updates. you can: • • • Requires: DC/MDC click a graph corresponding to a specific impact to view intrusion events of that impact click the graph corresponding to dropped events to view dropped events click the All graph to view all intrusion events Note that the resulting event view is constrained by the dashboard time range. On either appliance.9. regardless of impact or rule state. see Understanding Widget Preferences on page 64. you can display dropped events.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 82 . The following graphic shows the Defense Center version of the widget preferences. see Viewing Intrusion Events in the Analyst Guide. For more information.

To bring these hosts into compliance. non-compliant. You can click the pie chart to view the host violation count. or for a specific white list. For more information.Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 number of hosts that are compliant. You can also use the widget preferences to specify which of three different styles you want to use to display network compliance. see Viewing White List Violations in the Analyst Guide. and that have not been evaluated. You can configure the widget to display network compliance either for all white lists. delete the unused white lists. non-compliant.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 83 . Version 4. the widget considers a host to be non-compliant if it is not compliant with any of the white lists on the Defense Center. including white lists that are no longer in active compliance policies. which lists the hosts that violate at least one white list. and that have not been evaluated. for all compliance white lists that you have created.9. Note that if you choose to display network compliance for all white lists. by modifying the widget preferences. The Network Compliance style (the default) displays a pie chart that shows the number of hosts that are compliant.

including temporary licenses. over the dashboard time range. and that have not yet been evaluated. one of which is a permanent license and Version 4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 84 . For more information. The top section of the widget displays all of the feature licenses installed on the Defense Center. It also indicates the number of items (such as hosts or users) licensed and the number of remaining licensed items allowed. For example. non-compliant. Understanding the Product Licensing Widget Requires: DC The Product Licensing widget shows the feature licenses currently installed on the Defense Center.9. You can check the Show Not Evaluated box to hide events which have not been evaluated. see Understanding Widget Preferences on page 64. The Network Compliance over Time style displays a line graph that shows the number of hosts that are compliant. if you have two feature licenses for RNA Hosts. over the dashboard time range. and that have not yet been evaluated. while the Temporary Licenses section displays only temporary and expired licenses.Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 The Network Compliance over Time (%) style displays a stacked area graph showing the relative proportion of hosts that are compliant. The preferences control how often the widget updates. non-compliant.

The widget also provides you with links to pages where you can update the software.9. The preferences also control how often the widget updates. and VDB) currently installed on the appliance as well as information on available updates that you have downloaded. while the Temporary Licenses section displays an RNA Hosts feature license with 750 hosts. Note that the widget displays Unknown as the latest version of the software unless you have configured a scheduled task to download. or install software updates. see Understanding Widget Preferences on page 64. For more information. You can configure the widget to hide the latest versions by modifying the widget preferences. or all the features that you can license. you should read the bars from right to left. but not yet installed.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 85 . For more information. Version 4. for that software. You can configure the widget to display either the features that are currently licensed. the widget uses scheduled tasks to determine the latest version.Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 allows 750 hosts. see Managing Your Feature Licenses on page 370. see Understanding Widget Preferences on page 64. The preferences also control how often the widget updates. push. For more information. and another that is temporary and allows an additional 750 hosts. The bars in the widget background show the percentage of each type of license that is being used. see Scheduling Tasks on page 425. SEU. You can click any of the license types to go to the License page of the System Settings and add or delete feature licenses. For more information. the top section of the widget displays an RNA Hosts feature license with 1500 licensed hosts. by modifying the widget preferences. Note that you cannot update the VDB on a sensor or a Master Defense Center. the Defense Center version of the widget provides you with similar links so you can update the software on your managed sensors. Understanding the Product Updates Widget Requires: Any The Product Updates widget provides you with a summary of the software (Sourcefire 3D System software. Expired licenses are marked with a strikethrough.

you can: • manually update an appliance by clicking the current version of the Sourcefire 3D System software. you can also choose how many stories from the feed you want to show in the widget. or you can create a custom connection to any other RSS feed by specifying its URL in the widget preferences. You can also configure the widget to display a preconfigured feed of Sourcefire security news. SEU. see Scheduling Tasks on page 425 • Understanding the RSS Feed Widget Requires: Any The RSS Feed widget adds an RSS feed to a dashboard. Feeds update every 24 hours (although you can manually update the feed) and the widget displays the last time the feed was updated based on the local time of the appliance.9. SEU. keep in mind that not all RSS feeds use descriptions. see Updating System Software on page 398 and Importing SEUs and Rule Files in the Analyst Guide create a scheduled task to download the latest version of the Sourcefire 3D System software. When you configure the widget. or VDB by clicking either the latest version or the Unknown link in the Latest column. or VDB. as well as whether you want to show descriptions of the stories along with the headlines. Version 4. the widget shows a feed of Sourcefire company news.Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 On the Product Updates widget.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 86 . By default. Keep in mind that the appliance must have access to the Sourcefire web site (for the two preconfigured feeds) or to any custom feed you configure.

uptime. You can configure the widget to hide the boot time by modifying the widget preferences.Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 On the RSS Feed widget. The preferences also control how often the widget synchronizes with the appliance’s clock.9. see Understanding Widget Preferences on page 64. and system load (also called the load average. both currently and over the dashboard time range. see Understanding Widget Preferences on page 64. For more information. Understanding the System Time Widget Requires: Any The System Time widget shows the local system time. you can: • • • click one of the stories in the feed to view the story click the more link to go to the feed’s web site click the update icon ( ) to manually update the feed Understanding the System Load Widget Requires: Any The System Load widget shows the CPU usage (for each CPU). Version 4. The preferences also control how often the widget updates. measured by the number of processes waiting to execute) on the appliance.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 87 . memory (RAM) usage. You can configure the widget to show or hide the load average by modifying the widget preferences. For more information. and boot time for the appliance.

including events that do not have a priority select Show All to display an additional graph for all white list events. over the dashboard time range. see Viewing White List Events in the Analyst Guide. For more information on white list events. see Understanding Widget Preferences on page 64.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 88 . You can configure the widget to display white list events of different priorities by modifying the widget preferences. accessing white list events via the dashboard changes the events (or global) time window for the Defense Center. or click the All graph to view all white list events. You can click a graph to view white list events of a specific priority. Version 4. In either case. you can: • • • select one or more Priorities check boxes to display separate graphs for events of specific priorities.Using Dashboards Understanding the Predefined Widgets Chapter 3 Understanding the White List Events Widget Requires: DC/MDC The White List Events widget shows the average events per second by priority. regardless of priority select Vertical Scale to choose Linear (incremental) or Logarithmic (factor of ten) scale The preferences also control how often the widget updates. In the widget preferences.9. For more information. the events are constrained by the dashboard time range.

You must also specify (or disable) the tab change and page refresh intervals. You can create. the page indicates the owner (that is. you can create a blank new dashboard by choosing not to base your dashboard on any pre-existing dashboards. export. you can make the changes at a local computer. the dashboard in the NOC automatically refreshes at the interval you specify and displays your changes without you having to manually refresh the dashboard in the NOC.Using Dashboards Working with Dashboards Chapter 3 Working with Dashboards Requires: Any You manage dashboards on the Dashboard List page (see Viewing Dashboards on page 91). Note that you do not need to refresh the entire dashboard to see data updates. For more information on working with dashboards. view. Refreshing the entire dashboard allows you to see any preference or layout changes that were made to a shared dashboard by another user. Then. Finally. and delete dashboards. Version 4. modify. you cannot view or modify private dashboards created by other users. If you want to make changes to the dashboard. the user who created it) and whether a dashboard is private. These settings determine how often the dashboard cycles through its tabs and how often the entire dashboard page refreshes. in a network operations center (NOC) where a dashboard is displayed at all times. you can choose to base it on any pre-existing dashboard. see Specifying Your Default Dashboard on page 35. For each dashboard. you can modify this copy to suit your needs. see: • • • • • Creating a Custom Dashboard on page 89 Viewing Dashboards on page 91 Modifying Dashboards on page 93 Deleting a Dashboard on page 97 Exporting a Dashboard on page 585 Creating a Custom Dashboard Requires: Any When you create a new dashboard. Optionally. Note that. This makes a copy of the pre-existing dashboard. you can only see your own private dashboards. unless you have Admin access. for example. or on any user-defined dashboard. You specify the default dashboard in your user preferences.9. individual widgets update according to their preferences. This can be useful.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 89 . the page indicates which dashboard is the default. or that you made to a private dashboard on another computer. for more information. since the last time the dashboard refreshed. including the Sourcefire default dashboard.

save it as private. Select Analysis & Reporting > Event Summary > Dashboards. You can then edit the imported dashboard to suit your needs. disabled widgets. The New Dashboard page appears. Type a name and optional description for the dashboard. regardless of role. a dashboard created on the Defense Center and imported onto a 3D Sensor or Master Defense Center may display some invalid. all other users of the appliance can view it. 3. see Importing and Exporting Objects on page 583. To create a new dashboard: Access: Any except Restricted 1. click New Dashboard. If you want to make sure that only you can modify a particular dashboard. In either case. If you have a default dashboard defined. select None (the default) to create a blank dashboard. Note that the dashboard widgets you can view depend on the type of appliance you are using and on your user role. you can export a dashboard from another appliance and then import it onto your appliance. they are disabled. you can choose to associate the new dashboard with your user account by saving it as a private dashboard.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 90 . If you do not have a default dashboard defined. users with fewer permissions viewing a dashboard created by a user with more permissions may not be able to use all of the widgets on the dashboard. Although the unauthorized widgets still appear on the dashboard. Version 4. 2. You should also keep in mind that any user. it appears. can modify shared dashboards. TIP! Instead of creating a new dashboard. You can select any predefined or user-defined dashboard.Using Dashboards Working with Dashboards Chapter 3 Finally. Optionally. 4. for example. For more information. If you choose not to save the dashboard as private.9. Keep in mind that because not all user roles have access to all dashboard widgets. Use the Copy Dashboard drop-down list to select the dashboard on which you want to base the new dashboard. the Dashboard List page appears.

9. select the Save As Private check box to associate the dashboard with your user account and to prevent other users from viewing and modifying the dashboard. enter 0 in the Change Tabs Every field. specify (in minutes) how often the current dashboard tab should refresh with new data. 8. the home page shows the Dashboard List page. You can now tailor it to suit your needs by adding tabs and widgets (and.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 91 . When you change the time range. In the Refresh Page Every field. This value must be greater than the Change Tabs Every setting. Optionally. see Modifying Dashboards on page 93. Your dashboard is created and appears in the web interface. You can change the time range to reflect a period as short as the last hour (the default) or as long as the last year. specify (in minutes) how often the dashboard should change tabs. TIP! You can configure your appliance to display a different default home page. including pages that are not dashboard pages. Unless you pause the dashboard or your dashboard has only one tab. Unless you pause the dashboard. To disable tab cycling. this setting advances your view to the next tab at the interval you specify. Viewing Dashboards Requires: Any By default. To view the details of all available dashboards. which provides Version 4. although refreshing the dashboard page resets the update interval on individual widgets. Note that not all widgets can be constrained by time. Note that this setting is separate from the update interval available on many individual widgets. 6. Each dashboard has a time range that constrains its widgets. You can also change the default dashboard. Click Save. enter 0 in the Refresh Page Every field. where you can choose a dashboard to view. the widgets that can be constrained by time automatically update to reflect the new time range. In the Change Tabs Every field. click Dashboards from the Dashboard toolbar. widgets will update according to their individual preferences even if you disable the Refresh Page Every setting. For more information. this setting will refresh the entire dashboard at the interval you specify. the dashboard time range has no effect on the Appliance Information widget. If you do not have a default dashboard defined. To disable the periodic page refresh. For more information. see Specifying Your Home Page on page 35 and Specifying Your Default Dashboard on page 35. by rearranging and deleting widgets). if you based it on a pre-existing dashboard. For example. 7. the home page for your appliance displays the default dashboard.Using Dashboards Working with Dashboards Chapter 3 5.

5 hours of inactivity. To view a different dashboard. unless the dashboard is paused. You can also pause a dashboard. Dashboard pages stop refreshing. You have two options.9. regardless of the Refresh Page Every setting in the dashboard properties. it appears. IMPORTANT! Although your session normally logs you out after 3. use the Dashboards menu on the toolbar. Unpausing the dashboard causes all the appropriate widgets on the page to update to reflect the current time range. and current version of the Sourcefire 3D System software. Changing the time range has no effect. which allows you to examine the data provided by the widgets without the display changing and interrupting your analysis. depending on whether you have a default dashboard defined: • • If you have a default dashboard defined. regardless of the Cycle Tabs Every setting in the dashboard properties. model. Keep in mind that for enterprise deployments of the Sourcefire 3D System. Pausing a dashboard has the following effects: • • • • Individual widgets stop updating. you can unpause the dashboard. The dashboard you selected appears. changing the time range to a long period may not be useful for widgets like the Custom Analysis widget. choose a dashboard time range. regardless of any Update Every widget preference. depending on how often newer events replace older events. If you do not have a default dashboard defined. In addition. Click View next to the dashboard you want to view. all appropriate widgets on the page update to reflect the new time range. this will not happen while you are viewing a dashboard. Version 4.Using Dashboards Working with Dashboards Chapter 3 information the includes the appliance name. the Dashboard List page appears. To view a dashboard: Access: Any except Restricted Select Analysis & Reporting > Event Summary > Dashboards.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 92 . dashboard tabs resume cycling and the dashboard page resumes refreshing according to the settings you specified in the dashboard properties. When you are finished with your analysis. To change the dashboard time range: Access: Any except Restricted From the Show the Last drop-down list. Unless the dashboard is paused. Dashboard tabs stop cycling.

delete. add and remove widgets from tabs. as well as rearrange the widgets on a tab. and rename tabs. You can also change the basic dashboard properties. ). make sure to set it as a private dashboard in the dashboard properties.9. If you want to make sure that only you can modify a particular dashboard. click the play icon ( The dashboard is unpaused. Each tab can display one or more widgets in a three-column layout. Note that you cannot change the order of dashboard tabs.Using Dashboards Working with Dashboards Chapter 3 To pause the dashboard: Access: Any except Restricted On the time range control. the tab cycle and page refresh intervals. the tab cycle and page refresh intervals.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 93 . You can minimize and maximize widgets. regardless of role. Version 4. which include its name and description. ). To unpause the dashboard: Access: Any except Restricted On the time range control of a paused dashboard. which include its name and description. click the pause icon ( The dashboard is paused until you unpause it. IMPORTANT! Any user. For more information. and whether you want to share the dashboard with other users. You can add. and whether you want to share the dashboard with other users. Modifying Dashboards Requires: Any Each dashboard has one or more tabs. see the following sections • • • • • • • • Changing Dashboard Properties on page 93 Adding Tabs on page 94 Deleting Tabs on page 95 Renaming Tabs on page 95 Adding Widgets on page 95 Rearranging Widgets on page 97 Minimizing and Maximizing Widgets on page 97 Deleting Widgets on page 97 Changing Dashboard Properties Requires: Any Use the following procedure to change the basic dashboard properties. can modify shared dashboards.

3. Type a name for the tab and click OK.9. 4. see Viewing Dashboards on page 91. 3. The new tab is added. see Adding Widgets on page 95. Select Analysis & Reporting > Event Summary > Dashboards. Make changes as needed and click Save. see Renaming Tabs on page 95. it appears. Note that you can rename the tab at any time. 2. See Creating a Custom Dashboard on page 89 for information on the various configurations you can change. To the right of the existing tabs. Version 4. Click Edit next to the dashboard whose properties you want to change. For more information. prompting you to name the tab. skip to step 3. If you have a default dashboard defined. A pop-up window appears.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 94 . The dashboard is changed. or simply click OK to accept the default name. The Edit Dashboard page appears. click Dashboards. click the add tab icon ( ). the Dashboard List page appears. View the dashboard where you want to add a tab. 2.Using Dashboards Working with Dashboards Chapter 3 To change a dashboard’s properties: Access: Any except Restricted 1. Adding Tabs Requires: Any Use the following procedure to add a tab to a dashboard. To add a tab to a dashboard: Access: Any except Restricted 1. continue with the next step. The Dashboard List page appears. On the toolbar. You can now add widgets to the new tab. For more information. If you do not have a default dashboard defined.

Adding Widgets Requires: Any To add a widget to a dashboard. Click the tab title. You cannot.Using Dashboards Working with Dashboards Chapter 3 Deleting Tabs Requires: Any Use the following procedure to delete a dashboard tab and all its widgets. 4. move widgets from tab to tab. Type a name for the tab and click OK. For more information. click the delete icon ( 3. you can move them to any location on the tab. You cannot delete the last tab from a dashboard. To rename a tab: Access: Any except Restricted 1. see Rearranging Widgets on page 97. The tab is renamed. You can add a maximum of 15 widgets to a dashboard tab. A pop-up window appears. For more information. you must first decide to which tab you want to add the widget. On the tab you want to delete. see Viewing Dashboards on page 91. To add a widget to a dashboard: Access: Any except Restricted 1. Renaming Tabs Requires: Any Use the following procedure to rename a dashboard tab. When you add a widget to a tab. For more information. If all columns have an equal number of widgets. To delete a tab from a dashboard: Access: Any except Restricted 1. prompting you to rename the tab. 2. the new widget is added to the left-most column. Click the tab you want to rename. 2. View the dashboard where you want to rename a tab. the appliance automatically adds it to the column with the fewest widgets. however. The tab is deleted. View the dashboard where you want to add a widget. For more information. see Viewing Dashboards on page 91. 3. Confirm that you want to delete the tab.9. TIP! After you add widgets. each dashboard must have at least one tab. ). see Viewing Dashboards on page 91. View the dashboard where you want to delete a tab. Version 4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 95 .

Select the tab where you want to add the widget. when you are finished adding widgets. or you can view all widgets by clicking All Categories.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 96 . The tab where you added the widgets appears again. reflecting the changes you made.Using Dashboards Working with Dashboards Chapter 3 2. TIP! To add multiple widgets of the same type (for example. 5. Click Add Widgets. Operations. Version 4. click Done to return to the dashboard. 4. The widgets that you can add depend on the type of appliance you are using and on your user role. The Add Widgets page appears. They are organized according to function: Analysis & Reporting. Click Add next to the widgets you want to add. including the widget you just added. The widget is immediately added to the dashboard. Optionally. click Add again.9. 3. You can view the widgets in each category by clicking on the category name. and Miscellaneous. you may want to add multiple RSS Feed widgets. The Add Widgets page indicates how many widgets of each type are on the tab. or multiple Custom Analysis widgets).

If you do not have a default dashboard defined. see Specifying Your Default Dashboard on page 35. To delete a dashboard: Access: Any except Restricted 1.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 97 . To minimize a widget: Access: Any except Restricted Access: Any except Restricted Requires: Any Click the minimize icon ( To maximize a widget: Click the maximize icon ( ) in a minimized widget’s title bar. Confirm that you want to delete the widget. If you want a widget to appear on a different tab. the Dashboard List page appears. Deleting Widgets Delete a widget if you no longer want to view it on a tab. you must define a new default or the appliance will force you to select a dashboard to view every time you attempt to view a dashboard. Minimizing and Maximizing Widgets Requires: Any You can minimize widgets to simplify your view. Note. For more information. you must delete it from the existing tab and add it to the new tab. If you delete your default dashboard. 2. skip to step 3. ) in a widget’s title bar. Deleting a Dashboard Requires: Any Delete a dashboard if you no longer need to use it.9. Version 4. Select Analysis & Reporting > Event Summary > Dashboards. continue with the next step. then drag it to its new location. To delete a widget: Access: Any except Restricted 1. Click the close icon ( ) in the title bar of the widget. The widget is deleted from the tab. To move a widget: Access: Any except Restricted Click the title bar of the widget you want to move. however.Using Dashboards Working with Dashboards Chapter 3 Rearranging Widgets Requires: Any You can change the location of any widget on a tab. it appears. then maximize them when you want to see them again. that you cannot move widgets from tab to tab. If you have a default dashboard defined.

Click Delete next to the dashboard you want to delete. The dashboard is deleted. Confirm that you want to delete the dashboard.9. 3.Using Dashboards Working with Dashboards Chapter 3 2.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 98 . 4. click Dashboards. The Dashboard List page appears. On the toolbar. Version 4.

Intrusion Agents. Version 4. you can push various types of software updates to sensors. 3Dx800 sensors.Using the Defense Center Chapter 4 Administrator Guide The Sourcefire Defense Center is a key component in the Sourcefire 3D System. allowing you to monitor the information that your sensors are reporting in relation to one another and to assess the overall activity occurring on your network. In addition.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 99 . you can configure policies for all your sensors from a single location. IMPORTANT! Some of the components in the Sourcefire 3D System (such as the Virtual 3D Sensors. and Crossbeam-based software sensors) do not provide a web interface that you can use to view events or manage policies. You can use the Defense Center to manage the full range of sensors that are a part of the Sourcefire 3D System. network discovery information. analyze. The Defense Center aggregates and correlates intrusion events. By using the Defense Center to manage sensors. making it easier to change configurations. and sensor performance data.9. You must use a Defense Center if your deployment includes any of these products. and to aggregate. You can also push health policies to your managed sensors and monitor their health status from the Defense Center. and respond to the threats they detect on your network. RNA Software for Red Hat Linux.

9. Configuring High Availability on page 145 describes how to set up two Defense Centers as a high availability pair to help ensure continuity of operations. delete. The sections that follow explain some of the concepts you need to know as you plan your Sourcefire 3D System deployment. For example. Editing a Managed Sensor’s System Settings on page 133 describes the sensor attributes you can edit and explains how to edit them. Working in NAT Environments on page 112 describes the principles of setting up the management of your sensors in Network Address Translation environments. This saves you from having Version 4. It also explains how to add.Using the Defense Center Management Concepts Chapter 4 See the following sections for more information about using the Defense Center to manage your sensors: • • Management Concepts on page 100 describes some of the features and limitations involved with managing your sensors with a Defense Center. and change the state of managed sensors and how to reset management of a sensor. you can use the Defense Center’s web interface to accomplish nearly any task on any sensor it manages. Managing a Clustered Pair on page 140 describes how to create a clustered pair of 3D9900s and how to remove 3D9900s from clusters. Instead of managing each sensor using its own local web interface. First. • • • • • The Benefits of Managing Your Sensors on page 100 What Can Be Managed by a Defense Center? on page 101 Understanding Software Sensors on page 105 Beyond Policies and Events on page 111 Using Redundant Defense Centers on page 112 The Benefits of Managing Your Sensors Requires: DC There are several benefits to using a Defense Center to manage your sensors. Working with Sensors on page 113 describes how to establish and disable connections between sensors and your Defense Center. you can use the Defense Center as a central point of management.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 100 . Managing Sensor Groups on page 131 describes how to create sensor groups as well as how to add and remove sensors from groups. • • • • • Management Concepts Requires: DC You can use a Defense Center to manage nearly every aspect of a sensor’s behavior. you can create an intrusion policy on the Defense Center and apply it to all your managed 3D Sensors with IPS. You can only use a single Defense Center to manage your sensor unless you are using a second Defense Center as a part of a high availability pair.

Because most of the sensors in your deployment are likely to have similar settings in the system policy. There is a similar savings when you create and apply RNA appliance and detection policies to managed 3D Sensors with RNA. You can also apply a health policy to the Defense Center to monitor its health. and those sensors view the same network traffic. What Can Be Managed by a Defense Center? Requires: DC You can use your Defense Center as a central management point in a Sourcefire 3D System deployment to manage the following devices: • • Sourcefire 3D Sensors RNA Software for Red Hat Linux Version 4. You can also generate reports based on events from multiple sensors. the Defense Center includes a feature called health monitoring that you can use to check the status of critical functionality across your Sourcefire 3D System deployment. You can use user information from an external server to authenticate users on your Sourcefire 3D System appliances. The Defense Center can then assign impact flags to each intrusion event. you can use your Defense Center to configure external authentication through an Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) or Remote Authentication Dial In User Service (RADIUS) server. The impact flag indicates how likely it is that an intrusion attempt will affect its target. Fourth. you push the external authentication object to the sensor.9. Finally. Third. which can be a laborious task depending on how many of the thousands of intrusion rules you want to enable or disable. so you must use the Defense Center to manage it. By pushing a system policy with configured authentication objects to your sensor. You can view the events from a single web interface instead of having to log into each sensor’s interface to view the events there. when you manage a sensor with a Defense Center. External authentication cannot be managed on the sensor. Second. A system policy controls several appliance-level settings such as the login banner and the access control list. you can create the policy on the Defense Center and push it to the appropriate sensors instead of replicating it locally.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 101 . You can take advantage of health monitoring by applying health policies to each of your managed sensors and then reviewing the health data that they send back to the Defense Center. then the Defense Center can correlate the intrusion events it receives with the information about hosts that RNA provides. You can also create and apply system policies to your managed sensors.Using the Defense Center Management Concepts Chapter 4 to replicate the intrusion policy on each sensor. if your Defense Center manages sensors with IPS and RNA. all the intrusion events and RNA events are automatically sent to the Defense Center.

For details on DC500 database limitations see Database Event Limits on page 333. information is transmitted between the Defense Center and the sensor over a secure. SSL-encrypted TCP tunnel. you can see a read-only version of the policy on the Defense Center’s web interface. If you apply a policy on a sensor before you begin managing it with a Defense Center. as well as intrusion agents and RNA software on approved platforms. Version 4. The following illustration lists what is transmitted between a Sourcefire Defense Center and its managed sensors.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 102 . When you manage a sensor (or a software sensor). Note that the types of events and policies that are sent between the appliances are based on the sensor type. You can also use a DC500 to manage Sourcefire 3D Sensor software on approved platforms.9.Using the Defense Center Management Concepts Chapter 4 • • 3D Sensor Software for Crossbeam Systems X-Series Intrusion Agents on various platforms IMPORTANT! Sourcefire recommends that you manage no more than three 3D Sensors with the DC500 model Defense Center.

before you set up sensor management. First. each appliance has its own policies: Version 4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 103 . The following graphics illustrate this process. after you set up communications with a Defense Center and apply policies from the Defense Center to your sensor.Using the Defense Center Management Concepts Chapter 4 Similarly. you can see a read-only version of the running policies on the sensor’s web interface.9.

The Sample Intrusion Policy that is currently applied to the sensor’s two detection engines was created on the Defense Center (pine. the following graphic shows the Detection Engine page on a 3D Sensor with IPS. If you want to edit a policy. you must do it on the appliance where the policy was created.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 104 . Version 4.example.Using the Defense Center Management Concepts Chapter 4 Then. after communications are set up. For example.9.com). read-only versions of running policies (represented by the dotted lines) are available: The appliance where you originally create a policy is the policy’s “owner” and is identified that way if you view the policy on a different appliance. TIP! After you set up management with a Defense Center. Sourcefire recommends that you use only the Defense Center’s web interface to view events and manage policies for your managed sensors.

see Managing 3Dx800 Sensors on page 107. see Managing RNA Software for Red Hat Linux on page 109 3D Sensor Software with RNA for Crossbeam X-Series . Similarly. and 3D9800 sensors . A software-based sensor is a software-only installation of Sourcefire 3D System sensor software. if you delete an intrusion event from the Defense Center. see Managing 3D Sensor Software with RNA for Crossbeam on page 110 3D Sensor Software with IPS for Crossbeam X-Series . Also note that operations you perform on data on one appliance are not transmitted to other appliances. see Managing 3D Sensor Software with IPS for Crossbeam on page 110 • Version 4. For example. the event remains on the sensor that discovered it.Using the Defense Center Management Concepts Chapter 4 The following user-created data and configurations are retained locally on the sensor and are not shared with the Defense Center: • • • • • • • • • • • user accounts user preferences bookmarks saved searches custom workflows report profiles audit events syslog messages reviewed status for intrusion events (IPS only) contents of the clipboard (IPS only) incidents (IPS only) If you create custom fingerprints on the Defense Center. they are automatically shared with managed 3D Sensors with RNA.9.for more information. Understanding Software Sensors Requires: DC Several of the sensors you can manage with a Defense Center are softwarebased sensors. 3D3800. deleting an intrusion event from a sensor does not delete it from the Defense Center. see Managing Intrusion Agents on page 106 3D5800.for more information.for more information.for more information.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 105 . RNA Software for Red Hat Linux . The following Sourcefire 3D System sensors are software-based: • • • • Intrusion Agents for various platforms .for more information.

9.Using the Defense Center Management Concepts Chapter 4 Software-based sensors do not have a user interface on the sensor. In addition. register all Intrusion Agents to the primary Defense Center. Also. The Defense Center cannot apply intrusion policies to the Intrusion Agent. certain aspects of functionality are managed through the operating system or other features on the appliance. Managing Intrusion Agents Requires: DC The Sourcefire Intrusion Agent transmits events generated by open source Snort sensor installations to the Sourcefire Defense Center. IMPORTANT! When using Intrusion Agents registered to Defense Centers configured for high availability and managed by a Master Defense Center. some of the functionality in the Defense Center interface cannot be used with software-based sensors. high availability is not supported on Intrusion Agents. These events can then be viewed along with data from 3D Sensors with IPS so you can easily analyze all the intrusion information gathered on your network.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 106 . Version 4. For some software-based sensors. they can only be managed from a Defense Center. You must tune your Snort rules and options manually on the computer where the Intrusion Agent resides.

However. 3D Sensor 5800. Version 4. because these models do not have a web interface and because configuration and event data cannot be stored on the sensors. Supported Features for Intrusion Agents Supported through Defense Center • Intrusion event collection and management • Licensing • Reports generated on the Defense Center Supported through CLI and .Using the Defense Center Management Concepts Chapter 4 See the Supported Features for Intrusion Agents table for more information. and 3D Sensor 9800 models (usually referred to as the 3Dx800 sensors) provide many of the features found on other 3D Sensors.9.conf files • Process management • Registration of remote manager • Rules tuning Not Supported • Detection engine management • Event storage on sensor • Health policy apply • High availability synchronization • Host Statistics • Interface set management • Intrusion policy apply • Network interface management • Network settings • Performance Statistics • Remote backup and restore • Remote reports • Sensor information management (System Settings) • SEU updates • Software updates • System policy apply • Time settings Managing 3Dx800 Sensors Requires: DC + 3D Sensor Sourcefire 3D Sensor 3800.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 107 .

1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 108 . See the Supported Features for 3Dx800 Sensors table for more information.Using the Defense Center Management Concepts Chapter 4 certain features cannot be used with these sensors. Supported Features for 3Dx800 Sensors Supported through Defense Center All 3Dx800 models: • Detection engine management • Health policy apply • High availability synchronization • Host Statistics • Interface set management • Intrusion policy apply (no OPSEC support) • Intrusion event collection and management • Licensing • Performance Statistics (may be underreported because of multiple detection resources) • Process management • Reports generated on the Defense Center • Sensor information management (System Settings) • SEU updates • Software updates • System policy apply • Time settings 3D3800 and 3D5800 only: • Compliance policy apply • RNA and compliance event collection and management • RNA detection policy apply • VDB updates Supported through CLI • Network interface management • Network settings • Registration of remote manager Not Supported • Custom fingerprinting • Event storage on sensor • Remote backup and restore • Remote reports Version 4.9.

See the Supported Features for RNA Software for Red Hat Linux table for more information.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 109 .Using the Defense Center Management Concepts Chapter 4 Managing RNA Software for Red Hat Linux Requires: DC RNA Software for Red Hat Linux provides many of the features found on 3D Sensors with RNA.9. However. Supported Features for RNA Software for Red Hat Linux Supported through Defense Center • Compliance policy apply • Detection engine management • High availability synchronization • Host Statistics • Interface set management • Licensing • Performance Statistics • Reports generated on the Defense Center • RNA and compliance event collection and management • RNA detection policy apply • Sensor information management (System Settings) • Software updates • VDB updates Supported through CLI • Network interface management • Network settings • Process management • Registration of remote manager • Time settings Not Supported • Custom fingerprinting • Event storage on sensor • Health policy apply • Remote backup and restore • Remote reports • System policy apply Version 4. not all of the features function in the same manner.

However. because the Crossbeam sensors do not have a user interface and because configuration and event data cannot be stored on Version 4. not all of the features function in the same manner. Supported Features for RNA on Crossbeam Supported through Defense Center Supported through Crossbeam X-Series CLI • Backup and restore • Network interface management • Network settings • Process management • Registration of remote manager • Time settings Not Supported • Compliance policy apply • Detection engine management • High availability synchronization • Host Statistics • Interface set management • Licensing • Performance Statistics • Reports generated on the Defense Center • RNA detection policy apply • RNA and compliance event collection and management • Sensor information management (in System Settings) • Software updates • VDB updates • Custom fingerprinting • Event storage on sensor • Health policy apply • Remote backup and restore • Remote reports • System policy apply Managing 3D Sensor Software with IPS for Crossbeam Requires: DC 3D Sensor Software with IPS for Crossbeam provides many of the features found on 3D Sensors with IPS.9. However.Using the Defense Center Management Concepts Chapter 4 Managing 3D Sensor Software with RNA for Crossbeam Requires: DC 3D Sensor Software with RNA for Crossbeam provides many of the features found on 3D Sensors with RNA.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 110 . See the Supported Features for RNA on Crossbeam table for more information.

1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 111 . Running Remote Reports You can create a report profile on the Defense Center and run it remotely using the data on a managed sensor. you can use the Defense Center’s web interface to back up those events from the sensor.Using the Defense Center Management Concepts Chapter 4 the sensors. you can also perform other sensor-related tasks on the Defense Center. Backing Up a Sensor If you are storing event data on your sensor in addition to sending it to the Defense Center. See the Supported Features for IPS on Crossbeam table for more information. Audit events are stored locally Version 4. See Performing Sensor Backup with the Defense Center on page 419 for more information.9. certain features cannot be used with this software. This is particularly useful if you want to generate a report for the audit events on a managed sensor. Supported Features for IPS on Crossbeam Supported through Defense Center Supported through Crossbeam X-Series CLI • Backup and restore • Network interface management • Network settings • Process management • Registration of remote manager • Time settings Not Supported • Detection engine management • High availability synchronization • Host Statistics • Interface set management • Intrusion policy apply • Intrusion event collection and management • Licensing • Performance Statistics • Reports generated on the Defense Center • SEU updates • Sensor information management (in System Settings) • Software updates • Custom fingerprinting • Event storage on sensor • Health policy apply • Remote backup and restore • Remote reports • System policy apply Beyond Policies and Events Requires: DC In addition to applying policies to sensors and receiving events from them.

When you add an appliance.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 112 . This ensures redundant functionality in case one of the Defense Centers fails. Using Redundant Defense Centers Requires: DC You can set up two Defense Centers as a high availability pair. See Working with Event Reports on page 232 for more information. you can use snort when adding either sensor.company.Using the Defense Center Working in NAT Environments Chapter 4 and are not sent to the Defense Center. If you establish that communication in an environment without NAT. the two required pieces of common information during registration are the registration key and the unique NAT ID. and more are shared between the two Defense Centers. including: • Security Enhancement Updates (SEUs). See Configuring High Availability on page 145 or more information. Sourcefire releases updates to the Sourcefire 3D System. because the registration key does not have to Version 4. If you set up the report so that it is automatically emailed to you. user accounts. when you set up the remote office 3D Sensors connections to the home office. Working in NAT Environments Requires: Any Network address translation (NAT) is a method of transmitting and receiving network traffic through a router that involves reassigning the source or destination IP address as the traffic passes through the router. select a managed sensor. Policies.9. you establish connections between appliances and register the appliances with one another. Events are automatically sent to both Defense Centers. If you establish that communication in an environment with NAT. the two required pieces of common information during registration are the registration key and the unique IP address or the fully qualified domain name of the host. Updating Sensors From time to time. you do not even need a user account on the sensor to read the resulting report.com as its host name. Typical applications using NAT enable multiple hosts on a private network to use a single public IP address to access the public network. and run the report. use the Defense Center’s fully qualified domain name maple. which can contain new and updated intrusion rules. For the registration key. In the example diagram. as well as new and updated preprocessors and protocol decoders vulnerability database updates software patches and updates • • You can use the Defense Center to push an update to the sensors it manages and then automatically install the update. but you can design a report on the Defense Center.

You can create the following policies on your Defense Center and apply them to managed sensors: • • • health policies system policies RUA policies Version 4. you must use a unique NAT ID when adding the New York 3D Sensor to the Defense Center. it generates events and sends them to the Defense Center using the same channel.Using the Defense Center Working with Sensors Chapter 4 be unique. Working with Sensors Requires: DC + 3D Sensor When you manage a sensor. The Defense Center uses this channel to send information (in the form of policies) to the sensor about how you want to analyze your network traffic.9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 113 . and then use a different unique NAT ID when adding the Miami 3D Sensor. SSL-encrypted communication channel between the Defense Center and the sensor. Each NAT ID has to be unique among all NAT IDs used to register sensors on the Defense Center. However. As the sensor evaluates the traffic. you set up a two-way.

See Managing a 3Dx800 Sensor on page 125 for more information. Confirm that you are receiving the events generated by your sensors. with procedures that you need to perform on each side of the communications channel. Refer to the configuration guides for those products for more information. This is a two-step process. Begin by setting up a communications channel between the two appliances. • • • 3. 1. RNA Software for Red Hat Linux.9. Note that the system policy applied to the Defense Center controls the types of RNA events that are logged to the database. which controls the networks that 3D Sensors with RNA monitor. See Managing System Policies on page 320 for more information. which control certain appliance-level features on your sensors. You can also create and apply system policies.) 2. Many sensor management tasks are performed on the Sensors page and are described in Understanding the Sensors Page on page 115. RNA detection engines require an RNA detection policy. and the Intrusion Agents are slightly different.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 114 . Version 4.Using the Defense Center Working with Sensors Chapter 4 • • RNA detection policies intrusion policies There are several steps to managing a sensor with a Defense Center: The procedure for managing a 3Dx800 sensor differs from the procedure for managing other sensors. (Deleting Sensors on page 121 explains how to remove a sensor from the Defense Center. TIP! The process for setting up communications between the Defense Center and other products such as the Crossbeam-based software sensors. See Adding Sensors to the Defense Center on page 117 for more information. Create the appropriate policies on the Defense Center and apply them to the sensor or to the appropriate detection engines on the sensor. See What is an RNA Detection Policy? in the Analyst Guide for more information. See Configuring Health Policies on page 489 for more information. See Using Intrusion Policies in the Analyst Guide for more information. You can create and apply health policies that allow you to monitor the processes and status of your sensors. • IPS detection engines require an intrusion policy that determines which types of attacks 3D Sensor with IPS detect. See Viewing Intrusion Event Statistics in the Analyst Guide and Viewing RNA Event Statistics in the Analyst Guide for more information.

you can see which sensors are paired and if you configured the sensor as a master or a slave.Using the Defense Center Working with Sensors Chapter 4 Understanding the Sensors Page Requires: DC + 3D Sensor The Sensors page (Operations > Sensors) provides you with a range of information and options that you can use to manage your sensors (including software-based sensors). See Editing Health Policies on page 530 for information about modifying an existing health policy. sensor type. When you hover over the peer icon. Health Policy The next column lists the health policy for the sensor. and software version for each sensor. sensor model. the field for a Virtual Sensor count appears above the sensor list on the Sensors page. Version 4. they are designated in the sensor list by a peer icon. see Managing Sensor Groups on page 131) Model (that is. see the Virtual Defense Center and 3D Sensor Installation Guide. The following sections describe some of the features on the Sensors page. Sort-by Drop-Down List Use this drop-down list to sort the Sensors page according to your needs.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 115 . and sensor groups. intrusion agents. For details about Virtual 3D Sensors. If you use clustered 3D9900 sensors. sensor group. You can click the folder icon next to the name of the category to expand and contract the list of sensors.9. You can sort by: • • Group (that is. the sensor model) Sensor List The first column lists the hostname. if one has been applied. Virtual Sensor Count When you manage Virtual 3D Sensors from the Defense Center. You can click the name of the health policy to view a read-only version of the policy.

The icon and the name of the policy in the bottom row indicate that the version applied to the sensor is up to date. The system settings include the storage settings for the sensor. See Managing System Policies on page 320 for more information. that indicates the policy was modified after it was applied to the sensor. it sends a two-byte heartbeat packet to establish contact and ensure that the communications channel is still running. If you hover your cursor over the icon. the time. Edit and Delete Icons Click the Edit icon next to a sensor if you want to change the sensor’s current system settings. Version 4. The policy name and the icon for the system policy in the top row highlight a special feature of the Sensors page.Using the Defense Center Working with Sensors Chapter 4 System Policy The next column lists the currently applied system policy. a pop-up window indicates the amount of time (in hours. If the Defense Center has not received a communication from a sensor within the last two minutes. Note that this is the case for any policy that you create and apply from the Defense Center. The green check mark icon indicates that the sensor and the Defense Center are communicating properly. you can click the name of the system policy to view a read-only version. you can click the Edit icon next to the name of a sensor group to modify the list of sensors that belong to the group. The red exclamation point icon indicates that the Defense Center has not received communications from the sensor in the last three minutes. Status Icons The status icons indicate the state of a sensor. See Editing a Managed Sensor’s System Settings on page 133 for more information. the remote management configuration.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 116 . See Editing Sensor Groups on page 132 for more information. you can contact technical support to change the default time interval. If a policy has a different icon and its name is in italics.9. As with the health policy. If your network is constrained in bandwidth. and access to the processes for stopping and restarting the sensor or its software. If you sort your Sensors page by sensor group. minutes. and seconds) since the last contact.

1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 117 . You can also add Intrusion Agents to the Defense Center. IMPORTANT! If you registered a Defense Center and 3D Sensor using IPv4 and want to convert them to IPv6. See Deleting Sensors on page 121 for more information. Version 4. SSL-encrypted communication channel between the Defense Center and the sensor. which control how protocol decoders and preprocessors are configured and which intrusion rules are enabled health policies. which control appliance-level configurations such as database limits. Adding Sensors to the Defense Center Requires: DC + 3D Sensor When you manage a sensor. which control RNA data-gathering behavior and determine which networks are monitored which detection engines intrusion policies. you can click the Delete icon next to the name of a sensor group to remove the sensor group from the Defense Center. DNS cache settings. it generates events and sends them to the Defense Center using the same channel. and custom login banners RNA detection policies. For more information. you must make sure that the network settings are configured correctly on the sensor. you must delete and re-register the sensor. which monitor the health of your managed sensors Note that before you add sensors to a Defense Center.Using the Defense Center Working with Sensors Chapter 4 Click the Delete icon next to a sensor if you no longer want to manage the sensor with the Defense Center. see Adding Intrusion Agents on page 130 and the Sourcefire Intrusion Agent Configuration Guide. As the sensor evaluates the traffic. you set up a two-way.9. You can create the following policies on your Defense Center and apply them to managed sensors: • • • • system policies. If you sort your Sensors page by sensor group. The Defense Center uses this channel to send information about how you want to analyze your network traffic (in the form of policies) to the sensor. but you can refer to Configuring Network Settings on page 377 for details. This is usually completed as part of the installation process. See Deleting Sensor Groups on page 133 for more information.

Management Host and Registration Key used on both appliances Registration Key and Unique NAT ID used on the 3D Sensor with Host. Valid combinations include: • • • IMPORTANT! The Management Host or Host field (hostname or IP address) must be used on at least one of the appliances. Registration Key.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 118 . 2. Three fields are provided for setting up communications between appliances: • • • Management Host .for a unique alphanumeric ID. You must begin the procedure for setting up the management relationship between a Defense Center and a sensor on the sensor. Select Operations > System Settings. and Unique NAT ID used on the 3D Sensor with Registration Key and Unique NAT ID used on the Defense Center. The Information page appears.for the hostname or IP address.9. you need: • the sensor’s IP address or hostname (in the connection context “hostname” is the fully qualified domain name or the name that resolves through the local DNS to a valid IP address) the Defense Center’s IP address or hostname to decide if you want to store the events generated by the sensor only on the Defense Center. Refer to Working in NAT Environments on page 112 for more information. To add a sensor to a Defense Center: Access: Admin 1. Management Host. Version 4. Registration Key.for registration key. Registration Key . Log into the web interface of the sensor you want to add.Using the Defense Center Working with Sensors Chapter 4 To add a sensor. and Unique NAT ID used on the Defense Center. or on both the Defense Center and the sensor • • TIP! Set up the managed appliance first. Unique NAT ID .

Using the Defense Center Working with Sensors Chapter 4 3. type the one-time use registration key that you want to use to set up a communications channel between the sensor and the Defense Center.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 119 . The Add Remote Management page appears. TIP! You can leave the Management Host field empty if the management host does not have a routable address. Optionally. type the IP address or the host name of the Defense Center that you want to use to manage the sensor. In that case. 7. the Pending Registration status appears. 6. use both the Registration Key and the Unique NAT ID fields. Version 4. Click Save. WARNING! Make sure you use hostnames rather than IP addresses if your network uses DHCP to assign IP addresses. The Remote Management page appears. type a unique alphanumeric ID that you want to use to identify the sensor. In the Registration Key field. 5. After the sensor confirms communication with the Defense Center. Click Remote Management. 8. in the Unique NAT ID field. 4. Click Add Manager.9. In the Management Host field.

10. You can store data on both the Defense Center and the sensor by clearing the Store Events and Packets Only on the Defense Center check box. For more information on supported functionality for software-based sensors. enter the same ID in the Unique NAT ID (optional) field.Using the Defense Center Working with Sensors Chapter 4 9. data is stored only on the Defense Center and not on the sensor. IMPORTANT! Software-based sensors such as the 3D Sensor Software for Crossbeam cannot store data locally. enter the same registration key that you used in step 6. Version 4. packet data is not retained. 14. IMPORTANT! If you elect to prohibit sending packets and you do not store events on the 3D Sensor. 12. 11. WARNING! Make sure you use hostnames rather than IP addresses if your network uses DHCP to assign IP addresses. 15. You must store events on the Defense Center. The Add New Sensor page appears. Type the IP address or the hostname of the sensor you want to add in the Host field. Packet data is often important for forensic analysis.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 120 . If you used a NAT ID in step 7. You can prevent packet data from leaving a sensor by enabling the Prohibit Packet Transfer to the Defense Center check box. Click New Sensor. 13. and select Operations > Sensors. Log into the Defense Center’s web interface using a user account with Admin access. see Understanding Software Sensors on page 105. In the Registration Key field.9. The Sensors page appears. By default.

Contact technical support for more information. Click Delete next to the sensor you want to delete. 2. it may take more than one synchronization cycle to add the sensor to both Defense Centers.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 121 . 17. see Managing Sensor Groups on page 131. This interval ensures that the high availability pair re-synchronizes so that both Defense Centers recognize the deletion. To add the sensor to a group. For more information about groups. you may need to use the Add Manager feature a second time to add the secondary Defense Center.9. Click Add. To keep the sensor from trying to reconnect to the Defense Center. if the sensor is down or the network interface card is damaged). Communication between the sensor and the Defense Center is discontinued and the sensor is deleted from the Sensors page.Using the Defense Center Working with Sensors Chapter 4 16. IMPORTANT! If you delete a sensor from a Defense Center configured in a high availability pair and intend to re-add it. If you do not wait five minutes. Log into the Defense Center web interface and select Operations > Sensors. Deleting a sensor severs all communication between the Defense Center and the sensor. Version 4. To manage the sensor again at a later date. you must re-add it to the Defense Center. you can delete it from the Defense Center. It can take up to two minutes for the Defense Center to verify the sensor’s heartbeat and establish communication. you should delete the managed sensor from the Defense Center and then re-add it rather than try to delete the non-communicative detection engine. select the group from the Add to Group list. you should also delete the manager on the sensor. Sourcefire recommends that you wait at least five minutes before re-adding it. The Sensors page appears. The sensor is added to the Defense Center. IMPORTANT! In some high availability deployments where network address translation is used. To delete a sensor from the Defense Center: Access: Admin 1. You can view the sensor’s status on the Sensors page (Operations > Sensors). Deleting Sensors Requires: DC + 3D Sensor If you no longer want to manage a sensor. TIP! If you can no longer communicate with a detection engine on a managed sensor (for example.

Select Operations > System Settings. see Managing Communication on a Managed Sensor on page 138. see Resetting Communications on the 3Dx800 on page 128. The manager is removed. 5. Select Operations > Sensors.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 122 . log into the web interface of the sensor you want to delete.Using the Defense Center Working with Sensors Chapter 4 3. Version 4. For more information. Log into the web interface of the Defense Center where you want to reset communications. The procedures for resetting management on the 3Dx800 sensors and on Crossbeam-based software sensors differ from the procedure for other sensors. If the sensor has a system policy that causes it to receive time from the Defense Center via NTP the sensor reverts to local . time management. Using a user account with Admin access. Click Remote Management. you can disable the manager on the sensor. The Remote Management page appears. For more information on resetting management on a 3Dx800 sensor. you can reset management of the sensor. You can then re-add the manager on the sensor and then add the sensor to a Defense Center. The Information page appears. To reset management: Access: Admin 1. 4. 2. TIP! To temporarily disable communications between appliances without having to reset management. The Sensors page appears.9. you must also reset management before adding the sensor to another Defense Center. 6. You must first delete the manager on the sensor and delete the sensor on the Defense Center. Resetting Management of a Sensor Requires: DC + 3D Sensor If communications fail between the Defense Center and one of your sensors. Click Delete next to the Defense Center where you want to reset management. see the Sourcefire 3D Sensor Software for X-Series Installation Guide. If you want to manage a sensor with a different Defense Center. For more information on resetting management on a Crossbeam-based software sensor.

To re-add the sensor to the Defense Center: Access: Admin 1. Log into the web interface of the sensor where you want to reset communications and click Add Manager. The Information page appears. Communication between the sensor and the Defense Center is discontinued and the sensor is deleted from the Sensors page.com. you can delete the management on the sensor. use both the Registration Key and the Unique NAT ID fields.example. Log into the web interface of the sensor where you want to reset communications. 3. The Add Remote Management page appears. WARNING! Make sure you use hostnames rather than IP addresses if your network uses DHCP to assign IP addresses. maple. 4. In the Management Host field. Click Remote Management. type the one-time use registration key that you want to use to set up a communications channel between the sensor and the Defense Center. In that case. In the Registration Key field. Click Delete next to the Defense Center where you want to reset management. You must delete the appliance from its manager. To delete management on the sensor: Access: Admin 1. If you attempt to delete management on the sensor while it is communicating with the Defense Center you will receive an error similar to: Delete failed. Select Operations > System Settings. Click Delete next to the sensor you want to delete. The Remote Management page appears. If your sensor is no longer communicating with the Defense Center. 2.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 123 . Version 4. type the IP address or the host name of the Defense Center that you want to use to manage the sensor.9. 2. You can leave the Management Host field empty if the management host does not have a routable address.Using the Defense Center Working with Sensors Chapter 4 3. 3. The manager is removed.

The Sensors page appears. After the sensor confirms communication with the Defense Center. Type the IP address or the hostname of the sensor you want to add in the Host field. Version 4. 5. 11. 10. 7. By default. If you elect to prohibit sending packets and you do not store events on the 3D Sensor. in the Unique NAT ID field. WARNING! Make sure you use hostnames rather than IP addresses if your network uses DHCP to assign IP addresses. 8. 12. type a unique ID that you want to use to identify the sensor. Click Save. You can prevent packet data from leaving a sensor by checking the Prohibit Packet Transfer to the Defense Center check box. In the Registration Key field. 9. type the same one-time use registration key that you used in step 3. If you used a unique NAT ID in step 4. Click New Sensor. Packet data is often important for forensic analysis. Optionally. Log into the Defense Center’s web interface using a user account with Admin access.Using the Defense Center Working with Sensors Chapter 4 4. The Add New Sensor page appears.9. packet data is not retained. and select Operations > Sensors.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 124 . data is stored only on the Defense Center and not on the sensor. 6. type the same value in the Unique NAT ID field. You can store data on both the Defense Center and the sensor by clearing the Store Events and Packets Only on the Defense Center check box. the Pending Registration status appears.

see Managing Sensor Groups on page 131. sensor. Log into the 3D Sensor using the admin account. and 3D Sensor 9800 (usually called the 3Dx800 sensors) do not have their own web interfaces. you must add them to a Defense Center as managed sensors so that you can perform procedures such as: • • • • creating and applying intrusion and RNA detection policies viewing events generating reports uploading and installing software updates The following sections explain how to manage 3Dx800 sensors with a Defense Center: • • • Managing 3Dx800 Sensors with a Defense Center on page 125 Deleting a 3Dx800 Sensor from the Defense Center on page 127 Resetting Communications on the 3Dx800 on page 128 Managing 3Dx800 Sensors with a Defense Center Requires: DC + 3D Sensor Setting up communications between a 3Dx800 sensor and a Defense Center is a two-step process that involves setting up the sensor and then adding the sensor to the Defense Center. The sensor is added to the Defense Center.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 125 . You can view the sensor’s status on the Sensors page (Operations > Sensors). To add the sensor to a group. To manage a 3Dx800 sensor with a Defense Center: Access: Admin 1.domain [admin] Version 4. Contact technical support for more information. In some high availability deployments where network address translation is used. Click Add. 3D Sensor 5800. select the group from the Add to Group list. you may need to use the Add Manager feature a second time to add the secondary Defense Center.Using the Defense Center Working with Sensors Chapter 4 13. Managing a 3Dx800 Sensor Requires: DC + 3D Sensor Because the Sourcefire 3D Sensor 3800. It can take up to two minutes for the Defense Center to verify the sensor’s heartbeat and establish communication. 14. The CLI prompt appears. This procedure assumes that you have completed the setup steps described in the sensor’s Installation Guide.9. For more information about groups.

6. enter the following command: [admin:sensor] set management enable ip_address reg_key where ip_address is the IP address of the Defense Center and reg_key is a unique single-use alphanumeric registration key. Use the following command to exit the CLI and return to the login prompt: [admin:sensor] exit 7. Version 4. • If you are deploying your sensor in a network that does use network address translation. reg_key is a unique single-use alphanumeric registration key. See Resetting Communications on the 3Dx800 on page 128 for information about deleting the sensor from the other Defense Center and preparing it for new management. enter the following command: [admin:sensor] set management enable NONE reg_key nat_id where NONE is a placeholder for the unresolvable IP address of the Defense Center. 4. the sensor may be managed by another Defense Center. and nat_id is a unique alphanumeric string.Using the Defense Center Working with Sensors Chapter 4 2. log into the web interface of the Defense Center where you want to add the sensor. The Sensors page appears. The NAT ID together with the registration key must uniquely identify the communications channel between the sensor and the Defense Center. 8. a message appears indicating that remote management is enabled. 5.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 126 . Use the following command to determine whether remote management is already enabled: [admin:sensor] show management If management is already enabled. If you changed the management port on the Defense Center. Using a user account with Admin access.9. In either case. Enter the following at the CLI prompt: [admin] configure sensor 3. The IP address and registration key pair must uniquely identify the communications channel between the sensor and the Defense Center. you must change it on the 3Dx800 also: [admin:sensor] set management port port_number where port_number is the same port number you used on the Defense Center. Use one of the following commands to enable management on the 3D Sensor: • If you are deploying your sensor in a network that does not use network address translation. Select Operations > Sensors.

11. packet data. In the Host field. 13. If you prohibit sending packets to the Defense Center. You can prevent packet data from leaving a sensor by checking the Prohibit Packet Transfer to the Defense Center check box. The 3Dx800 is added to the Defense Center. IMPORTANT! Because 3Dx800 sensors do not have any local storage for events.Using the Defense Center Working with Sensors Chapter 4 9. which is often important for forensic analysis.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 127 . see Managing Sensor Groups on page 131. To add the sensor to a group. For more information about groups. is not retained anywhere. Click New Sensor. type the same one-time use registration key that you used on the sensor. If you used a NAT ID in step 4. 14. 12. It can take up to two minutes for the Defense Center to verify the sensor’s heartbeat and establish communication. to manage it with a different Defense Center). type the IP address or the hostname of the sensor you want to add. In the Registration Key field. Version 4. The Add New Sensor page appears. 15. type the same value in the Unique NAT ID field. 10. Deleting a 3Dx800 Sensor from the Defense Center Requires: DC + 3D Sensor If you want to delete a 3Dx800 sensor from a Defense Center (for example. select the name of the group from the Add to Group list. Click Add.9. you must complete a two-step process to disable remote management and then delete it from the Defense Center. make sure the Store Events and Packets Only on the Defense Center check box is selected.

For more information. On the sensor. Resetting Communications on the 3Dx800 Requires: DC + 3D Sensor If communication fails between a 3Dx800 sensor and the Defense Center that manages it.domain [admin] 5. 7. 6. you can manually reset communications on the sensor.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 128 . 3. On the sensor. The CLI prompt appears. The sensor is deleted. access the command prompt and use the admin account to log in. Enter the following at the CLI prompt: [admin] configure sensor 2.Using the Defense Center Working with Sensors Chapter 4 To delete a 3Dx800 sensor from a Defense Center: Access: Admin 1. The Sensors page appears. The Sensors page appears. sensor. access the command prompt and use the admin account to log in. Click Delete next to the sensor you want to delete. Select Operations > Sensors. Log into the web interface of the Defense Center where you want to delete the sensor. The CLI prompt appears. Resetting Communications on the 3Dx800. Version 4. 4. sensor. 4. To reset communications between the sensor and the Defense Center: Access: Admin 1. you must re-enable remote management and then add the sensor to the Defense Center. Select Operations > Sensors.9.domain [admin] 2. The sensor is deleted. Click Delete next to the sensor that is no longer communicating with the Defense Center. Enter the following command to disable remote management: [admin:sensor] set management disable A message appears indicating that remote management is disabled. 3. Log into the web interface of the Defense Center that manages the sensor. see the next section. Enter the following command to exit the CLI and return to the login prompt: [admin:sensor] exit To add the sensor to either the same or a different Defense Center.

Communications are restarted and the sensor is re-added to the Defense Center. remote management is enabled again.Using the Defense Center Working with Sensors Chapter 4 5. type the IP address or hostname of the sensor and make sure the Store Events and Packets Only on the Defense Center check box is selected. re-add the sensor by clicking New Sensor. Enter the following command to exit the CLI and return to the login prompt: [admin:sensor] exit 9. enter the following command: [admin:sensor] set management enable ip_address reg_key where ip_address is the IP address of the Defense Center and reg_key is a unique single-use alphanumeric registration key.9. The NAT ID together with the registration key must uniquely identify the communications channel between the sensor and the Defense Center. and nat_id is a unique alphanumeric string. 7. reg_key is a unique single-use alphanumeric registration key.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 129 . Enter the following command to disable remote management: [admin:sensor] set management disable Remote management is disabled. In either case. 10. • If your sensor is in a network that does not use network address translation. enter the following command: [admin:sensor] set management enable NONE reg_key nat_id where NONE is a placeholder for the unresolvable IP address of the Defense Center. The Sensors page appears. 8. Enter the following at the CLI prompt: [admin] configure sensor 6. On the Defense Center’s Sensors page. Use one of the following commands to enable remote management. Version 4. Click Add. The IP address and registration key pair must uniquely identify the communications channel between the sensor and the Defense Center. 11. • If your sensor is in a network that does use network address translation. In the Host field.

The Managed Sensors page appears. It will appear on the event summary. and reports. This is the name that the Defense Center uses to identify the Intrusion Agent. Click New Agent. Version 4. The Agent Administration page appears. type the Intrusion Agent’s host name (if DNS resolution is enabled on the Defense Center) or IP address. type an identifying name for the agent. see the Sourcefire Intrusion Agent Configuration Guide. Access the Defense Center web interface and select Operations > Sensors. IMPORTANT! When using Intrusion Agents registered to Defense Centers configured for high availability and managed by a Master Defense Center. In the Hostname or IP Address field. displaying a link that allows you to download authentication credentials. you should the IP address that the Defense Center will “see” when the Intrusion Agent attempts to communicate with it. During configuration.Intrusion Agent Page on page 130. WARNING! If your Intrusion Agent sensor resides behind a NAT device. Sensor Attributes .Intrusion Agent Page Requires: DC + Intrusion Agent The Sensor Attributes page for Intrusion Agents allows you to view basic information about the Intrusion Agent and allows you to download authentication credentials. For information on the requirements for the intrusion agent side of the connection. To add an Intrusion Agent: Access: Admin 1. In the Name Of Agent field. Click Add Agent. 4. you copy this file to the Intrusion Agent appliance to allow the Intrusion Agent to authenticate with the Defense Center. 2.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 130 . 5. that is. event view pages. The Intrusion Agent is added and the page reloads. 6. register all Intrusion Agents to the primary Defense Center. To download authentication credentials.9. Click Download Auth Credentials and save them for later use on the Intrusion Agent. 3. see Sensor Attributes .Using the Defense Center Working with Sensors Chapter 4 Adding Intrusion Agents Requires: DC + Intrusion Agent The Add Agent page allows you to add an Intrusion Agent. enter the IP address granted by the NAT device.

and update multiple sensors with new software updates at the same time. For more information about copying the credentials. On the Defense Center. For information about Defense Center groups. 3. see Managing Appliance Groups on page 179. Click Edit next to the Intrusion Agent. Access the Defense Center web interface and select Operations > Sensors. see the Sourcefire Intrusion Agent Configuration Guide. The Sensors page appears. Managing Sensor Groups Requires: DC + 3D Sensor The Defense Center allows you to group sensors so that you can easily apply policies and install updates on multiple sensors. Version 4.Using the Defense Center Managing Sensor Groups Chapter 4 Authentication credentials are unique to each Intrusion Agent appliance and Defense Center and cannot be copied from one appliance to another. Editing Sensor Groups on page 132 explains how to modify the list of sensors in a sensor group. Deleting Sensor Groups on page 133 explains how to delete a sensor group. 2. To create a sensor group and add sensors to it: Access: Admin 1. select Operations > Sensors. Creating Sensor Groups Requires: DC + 3D Sensor Grouping managed sensors allows you to configure multiple sensors with a single system or health policy.9. See the following sections for more information: • • • Creating Sensor Groups on page 131 explains how to create a sensor group on the Defense Center. To download authentication credentials from the Sensor Attributes page: Access: Admin 1. The Managed Sensors page appears. You are prompted to download the credentials to your local computer.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 131 . Click Download Credential File. The System Settings page for the Intrusion Agent appears.

6. return to the Sensors page (Operations > Sensors) and click Edit next to the name of the sensor group. The Sensor Group Edit page appears. 4. In the Group Name field. you must apply a new policy to the sensor or sensor group. The Sensors page appears.9. The sensors are added to the group.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 132 . The Create Sensor Group page appears. See Applying an Intrusion Policy in the Analyst Guide for details. Click Save. To add sensors to the group. select Operations > Sensors. type the name of the group you want to create. Version 4. 7. 3. Moving a sensor to a new group does not change its policy to the policy previously applied to the group. The group is added. To edit a sensor group: Access: Admin 1.Using the Defense Center Managing Sensor Groups Chapter 4 2. Editing Sensor Groups Requires: DC + 3D Sensor You can change the set of sensors that reside in any sensor group. Click Create New Sensor Group. 5. Click Save. TIP! You must remove a sensor from its current group before you can add it to a new group. To change the sensor’s policy. Select the IP addresses or hostnames of the sensors you want to add from the Available Sensors list and click the arrow to move them into sensor group. On the Defense Center.

The Sensors page appears. 3. When you Version 4. They are not deleted from the Defense Center. Deleting Sensor Groups Requires: DC + 3D Sensor If you delete a group that contains sensors. select it from the list in the group you are editing and click the arrow pointing to the Available Sensors list. Click Edit next to the sensor group you want to edit.Using the Defense Center Editing a Managed Sensor’s System Settings Chapter 4 2.9. Select the sensor you want to move and click the arrow to add or remove it from the group. To delete a sensor group: Access: Admin 1. The Sensor Group Edit page appears. Select Operations > Sensors. select it from the Available Sensors list and click the arrow pointing toward the group you are editing. Click Done. Editing a Managed Sensor’s System Settings Requires: DC or 3D Sensor Each sensor has a number of system settings. To remove a sensor from a group. • • To add a sensor to the group. 2. On an unmanaged sensor you can use the sensor’s web interface to modify the settings as needed.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 133 . the sensors are moved to Ungrouped on the Sensors page. 4. Click Delete next to the group you want to delete.

From the System Settings page.Using the Defense Center Editing a Managed Sensor’s System Settings Chapter 4 manage one or more sensors with a Defense Center. The Sensors page appears. see Stopping and Restarting a Managed Sensor on page 137.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 134 . 3. • reboot or restart the processes on the managed sensor. For more information. To edit the system settings for a managed sensor: Access: Admin 1. You must perform those tasks on the sensor’s web interface (generally before you begin to manage the sensor with the Defense Center). you can: • • view detailed information about the sensor. see Editing Network Interface Configurations on page 380. WARNING! Do not modify the settings for the management interface unless you have physical access to the appliance. For more information. For more information. select Operations > Sensors. Click Edit next to the name of the sensor where you want to edit the system settings. IMPORTANT! You cannot edit the network settings or add a license file to a sensor through the Defense Center’s web interface. It is possible to select a setting that makes it difficult to access the web interface. modify the default settings for each network interface on the managed sensor.9. See Configuring System Settings on page 360 for more information about system settings. see Viewing a Sensor’s Information Page on page 135. The Appliance page appears and includes a list of links on the left side of the page that you can use to navigate between pages. On the Defense Center. 2. Version 4. you can modify their system settings through the Defense Center’s web interface.

Using the Defense Center Editing a Managed Sensor’s System Settings Chapter 4 • manage communications between the sensor and the Defense Center. see Blacklisting a Health Policy Module on page 537. • • Viewing a Sensor’s Information Page Requires: DC or 3D Sensor The Information page for a managed sensor includes the fields described in the Sensor Information table. see Managing Communication on a Managed Sensor on page 138. blacklist individual health policy modules on the managed sensor.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 135 . Note that is the name of the sensor in the Defense Center web interface. Clear this check box to store event data on both appliances. Sensor Information Field Name Description The assigned name for the managed sensor. For more information. manage time settings on the managed sensor. the fields are slightly different. see Setting the Time on a Managed Sensor on page 139.9. The operating system currently running on the managed sensor. but not the managed sensor. Enable this check box to prevent the managed sensor from sending packet data with the events. The IPv4 address of the managed sensor. See Editing Settings for a Managed Defense Center on page 175. The model name for the managed sensor. The version of the operating system currently running on the managed sensor. For more information. Enable this check box to store event data on the Defense Center. Clear this check box to allow packet data to be stored on the DC with events. When you view the Information page for a managed Defense Center from the Master Defense Center’s web interface. The version level of the vulnerability database currently loaded on the managed sensor. not the hostname. For more information. The version of the software currently installed on the managed sensor. Product Model Software Version Store Events Only on Defense Center Prohibit Packet Transfer to the Defense Center Operating System Operating System Version VDB Version IPv4 Address Version 4.

minutes. The appliance-level policies currently applied to the managed sensor. Status An icon showing the current status of the managed sensor. Model Number Current Group The model number for the sensor.Using the Defense Center Editing a Managed Sensor’s System Settings Chapter 4 Sensor Information (Continued) Field IPv6 Address Current Policies Description The IPv6 address of the managed sensor. Select Operations > Sensors. and seconds) since the sensor communicated with the Defense Center. To edit a managed sensor’s settings: Access: Admin 1.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 136 . the name of the policy appears in italics. • The name of the current system policy is listed under System. If a policy has been updated since it was last applied. Version 4.9. If you hover your cursor over the icon. The Sensors page appears. You can click Refresh to update the Status icon and its accompanying pop-up message. See Creating Sensor Groups on page 131 for more information. a pop-up message indicates how long it has been (in hours. if you applied one from the Defense Center that manages the sensor. This number can be important for troubleshooting. • The name of the current health policy is listed under Health. if any. The sensor group that the sensor belongs to.

Using the Defense Center Editing a Managed Sensor’s System Settings Chapter 4 2. and Intrusion Agents. You can edit the following: • • • the sensor’s hostname where events generated by the sensor are stored the group in which the sensor resides WARNING! Sensor host names must be made up of a combination of alphanumeric characters and should not be made up of numeric characters only. Change the sensor’s attributes as needed. See the Sensor Information table on page 135 for a description of each field. Click Save. The updated sensor attributes are saved. RNA Software for Red Hat Linux. Version 4. The Information page for that sensor appears. you can reboot or restart the processes on a managed sensor using the Defense Center’s web interface. Stopping and Restarting a Managed Sensor Requires: DC For 3D Sensors.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 137 . 3. Click Edit next to the name of the sensor whose system settings you want to edit.9. 4. You must use the command line interface (CLI) to manage processes on Crossbeam-based software sensors.

If you want to restart the Snort and RNA processes. 3. Managing Communication on a Managed Sensor Requires: DC + 3D Sensor For most 3D Sensors. The Information page for that sensor appears.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 138 . click Run Command next to Restart Appliance Console. Click Edit next to the name of the sensor that you want to restart. If you want to restart the software processes on the sensor. Select Operations > Sensors. To shut off power. you must press the power button on the appliance. The Sensors page appears. click Run Command next to Restart Detection Engines. Specify what command you want to perform: • • • • If you want to shut down the sensor. Click Process in the list to the left of the page. click Run Command next to Reboot Appliance. and Intrusion Agents. 2. If you want to reboot the sensor. but does not physically shut off power. RNA Software for Red Hat Linux. You must use the command line interface (CLI) to manage communication on 3Dx800 sensors. click Run Command next to Shutdown Appliance. The Process page appears for your managed sensor. 4. The Sensors page appears.9. WARNING! If you shut down the appliance. Crossbeam-based software sensors. Select Operations > Sensors.Using the Defense Center Editing a Managed Sensor’s System Settings Chapter 4 To shut down or restart a managed sensor: Access: Admin 1. To disable communications between the Defense Center and the sensor: Access: Admin 1. the process shuts down the operating system on the appliance. Version 4. you can manage communications between a managed sensor and the Defense Center managing it using the Defense Center’s web interface.

Click Disable next to the name of the sensor.Using the Defense Center Editing a Managed Sensor’s System Settings Chapter 4 2. then you cannot change the time manually. However. then you can change it as part of the system settings. 3. 4. See the NTP Status table on page 390 for a description of the values you are likely to see for a sensor that is synchronized with an NTP server. To set the time for a managed sensor: Access: Admin 1. which is the recommended setting for a managed sensor and its Defense Center. Select Operations > Sensors. Setting the Time on a Managed Sensor Requires: DC or 3D Sensor If your managed sensor is receiving its time from an NTP server. The Remote Management page appears. if the system policy applied to the managed sensor allows you to set the time manually. Version 4. You must use the command line interface (CLI) to manage time settings on Crossbeam-based software sensors and RNA Software for Red Hat Linux. For 3D Sensors. Click Edit next to the name of the sensor that you want to manage. You cannot manage time settings on Intrusion Agents.9. The Information page for that sensor appears. you can manage time settings on a managed sensor using the Defense Center’s web interface. Click Remote Management in the list to the left of the page. 2.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 139 . click Enable. TIP! To enable communications between the two appliances again. For information about editing the remote management communications from a sensor see Configuring Remote Access to the Defense Center on page 386. The Sensors page appears. The Information page for that sensor appears. Communications between the two appliances are interrupted. Click Edit next to the name of the sensor where you want to set the time.

You connect the master to the network segment you wish to analyze. select the following: • • • • • year month day hour minute 5.Using the Defense Center Managing a Clustered Pair Chapter 4 3.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 140 . After you do the cabling. The time is updated.9. Managing a Clustered Pair Requires: DC + 3D9900 You can increase the amount of traffic inspected on a network segment by connecting two fiber-based 3D9900 sensors in a clustered pair. When you connect the two 3D9900 sensors you determine which is the master. A pop-up window appears. From the Set Time drop-down lists. click the time zone link located next to the date and time. When you establish a clustered pair configuration. 7. after the time zone setting is saved. Click Time in the list to the left of the page. Changing the time zone with this option is equivalent to changing the time zone using the Time Zone Settings option in the user preferences. this time zone option changes the time setting your user account uses on the Defense Center web interface. click Close to close the pop-up window. 6. This setting does not affect the time zone setting on the managed sensor. Version 4. 4. use a Defense Center to establish the clustered pair relationship between the two sensors and manage their joint resources. you combine the 3D9900 sensors resources into a single. shared configuration. Select your time zone and click Save and. If you want to change the time zone. Click Apply. In other words. The Time page appears showing the current time.

The following diagram shows interfaces on the master and slave sensors. see the Cluster Interconnect table. see: • • • Using Detection Engines on Clustered 3D Sensors on page 228 Understanding Interface Sets on Clustered 3D Sensors on page 229 Managing Information from a Clustered 3D Sensor on page 230 The Defense Center manages the clustered pair. For information about the connections between the master and slave 3D9900 sensors. they act like two separate sensors with a single. and local management is blocked on the shared portion of the clustered pair. and data from a clustered pair. Cluster Interconnect Master Interface ethb2 RX ethb2 TX Slave Interface ethb0 TX ethb0 RX Version 4.9.Using the Defense Center Managing a Clustered Pair Chapter 4 After you establish the relationship between the two sensors. interface set. For information on the detection engines.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 141 . shared detection configuration.

see the Sourcefire 3D Sensor Installation Guide. you must edit and reapply your detection policy after you establish clustering.8.Using the Defense Center Managing a Clustered Pair Chapter 4 Cluster Interconnect Master Interface ethb3 RX ethb3 TX Slave Interface ethb1 TX ethb1 RX You connect the master to the network and the slave to the master. you cannot change which sensor is the master or slave unless you break and reestablish the relationship using the Defense Center. you must: • • • decide which unit will be the master have SEU 2. the detection engines and interface set are combined on the two sensors. After you establish the relationship. Connect the master’s ethb2 and ethb3 pair to the slave’s ethb0 and ethb1 pair as shown in the Cluster Interconnect table. After you establish the master/slave relationship. For more information about cabling. see: • • Establishing a Clustered Pair on page 142 Separating a Clustered Pair on page 144 Establishing a Clustered Pair Requires: DC + 3D9900 You can group two fiber-based 3D9900 sensors in a clustered pair to increase throughput.6 or later loaded on your 3D9900 and Defense Center cable the units properly prior to designating the master/slave relationship Connect the master’s ethb0 and ethb1 pair to the network.9. For more information.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 142 . IMPORTANT! You cannot connect the slave’s ethb2 and ethb3 pair when you establish the clustered pairing. Before you begin. IMPORTANT! If you apply an RNA detection policy to the RNA detection engines on two different 3D9900 sensors and then establish clustering with those two sensors. You determine the master/slave designation by the way you cable the pair. Version 4.

To establish 3D9900 clustered pairing: Access: Admin 1.com. Clustering is established and a confirmation message appears. under status. if the other member of your pair is birch.example.Using the Defense Center Managing a Clustered Pair Chapter 4 There is one detection engine and interface set shared over the paired 3D9900 sensors. TIP! If you edit a 3D9900 that is not cabled as the master.example. Select Operations > Sensors on your Defense Center. select the sensor you want to form a cluster with. In the Clustering field. select Clustered with birch. The Click Edit next to the 3D9900 sensor that you cabled for master operation. the following message is displayed. If you attempt to manage the combined detection engines and interface set on the paired 3D9900 sensors. 3. 2. The Sensor page appears. They are managed from the Defense Center. Version 4. The System Settings page appears and there is a Clustering field at the bottom. instead of the 3D9900 sensors. For example. you cannot perform the next series of steps.9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 143 .com.

• On the master. Use the managing Defense Center to establish the cluster’s detection configurations for the interface set and detection engines. Select Break Cluster in the Clustering field. Review the confirmation message and confirm the correct the Master/Slave pairing. 2. 5. you can use the Defense Center to break the cluster. the sensing traffic is interrupted. 5. Click Edit next to the 3D9900 sensor that you designated as the maser sensor when you connected the pair’s cables. To separate a 3D9900 clustered pair: Access: Admin 1. If the system determines that the cabling is correct.9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 144 . The System Settings page appears with the Clustering field at the bottom. For example: 4. 3. Separating a Clustered Pair Requires: DC + 3D9900 If you no longer need to use the two 3D9900 sensors as a clustered pair. The 3D9900 sensors separate and the confirmation message disappears. it removes detection configurations (interface sets. the field reads: Status Clustered and Role Slave • 3D9900 clustering is established. Select Operations > Sensors on your Defense Center.Using the Defense Center Managing a Clustered Pair Chapter 4 4. verify that the Clustering field changes to indicate the correct state. On the slave. After clustering is established. The Sensor page appears. Review the confirmation message. IMPORTANT! While system verifies the cabling configuration. Note the Master/Slave pairing and click OK to confirm the Master/Slave that you want to separate the clustered pair. Version 4. detection engines) from the slave. Click OK to confirm the Master/Slave pairing. where sensor_name is the name of the sensor you designated as the slave in step 3 and Role Master. Click Save. 6. the field reads: Status Clustered sensor_name.

Sourcefire strongly recommends that both Defense Centers in an HA pair be the same model. Restarting Communication between Paired Defense Centers on page 154 explains how to restart communications between linked Defense Centers. Setting Up High Availability on page 150 explains how to specify primary and secondary Defense Centers. Version 4. and compliance events without interruption using the second Defense Center. That is. the high availability feature allows you to designate redundant Defense Centers to manage 3D Sensors.9. Event data streams from managed sensors to both Defense Centers and certain configuration elements are maintained on both Defense Centers. RNA events. See the following sections for more information about setting up high availability.Using the Defense Center Configuring High Availability Chapter 4 Configuring High Availability Requires: DC To ensure the continuity of operations. Guidelines for Implementing High Availability on page 149 outlines some guidelines you must follow if you want to implement high availability. The DC500 model of the Defense Center and the Virtual Defense Center do not support high availability. you can monitor your network for intrusion events. WARNING! Sourcefire recommends that you change configurations only on the primary Defense Center and that you keep your secondary Defense Center as a backup. RUA events. • • • • • • • Using High Availability on page 145 list the items that are and are not duplicated when you implement high availability. Using High Availability Requires: DC The DC1000 and DC3000 models of the Defense Center support high availability configurations. do not attempt to set up high availability between a Defense Center 1000 and a Defense Center 3000.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 145 . Pausing Communication between Paired Defense Centers on page 154 explains how to pause communications between linked Defense Centers. If one Defense Center fails. Disabling High Availability and Unregistering Sensors on page 153 explains how to permanently remove the link between linked Defense Centers. Monitoring the High Availability Status on page 152 explains how to check the status of your linked Defense Centers.

9. Also.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 146 . because both Defense Centers must have an admin account. see Health and System Policies on page 147 feature license operation in a high availability pair. and RUA detection engines intrusion policies and their associated rule states local rules custom intrusion rule classifications variable values and user-defined variables IMPORTANT! If your deployment includes intrusion agents and you are also using a Master Defense Center to manage your linked Defense Centers. • • RNA detection policies RNA custom service detectors Version 4. see Feature Licenses on page 148 details of high availability pair operation. RNA. such as the sensor’s host name. you must make sure that the admin account uses the same password on both Defense Centers. see Understanding High Availability on page 148 Sensor Configurations and User Information Requires: DC Defense Centers in a high availability pair (also called an HA pair) share the following sensor attributes and user information: • user account attributes and authentication configurations WARNING! Before you establish a high availability. • • • • • • • • • • custom dashboards authentication objects for Sourcefire 3D System user accounts custom workflows custom tables sensor attributes. and the group in which the sensor resides intrusion. where events generated by the sensor are stored. make sure you remove duplicate user accounts from one of the Defense Centers.Using the Defense Center Configuring High Availability Chapter 4 For more information on: • • • • sensor attributes and user information shared in a high availability pair. if you have any user accounts with the same name on both Defense Centers. see Sensor Configurations and User Information on page 146 health and system policies shared in a high availability pair. make sure you register all intrusion agents to the primary Defense Center.

9. make sure you remove the associations so responses and remediations will only be generated by the primary Defense Center.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 147 . However. Although system policies are shared by Defense Centers in a high availability pair. For more information. the NTP function does not automatically switch. you should quickly associate your compliance policies with the appropriate responses and remediations on the secondary Defense Center to maintain continuity of operations. you can point to one Defense Center as your first NTP server and the other Defense Center as your second NTP server. For more information. modules.Using the Defense Center Configuring High Availability Chapter 4 • • • • activated custom fingerprints host attributes traffic profiles RNA user feedback. blacklists. If the primary Defense Center fails. Version 4. and networks from the network map. services. the deletion of hosts. Defense Centers do not share the associations between the policies and their responses and remediations. TIP! If you employ an HA paired Defense Center as a NTP server. apply the policy after it synchronizes.You must upload and install any custom remediation modules and configure remediation instances on your secondary Defense Center before remediations are available to associate with compliance policies. see Synchronizing Time on page 354. Allow enough time to ensure that 3D Sensor information about health policies. is synchronized on a newly activated Defense Center. and the deactivation or modification of vulnerabilities compliance policies and their associated rules compliance white lists • • To avoid launching duplicate responses and remediations when compliance policies are violated. you can synchronize time with multiple alternative NTP servers. including notes and host criticality. If you want identical system policies on both Defense Centers. For 3D Sensors. if you created associations between rules or white lists and their responses and remediations on the secondary Defense Center. see Creating Compliance Policies in the Analyst Guide and Configuring Remediations in the Analyst Guide. When you restore your primary Defense Center after a failure. Health and System Policies Requires: DC Health and system policies for Defense Centers and 3D Sensors are shared in high availability pairs. they are not automatically applied.

if the primary Defense Center fails. While NetFlow data and devices are shared. if you want to use NetFlow data to supplement the data gathered by your 3D Sensors with RNA.Using the Defense Center Configuring High Availability Chapter 4 Defense Centers in an HA pair share the following system and health policy information: • • • • • • system policies system policy configurations (what policy is applied where) health policies health monitoring configurations (what policy is applied where) which appliances are blacklisted from health monitoring which appliances have individual health monitoring policies blacklisted Feature Licenses Requires: DC Defense Centers in an HA pair do not share RNA. If one Defense Center does not have a NetFlow license. the two Defense Centers must have enough NetFlow licenses to merge the list of devices on each. but the cycles themselves could be out of sync by as much as five minutes. RUA. you must make sure that your RUA Agents can communicate with the secondary Defense Center. and NetFlow licenses: • • Both Defense Centers must have RNA host licenses if you want to manage 3D Sensors with RNA with the high availability pair. it will not receive data from your NetFlow-enabled devices. For more information. see Configuring an RUA Agent on an Active Directory Server in the Analyst Guide. Understanding High Availability Requires: DC Although Defense Centers in high availability mode are named “primary” and “secondary. you can make policy or other changes to either Defense Center.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 148 . TIP! Both Defense Centers in a high-availability pair must have NetFlow licenses for at least the number of NetFlow-enabled devices you are using. and any change you make to one Defense Center should be applied on the other Defense Center within ten minutes. In an high-availability environment. IMPORTANT! An RUA Agent can only connect to one Defense Center at a time. so changes appear within two five-minute Version 4. both Defense Centers must have RUA licenses if you want to manage 3D Sensors with RUA with the high availability pair. (Each Defense Center has a five-minute synchronization cycle. • While RUA LDAP authentication objects are shared. ” Defense Centers periodically update each other on changes to their configurations.9.

you have not created or modified any policies. TIP! To avoid confusion. during this ten-minute window. For more information. the secondary Defense Center displays a new policy with the name “unknown” until the Defense Centers synchronize. Regardless of their designations as primary and secondary. Both Defense Centers must be running the same software version. The Defense Center software version must be the same or newer than the software version of managed 3D Sensors.9. • You must designate one Defense Center as the primary Defense Center and one as the secondary. Because the sensor has a policy applied to it that the secondary Defense Center does not recognize. • By default.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 149 . if you make conflicting policy or other changes to both Defense Centers within the same window between Defense Centers syncs. both Defense Centers can be configured with policies. if you create a policy on your primary Defense Center and apply it to a sensor that is also managed by your secondary Defense Center. nor created any new rules. start with the secondary Defense Center in its original state. the Defense Centers use port 8305/tcp for communications. Both Defense Centers must be running the same SEU version. nor have you previously managed any sensors with it. managed sensors. regardless of the designations of the Defense Center as primary and secondary. You cannot configure a recurring task schedule on the inactive Defense Center. You can change the port as described in Configuring the Communication Channel on page 383.Using the Defense Center Configuring High Availability Chapter 4 cycles. the last change you make takes precedence. see Guidelines for Implementing High Availability on page 149. You must recreate the recurring task schedule on a newly activated Defense Center when it changes from inactive to active. use the Restore CD to remove changed settings. That is. you must follow these guidelines. policies may appear incorrectly on the other Defense Center. Defense Centers configured as a high availability pair do not need to be on the same trusted management network. For example. nor do they have to be in the same geographic location.) However. and so on before you set up high availability. the sensor could contact the secondary Defense Center before the Defense Centers contact each other. Guidelines for Implementing High Availability Requires: DC To take advantage of high availability. Also. rules. To make sure the secondary Defense Center is in its original state. • • • Version 4. Note that this also deletes event and configuration data from the Defense Center.

The High Availability page appears.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 150 .9. If you use a Master Defense Center to manage a high-availability pair of Defense Centers. To set up high availability for two Defense Centers: Access: Admin 1. see Editing the Management Virtual Network on page 385. TIP! To add an existing high availability pair of Defense Centers to a Master Defense Center. Log into the Defense Center that you want to designate as the secondary Defense Center. Version 4. add the primary Defense Center and the secondary Defense Center is automatically added. see Synchronizing Time on page 354. then set up high availability as detailed in Setting Up High Availability on page 150. For information about editing the remote management communications between the two appliances. That is. WARNING! Sourcefire recommends that you change configurations only on the primary Defense Center and that you use your secondary Defense Center as a backup. Before you configure high availability. but each of the Defense Centers must be able to communicate with the other and with the sensors they share. For information about adding a Defense Center to a Master Defense Center. and vice versa. In addition. use this sequence to establish communications between the three of them: First. the primary Defense Center must be able to contact the secondary Defense Center at the IP address on the secondary Defense Center’s own management interface. • Setting Up High Availability Requires: DC To use high availability.Using the Defense Center Configuring High Availability Chapter 4 • • All RNA software sensors managed by Defense Centers in high availability mode must be the same software version. set up remote management between each Defense Center and the Master Defense Center as detailed in Adding and Deleting Defense Centers on page 164. Select Operations > Configuration > High Availability. For details on setting time. make sure you synchronize time settings between the Defense Centers you want to link. 2. either each Defense Center must be able to contact the sensors it manages or the sensors must be able to contact the Defense Center. The two Defense Centers do not need to be on the same network segment. see Adding a Master Defense Center on page 165. you must designate one Defense Center as the primary and another Defense Center of the same model as the secondary.

WARNING! Make sure you use hostnames rather than IP addresses if your network uses DHCP to assign IP addresses. Optionally. A success message appears. in the Unique NAT ID field. type a unique alphanumeric registration ID that you want to use to identify the primary Defense Center. Type a one-time-use registration key in the Registration Key text box 6. The Primary Defense Center Setup page appears. 5. Click Register. and the Peer Manager page appears. 11. In that case. use both the Registration Key and the Unique NAT ID fields. 8. Type the hostname or IP address of the secondary Defense Center in the Secondary DC Host text box. Select Operations > Configuration > High Availability.9.Using the Defense Center Configuring High Availability Chapter 4 3. 10. Type the hostname or IP address of the primary Defense Center in the Primary DC Host text box. The Secondary Defense Center Setup page appears. Click the secondary Defense Center option. See Working in NAT Environments on page 112 for more information. 7. 4. Version 4. showing the current state of the secondary Defense Center.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 151 . The High Availability page appears. WARNING! Make sure you use hostnames rather than IP addresses if your network uses DHCP to assign IP addresses. You can leave the Primary DC Host field empty if the management host does not have a routable address. Using an account with Admin access. Click the primary Defense Center option. log into the Defense Center that you want to designate as the primary. 9.

You can also monitor the Task Status to see when the process completes. See Monitoring the High Availability Status on page 152. and the Peer Manager page appears. you can use one of them to view status information about the other. Type the same one-time-use registration key in the Registration Key text box you used in step 5. showing the current state of the primary Defense Center.9. 2. The High Availability page appears. type the same registration ID that you used in step 6 in the Unique NAT ID text box. A success message appears. You can view the High Availability page to check the status of the link between the two Defense Centers. Click Register. including: • • • • • IP address product model operating system operation system version time the Defense Centers last synchronized To check high availability status: Access: Admin 1. Monitoring the High Availability Status Requires: DC Once you have identified your primary and secondary Defense Centers.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 152 . Version 4. If you used a unique NAT ID on the secondary Defense Center. 13. Depending upon the number of policies and custom standard text rules they have. 14. it may take up to 10 minutes before all the rules and policies appear on both Defense Centers. Log into one of the Defense Centers that you linked using high availability. Select Operations > Configuration > High Availability.Using the Defense Center Configuring High Availability Chapter 4 12.

5. if you create a new policy on one Defense Center. you can view the following information about the other Defense Center in the high availability pair: • • • • • the IP address the model name the software version the operating system the length of time since the last contact between the two Defense Centers 4. Version 4. click Synchronize. of the HA pair For information about editing the remote management communications between the two appliances. For example. If you do not wait five minutes. Sourcefire recommends that you wait at least five minutes before adding the sensor back. Under High Availability Status. it may take more than one synchronization cycle to add the sensor to both Defense Centers. Click Peer Manager in the toolbar.9. The Peer Manager page appears. However. it is automatically shared with the other Defense Center within 5 minutes. you must first disable the high availability link between them.Using the Defense Center Configuring High Availability Chapter 4 3. see Editing the Management Virtual Network on page 385. IMPORTANT! If you delete a sensor from a Defense Center configured in a high availability pair and intend to re-add it. registered or unregistered. The two Defense Centers automatically synchronize within ten minutes (five minutes for each Defense Center) after any action that affects a shared feature. enabled or disabled. Disabling High Availability and Unregistering Sensors Requires: DC If you want to remove one of the Defense Centers from a high availability pair. You can view the following information: • • • the IP address of the other Defense Center in the HA pair the status.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 153 . This interval ensures that the high availability pair re-synchronizes first. if you want to synchronize the policy immediately. of the communications link the state.

1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 154 . Pausing Communication between Paired Defense Centers Requires: DC If you want to temporarily disable high availability. Version 4. The High Availability page appears. The Peer Manager page appears. high availability is disabled and any managed sensors are deleted from the Defense Centers according to your selection. see Editing the Management Virtual Network on page 385. Click Peer Manager.Using the Defense Center Configuring High Availability Chapter 4 To disable a high availability pair: Access: Admin 1. To control all the managed sensors with the other Defense Center. To disable the communications channel for a high availability pair: Access: Admin 1. select Unregister sensors on this peer. 4. select Unregister sensors on both peers. 2. 3. 2. select Unregister sensors on the other peer. After you answer the prompt Do you really want to Disable High Availability? by selecting OK. Select Operations > Configuration > High Availability. You can enable high availability with a different Defense Center as described in Setting Up High Availability on page 150. Log into one of the Defense Centers in the HA pair. Click Disable HA. Restarting Communication between Paired Defense Centers Requires: DC If you temporarily disabled high availability. Click Disable to disable the communications channel between the two Defense Centers.9. you can disable the communications channel between the Defense Centers. Select one of the following options from the Handle Registered Sensors dropdown list: • • • To control all the managed sensors with the Defense Center where you are accessing this page. you can enable the communications channel between the Defense Centers to restart high availability. To stop managing the sensors altogether. For information about editing the remote management communications between the two appliances.

2.Using the Defense Center Configuring High Availability Chapter 4 To enable the communications channel for a high availability pair: Access: Admin 1. see Editing the Management Virtual Network on page 385. Click Peer Manager. The Peer Manager page appears. For information about editing the remote management communications between the two appliances.9. Click Enable to disable the communications channel between the two Defense Centers. Version 4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 155 .

Using the Master Defense Center Chapter 5 Administrator Guide The Sourcefire Master Defense Center is a key component in the Sourcefire 3D System.9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 156 . compliance events. You can use the Master Defense Center to aggregate and analyze intrusion events. Version 4. and white list events from up to ten Defense Centers within your Sourcefire 3D System deployment.

the Sourcefire 3D System checks the SEU on the managing Defense Center. See the following sections for more information: • • • Aggregating Intrusion Events on page 158 Aggregating Compliance Events on page 158 Limitations on Event Aggregation on page 159 Version 4. Adding and Deleting Defense Centers on page 164 explains how to configure a Defense Center to communicate with a Master Defense Center. you can view the current status of the Defense Centers across your enterprise from a web interface. it updates the managing Defense Center’s SEU.Using the Master Defense Center Understanding Event Aggregation Chapter 5 You can use the Master Defense Center to build and dispatch global detection and intrusion policies. You can set up a different configuration for each Defense Center.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 157 . In this way.9. • Understanding Event Aggregation on page 157 explains which types of events you can send from your Master Defense Centers to your Master Defense Center. Managing Appliance Groups on page 179 explains how to use appliance groups to aid in managing 3D Sensors and Defense Centers. Editing Settings for a Managed Defense Center on page 175 explains how to change some of the settings for a Defense Center from the Master Defense Center’s web interface. When you apply intrusion policies from a Master Defense Center. IMPORTANT! The Product Compatibility section of the release notes for each version describes which versions of the Defense Center you can manage with a Master Defense Center. The Master Defense Center can also aggregate events related to the health of managed Defense Centers. The following sections explain more about using a Master Defense Center in your Sourcefire 3D System deployment. • • • • Understanding Event Aggregation Requires: MDC A Master Defense Center can aggregate intrusion events and compliance events (including white list events) from up to ten Defense Centers. You can configure a Defense Center to send intrusion events based on their flag. The settings on the Filter Configuration page determine which events are forwarded from the Defense Center to the Master Defense Center. Understanding Global Policy Management on page 161 explains which policies you can send from your Master Defense Center to 3D Sensors and Defense Centers. You can also choose whether to include the packet data collected with the intrusion events. If it finds an older SEU. although most deployments will use the same configuration across the enterprise.

however. you may want to limit the intrusion events on the Master Defense Center to only those with the greatest impact. are forwarded to the Master Defense Center. When you use the Filter Configuration page to specify which events are forwarded to the Master Defense Center. You can also use flag settings to reduce the number of intrusion events that are sent to the Master Defense Center in deployments where large numbers of intrusion events are being generated from your 3D Sensors.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 158 .9. • You can use the Flags section of the Filter Configuration page to forward only the intrusion events that are important to your analysis. For example. you may also want to send intrusion events with the black inline result flag. you can choose one of the following options: • • Do Not Send . and anomalous network traffic. along with any related packets.Intrusion events are not forwarded to the Master Defense Center. then intrusion events are limited to gray impact flags to indicate unknown impact. any packets captured for the event are not sent. The conditions that can trigger a compliance rule include intrusion events. Events and Packet Data .The intrusion events specified in the Flags section are forwarded to the Master Defense Center. If you do not deploy 3D Sensors with RNA on your network. IMPORTANT! You must deploy both RNA and IPS on your network to generate intrusion events with meaningful impact flags. RNA events. If your 3D Sensors are deployed inline and you are using intrusion rules set to Drop and Generate Events. the red impact flag. For example. that is. you can greatly reduce the number of events sent from a Defense Center by excluding events with the blue or gray impact flags. Packet decoders.Using the Master Defense Center Understanding Event Aggregation Chapter 5 Aggregating Intrusion Events Requires: MDC An intrusion event is generated by IPS when it analyzes network traffic and finds one or more packets that violate the currently applied intrusion policy. Aggregating Compliance Events Requires: MDC A compliance event is generated by a Defense Center when the conditions for a compliance rule in an active compliance policy are met. and intrusion rules are all able to generate intrusion events. Version 4. flow data. Events Only .The intrusion events specified in the Flags section. preprocessors.

audit log. white list events. However. interface sets. there are certain limitations that you should take into consideration when you design your Master Defense Center deployment. remediation status.Using the Master Defense Center Understanding Event Aggregation Chapter 5 When you use the Filter Configuration page to specify which events are forwarded to the Master Defense Center. hosts. SEU import log. 3D Sensor configuration allows you to configure detection engines allows you to search for intrusion events. See the following sections for more information: • • Adding a Defense Center on page 168 Editing the Event Filter Configuration on page 176 Limitations on Event Aggregation Requires: MDC The Master Defense Center is a powerful tool for analyzing the potential malicious activity across your enterprise’s network. client applications. health events. Master Defense Center and Defense Center Functional Comparison Function License provisions Master Defense Center provides product license Defense Center provides product license. services. white list events. network interfaces. users. SEU import log. RNA and RUA feature licenses allows you to configure detection engines. Analysis and reporting search Version 4.9. host attributes. compliance events. and NetFlow. health events. compliance events. audit log. allows you search for intrusion events. vulnerabilities.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 159 . you can choose to send or not send compliance events. white list violations. scan results. flow data. and RUA events. The Master Defense Center and Defense Center Functional Comparison table compares and contrasts Defense Center and Master Defense Center functional areas. RNA events.

9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 160 . and not sending the packet data. Event Rate The event rate limit for the Master Defense Center is the same rate limit on Defense Centers. you can gain insight into RNA-detected activity across your enterprise. You can also limit the amount of data transferred between a Defense Center and its Master Defense Center by sending only intrusion event data.Using the Master Defense Center Understanding Event Aggregation Chapter 5 Master Defense Center and Defense Center Functional Comparison (Continued) Function Network scans Global policies Master Defense Center does not provide for Nessus and Nmap scans. in cases where the intrusion event rate is high. the Master Defense Center does not build a network map or host data for the hosts on your network. you must adjust the event filter on the Master Defense Center so that only the most important events are forwarded from the Defense Centers. on your Defense Centers you need to build compliance rules and policies that are triggered by the RNA events that interest you and forward the resulting compliance events to the Master Defense Center. you might want to adjust the filter to send only intrusion events with red impact flags. policies are normally downloaded only to their managed 3D Sensors Event consolidation events are collected only from managed 3D Sensors Data Generated by RNA The Master Defense Center cannot aggregate RNA events or flow data generated by RNA and forwarded to a Defense Center. This means that if your Defense Centers are accepting events from their 3D Sensors up to the rate limit. because you can forward compliance events and white list events from your managed Defense Centers to your Master Defense Center. For example. allows you to build intrusion policies and to distribute them through connected Defense Centers to their managed 3D Sensors throughout the enterprise allows for collection of events from up to ten Defense Centers Defense Center provides Nessus and Nmap scans and results. However. To take advantage of this. Version 4. Intrusion Agents Intrusion events generated by intrusion agents are not forwarded to the Master Defense Center. In addition.

1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 161 .9. delete and export RNA on a Master Defense Center. Which networks and ports are monitored by the RNA policy If NetFlow is used to generate host information. then the downstream SEU is updated. Applying an Intrusion Policy in the Analyst Guide explains how to apply a new or updated intrusion policy to the appropriate IPS detection engines. system. apply edit. see Importing and Exporting Objects on page 583. and health policies. Defining IP Addresses and Ports for Your Network in the Analyst Guide provides the syntax used to specify IP addresses and port numbers within the variables and rules in your policy. see What is an RNA Detection Policy? in the Analyst Guide. Managing Global Intrusion Policies Requires: MDC Refer to the following sections for information about managing intrusion policies: • • • • Creating an Intrusion Policy in the Analyst Guide explains how to create an intrusion policy. as well as intrusion. if banners and HTTP URLs are captured. For information on import and export functions. however if a newer SEU resides on the Master Defense Center than on a Defense Center in the path. if client application are being detected. Editing an Intrusion Policy in the Analyst Guide explains how to modify existing intrusion policies. RNA compares the data it collects and analyzes with its vulnerability database to determine the potential vulnerabilities on the detected host. custom service decoders. Managing Variables in the Analyst Guide explains how to create and manage variables that you can use within intrusion policies. The Master Defense Center sends the policy through a Defense Center to a 3D Sensor’s detection engine. You can also import and export compliance policies and rules. You can build. which networks and NetFlow-enabled devices are monitored by NetFlow.Using the Master Defense Center Understanding Global Policy Management Chapter 5 Understanding Global Policy Management Requires: MDC You can use the Master Defense Center to generate global intrusion policies and coordinate them with potential vulnerabilities detected by RNA policies. and so on. This ensures that a global intrusion policies utilize the latest SEU. • Version 4. For information on creating and applying as well as deleting RNA policies. Master Defense Center generated policies are not accessible on an intermediate Defense Center. Existing RNA policies are available for viewing so that you can determine: • • • • RNA policy name and description Detection policy settings such as update interval. Global intrusion policies are beneficial in rapid response scenarios and during enterprise-wide intrusion policy updates.

• Using RNA Detection Policies on a Master Defense Center Requires: MDC You can create. This section also explains how to configure rules in inline intrusion policies so that they drop malicious packets. Note that SEUs can also contain new and updated decoders and preprocessors. and apply default health policies to the Master Defense Center and to connected Defense Centers.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 162 . Refer to the following.Using the Master Defense Center Understanding Global Policy Management Chapter 5 • Managing Intrusion Rules in the Analyst Guide explains how to enable and disable intrusion rules within an intrusion policy. delete. export. edit. and apply RNA detection policies from a Master Defense Center. for information on the following RNA detection policy functions: • • • • Creating RNA Detection Policies in the Analyst Guide Applying an RNA Detection Policy in the Analyst Guide Editing an RNA Detection Policy in the Analyst Guide Deleting an RNA Detection Policy in the Analyst Guide Using Health Policies on a Master Defense Center Requires: MDC You can edit. For information about health policies see the following: • • • • • • • Understanding Health Monitoring on page 483 Configuring Health Policies on page 489 Using the Health Monitor Blacklist on page 534 Configuring Health Monitor Alerts on page 539 Using the Health Monitor on page 545 Using Appliance Health Monitors on page 547 Working with Health Events on page 555 See Health Policies on page 164 to distinguish the health policy modules that are useful on a Master Defense Center or Defense Center from those that are not. and for brief descriptions of those modules that are used. Importing SEUs and Rule Files in the Analyst Guide explains how to download and import Security Enhancement Updates (SEUs) that contain new intrusion rules. Using System Policies on a Master Defense Center Requires: MDC System policies allow you to manage the following functions on your Defense Centers or Master Defense Center: • • access configuration authentication profiles (Defense Center only) Version 4. delete.9.

you must apply a non-filtered policy to the detection engine from the same Defense Center or Master Defense Center. The Sourcefire 3D System bases intrusion policies on SEUs residing on the appliance where the policy is built.Using the Master Defense Center Understanding Global Policy Management Chapter 5 • • • • • • • database limits DNS cache settings the mail relay host and a notification address for database prune messages language selection (English or Japanese) login banner the kinds and amount of RNA data stored in the database (Defense Center only) time synchronization settings See Managing System Policies on page 320 for information about system policy usage. delete. You cannot apply a non-filtered policy from a Defense Center then add filters to it from a managing Master Defense Center. When you apply an intrusion policy to a 3D Sensor’s detection engines from a Master Defense Center. export. You can apply one or more custom intrusion policies filtered to monitor VLAN or subnetwork traffic on the network monitored by the detection engine where you apply the policy. the Apply button activates. After you acknowledge the message by clicking its check box. Master Defense Center Policy Management Limitations Requires: MDC There are several types of policies including detection and prevention. However. listing RNA hosts and events. and health policies. RNA Detection Policies RNA analysis and reporting functions such as using the network map. TIP! Before applying a filtered policy. Detection and Prevention Policies You can create.9. a warning message with a check box appears. If it finds SEUs older than those on the Master Defense Center. the Sourcefire 3D System checks for any older SEUs on Defense Center(s) managing those detection engines. edit. RUA detection. The Defense Center and Master Defense Center do not handle these policies in the same manner. and apply intrusion detection and prevention policies from a Master Defense Center. if your Version 4. and listing client applications and vulnerabilities are performed on Defense Centers and not on Master Defense Centers. they are updated. Therefore.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 163 . RNA detection.

Default IPS (3Dx800 only). Master Defense Centers apply health policies only to Master Defense Centers and Defense Centers. it should send to the Master Defense Center using the same channel. see Editing Health Policies on page 530. see the Enabled Defense Center Health Modules . based on filter configuration. it evaluates which events. RUA functions are available only on properly licensed Defense Centers. As the Defense Center receives events from its sensors. and Default RNA Health Policies are not used on the Master Defense Center. you set up a two-way. The Defense Center uses this channel to send events to the Master Defense Center. only the generic Default Health Policy is available for editing and application to appliances. Health Policies The Master Defense Center monitors its health and the health of connected Defense Centers. SSL -encrypted communication channel between the appliances. RUA Detection Policies There are currently no Real-Time User Awareness functions on a Master Defense Center. see the Enabled MDC Health Modules . Currently. Default IPS. Adding and Deleting Defense Centers Requires: MDC + DC When you manage a Defense Center with your Master Defense Center. System Policies System policies are applied only to Master Defense Centers and Defense Centers from a Master Defense Center. For a listing of the health policy modules that apply to Master Defense Centers.9.Default Health Policy table on page 494. For a listing of the health policy modules that apply to Defense Centers. Policies that are not applicable are implicitly disabled when there is an attempt to apply them to a Defense Center or an Master Defense Center.Using the Master Defense Center Adding and Deleting Defense Centers Chapter 5 deployment includes RNA.Default Health Policy table on page 493. Default 3D Sensor. • • • Adding a Defense Center on page 168 Deleting a Defense Center on page 171 Resetting Management of a Defense Center on page 171 Version 4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 164 . you can view host profiles from event views by clicking the host profile icon ( ) next to an IP address. For details about editing appropriate health policies.

but you can see Configuring Network Settings on page 377 for details. Registration Key . This is usually completed as part of the installation process. See Working in NAT Environments on page 112 for more information.Using the Master Defense Center Adding and Deleting Defense Centers Chapter 5 Adding a Master Defense Center Requires: MDC + DC You can add a Master Defense Center connection to your Defense Center. you must make sure that the network settings are configured correctly on both appliances. Select Operations > System Settings.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 165 .registration key Unique NAT ID (optional) . add the remote management then at the managing Master Defense Center.for a unique alphanumeric ID. and Unique NAT ID used on the Defense Center with Registration Key and Unique NAT ID used on the Master Defense Center IMPORTANT! The Management Host or Host field (hostname or IP address) must be used on at least one of the appliance. you need to determine which events on the Defense Center you want to forward to the Master Defense Center. however before you do. and Unique NAT ID used on the Master Defense Center Management Host. The Information page appears. Registration Key. To add a Master Defense Center to a Defense Center: Access: Admin 1. Three fields are provided for setting up communications between appliances: • • • Management Host or Host. Version 4. Registration Key.9. Log into the web interface of the Defense Center you want to add. Valid combinations include: • • • Management Host or Host and Registration Key used on both appliances Registration Key and Unique NAT ID used on the Defense Center with Host. At a Defense Center. TIP! Set up the managed appliance first.for the hostname or IP address. To add a Master Defense Center. 2. add the Defense Center. add the primary Defense Center and the secondary Defense Center is automatically added. TIP! To add an existing high availability pair of Defense Centers to a Master Defense Center.

Click Remote Management. WARNING! Make sure you use hostnames rather than IP addresses if your network uses DHCP to assign IP addresses. 4. Version 4. 8. the Pending Registration status appears. type a unique alphanumeric NAT ID that you want to use to identify the Defense Center. 7. In the Registration Key field. and select Operations > Appliances. Optionally. Click Add Manager.9. type the one-time use registration key that you want to use to set up a communications channel between the Master Defense Center and the Defense Center. In the Management Host field.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 166 . 9. use both the Registration Key and the Unique NAT ID fields 6. After the Defense Center confirms communication with the Master Defense Center. You can leave the Management Host field empty if the management host does not have a routable address. Click Save. The Defense Centers page appears. The Add Remote Management page appears. Log into the Master Defense Center’s web interface using a user account with Admin access. in the Unique NAT ID field. 5. The Remote Management page appears.Using the Master Defense Center Adding and Deleting Defense Centers Chapter 5 3. type the IP address or the host name of the Master Defense Center that you want to use to manage the Defense Center. In that case.

IMPORTANT! You must select at least one type of flag if you want to send intrusion events. In the Registration Key field. If you used an unique NAT ID in step 6.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 167 . If you chose to send compliance events to the Master Defense Center. Type the IP address or the hostname of the Defense Center you want to add in the Host field. Under Filter Configuration. type the same one-time use registration key that you used in step 6. 13. Click New Defense Center. 14. The New Defense Center page appears. In that case.Using the Master Defense Center Adding and Deleting Defense Centers Chapter 5 10. identify the types of events you want to forward from the Defense Center to the Master Defense Center. See Editing the Event Filter Configuration on page 176 for more information. 11. WARNING! Make sure you use hostnames rather than IP addresses if your network uses DHCP to assign IP addresses.9. use both the Registration Key and the Unique NAT ID fields 12. Version 4. Note that if you select intrusion events. You can also filter which intrusion events are forwarded based on their impact flag. white list events are also sent. you can send events or events and packet data. type the same value in the Unique NAT ID (optional) field. You can leave the Host field empty if the host does not have a routable address.

This is usually completed as part of the installation process. IMPORTANT! If you registered a Master Defense Center and Defense Center using IPv4 and want to convert them to IPv6.Using the Master Defense Center Adding and Deleting Defense Centers Chapter 5 15. Valid combinations include: • • • Management Host or Host and Registration Key used on both appliances Registration Key and Unique NAT ID used on the Defense Center with Host. Adding a Defense Center Requires: MDC + DC Before you add a Defense Center to a Master Defense Center. Click Add. You can view the status on the Defense Centers page (Operations > Appliances). It can take up to two minutes for the Defense Center to establish communication with the Master Defense Center. Registration Key. you must delete and re-register the Defense Center. TIP! Set up the managed appliance first. See Working in NAT Environments on page 112 for more information. and Unique NAT ID used on the Master Defense Center Management Host. For more information see Configuring Network Settings on page 377. The Defense Center is added to the Master Defense Center. and Unique NAT ID used on the Defense Center with Registration Key and Unique NAT ID used on the Master Defense Center IMPORTANT! The Management Host or Host field (hostname or IP address) must be used on at least one of the appliance.one-time use registration key Unique NAT ID (optional) . Version 4. then at the managing Master Defense Center add the Defense Center. Three fields are provided for setting up communications between appliances: • • • Management Host or Host. you must make sure that the network settings are configured correctly on both appliances. add the remote management.9.for the hostname or IP address. At a Defense Center.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 168 . Registration Key . After communications between the two appliances are established.for a unique alphanumeric ID. Registration Key. 16. continue with the procedure in Adding a Defense Center.

in the Unique NAT ID field. Click Remote Management. After the Defense Center confirms communication with the Master Defense Center. Optionally. The Remote Management page appears. Click Add Manager. 8. 6. In the Registration Key field.9.Using the Master Defense Center Adding and Deleting Defense Centers Chapter 5 To add a Defense Center. The Add Remote Management page appears. WARNING! Make sure you use hostnames rather than IP addresses if your network uses DHCP to assign IP addresses. TIP! You can leave the Management Host field empty if the management host does not have a routable address. 2. The Information page appears. 4. you need to predetermine which events on the Defense Center you want to forward to the Master Defense Center. 3. Click Save. Using a user account with Admin access. type the IP address or the host name of the Master Defense Center that you want to use to manage the Defense Center. Version 4. 5. type the one-time use registration key that you want to use to set up a communications channel between the Master Defense Center and the Defense Center. To add a Defense Center to a Master Defense Center: Access: Admin 1. In that case. log into the web interface of the Defense Center you want to add. type a unique alphanumeric NAT ID that you want to use to identify the Defense Center. use both the Registration Key and the Unique NAT ID fields.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 169 . In the Management Host field. Select Operations > System Settings. the Pending Registration status appears. 7.

If you used a NAT ID in step 7. white list events are also sent. 13. Under Filter Configuration.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 170 . Click New Defense Center.9. You can also filter which intrusion events are forwarded based on their impact flag. type the same one-time use registration key that you used in step 6. The New Defense Center page appears. Type the IP address or the hostname of the Defense Center you want to add in the Host field. IMPORTANT! You must select at least one type of flag if you want to send intrusion events. and select Operations > Appliances. you can send events or events and packet data. identify the types of events you want to forward from the Defense Center to the Master Defense Center. See Editing the Event Filter Configuration on page 176 for more information. 12. Log into the Master Defense Center’s web interface using a user account with Admin access. The Defense Centers page appears. In the Registration Key field.Using the Master Defense Center Adding and Deleting Defense Centers Chapter 5 9. type the same value in the Unique NAT ID (optional) field. If you chose to send compliance events to the Master Defense Center. 14. Note that if you select intrusion events. Version 4. WARNING! Make sure you use hostnames rather than IP addresses if your network uses DHCP to assign IP addresses. 10. 11.

The Defense Center is added to the Master Defense Center. To manage the Defense Center again at a later date. you must also reset management before adding the Defense Center to the another Master Defense Center. Click Add. To do this. 5. It can take up to two minutes for the Defense Center to establish communication with the Master Defense Center. To keep the Defense Center from trying to reconnect to the Master Defense Center. The Defense Centers page appears. Communication between the Master Defense Center and the Defense Center is discontinued and the Defense Center is deleted from the Defense Centers page. Deleting a Defense Center severs all communication between the Defense Center and the Master Defense Center. Deleting a Defense Center Requires: MDC + DC If you no longer want to manage a Defense Center. Select Operations > System Settings. 6. you can delete it from the Master Defense Center. Log into the web interface of the Defense Center you want to delete. Click Remote Management. The manager is removed. To delete a Defense Center from the Master Defense Center: Access: Admin 1. The Remote Management page appears. Click Delete next to the Master Defense Center that was managing the Defense Center. The Information page appears. Resetting Management of a Defense Center Requires: MDC + DC If communications fail between the Master Defense Center and one of your Defense Centers. You can view the status on the Defense Centers page (Operations > Appliances). you should also delete the manager on the Defense Center. If you want to manage a Defense Center with a different Master Defense Center. and select Operations > Appliances. Click Delete next to the Defense Center you want to delete. you must re-add it to the Master Defense Center. Log into the Master Defense Center web interface. Version 4. 2. you can reset management of the Defense Center.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 171 .Using the Master Defense Center Adding and Deleting Defense Centers Chapter 5 15. 3.9. 4. you must first delete the manager on the Defense Center and delete the Defense Center on the Master Defense Center. You can then re-add the Master Defense Center on the Defense Center and then add the Defense Center to a Master Defense Center.

2. WARNING! Make sure you use hostnames rather than IP addresses if your network uses DHCP to assign IP addresses. Log into the web interface of the Master Defense Center where you want to reset communications. Log into the web interface of the Defense Center where you want to reset communications and click Add Manager. In the Management Host field. Click Delete next to the Defense Center you want to delete. The Defense Centers page appears. To delete management on the Defense Center: Access: Admin 1. 2. The Remote Management page appears. The Information page appears. The Remote Management page appears. Select Operations > System Settings. 3. The manager is removed.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 172 . Click Delete next to the Master Defense Center where you want to reset management. use both the Registration Key and the Unique NAT ID fields Version 4. In that case. 3.9. 4. TIP! You can leave the Management Host field empty if the management host does not have a routable address. Select Operations > Appliances. type the IP address or the host name of the Master Defense Center that you want to use to manage the Defense Center. Log into the web interface of the Defense Center where you want to reset communications. 2.Using the Master Defense Center Adding and Deleting Defense Centers Chapter 5 To reset management from a Master Defense Center: Access: Admin 1. Click Remote Management. Communication between the Defense Center and the Master Defense Center is discontinued and the Defense Center is deleted from the Defense Centers page. To re-add the Defense Center to the Master Defense Center: Access: Admin 1.

11. see Managing Appliance Groups on page 179. In the Registration Key field. You can view the Defense Center’s status on the Defense Centers page (Operations > Appliances). type the one-time use registration key that you want to use to set up a communications channel between the Defense Center and the Master Defense Center. The Defense Center is added to the Master Defense Center. 4. Using the Appliances Page Requires: MDC + DC The Appliances page (Operations > Appliances) provides you with a range of information and options that you can use to manage your Defense Centers. The Add New Defense Center page appears. To add the Defense Center to a group. Log into the Master Defense Center’s web interface and select Operations > Appliances. Optionally. type the same one-time use registration key that you used in step 3. See Working in NAT Environments on page 112 for more information. in the Unique NAT ID field.Using the Master Defense Center Using the Appliances Page Chapter 5 3. For more information about Defense Center groups.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 173 . select the group from the Add to Group list. 9. Click Add. 5. The following sections describe the features on the Appliances page. Click Save. Type the IP address or the hostname of the Defense Center you want to add in the Host field. If you used an alphanumeric NAT ID in step 4. type a unique alphanumeric NAT ID that you want to use to identify the Defense Center.9. the Pending Registration status appears. 8. 10. Version 4. In the Registration Key field. type the same value in the Unique NAT ID (optional) field. It can take up to two minutes for the Master Defense Center to verify communication with the Defense Center. The Defense Centers page appears. Click New Defense Center. 7. 12. After the Defense Center confirms communication with the Master Defense Center. 6. WARNING! Make sure you use hostnames rather than IP addresses if your network uses DHCP to assign IP addresses.

which sorts by the Defense Center then the 3D Sensor connected to it. If you hover your cursor over the icon. Version 4. The red exclamation point icon indicates that the Master Defense Center has not received communications from the Defense Center in the last three minutes. the Defense Center 1000 and the Defense Center 3000.9.Using the Master Defense Center Using the Appliances Page Chapter 5 Sort-by Drop-Down List Use this drop-down list to sort the Appliances page according to your needs. that is. Edit and Delete Icons Click the Edit icon next to a sensor if you want to change the Defense Center’s current system settings. Click the Delete icon next to a Defense Center if you no longer want to manage the Defense Center with the Master Defense Center. and seconds) since the last contact. Status Icons The status icons indicate the state of a Defense Center. and so on. it sends a two-byte heartbeat packet to establish contact and ensure that the communications channel is still running. If your network is constrained in bandwidth. and the high availability settings. the remote management configuration. • • Manager. An HA pair is listed as a group named with the name of the active Defense Center.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 174 . a pop-up window indicates the amount of time (in hours. If the Master Defense Center has not received a communication from a Defense Center within the last two minutes. which sorts by Appliance group (see Managing Appliance Groups on page 179) TIP! High availability Defense Center pairs are automatically listed as an appliance group. The system settings include the filter configuration for the Defense Center. See Editing Settings for a Managed Defense Center on page 175 for more information. The green check mark icon indicates that the Master Defense Center and the Defense Center are communicating properly. you can contact technical support to change the default time interval. the health blacklist settings. Model. You can sort by: • Group. which sorts by appliance model number. 3D Sensor 2100. See Deleting a Defense Center on page 171 for more information. minutes.

Product Model Software Version Operating System Operating System Version VDB Version IP Address Version 4. The operating system currently running on the managed Defense Center. The version of the operating system currently running on the managed Defense Center. See the following sections for more information. The Vulnerability Database version on the managed Defense Center. not the hostname.9. The Information page for a managed Defense Center includes the fields described in the Defense Center Information table. The version of the software currently installed on the managed Defense Center. then click Edit next to the Defense Center. • • • • • Viewing the Defense Center Information Page on page 175 Editing the Event Filter Configuration on page 176 Editing or Disabling Remote Management Communications on page 178 Managing the Health Blacklist on page 178 Managing High Availability Defense Centers on page 178 Viewing the Defense Center Information Page Requires: MDC + DC To access the system settings information page for a managed Defense Center.Using the Master Defense Center Editing Settings for a Managed Defense Center Chapter 5 Editing Settings for a Managed Defense Center Requires: MDC + DC After you configure management of a Defense Center by a Master Defense Center. select Appliances from the Operations menu. The model name for the managed Defense Center. Defense Center Information Field Name Description The assigned name for the Defense Center. The IP address of the managed Defense Center. you can use the Master Defense Center web interface to view and edit the configuration of the Defense Center.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 175 . Note that this is the name of the Defense Center in the Master Defense Center web interface.

2. See the Impact Flags table in the Analyst Guide for an explanation of what each impact Version 4. You can edit the following: • • the name of the Defense Center the group in which the Defense Center resides WARNING! The name must be made up of a combination of alphanumeric characters and should not be made up of numeric characters only. This number can be important for troubleshooting. If you hover your cursor over the icon. If you want to send intrusion events (with or without packet data). You can click Refresh to update the Status icon and its accompanying pop-up message. Change the Defense Center’s attributes as needed. Click Save.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 176 . and compliance events.Using the Master Defense Center Editing Settings for a Managed Defense Center Chapter 5 Defense Center Information (Continued) Field Status Description An icon showing the current status of the managed Defense Center. The group that the Defense Center belongs to. and seconds) since the Defense Center communicated with the Master Defense Center. Your options are to send intrusion events. Editing the Event Filter Configuration Requires: MDC The settings on the Filter Configuration page control which events are sent from the Defense Center to the Master Defense Center that manages it. intrusion events and related packet data. To edit a managed Defense Center’s settings: Access: Admin 1. minutes. a pop-up message indicates how long it has been (in hours. you can also specify which intrusion events are sent based on their impact flag. if any.9. The updated Defense Center attributes are saved. Model Number Current Group The model number for the Defense Center.

Events Only. 4. To modify the event filter configuration: Access: Admin 1. then all the options are immediately selected. select Operations > Appliances. and Events and Packet Data. Version 4. Next to the Defense Center whose filter configuration you want to change. If you want to send intrusion events to the Master Defense Center. Note that you must deploy both RNA and IPS as part of your Sourcefire 3D System deployment to generate meaningful impact flags.9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 177 . then you must select at least one impact flag option. use the drop-down list to indicate whether you want to forward intrusion events to the Master Defense Center. In the Intrusion Events area. The Filter Configuration page appears. then packet data is not forwarded to the Master Defense Center. The Flags options are: • • • • • • • All Black (or Drop) Red (or Vulnerable) Orange (or Potentially Vulnerable) Yellow (or Currently Not Vulnerable) Blue (or Unknown Target) Gray (or Unknown) TIP! If you select All. If you indicated that you want to send intrusion events. The Appliances page appears. On the Master Defense Center’s web interface. 2. TIP! If you set up the 3D Sensor so it does not send packet data to the intermediate Defense Center. 3.Using the Master Defense Center Editing Settings for a Managed Defense Center Chapter 5 flag means. click Edit. then you must specify which events you want to send based on their impact flag. The options are Do Not Send.

You may want to do this to prevent events from the module from changing the status for the appliance to warning or critical. For example. Editing or Disabling Remote Management Communications Requires: MDC + DC You can manage communications between a managed Defense Center and its Master Defense Center using the Master Defense Center’s web interface. pause and restart Defense Center High Availability from a Defense Center. you can temporarily disable communications between the Defense Center and its Master Defense Center.0.0/24 to indicate that the Management Virtual Network is disabled on a Master Defense Center. The options are Do Not Send and Send. Managing High Availability Defense Centers Requires: MDC + DC You can configure. see Editing the Management Virtual Network on page 385.Using the Master Defense Center Editing Settings for a Managed Defense Center Chapter 5 5. For information on using the blacklisting function. See the following sections for more information: • • Using Redundant Defense Centers on page 112 Setting Up High Availability on page 150 Version 4. To disable communications between the Defense Center and the Master Defense Center: Access: Admin Click Disable next to the name of the Defense Center. Click Save. Your settings are saved and the Defense Center begins forwarding the events you specified to the Master Defense Center that manages it. To enable communications between the two appliances again. if a Defense Center is no longer responding. disable. You cannot edit the Management Virtual Network field of a Master Defense Center. The field is filled with 0.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 178 . click Enable. see Using the Health Monitor Blacklist on page 534.0. IMPORTANT! Master Defense Centers do not currently use a Management Virtual Network.9. 6. Communications between the two appliances are interrupted. For more information about editing the Management Virtual Network. monitor. In the Compliance Events area. use the drop-down list to indicate whether you want to forward compliance events to the Master Defense Center. Managing the Health Blacklist Requires: MDC + DC You can blacklist individual health policy modules on Defense Centers.

9. 2. Click High Availability. The Appliances page appears. The System Settings page for that Defense Center appears. 4. To activate a redundant Defense Center: Access: Admin 1. TIP! A light bulb icon shows which of the high availability paired Defense Centers is currently active. TIP! When using Intrusion Agents registered to Defense Centers configured for high availability and managed by a Master Defense Center. TIP! High availability Defense Center pairs are automatically listed as an appliance group.Using the Master Defense Center Managing Appliance Groups Chapter 5 • • • • Monitoring the High Availability Status on page 152 Disabling High Availability and Unregistering Sensors on page 153 Pausing Communication between Paired Defense Centers on page 154 Restarting Communication between Paired Defense Centers on page 154 If High Availability is configured. The high availability page appears with the paired Defense Centers. Version 4. The redundant Defense Center is activated. An HA pair is listed as a group with the name of the active Defense Center. Managing Appliance Groups Requires: MDC The Master Defense Center allows you to group appliances so that you can easily search for events based on whether they were forwarded by one of a specific group of appliances. you can activate Defense Center High Availability from a Master Defense Center. Click Edit next to the appropriate Defense Center.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 179 . register all Intrusion Agents to the primary Defense Center. Select Operations > Appliances. 3. Click Activate to activate the redundant Defense Center.

Editing Appliance Groups on page 180 explains how to modify the list of Defense Centers in a Defense Center group. Click Create New Appliance Group. 2. The Appliances page appears. TIP! You must remove an appliance from its current group before you can add it to a new group. The group is added. Moving an appliance to a new group does not change any of its policies or configurations. Click Save. 5. The appliances are added to the group and the Appliances page appears again. To create an appliance group and add appliances to it: Access: Admin 1.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 180 . Version 4. Select the IP addresses or hostnames of the appliances you want to add from the Available Appliances list and click the arrow to move them into the group. Creating Appliance Groups Requires: MDC Grouping managed appliances allows you to use the group name as a search criterion when you search for specific compliance or intrusion events. The Appliance Group Edit page appears.9. Editing Appliance Groups Requires: MDC You can change the set of appliances that reside in any appliance group. The Create Appliance Group page appears. 3. type the name of the group you want to create. In the Group Name field. Click Save. To add appliances to the group. On the Master Defense Center. 6.Using the Master Defense Center Managing Appliance Groups Chapter 5 See the following sections for more information: • • • Creating Appliance Groups on page 180 explains how to create a Defense Center group on the Master Defense Center. select Operations > Appliances. Deleting Appliance Groups on page 181 explains how to delete a Defense Center group. 7. 4. return to the Appliances page (Operations > Appliances) and click Edit next to the name of the group.

Select the appliance you want to move and click the arrow to add or remove it from the group. • • To add an appliance to the group. select it from the Available Appliances list and click the arrow pointing toward the group you are editing. select it from the list in the group you are editing and click the arrow pointing to the Available Appliances list. The Appliance Group Edit page appears. 2. the Master Defense Center system settings are the same as those of a Defense Center. Click Delete next to the group you want to delete. Editing Master Defense Center System Settings Requires: MDC With a few exceptions. 2. The Appliances page appears.9. the appliances are moved to Ungrouped on the Appliances page. 3.Using the Master Defense Center Editing Master Defense Center System Settings Chapter 5 To edit an appliance group: Access: Admin 1. Click Edit next to the Appliance group you want to edit. The appliances group is removed from the Master Defense Center. • • • • Listing Master Defense Center Information on page 182 Viewing a Master Defense Center License on page 182 Configuring Network Settings on page 377 Shutting Down and Restarting the System on page 182 Version 4. On the Master Defense Center. Deleting Appliance Groups Requires: MDC If you delete a group that contains appliances. select Operations > Appliances. See the following sections for information on each of the listed system settings: IMPORTANT! NetFlow-enabled devices cannot currently be added to a Master Defense Center. Select Operations > Appliances. To delete an appliance group: Access: Admin 1. 4. The Appliances page appears. They are not deleted from the Master Defense Center. To remove an appliance from a group.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 181 . Click Save.

Shutting Down and Restarting the System Requires: MDC You have several options for controlling the processes on your Master Defense Center. The License page appears. Change the name of the Master Defense Center attributes as needed. WARNING! The name must be made up of a combination of alphanumeric characters and should not be made up of numeric characters only. a Master Defense Center cannot manage the licenses of Defense Centers or 3D Sensors. Click Save. Configuring Network Settings Requires: MDC The network settings are identical to those of the Defense Center. Click License. see Configuring Network Settings on page 377.Using the Master Defense Center Editing Master Defense Center System Settings Chapter 5 • • Setting System Time on page 183 Blacklisting Health Policies on page 184 Listing Master Defense Center Information Requires: MDC For details on information listed under the Master Defense Center system settings. 2. Viewing a Master Defense Center License Requires: MDC Unlike a Defense Center. For information on configuring the Master Defense Center network settings. To edit a Master Defense Center’s settings: Access: Admin 1. You can: • • • shut down the appliance reboot the appliance restart the appliance Version 4. Select Operations > System Settings.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 182 . To view information about the Master Defense Center license: Access: Admin 1. see Defense Center Information on page 175. The updated Master Defense Center attributes are saved. The Information page appears. 2.9.

TIP! Because Master Defense Centers do not currently use Management Virtual Networks. You cannot edit the Management Virtual Network field if the Defense Center is in the Master Defense Center operational mode.9. Configuring Remote Management Networking Requires: MDC A Master Defense Center’s Management Virtual Network is disabled. Note that restarting the Defense Center may cause deleted hosts to reappear. their real IP network is used to serve time. If you want to reboot the system. click Run Command next to Restart Master Defense Center Console. Click Process. 2.Using the Master Defense Center Editing Master Defense Center System Settings Chapter 5 To shut down or restart your appliance: Access: Admin 1. 3. Setting System Time Requires: MDC The system time is set and synchronized in accordance with the system policy. Version 4.0/24 to disable the Management Virtual Network.0.0. Select Operations > System Settings. click Run Command next to Shutdown Master Defense Center. On the Time Synchronization page you can choose to serve time from the Master Defense Center by selecting Enabled in the Serve Time via NTP field. click Run Command next to Reboot Master Defense Center. The Appliance Process page appears. The field is filled with the address range 0. The Information page appears. If you want to restart the Defense Center. IMPORTANT! Master Defense Centers do not currently use a Management Virtual Network. Specify the command you want to perform: • • • If you want to shut down the Master Defense Center.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 183 .

in the text box. To avoid this situation.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 184 . see Synchronizing Time on page 354. The Master Defense Center supports the following health policy modules: • • • • • • • • Appliance Heartbeat CPU Usage Data Correlator Process Defense Center Status Disk Usage eStreamer Process Event Stream Status Memory Usage For more information on blacklisting a health policy. select Via NTP Server from and. type the fully qualified host and domain name.9. For more information about setting system time. you should configure your DHCP server to set the same NTP server. the DHCP-provided NTP server will be used instead. see Blacklisting a Health Policy Module on page 537.Using the Master Defense Center Editing Master Defense Center System Settings Chapter 5 To specify how the Master Defense Center clock is set: Access: Admin You have two options: • • To set the time manually. Version 4. type the IP address of the NTP server or. select Manually in the System Settings. if DNS is enabled. To receive time through NTP from a different server. Blacklisting Health Policies Requires: MDC You can blacklist health policy modules when required. WARNING! If the appliance is rebooted and your DHCP server sets an NTP server record different than the one you specify here.

the Sourcefire 3D System provides a feature called the detection engine. See the Detection Resources by Model table on page 190 for more information. you can combine the data from those sensors with RUA or RNA on a Defense Center. and the third for RUA.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 185 .Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Chapter 6 Administrator Guide To give you increased flexibility in your deployment choices. you cannot use RUA or RNA on 3D9800 sensors.9. In addition. one for RNA. The number of detection engines per sensor is limited by the number of detection resources that are available. Version 4. 3D Sensors support three types of detection engines: • • • IPS RNA RUA TIP! You cannot use the RUA feature on Crossbeam-based software sensors. You can think of a detection engine as a collection of one or more sensing interfaces (called an interface set) on a 3D Sensor plus a portion of the sensor’s computing resources (called a detection resource). Most 3D Sensor models have at least three detection resources available and can support at least three detection engines: one for IPS. However.

The figure below shows the Defense Center version of the page. detection engine type. or interface set type. Using Clustered 3D Sensors on page 227 explains how to use detection engines and interface sets in a clustered 3D9900 sensor pairing. Using Interface Sets on page 207 describes how to create interface sets and how to use them with detection engines. Using Interface Set Groups on page 223 describes how to create and use interface sets groups. Managing Detection Engines on page 193 explains how to create. and delete detection engines. edit. Using Variables within Detection Engines on page 199 explains how to use detection engine-specific variable values to tailor your detection capabilities to more closely match your infrastructure. Using Detection Engine Groups on page 197 explains how to create and use detection engine groups. This section also describes how default detection engines are configured.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 186 .9. • • • • • • • Understanding Detection Engines Requires: DC or 3D Sensor A detection engine is the mechanism on a 3D Sensor that is responsible for analyzing the traffic on the network segment where the sensor is connected. The Available Detection Engines page appears. policy. To list the available detection engines: Access: Admin Select Operations > Configuration > Detection Engines > Detection Engines. You can sort the available detection engines by group. including some of the limitations based on the sensor model. Version 4. sensor.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Understanding Detection Engines Chapter 6 The following sections describe the detection engines and interface set features and how you can use them in your Sourcefire 3D System deployment: • Understanding Detection Engines on page 186 explains detection engines in more detail. Inline Fail Open Interface Set Commands on page 225 explains how to force an interface set in and out of bypass mode when using an inline fiber fail open interface set.

The Sourcefire 3D System supports three types of interface sets. (The exception is on 3D9900s. Use an inline interface set if you deployed the sensor inline on your network and the sensing interfaces do not support automatic fail-open capabilities. 3D Sensors can support three types of detection engines: IPS. For more information on the PEP feature. A detection engine has two main components: • • an interface set. where pairs are pre-determined). Interface Set Types Type Passive Inline Description Use a passive interface set if you deployed the sensor out of band from the flow of network traffic. Inline with Fail Open Version 4. Set Type An interface set refers to a grouping of one or more sensing interfaces on a sensor. see Using PEP to Manage Traffic in the Analyst Guide. although a sensing interface can belong to only one interface set at a time.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Understanding Detection Engines Chapter 6 Detection Engine Type. but the interface options available to you depend on the type of sensor and the capabilities of its sensing interfaces. Note that you must use paired fail-open interfaces on the sensor’s network interface cards for an inline with fail open interface set. Use an inline with fail open interface set if you deployed the sensor inline on your network and the sensing interfaces do support automatic fail-open capabilities.9. The three interface types are described in the Interface Set Types table. and Interface Set Depending on which components are licensed on the sensor.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 187 . which is a portion of the sensor’s computing resources For information about detection engines and detection resources. see Understanding Detection Resources and 3D Sensor Models on page 189 PEP Policy Only 3D9900 sensors provide the PEP feature. RNA. Resources. which can include one or more sensing interfaces a detection resource. Note that you can use any two of the non-fail-open interfaces on the sensor’s network interface cards as part of an inline interface set. and RUA.

Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Understanding Detection Engines Chapter 6 You can use RNA or RUA to monitor the traffic that passes through any of the three types of interface sets. the RNA or RUA detection engine monitoring that interface set will not see any traffic until the IPS detection engine restarts. or RNA.9. you must either configure an IPS detection engine that uses that interface set. then the icon has an exclamation point and the name is italicized. Version 4. Otherwise. You can determine what the name and state of IPS and RNA policies from the following information in the policy column: • If you change an IPS and RNA policy and have not applied it to the detection engine since the change. and the IPS detection engine fails for any reason. For more information see Viewing an Intrusion Policy Report in the Analyst Guide. the RNA detection engine monitoring that interface set will not see any traffic. IMPORTANT! On a 3D3800 or 3D5800 sensor. Neither RNA nor RUA are supported on the 3D9800 sensor. If you are monitoring the same inline interface set with both IPS and RNA or RUA. or configure the interface set in tap mode.9 you have the advantage of the following listed features. TIP! After you upgrade your sensor to version 4. RUA. Policy 3D Sensors have different capabilities and limitations depending on whether you licensed IPS. as well as apply an intrusion policy to that detection engine. See Using Interface Sets on page 207 for more information about creating and editing interface sets. if you plan to use RNA to monitor either an inline or inline with fail open interface set. • You can click the name of an IPS policy to see details about the running policy.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 188 .

edit. Select Monitor > Task Status to track the progress of the deletion process. or delete variables associated with a detection engine’s IPS or RNA policy. Understanding Detection Resources and 3D Sensor Models Requires: DC or 3D Sensor 3D Sensors with IPS can use multiple detection resources per detection engine. • • For more information see Understanding Detection Resources and 3D Sensor Models on page 189 When you configure a new sensor. If you want to remove the currently applied filter from the IPS policy.9. which allows you to use more computing resources when network traffic is high. See Editing a Detection Engine on page 194 and Deleting a Detection Engine on page 197 for more information. If you want to remove the currently applied IPS policy from the detection engine. Different sensor models have different Version 4. It also provides the following capabilities: • If you want to edit or delete a detection engine. For example. See Understanding Default Detection Engines for more information. click Reapply All. add.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 189 . click Edit or Delete next to its sensor name. See Using Variables within Detection Engines on page 199 for more information. • Sensor The sensor column provides the name of the sensor where the policy is applied. As a best practice. click the delete icon ( ) next to the intrusion policy name. IMPORTANT! Initially. If you want to list. reset. the Available Detection Engines page does not indicate that the filtered or base intrusion policy is deleted. which takes approximately 30 seconds. you can click More or the down icon ( ) and view the type (Net for network or VLAN for virtual LAN) filter. click the delete icon ( ) next to the filter name. if you plan to use the 3D3500 sensor in inline mode. click Variables. it has a predefined detection engine that you can choose to modify to meet your needs. use one detection resource per application per core on your appliance. then OK to confirm. If you want to reapply all policies for the detection engine. If you hover above the name you can view the network or VLAN range of the filter. you could assign two detection resources to your detection engine to allow processing of more events per second.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Understanding Detection Engines Chapter 6 • If there is a network or VLAN filter applied to the IPS policy. The delete icon only appears next to the base policy when there are no network or VLAN filters applied.

Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Understanding Detection Engines Chapter 6 numbers of detection resources available as shown in the Detection Resources by Model table. can be any type No restrictions No restrictions No restrictions No restrictions No restrictions No restrictions No restrictions No restrictions No restrictions No restrictions Version 4. RNA and RUA. The Combination Restrictions column indicates the permitted combinations of detection resources that you can allocate to detection engines on the same sensor.9. can be any type Maximum of two. It also indicates the maximum number of detection resources you can assign a single detection engine. • The Optimal column indicates the per-sensor total number of detection resources you should use if you want to maximize the performance of the sensor. • • Detection Resources by Model Model 3D500 3D1000 3D2000 3D2100 3D2500 3D3000 3D3500 3D3800 3D4500 3D5800 3D6500 3D9800 3D9900 Optimal per Sensor 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 4 6 8 12 7 Maximum per Sensor 2 2 2 3 4 4 6 2 8 6 12 12 12 Combination Restrictions Maximum of one IPS and either one RNA or one RUA Maximum of two. The Maximum column indicates the total number of detection resources available on the sensor.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 190 . 3D Sensors can run combinations of IPS.

After initial installation can modify interface sets and detection engines. Refer to the Sourcefire 3D Sensor Software for X-Series Installation Guide for information on deployment scenarios. the maximum number of detection engines that you can create is equal to the number of available detection resources. As with other 3D Sensors.9. you have several deployment options for 3D Sensor Software. The number of detection resource depends on the Crossbeam System hardware. Version 4.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Understanding Detection Engines Chapter 6 Detection Resources by Model (Continued) Model Virtual 3D Sensor Crossbeambased software sensors Optimal per Sensor 3 Maximum per Sensor 3 Combination Restrictions No restrictions Refer to Crossbeam-based Software Sensor Considerations on page 191 General Recommendations with Two or More Detection Resources For improved 3D Sensor performance on sensors with optimal detection resources of two or greater.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 191 . Understanding Default Detection Engines Requires: DC or 3D Sensor When you install a new 3D Sensor. you can reduce latency by distributing your network traffic across all available interfaces on the sensor. then distribute the detection engines and detection resources across all operative interfaces on the sensor. Crossbeam-based Software Sensor Considerations Depending upon the capabilities of your X-Series and the products you are licensed to use. and detection resources available on Crossbeam System hardware. Consider how your network is configured and how you want to deploy the Sourcefire 3D System within it. you can use initial interface sets and default detection engines to quickly begin evaluating network traffic. current Crossbeam System hardware and software support.

Choose from these initial interface sets based on how you deployed the sensor. Second On-Board Interface Some Sourcefire sensors have a second on-board interface. Select Passive Mode if the sensing interfaces are not cabled inline. see Editing a Detection Engine on page 194. Sourcefire recommends that you remove the second on-board interface from the detection engine for improved performance. Passive that builds a single passive interface set for all 3D Sensor interfaces.9. Select Inline with Fail-Open Mode if you cabled the sensing interfaces inline on your network as an IPS. for example. Depending on the 3D Sensor. a 3D2000 Sensor uses eth1 and eth2 as one inline fail-open interface set and it uses eth3 and eth4 as another inline fail-open interface set. However. note that the default detection engine does not include the second on-board interface. you can connect any of the non-management interfaces to your network and apply the appropriate policy to the detection engine and begin analyzing your network. the default that builds paired fail-open interface sets on all 3D Sensor interfaces. less the management interface. If your appliance has one of these extra interfaces. With this configuration. the second on-board interface cannot support the same high-performance standards as the interfaces on the network interface cards. the detection engine may not provide optimum performance. If you modify the default detection engine to include it. typically you pair adjacent interfaces. usually near the management interface. Default Detection Engines Default detection engines are configured with the optimal (rather than maximum) number of detection resources as described in the Detection Resources by Model table on page 190. IMPORTANT! For the 3D3000 on the IBM xSeries 346 appliance.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 192 . Version 4. less the management interface. and you have deployed it in a high-bandwidth environment where the traffic load is likely to reach the design limits of the appliance. on some of the older models.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Understanding Detection Engines Chapter 6 Initial Interface Sets The initial interface sets for 3D Sensors are: • • Inline with Fail-Open. that is automatically included in the default detection engine. If you want to change either the number of detection resources or the interfaces assigned to the default detection engine.

You can use interface sets that include multiple inline interface pairs. In the Name and Description fields. 2.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Managing Detection Engines Chapter 6 Managing Detection Engines Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor See Understanding Detection Engines on page 186 and Using Interface Sets on page 207 for more information about the capabilities of detection engines and the interface sets they depend on. The Detection Engines page appears. You can use alphanumeric characters. 3. when they are available on your 3D Sensor. punctuation. • • • Creating a Detection Engine on page 193 Editing a Detection Engine on page 194 Deleting a Detection Engine on page 197 Creating a Detection Engine Requires: DC or 3D Sensor You can create a detection engine if you have an available interface set and at least one available detection resource. The Create Detection Engine page appears. The figure below shows the Defense Center version of the page. edit. To create a detection engine: Access: Admin 1. enter a name and description for the new detection engine. and spaces. The following sections explain how to create.9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 193 . Select Operations > Configuration > Detection Engines > Detection Engines. Click Create Detection Engine. Version 4. and delete detection engines.

the detection engine does not restart and interrupt traffic inspection when the policy is applied. See Using Interface Sets on page 207 for information about creating and modifying interface sets. a software bridge is automatically set up to transport packets when the sensor restarts. IMPORTANT! On the 3D500. Click Save. which can cause a short pause in processing. 3D1000. See Using Detection Engine Groups on page 197 for information on creating and modifying detection engine groups. The following sections describe some of the cases where a detection engines is affected by changes to the detection engines and interface sets: Version 4. if this option is employed. or 3D3800. TIP! This option may degrade performance when you apply a policy and may result in longer policy-apply periods. no packets are lost. you can only use one of the two detection resources for IPS. The detection engine is created. Optionally. RNA. if you are creating an IPS detection engine and if you are using a 3D Sensor other than a 3D500. Editing a Detection Engine Requires: DC or 3D Sensor In some circumstances.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Managing Detection Engines Chapter 6 4.9. or RUA. add the detection engine to an existing detection engine group. 8. 9. See the Detection Resources by Model table on page 190 for more information. 6.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 194 . IPS. 5. IMPORTANT! For most 3D Sensors with inline interface sets. you can select Inspect Traffic During Policy Apply. Select the type of detection engine that you want to create from the Type drop-down list. Optionally. The second detection resource is available only if you want to create a second detection engine for RNA or RUA. Select the interface set that you want to assign to this detection engine. editing an interface set or detection engine can cause the detection engines on the sensor to restart. Although some packets are transmitted without inspection during this time. 7. Select the number of detection resources for this detection engine. However.

Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Managing Detection Engines Chapter 6 3Dx800 Sensors • If you change the number of network interfaces. If you change the detection engine type for a detection engine. If you create an interface set. • • • Version 4. all the detection engines using that interface set are restarted. nothing is restarted. it will generate hardware alarms. or the detection engine type.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 195 . • Other Sensors • • • • • • If you change which network interfaces are used by an interface set. only that detection engine is started (although other CPUs may be restarted to rebalance the processing load). If you change the name or description of an interface set or detection engine. all the detection engines on the sensor are restarted. all detection engines on the sensor are restarted. If you delete a detection engine or interface set. IMPORTANT! If you have an 3Dx800 health policy applied to a 3D9800 sensor when you change the number of detection resources. If you delete a detection engine or interface set. that detection engine is restarted. nothing is restarted. nothing is restarted. If you change the name or description of an interface set or detection engine. If you change the number of detection resources allocated to a detection engine. which interface set is used. If you change a detection engine’s interface set. all the detection engines on the sensor are restarted. the interface set type. all the detection engines on the sensor are restarted because the total number of allocated resources has changed. all detection engines on the sensor are restarted. When you create a detection engine. If you create an interface set. all detection engines on the sensor are restarted. or interface set type. Contact Sourcefire Support for information about how to clear those hardware alarms. all detection engines assigned to that interface set are restarted. nothing is restarted.9. If you change the number of detection resources. A restart occurs only when you assign a detection engine to the interface set. • • • • If you create a detection engine. or the setting for tap mode or transparent mode for an interface set. only that detection engine is restarted (although other CPUs may be restarted to rebalance the processing load). If you change an interface set’s transparent mode setting.

The Detection Engines page appears. group. Select Operations > Configuration > Detection Engines > Detection Engines.9. To edit an existing detection engine: Access: Admin 1. then reinstate the VAPs. see the Sourcefire 3D Sensor Software for X-Series Installation Guide. you may want to remove any affected VAPs from the load-balanced list until the associated detection engines restart. If you need to change the detection engine type. you must delete the detection engine and create a new one. For more information. 2. TIP! The Inspect Traffic During Policy Apply option is not available on 3D500. description. TIP! On your 3D Sensor Software for Crossbeam Systems X-Series. In the case of an IPS detection engine you can also select if traffic is inspected while a policy is being applied.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Managing Detection Engines Chapter 6 Make sure you plan these actions for times when they will have the least impact on your deployment. Click Save. and number of detection resources for the detection engine. 3D1000. 3. Version 4. You can modify the name. Click Edit next to the detection engine you want to modify. You cannot modify the detection engine type. Your changes are saved. The Edit Detection Engine page appears. or 3D3800 sensors.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 196 .

See the following sections for more information: • • • Creating Detection Engine Groups on page 197 Editing Detection Engine Groups on page 198 Deleting Detection Engine Groups on page 199 Creating Detection Engine Groups Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor Access: Admin The following procedure explains how to create a detection engine group. Using Detection Engine Groups Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor You can use detection engine groups to combine similar detection engines. For information on modifying compliance rules. 2. Version 4.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Detection Engine Groups Chapter 6 Deleting a Detection Engine Requires: DC or 3D Sensor Use the following procedure to delete a detection engine. Select Operations > Configuration > Detection Engines > Detection Engines. Select Operations > Configuration > Detection Engines > Detection Engines. At the prompt. however. These groups make it easier to apply policies to detection engines that have similar purposes. WARNING! Do not delete a detection engine that is in use.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 197 . a record of the detection engine is retained so that events generated by that detection engine are viewable. The Detection Engines page appears. see Modifying a Rule in the Analyst Guide. Click Delete next to the detection engine you want to delete. you should first delete (or modify) the constraint in all rules in which it is used. confirm that you want to delete the detection engine. To create a detection engine group: 1.9. The detection engine is deleted. To delete a detection engine: Access: Admin 1. Also. The Detection Engines page appears. you should not delete a detection engine that is used as a constraint in one or more compliance rules. 3.

Click Save to add the selected detection engines to the detection engine group.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 198 . The Detection Engines page appears. Select Operations > Configuration > Detection Engines > Detection Engines.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Detection Engine Groups Chapter 6 2. Version 4. adding the detection engine to the group and clicking Update. To edit a detection engine group: Access: Admin 1. The Detection Engine page appears again. on the Edit Detection Engine page. Click Create Detection Engine Group. Click Save. See Creating Detection Engine Groups on page 197. 4. You can add detection engines to this group by clicking Edit next to a detection engine name and. You must create a detection engine group before you can edit it. You can also move detection engines out of the detection engine group. Select available detections engines and to move them to the detection engine group with the arrow buttons. 3. Type a name for the detection engine group in the Group Name field. The Available Detection Engines page appears. Editing Detection Engine Groups Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor The following procedure explains how to edit a detection engine group. The Detection Engine Group Edit page appears.9. 2. The Create Detection Engine Group page appears. 4. Click Edit for the detection engine group. 3.

9. Using Variables within Detection Engines Requires: IPS or DC/MDC + IPS A system default variable sets a variable value on your Sourcefire 3D Sensor or Defense Center that IPS uses by default unless it is overridden by a policy-specific or detection engine-specific value for the same variable. hosts in your network’s DMZ in the range 10.0. 2. see Creating New Policy-Specific Variables in the Analyst Guide. When you apply an intrusion policy to that detection engine. In the system default variable used in the intrusion policy: HOME_NET = 10. you can use detection engine-specific variable values to tailor your detection capabilities to more closely match your infrastructure.0/24 If you later create another detection engine that monitors the rest of your network. For information on policy-specific variables.0/24 In the detection engine named DE_ACCT: HOME_NET = 10. which are specific to the policy in which they are created. you can use the system default Version 4. However.90.10.10.90. if you have created your detection engines so that one detection engine monitors one class of hosts (in this example.0. You can define HOME_NET in your system default variable to encompass your internal address range (for example.10.0/16 In the detection engine named DE_DMZ: HOME_NET = 10. IPS can use the value of the detection engine-specific variable in rules you enable in your policy to monitor network traffic and generate events. which includes a mixed address space. 10. For example. any detection engines in the group are automatically ungrouped.10.0/24) and another monitors a different class (for example. The Detection Engines page appears. To delete a detection engine group: Access: Admin 1.30.10.10.0/24).30. Click Delete next to the name of the detection engine group. The detection engine group is deleted. they are not deleted.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Variables within Detection Engines Chapter 6 Deleting Detection Engine Groups Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor When you delete a detection engine group.0/16). You can associate a system default variable with a specific detection engine and give the resulting detection engine-specific variable an explicit value for that detection engine. the intrusion rules in an intrusion policy take advantage of certain system default variables such as HOME_NET and EXTERNAL_NET to look for exploits that originate outside your network and are targeted against hosts within your network.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 199 . Select Operations > Configuration > Detection Engines > Detection Engines. hosts in your accounting department in the address range 10.

you can modify the variable in the intrusion policies and detection engines where it is added automatically to give it a specific definition. and on the Variable list page for all other detection engines where it is listed with the value set to Policy Defined.9. You can view the corresponding new system default variable in the list of system default variables within each policy. Configuration details in this section relate to the detection engine Variable List page.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Variables within Detection Engines Chapter 6 variable value rather than creating another detection engine-specific value for HOME_NET. Version 4. Creating a detection engine-specific variable from the detection engine Variable List page also creates a corresponding system default variable with the value set to any. You can view the explicit detection engine-specific value you configured in the list of variables for the detection engine within each policy. When they exist. Variables use the same syntax and must follow the same guidelines regardless of whether you create or define them from within intrusion policies or from the detection engine Variable List page. If you disable a variable defined on the Variable List page by resetting the variable. For an explanation see Using Variables within Detection Engines on page 199. See Creating New Variables in the Analyst Guide and Modifying Variables in the Analyst Guide for more information. which means that the value specified in the policy will be used when you apply the policy. Optionally. a detection engine-specific variable value takes precedence over a policy-specific or system default value for the same variable.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 200 . For configuration details related to setting detection engine-specific variables within an intrusion policy. For more information. or on the detection engine Variable List page for the detection engine. IMPORTANT! You cannot use variables with RNA detection engines. see Creating New Variables in the Analyst Guide. the definition reverts to the definition in the intrusion policy the next time you apply the policy. see the following sections: • • • • • Assigning Values to System Default Variables in Detection Engines on page 200 Creating New Variables for Detection Engines on page 202 Deleting and Resetting Variables on page 203 Configuring Custom Variables in Detection Engines on page 204 Using Portscan-Only Detection Engines on page 205 Assigning Values to System Default Variables in Detection Engines Requires: IPS or DC/MDC + IPS You can assign detection engine-specific values to system default variables. You can also create new variables for use only within the context of the detection engine. You can create detection engine-specific variables and set detection engine-specific values for system default variables within an intrusion policy or from the detection engine Variable List page.

Enter a value for the variable and click Save.9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 201 . See Creating New Variables in the Analyst Guide for information about variable syntax. 4. The Variable List page appears. The Detection Engines page appears. The variable takes effect the next time you apply an intrusion policy to the detection engine. Version 4. The Variable Binding page appears. as described in Applying an Intrusion Policy in the Analyst Guide. Click Edit next to the variable you want to define. Select Operations > Configuration > Detection Engines > Detection Engines.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Variables within Detection Engines Chapter 6 To assign a detection engine-specific value to a system default variable: Access: Admin 1. The value for each of the variables defaults to the value within the intrusion policy that is applied to the detection engine. Click Variables next to the detection engine where you want to define a variable value. 3. 2. The Variable List page appears again and shows the new value for the variable.

Select Operations > Configuration > Detection Engines > Detection Engines. you can associate detection engine-specific variable definitions with the policy. See Understanding Custom Variables in the Analyst Guide if you are defining a special-purpose custom variable with one of the reserved variable names described in the Custom Variables table in the Analyst Guide. The Variable List page appears. or Custom. To create a new variable for a detection engine: Access: Admin 1.9. For an explanation see Using Variables within Detection Engines on page 199. In the Variable Name field. 4. 5. 2.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 202 . The Variable page appears.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Variables within Detection Engines Chapter 6 Creating New Variables for Detection Engines Requires: IPS or DC/MDC + IPS When you create an intrusion policy. . From the Variable Type drop-down list. The Detection Engines page appears. Click Add Variable. See Defining Ports in Variables and Rules in the Analyst Guide for more information if you are defining a port-based variable. enter a name for the variable. select IP Port. Click Variables next to the detection engine where you want to define a variable value. 3. • • • See Defining IP Addresses in Variables and Rules in the Analyst Guide for more information if you are defining a IP address-based variable. Version 4.

The Detection Engines page appears. The variable is created and is accessible to all policies as a system default variable. as described in Applying an Intrusion Policy in the Analyst Guide. See Creating New Variables in the Analyst Guide for information about the syntax for variables. Creating the new detection engine variable also lists the description Policy Defined for all other IPS detection engines on the Variable List page. the value any will be used. The variable takes effect the next time you apply an intrusion policy to the detection engine. You can delete predefined system variables on the detection engine Variable List page. You cannot delete predefined system variables within an intrusion policy. Deleting and Resetting Variables Requires: IPS or DC/MDC + IPS You can reset the value of a variable on the Variable List page and the variable reverts to the value defined in the intrusion policy the next time you apply the intrusion policy to the detection engine.9. It is listed in the variable list for the detection engine in all intrusion policies with the explicitly set value. The Variable List page appears again and shows the new variable and its value. meaning that the value specified in the policy will be used when you apply the policy. To delete or reset variables on a detection engine: Access: Admin 1. Select Operations > Configuration > Detection Engines > Detection Engines. You can also delete variables that you created within the context of the detection engine. IMPORTANT! Each new detection engine variable adds a system variable with a value of any that is accessible in all your intrusion policies. In any intrusion policy that you apply to a different detection engine and do not explicitly set a policy-defined or detection engine-specific variable to override the value of the system variable. and listed for all other detection engines on the Variable List page with a value of Policy Defined. enter a value for the variable and click Save.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Variables within Detection Engines Chapter 6 6.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 203 . Version 4. but only if they are not used in any active or inactive rule within the system. In the Value field.

Configuring Custom Variables in Detection Engines Requires: IPS or DC/MDC + IPS Custom variables allow you to configure special IPS features that you cannot otherwise configure via the web interface. • To delete a locally created variable.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 204 . You can set an explicit detection engine value for the predefined SNORT_BPF custom system variable. For more information.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Variables within Detection Engines Chapter 6 2. You have two options: • To disable the variable value defined in the IPS detection engine and revert to the variable value defined in the policy. The variable is reset and Policy Defined appears in the Value column. click Reset next to the name of the variable. see Understanding Custom Variables in the Analyst Guide. You can add a new USER_CONF detection engine variable using the reserved name USER_CONF . 3. The Variable List page appears.9. The variable is deleted from the detection engine the next time you apply an intrusion policy to the detection engine. Version 4. or by creating a variable using a specific reserved name. Click Variables next to the detection engine where you want to delete or reset a variable value. You then define the variable value with a set of instructions appropriate to the function the variable provides. You create a detection engine-specific custom variable by setting an explicit value for a reserved predefined system variable. click Delete next to the name of the variable.

the sensor can process more packets with greater efficiency. you can create a portscan-only intrusion policy and apply it to a portscan-only detection engine on the sensor. To configure the USER_CONF custom variable for a detection engine: Access: P&R Admin/Admin To create USER_CONF as a new detection engine-specific variable using the reserved name USER_CONF see Creating New Variables for Detection . To overcome this issue. create an interface set that includes the network interfaces you want to use on the sensor. The interface set can be passive. Depending on the traffic mix on your network.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 205 . Using the Defense Center’s web interface. Using Portscan-Only Detection Engines Requires: IPS or DC/MDC + IPS If you configure a sensor to use multiple detection resources within a single IPS detection engine. 3. Create an IPS portscan-only detection engine and assign one detection resource to it. One downside to using multiple detection resources is that no single resource sees all the traffic on a network segment. Engines on page 202. 2.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Variables within Detection Engines Chapter 6 To configure the SNORT_BPF custom variable for a detection engine: Access: P&R Admin/Admin To set an explicit detection engine-specific value for SNORT_BPF using the existing system default variable. Create another IPS detection engine that uses up to the remaining number of detection resources and the interface set that you created in step 1. a portion of the traffic that the 3D Sensor sees is directed to each detection resource for processing. see Assigning Values to System Default Variables in Detection Engines on page 200. However. you may need to adjust the number of resources in the multi-resource detection engine. Multiple detection engines will use this interface set. The following steps outline the process you can use to configure your sensor to detect portscans in addition to other exploits against your network assets. which is a requirement for the portscan preprocessor. Version 4.9. Internal logic on the sensor ensures that packets belonging to the same session are directed to the same resource for analysis. inline. Make sure you use the interface set that you created in step 1. or inline with fail open depending on how your sensor is deployed. In this way. Remember that the portscan-only detection engine can use only one detection resource. 1. Sourcefire recommends that you monitor the performance of your sensor to make sure that the portscan-only detection engine is able to keep up with the multi-resource detection engine. IMPORTANT! A portscan-only intrusion policy is able to process up to three times more traffic than a more complex intrusion policy because it uses fewer CPU resources.

Also.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Variables within Detection Engines Chapter 6 4. items listed under Performance Statistics. or Rule Processing Configuration. Working with Layers. Create and apply an intrusion policy for the multi-resource detection engine. Make sure portscan rules are enabled for the types of portscans you configure.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 206 . See Selecting the Base Policy in the Analyst Guide for more information. Make sure you match the type of intrusion policy to the type of interface set that you created in step 1. and Back Orifice Detection (under Specific Threat Detection) are disabled. the HTTP Configuration preprocessor. See Detecting Portscans in the Analyst Guide for more information. 5. Create and apply an intrusion policy to the portscan-only detection engine. See Enabling and Disabling Advanced IPS Features in the Analyst Guide for more information. and Applying an Intrusion Policy in the Analyst Guide for more information): • Select the No Rules Active Base Policy and make sure the Protection Mode is Passive. Ensure that the DCE/RPC Configuration preprocessor. Enable Portscan Detection and configure it for your network environment. See the Portscan Detection SIDs (GID:122) table in the Analyst Guide for more information. • • • • • • IMPORTANT! Note that when portscan detection is enabled. make sure you disable portscan detection in this policy. Ensure that OPSEC Configuration (under External Responses) is disabled. You should not change the default settings for Checksum Verification or Packet Decoding (under Transport/Network Layer Preprocessors). you must enable rules on the Rules page with generator ID (GID) 122 for enabled portscan types for the portscan detector to generate portscan events. Version 4. You do not need to set up variables for this policy. Review the resulting intrusion events to ensure that you are receiving the events you expect.9. the SMTP Configuration preprocessor (under Application Layer Preprocessors). Enable IP Defragmentation (under Transport/Network Layer Preprocessors) and make sure it is configured for your environment (using the Hosts option) See Enabling and Disabling Advanced IPS Features in the Analyst Guide for more information. Note that all rules are disabled on the Rules page. 6. The policy should inherit or be set to the following settings in the layer in your intrusion policy where you enable portscan detection (See Creating an Intrusion Policy in the Analyst Guide.

Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Interface Sets Chapter 6 Using Interface Sets Requires: DC or 3D Sensor An interface set is a collection of one or more sensing interfaces on your appliance. Some installations require that the link state be propagated and most sensor interfaces provide that option. you can set up any of your 3D Sensor interfaces in passive. • With the exception of the Virtual 3D Sensor. To list the available interface sets: Access: Admin Select Operations > Configuration > Detection Engines > Interface Sets. inline.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 207 . Only 3D9900 sensors provide a fail-safe option that works with inline interface sets. On selected sensors you can set interfaces to tap mode. You can also set interfaces on most sensors in transparent inline mode. or PEP policy. • • • • • • • Version 4. Sensors with Gigabit Ethernet interfaces can employ jumbo frames. or inline with fail-open mode. sensor. set type.9. See the following sections for more information about interface sets: • • • • • • • Understanding Interface Set Configuration Options on page 207 Creating an Interface Set on page 213 Creating an Inline Interface Set on page 216 Editing an Interface Set on page 221 Deleting an Interface Set on page 223 Inline Fail Open Interface Set Commands on page 225 Using Clustered 3D Sensors on page 227 Understanding Interface Set Configuration Options Requires: DC or 3D Sensor There are a number of configuration variables to consider when you configure interface sets. You can sort the available interface sets by group. Only 3D9900 sensors provide the PEP feature. The Virtual 3D Sensor supports only passive mode operation. 3D Sensors deployed in networks that are highly sensitive to latency can use the automatic application bypass option. see Using PEP to Manage Traffic in the Analyst Guide. For more information on the PEP feature.

Supported Features by 3D Sensor Model 3D Sensor Model Virtual 3D Sensor 3D500 3D1000 3D2000 3D2100 3D2500 3D3000 3D3500 3D3800 3D4500 3D5800 3D6500 3D9800 3D9900 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Transparent Inline Mode Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Link State Propagation Mode Tap Mode Jumbo Frames Automatic Application Bypass Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Enable Fail-safe PEP See the following sections for more information: • • • • • • • Types of Interface Sets on page 209 Transparent Inline Mode on page 209 Tap Mode on page 210 Link State Propagation Mode on page 211 Jumbo Frames on page 212 Automatic Application Bypass on page 212 Enabling Fail-Safe on page 213 Version 4.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Interface Sets Chapter 6 See the following table for a list of 3D Sensors and each of their applicable interfaces features.9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 208 .

you can choose one of three types: • Passive A passive interface set can encompass any number of the available sensing interfaces on a sensor. or in addition to. if the power fails or the Snort process halts. • Inline For most sensors. IMPORTANT! If you include an on-board sensing interface (instead of. • Inline with Fail Open For most sensors.9. However. then apply different policies to the detection engines. which only supports a single IPS detection engine. However. you could create a single passive interface set and create two detection engines. Note that interface pairs on the same fiber-based NIM will act as fail open interfaces even if you assign them to an inline interface set. an inline interface set can include any two interfaces. and an inline with fail open interface set on a 3D9800 sensor can include up to the total number of interface pairs on the sensor. an inline with fail open interface set must include exactly one interface pair. but you should avoid using an on-board interface. the appliance’s performance could be degraded. You can set up multiple detection engines to use a single interface set. network traffic continues to flow through the sensor as it would for an inline with fail open interface set. Transparent Inline Mode Transparent inline mode is a feature for inline interface sets and is not available for Passive interface sets. the Transparent Inline Mode option is enabled by default. Version 4. The interfaces do not have to be on the same network cards. interfaces on the network cards). and an inline interface set on a 3D9800 sensor can include up to the total number of interface pairs on the sensor.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Interface Sets Chapter 6 Types of Interface Sets When you create an interface set. an inline with fail open interface set on a 3D3800 or 3D5800 sensor can include up to four interface pairs. For example. except for the 3D500 and the Virtual 3D Sensor. an inline interface set on a 3D3800 or 3D5800 sensor can include up to four interface pairs. If you choose the Inline or Inline with Fail Open option. This allows the sensor to act as a “bump in the wire” and means that the sensor forwards all the network traffic it sees regardless of its source and destination. It is not available on the 3D500 and available but not a default configuration on the Virtual 3D Sensor. That is. except on the 3D9800 sensor.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 209 . one for an IPS and the other for RNA.

3D5800. rules that you set to Drop and rules that use the replace keyword do not affect the packet stream. and you cannot disable it. if your sensor includes a detection engine with an inline interface set) and the Transparent Inline Mode option is selected. For example. Version 4. a sensor acts as a bridge. With tap mode.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Interface Sets Chapter 6 If you disable this option. TIP! 3D9800 sensors with earlier versions of firmware do not support tap mode. Tap Mode Tap mode is available for the 3D3800. rules of these types do generate intrusion events when they are triggered. Over time. and on later versions of 3D9800 3D Sensor when you create an inline or inline with fail open interface set. The Sourcefire 3D System checks the 3D9800 firmware version and displays the optional tap mode check box in the Create Interface Set page when appropriate. the sensor is deployed inline. and forwards packets accordingly. but instead of the packet flow passing through the sensor. it does not allow the traffic to pass through the interface to the side of the network with Host C. Only traffic between Host A and Host C or between Host B to Host C is allowed to pass. it allows the traffic to pass through the interface even though Host A and Host B are on the same side of the sensor. If your sensor is deployed inline (or more precisely. Because you are working with copies of packets rather than the packets themselves. when the sensor sees traffic from Host A to Host B.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 210 . Keep in mind that if you create an inline interface set but do not use transparent inline mode. 3D9900. then if the sensor sees network traffic from Host A to Host B. 3Dx800 sensors run in transparent inline mode.9. you must be especially careful not to create loops in your network infrastructure. consider the following diagram. a copy of each packet is sent to the sensor and the network traffic flow is undisturbed. If the sensor is inline and you are not using transparent inline mode. the sensor learns which hosts are on which side of the inline interface. However.

If you are monitoring the same inline interface set with both IPS and RNA or RUA. other than those on 3D9900s must be in hardware bypass mode for link state propagation to function correctly. Based on the results. Link state propagation mode automatically brings down the second interface in the interface pair when one of the interfaces in an inline interface set goes down. It is also available on 3D9900s in both the inline and inline fail-open mode. if the link state of one interface changes. and the IPS detection engine fails for any reason. if you plan to use RNA to monitor either an inline or inline with fail open interface set. the RNA or RUA detection engine monitoring that interface set will not see any traffic until the IPS detection engine restarts. you can disable tap mode and begin dropping suspicious traffic without having to reconfigure the cabling between the sensor and the network. When the downed interface comes back up. IMPORTANT! Fiber interface sets configured as inline fail-open. IMPORTANT! Crossbeam-based software sensors and 3D9800 sensors do not support link state propagation. you must either configure an IPS detection engine that uses that interface set. For more information about fiber interface sets and hardware bypass.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Interface Sets Chapter 6 There are benefits to using tap mode with sensors that are deployed inline. IMPORTANT! On a 3D3800 or 3D5800 sensor. the link state of the other interface is changed automatically to match it. or configure the interface set in tap mode. see Removing Bypass Mode on Inline Fail Open Fiber Interfaces on page 225.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 211 . the second interface automatically comes back up. Otherwise. you can set up the cabling between the sensor and the network as if the sensor were inline and analyze the kinds of intrusion events the sensor generates. In other words. For example.9. the RNA detection engine monitoring that interface set will not see any traffic. as well as apply an intrusion policy to that detection engine. Version 4. Link state propagation is available for both copper and fiber fail-open NIMs. too. Link State Propagation Mode Link state propagation mode is a feature for interface sets in the inline fail-open mode so both pairs of an inline pair track state. Neither RNA nor RUA are supported on the 3D9800 sensor. When you are ready to deploy the sensor inline. you can modify your intrusion policy and add the drop rules that best protect your network without impacting its efficiency. It is not available for passive interface sets.

set the maximum frame size for the interface using the Create Interface Set page. a core file is automatically generated for potential troubleshooting by Sourcefire Support. The feature functions with both passive and inline interface sets. 3D Sensor that support jumbo frames include: • • • 3D6500 3D9800 (9018-byte jumbo frames are always accepted) 3D9900 Note that since the 3D9800 is set to always accept the maximum size frame.000 ms. Typical maximum sized jumbo frames are 9018 bytes. The valid range is from 250 ms to 60. or RUA detection engine and allows packets to bypass the detection engine if the time is exceeded. RNA. If your 3D Sensor and interface supports jumbo frames. You can change the bypass threshold if the option is selected. 3D Sensors generate a health monitoring alert. you do not need to set it in the Create Interface Set page. The default setting is 750 milliseconds (ms). see the Supported Features by 3D Sensor Model table on page 208. For more information on the health monitoring alert. Most gigabit Ethernet network interface cards support jumbo frames to increase efficiency. You can apply automatic application bypass on an interface set basis. If a detection engine is bypassed. To see a list of which 3D Sensors you can use Automatic Application Bypass Monitoring on. Version 4. however. If the application bypass triggers repeatedly. The automatic application bypass option is off by default.9. Automatic application bypass limits the time allowed to process packets through an IPS.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 212 . Note also that frames larger than the configured maximum frame size are silently dropped by the sensor. excessive numbers of core files can result in disk usage health alerts. Jumbo Frames Jumbo frames are Ethernet frames with a frame size greater than the standard 1518 bytes. see Configuring Automatic Application Bypass Monitoring on page 502. Automatic Application Bypass The automatic application bypass feature allows you to balance packet processing delays with your network’s tolerance for packet latency. it is most valuable in inline deployments.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Interface Sets Chapter 6 Link state propagation is especially useful in resilient network environments where routers are configured to reroute traffic automatically around network devices that are in a failure state. WARNING! If a detection engine is bypassed.

Creating an Inline Interface Set. IMPORTANT! The procedure for creating an inline interface set for 3Dx800 sensors is slightly different. The Create Interface Set page appears. Select the type of interface you want to create. Select Operations > Configuration > Detection Engines > Interface Sets. For more information. 4.9. When you enable the Enable Fail-Safe option. To create an interface set: Access: Admin 1.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 213 . Passive. For information about their use. Version 4. 2. see the next section. Inline. see Using Interface Sets on page 207. Type a name and description for the new interface set in the Name and Description fields. 3D9900 sensors monitor internal traffic buffers and bypass detection engines if those buffers are full. TIP! Some sensors do not support every interface set type. from the Interface Set Type drop-down list. The Enable Fail-Safe option is only available on inline interface configurations. or Inline with Fail Open. traffic is allowed to bypass detection and continue through the sensor. The Interface Sets page appears. 3. You can use alphanumeric characters and spaces. Click Create Interface Set. Creating an Interface Set Requires: DC or 3D Sensor An interface set is a collection of one or more sensing interfaces on your appliance.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Interface Sets Chapter 6 Enabling Fail-Safe The Create Interface Set page includes an additional option for 3D9900 sensors: the Enable Fail-Safe option.

9. 7. Version 4. you can select the Enable Fail-safe check box to enable traffic pass-though during application bypass.000 ms. IMPORTANT! Link state propagation and automatic application bypass are not supported on Sourcefire 3D Sensor Software for X-Series platforms. The default setting is 750 ms and the valid range is from 250 ms to 60. you can select a Bypass Threshold in milliseconds (ms). however. set jumbo frame options on the Crossbeam CLI. If you selected either the Inline or Inline with Fail Open option and you are not configuring a Crossbeam-based software sensor. clear the Transparent Inline Mode check box to disable transparent mode. See Using Interface Set Groups on page 223 for more information. Optionally. if you selected the Inline or Inline with Fail Open option. then optionally. You can. Optionally. select an existing interface set group or select Create New Group to create a new interface set group. 6.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Interface Sets Chapter 6 5. 9. Automatic Application Bypass is most useful in inline applications. Optionally.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 214 . select Automatic Application Bypass if your network is sensitive to latency. This option is especially useful if the routers on your network are able to re-route traffic around a network device that is down. When the option selected. and if you are configuring an inline interface set on a 3D9900. Optionally. 8. select Link State Propagation Mode.

You can set any jumbo frame size between 1518 and 9018 bytes.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 215 . and if you are configuring an interface set on a 3D6500 or 3D9900 type a maximum frame size for your IP traffic in the Maximum Frame Size field.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Interface Sets Chapter 6 10.9. including a list of ungrouped sensors. Defense Center Only Select the sensor group containing the sensors where you want to create the interface set. Defense Center Only Select one of the sensors from the list. Optionally. Version 4. inclusive. The following shows a 3D9900 interface set. 12. a list of sensor groups appears. 11. On the Defense Center only. A list of sensors appears. A list of network interfaces on the sensor appears. You can also select the ungrouped sensors.

Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Interface Sets Chapter 6 13.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 216 . • • For more information. The interface set is created. the names that appear in the Available Interfaces list correspond to the device names you assigned to the circuits you created on the X-Series. but inline interface sets must contain exactly two interfaces (except on 3Dx800 sensors). Inline with fail open interface sets must contain one pair of interfaces from the same fail-open network card. For example. your sensor may not provide optimum performance. make sure you reapply intrusion policies to the IPS detection engines on the affected sensor. 14. For 3Dx800 sensors. s0. This is the default behavior during 3D Sensor installations. you can apply a single policy and rapidly complete your initial Version 4. Creating an Inline Interface Set Requires: DC or 3D Sensor You can add multiple interface pairs to an inline interface set on 3D Sensors and Crossbeam-based software sensors. the names that appear in the Available Interfaces list correspond to the slot number and interface location. For example. You can use the Shift and Ctrl keys to select multiple interfaces at once. Remember to reconnect the network cable when you are finished. Determining which interface name corresponds with a physical interface on your sensor depends on the model: • For most 3D Sensors. For 3D Sensor Software for Crossbeam Systems X-Series. Different types of interface sets have different requirements.9. and so on). TIP! After you create an interface set. Click Save. see the Installation Guide for your sensor or sensor software. IMPORTANT! If you select an on-board interface rather than an interface on a network card. log into the console and disconnect the network cable from the interface. A message appears on the console indicating the name of the interface (eth1. you can include all of the available interfaces in a passive interface set. eth2. Using one interface set that includes all available inline interface pairs.e0 corresponds to the leftmost interface on the network interface module (NIM) in I/O Slot 0 on the back of your appliance. Select the interfaces that you want to add from the Available Interfaces list and click the arrow button to add the interface to the Selected Interfaces list.

If you include only one interface pair in an interface set. TIP! Although the default interface set on 3D Sensors includes all the available inline interface pairs. Version 4. you can refine policies for specific connected network segments and their requirements.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 217 . Your network may be set up to route traffic between a host on your network and external hosts through different interface pairs depending on whether the traffic is inbound or outbound. Later. You can also use multiple interface pairs when your network employs asynchronous routing. as shown in the following graphic. in many cases you can improve performance by modifying the interface set to include only the inline interface pairs your network requires.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Interface Sets Chapter 6 3D Sensor deployment. the sensor might not correctly analyze your network traffic because a detection engine might see only half of the traffic.9.

• • For an 3Dx800 sensor. Type a name and description for the new interface set in the Name and Description fields. Click Create Interface Set. If you are monitoring the same inline interface set with both IPS and RNA or RUA.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 218 . as well as apply an intrusion policy to that detection engine. and the IPS detection engine fails for any reason. IMPORTANT! On a 3D3800 or 3D5800 sensor. A list of sensor groups appears. For Crossbeam-based software sensors. Optionally. from the Interface Set Type drop-down list. the RNA or RUA detection engine monitoring that interface set will not see any traffic until the IPS detection engine restarts. 4. To create an inline interface set: Access: Admin 1. if you plan to use RNA to monitor either an inline or inline with fail open interface set. 2. The Create Interface Set page appears. no packets are lost. Although some packets are transmitted without inspection during this time. a software bridge is automatically set up to transport packets when the sensor restarts. the RNA detection engine monitoring that interface set will not see any traffic. Select Operations > Configuration > Detection Engines > Interface Sets. you must either configure an IPS detection engine that uses that interface set. You can use alphanumeric characters and spaces. Select the type of inline interface you want to create. The Interface Sets page appears. select an existing interface set group or select Create New Group to create a new interface set group. choose Inline from the Interface Set Type drop-down list. or configure the interface set in tap mode. Otherwise. Version 4. Neither RNA nor RUA are supported on the 3D9800 sensor. 3. 5. choose either Inline or Inline with Fail Open.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Interface Sets Chapter 6 For most 3D Sensors with inline interface sets.9. including a list of ungrouped sensors. See Using Interface Set Groups on page 223 for more information.

Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Interface Sets Chapter 6 6. 7. The following shows a 3D9900 interface set. however. Optionally. including a list of ungrouped sensors. IMPORTANT! Link state propagation and automatic application bypass are not supported on Sourcefire 3D Sensor Software for X-Series platforms. set jumbo frame options on the Crossbeam CLI. If you are creating an inline with fail open interface set. Optionally.9. a list of paired network interfaces on the sensor’s fail-open cards appears. a list of sensor groups appears. Select one of the sensors from the list. inclusive. and if you are configuring an interface set on a 3D9900. On the Defense Center only. you can select a Bypass Threshold in milliseconds (ms). a list of network interfaces on the sensor appears. select Automatic Application Bypass if your network is sensitive to latency.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 219 . and if you are configuring an interface set on a 3D6500 or 3D9900 type a maximum frame size for your IP traffic in the Maximum Frame Size field. 9. The default setting is 750 ms and the valid range is from 250 ms to 60. 8. You can. When the option selected.000 ms. If you are creating an inline interface set. you can select the Enable Fail-safe check box to enable traffic pass-though during application bypass. You can set any jumbo frame size between 1518 and 9018 bytes. Version 4. Optionally.

• Use the Shift and Ctrl keys to select multiple interfaces or interface pairs at once. • If you are creating an inline interface set. For 3D Sensor Software for Crossbeam Systems X-Series. You can configure inline interface sets on 3D3800 and 3D5800 sensors to contain up to four pairs of interfaces. select at least one interface pair from the Available Interfaces list and click the arrow button to add the interface to the Selected Interfaces list. s0.9. the names that appear in the Available Interfaces list correspond to the slot number and interface location.e0 corresponds to the leftmost interface on the network interface module (NIM) in I/O Slot 0 on the back of your appliance. The Sourcefire 3D System checks the 3D9800 firmware version and displays the optional tap mode check box in the Create Interface Set page when appropriate. inline and inline with fail open interface sets can include up to the total number of interface pairs on the sensor. but each pair must reside on a single fail-open network card. select two interfaces that you want to designate as an inline pair from the Available Interfaces list and click the arrow button to add the interface to the Selected Interfaces list. Version 4. select the Enable Tap Mode check box to use tap mode. Inline with fail open interface sets on 3D3800 and 3D5800 sensors can also contain up to four pairs of interfaces. Determining which interface name corresponds with a physical interface on your sensor depends on the model: • For 3Dx800 sensors. On the 3D9800 sensor.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 220 . for a 3DX800 or 3DX900 sensor. Repeat to add additional interface pairs.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Interface Sets Chapter 6 10. see the Installation Guide for your sensor or sensor software. the paired interface names that appear in the Available Interfaces list correspond to the device names you assigned to the transparent bridge-mode bridge circuits you created on the X-Series. Note that 3D Sensor Software for Crossbeam Systems X-Series does not support inline with fail open interface sets. Optionally. • For more information. For example. TIP! 3D9800 sensors with earlier versions of firmware do not support tap mode. If you are creating an inline with fail open interface set. 11. Add the interfaces to your interface set.

TIP! After you create an interface set. Editing an Interface Set Requires: DC or 3D Sensor In some circumstances.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Interface Sets Chapter 6 12. Click Save. select Link State Propagation Mode. IMPORTANT! Note that link state propagation is not available for Crossbeambased software sensors or 3D9800 sensors. The following sections describe some of the cases where a detection engine is affected by changes to the detection engines and interface sets: Version 4.9. editing an interface set or detection engine can cause the detection engines on the sensor to restart. Optionally. This option is especially useful if the routers on your network are able to re-route traffic around a network device that is down. no packets are lost. 13.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 221 . for a 3D3800 or 3D5800 sensor. a software bridge is automatically set up to transport packets when the sensor restarts. Although some packets are transmitted without inspection during this time. The interface set is created. IMPORTANT! For most 3D Sensors with inline interface sets. TIP! The link lights on fiber fail-open NIMs remain lighted even when the link state is down on 3D3800 or 3D5800 sensors with link state propagation enabled. which can cause a short pause in processing. make sure you reapply intrusion policies to the IPS detection engines on the affected sensor.

or the detection engine type. only that detection engine is started (although other CPUs may be restarted to rebalance the processing load). all the detection engines on the sensor are restarted. the interface set type. If you delete a detection engine or interface set. all detection engines assigned to that interface set are restarted. nothing is restarted. The Sourcefire 3D System checks the 3D9800 firmware version and displays the optional tap mode check box in the Create Interface Set page when appropriate. all the detection engines on the sensor are restarted because the total number of allocated resources has changed. If you change an interface set’s transparent mode setting or interface set type.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 222 . only that detection engine is restarted (although other CPUs may be restarted to rebalance the processing load). If you change the detection engine type for a detection engine. If you create a detection engine. If you change an interface set’s tap mode setting. all detection engines on the sensor are restarted. • If you change the number of detection resources. which interface set is used. all the detection engines on the sensor are restarted. all detection engines on the sensor are restarted. If you change the name or description of an interface set or detection engine. If you create an interface set. • • • • • Other Sensors • • • • • • • Version 4. that detection engine is restarted.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Interface Sets Chapter 6 3Dx800 Sensors • If you change the number of network interfaces. If you change a detection engine’s interface set. nothing is restarted. all the detection engines using that interface set are restarted. If you change which network interfaces are used by the interface set. If you change the number of detection resources allocated to a detection engine. or transparent mode for an interface set. all detection engines assigned to that interface set are restarted.9. all detection engines on the sensor are restarted. When you create a detection engine. If you delete a detection engine or interface set. TIP! 3D9800 sensors with earlier versions of firmware do not support tap mode.

The interface set is deleted. at the prompt. See the following sections for more information: • • Creating Interface Set Groups on page 224 Deleting Interface Set Groups on page 225 Version 4. confirm that you want to delete the interface set. The Interface Sets page appears. Using Interface Set Groups Requires: DC You can use interface set groups to combine similar interface sets.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Interface Set Groups Chapter 6 • • If you create an interface set. You must delete the detection engine before you can delete the interface set. and. To delete an interface set: Access: Admin 1. If you change the name or description of an interface set or detection engine. A restart occurs only when you assign a detection engine to the interface set. These groups make it easier to apply PEP policies to interface sets that have similar purposes. 2. Click Edit next to the interface set that you want to modify. Deleting an Interface Set Requires: DC You cannot delete an interface set that is being used by a detection engine. nothing is restarted. nothing is restarted. Your changes are saved. Make any changes to the interface set and click Update. make sure you reapply your intrusion policy on the affected sensor. Click Delete next to the interface set that you want to delete.9. The Interface Sets page appears. To edit an interface set: Access: Admin 1. Make sure you plan these actions for times when they will have the least impact on your deployment. Select Operations > Configuration > Detection Engines > Interface Sets.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 223 . 3. Select Operations > Configuration > Detection Engines > Interface Sets. TIP! After you edit an interface set used by an IPS detection engine. 2. see Understanding PEP Traffic Management in the Analyst Guide. For more information on PEP policies. The Create Interface Set page appears.

You can add interface sets to an interface set group by clicking Edit next to a interface set group name and. You must create an interface set group before you can edit it. 3. To create a interface set group: Access: Admin 1. Type a name for the interface set group in the Group Name field. Version 4. The Interface Set page appears again. on the Interface Group Edit page. See Creating Interface Set Groups on page 224.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 224 . Select Operations > Configuration > Detection Engines > Interface Sets.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Interface Set Groups Chapter 6 Creating Interface Set Groups Requires: DC The following procedure explains how to create an interface set group. 2. Click Save. The Interface Group Edit page appears. The Available Interface Sets page appears. Editing Interface Set Groups Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor The following procedure explains how to edit an interface set group. 2. adding available interfaces to the group and clicking Save. Click Create Interface Set Group or click Create Interface Set then click Create New Group in the Group field. To edit an interface set group: Access: Admin 1.9. The Create Interface Set Group page appears. Click Edit for the interface set group. Select Operations > Configuration > Detection Engines > Interface Sets.

most fiber inline fail open interface sets do not return from bypass automatically. 2. Select Operations > Configuration > Detection Engines > Interface Sets. To delete a interface set group: Access: Admin 1. Click Delete next to the name of the interface set group. they are not deleted. You can force a copper or fiber inline fail open interface in or out of bypass. The interface set group is deleted. all network traffic passes through the interface pair without being analyzed. any interface sets in the group are automatically ungrouped. You can use a command line tool to force the interface set out of bypass mode. See Forcing an Inline Fail Open Interface Set into Bypass Mode on page 226. Deleting Interface Set Groups Requires: DC When you delete an interface set group. The Interface Sets page appears. The Available Interface Sets page appears. you can force the interface out of bypass mode. You can also move interface sets out of the interface set group.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 225 . Version 4. It is not necessary to use this tool on inline with fail open copper interface pairs or to use this tool with 3D9900 sensors. 4.9. Removing Bypass Mode on Inline Fail Open Fiber Interfaces Requires: 3D Sensor When link state propagation is enabled on a sensor with an inline fail open interface set and the sensor goes into bypass mode. Click Save to add the selected interfaces to the interface set group. IMPORTANT! Make sure you contact Technical Support if you are having issues with the fail open interfaces on your sensor. Inline Fail Open Interface Set Commands Requires: 3D Sensor When you use fiber inline fail open interfaces sets and the interface set goes into bypass.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Inline Fail Open Interface Set Commands Chapter 6 3. When the links restore. Select available interface sets and to move them to the interface set group with the arrow buttons. TIP! This tool works on most 3D Sensors with inline with fail open fiber interface pairs. See Removing Bypass Mode on Inline Fail Open Fiber Interfaces.

enter the correct password. The Interface Sets page appears. You cannot use it with non-fail open inline interface sets. 2. If you are troubleshooting an interface set. a message in syslog indicates the 3D Sensor is analyzing traffic.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 226 . To force an inline fail open interface set into bypass mode: Access: Admin 1. or if the interface card does not fail open on its own. On the appliance’s web interface. You can determine this information on the Interface Sets page. a state where all network traffic passes through the interface pair without being analyzed.sh 2.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Inline Fail Open Interface Set Commands Chapter 6 To force a fiber inline fail open interface set out of bypass mode: Access: Admin 1. Enter the following at the command line: 3. Log in as root onto the sensor and.9. at the prompt. For example: Fiber pair has been reset by un_bypass Forcing an Inline Fail Open Interface Set into Bypass Mode Requires: 3D Sensor When the sensor with an inline fail open interface set fails. Under Available Interface Sets. The Create Interface Set page appears. you can use a command line tool to force the interface set into bypass mode. it goes into bypass mode. click Edit next to the inline with fail open interface set you are investigating. TIP! Note that this tool works only with inline with fail open interface pairs. When the interfaces switch out of bypass mode. The Selected Interfaces column displays the names of the interfaces in the interface set. Open a terminal window on your 3D Sensor and enter the command su and the root password to switch to the root user. Version 4. select Operations > Configuration > Detection Engines > Interface Sets. IMPORTANT! Make sure you contact Technical Support if you are having issues with the fail open interfaces on your sensor. 3. To force an inline fail open interface set into bypass mode. /var/sf/bin/unbypass_cards. you must know which two interfaces are included in the interface set.

at the prompt. if the interfaces in the interface set are eth2 and eth3.pl open eth#:eth# For example. enter the correct password. you combine the 3D9900 sensors resources into a single..pl open eth2:eth3 The following message appears: NOTE: You must already have a failopen interface set and detection engine configured on the pair you are forcing open or closed for this utility to work.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Clustered 3D Sensors Chapter 6 4. you can identify them on the Sensor list page.. Enter the following at the command line: failopen_pair. enter the following: failopen_pair. Enter the following at the command line: failopen_pair.pl close eth2:eth3 The following message appears: Mode changed for interfaces eth2:eth3 The interfaces return to normal mode and the traffic flowing through the detection engines on the interface set is analyzed as you would expect. if you specified the correct interfaces. the following message appears: No failopen interface set configured for interfaces eth2:eth3. the following message appears: Mode changed for interfaces eth2:eth3 The interfaces switch to bypass mode and the traffic is no longer analyzed.pl close eth#:eth# For example. For information on establishing and separating clustered pairs. To return an inline fail open interface set to normal mode: Access: Admin 1. Version 4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 227 . shared configuration. Select Operation > Sensors and note that clustered sensors have a peer icon. enter the following: failopen_pair. After the cluster is established. When you establish a clustered pair configuration. Log in as root onto the sensor and. see Managing a Clustered Pair on page 140. 2. Then. If you did not specify the correct interfaces. if the interfaces in the interface set are eth2 and eth3. Using Clustered 3D Sensors Requires: DC + 3D9900 You can increase the amount of traffic inspected on a network segment by connecting two fiber-based 3D9900 sensors in a clustered pair.9.

1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 228 . You cannot manage detection engines on the local GUI of a paired 3D Sensor. In a clustered pair. and list the detection engines of paired 3D Sensors. The format is DetectionEngineName (MasterSensorName. When you combine two 3D9900 sensors as a clustered pair.example. and fir. When you create a detection for a clustered pair. You use the combined detection engines as a single entity except when viewing information from the clustered pair.9. Both 3D9900 sensors are listed as a part of the detection engine formed by the clustered 3D Sensors. where Z inline DE is the name of the detection engine. SlaveSensorName). birch. you can combine their detection engines.example.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Clustered 3D Sensors Chapter 6 You can see if the sensor is a master or slave. the Edit page is replaced with an informational page. you can only manage them from a Defense Center and not from one of the clustered sensors. a clustered 3D Sensors detection engine could be: Z inline DE (birch. edit. the slave’s ethb0 and ethb1 connect to the master and the its ethb2 and ethb3 are not connected. the Defense Center displays the single interface set of the master sensor. For more information. For example. both sensors are listed in the interface set. when you hover over the peer icon. see: • • • Using Detection Engines on Clustered 3D Sensors on page 228 Understanding Interface Sets on Clustered 3D Sensors on page 229 Managing Information from a Clustered 3D Sensor on page 230 Using Detection Engines on Clustered 3D Sensors Requires: DC + 3D9900 For information about using detection engines with clustered 3D9900s. fir.com.example. see: • • • Managing Clustered 3D Sensor Detection Engines on page 228 Using Clustered 3D Sensor Detection Engines in Policies on page 229 Managing Information from a Clustered 3D Sensor on page 230 Creating a Detection Engine on page 193 Editing a Detection Engine on page 194 Deleting a Detection Engine on page 197 For information about how to manage detection engines. By combining two 3D9900 sensors as a clustered pair. Because the detection engines and interface sets are combined.com is the name of the slave in the pair of 3D9900 sensors. see: • • • Managing Clustered 3D Sensor Detection Engines Requires: DC + 3D9900 Use the managing Defense Center to create. Version 4.com is the name of the master in the pair. and which sensor it is paired with.com).example.

birch. where Z inline DE is the name of the detection engine.example.example. Using Clustered 3D Sensor Detection Engines in Policies Requires: DC + 3D9900 Use the managing Defense Center to manage policies and responses of paired 3D Sensors. IMPORTANT! You cannot use the Policy & Response menu on the local GUI of a paired 3D Sensor. fir. SlaveSensorName) when you use them in: • • • • IPS policies PEP policies RNA detection policies compliance rules For example. a clustered 3D Sensors detection engine could be: Z inline DE (birch.com is the name of the master in the pair. Clustered 3D Sensors detection engines present their names in the form DetectionEngineName (MasterSensorName. The slave’s ethb2 and ethb3 pair are not functional and must not be connected when you establish the clustered pairing.9. the detection resources are listed as from both sensors. Understanding Interface Sets on Clustered 3D Sensors Requires: DC + 3D9900 After you set up the clustered pair. The master’s ethb2 and ethb3 pair connect to the slave’s ethb0 and ethb1 pair.example.com). a master/slave relationship is established between the two 3D9900 sensors. Version 4. The master’s ethb0 and ethb1 pair are used for sensing connections.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Clustered 3D Sensors Chapter 6 When you create or edit a detection engine formed by the clustered 3D Sensors.com is the name of the slave in the pair of 3D9900 sensors.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 229 .com. those pages are replaced with an informational page. and fir.example.

com is the slave sensors. birch. where Z inline DE is the detection engine.com.example.example. the clustered 3D Sensors detection engine could be: Z inline DE (birch. fir. A Select Detection Engines list from the Intrusion Event Statistics page is show below. Managing Information from a Clustered 3D Sensor Requires: DC + 3D9900 Clustered sensors report information from each of the sensors.9.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Clustered 3D Sensors Chapter 6 To view the clustered pair interface sets: Access: Admin Select Operations > Configuration > Detection Engines > Interface Sets.example. These reports include: • • • intrusion event statistics intrusion events event graphs Version 4.example.com. Analysis & Reporting tools display the information from each half of the detection engine independently. and fir. When you examine information from the clustered pair.example. A clustered pair interface set displays both the master and the slave in the Sensor column. in the form DetectionEngineName/MasterSensorName and DetectionEngineName/SlaveSensorName. IMPORTANT! If you collect statistics from clustered 3D9900s. Do not attempt to change the interface settings while a clustered sensor is paired. add data from both sensor of the detection engine to measure the total.com is the master sensor.example.com and from Z inline DE / fir. The Interface Sets page appears. For information about using interface sets in the detection engines of clustered 3D9900s. it is listed as from both Z inline DE / birch.com). For example.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 230 . see Using Detection Engines on Clustered 3D Sensors on page 228.

collect the data from both 3D9900s and ensure that you configure each 3D9900 identically.Using Detection Engines and Interface Sets Using Clustered 3D Sensors Chapter 6 • • • • dashboards RNA statistics network map searches IMPORTANT! If you use eStreamer to stream event data from a clustered pair of 3D9900s to an external client application. Version 4.9. The eStreamer settings are not automatically synchronized over the pair.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 231 .

and you must configure the RNA component for that sensor to collect RNA events.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 232 . The Report Types table describes the reports you can create and the components required for producing them. For example. You must have an RNA host license on the Defense Center managing your 3D Sensor. You can run the report on the 3D Sensor or on the Defense Center that manages the sensor. Event reports include the data that you see on the event view pages for each type of event presented in a report format. the RNA Events report appears under the RNA report category on the Report Designer page. Similarly.9. Report Types Report Intrusion Events with Destination Criticality Intrusion Events with Source Criticality Intrusion Events SEU Import Log Host Attributes Report Category IPS or RNA IPS or RNA IPS IPS RNA Requires DC + RNA + IPS DC + RNA + IPS DC + IPS DC + IPS DC + RNA Version 4.Working with Event Reports Chapter 7 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide The Sourcefire 3D System provides a flexible reporting system that you can use to generate a variety of event reports. the Intrusion Events report appears under the IPS report category and requires the IPS component on a 3D Sensor.

see Editing Report Profiles on page 263. Version 4. see Understanding Report Profiles on page 241.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 233 . You can create a new report profile through the use of the Report Designer. or use it as a template for an event report profile which can be customized by modifying field settings as appropriate and saving the report with the new values. For information on modifying a predefined or existing report profile. For more information on how to create and save report profiles.Working with Event Reports Chapter 7 Report Types (Continued) Report RNA Hosts Scan Results RNA Client Applications RNA Events RNA Services Vulnerabilities Hosts with Services Flow Data RUA Events Users White List Violations Compliance Events White List Events Remediation Status Health Events Audit Log Events Report Category RNA RNA RNA RNA RNA RNA RNA RNA RUA RUA Compliance Compliance Compliance Compliance Health Monitoring Audit Log Requires DC + RNA DC + RNA DC + RNA DC + RNA DC + RNA DC + RNA DC + RNA DC + RNA DC + RUA DC + RUA DC + RNA DC + RNA DC + RNA DC + RNA DC Any You can use a predefined report profile to generate your report.9.

You can also specify which detection engine to use when generating the report. see Using a Report Profile on page 260. For information on how to generate a report from a report profile view. see Managing Remote Storage on page 393. as well as move reports to a remote storage location.Working with Event Reports Working with Event Reports Chapter 7 See the following sections for more information: • • • • • • • • Working with Event Reports on page 234 Working with Report Profiles on page 234 Managing Generated Reports on page 237 Understanding Report Profiles on page 241 Working with Report Information on page 248 Working with Report Sections on page 255 Working with Report Options on page 258 Using a Report Profile on page 260 Working with Event Reports Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC You can generate reports manually or automatically on any subset of events in an event view. see Managing Generated Reports on page 237. Version 4. or delete previously generated reports. For more information on how to create and save report profiles. see Editing Report Profiles on page 263. You can store reports locally or remotely. see Creating a Report Profile on page 246. download.9. You can run reports remotely from the Defense Center using the data on the sensors for the report.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 234 . For information on how to modify a report profile. For information on how to generate a report for the data that appears in an event view. see Generating Reports from Event Views on page 235. You can create a new report profile through the use of the Report Designer. You can use a predefined report profile as a template for an event report which can be customized by modifying field settings as appropriate and saving the report with the new values. see Running Remote Reports on page 240. For more information on how to configure a Defense Center to store reports in a remote location using SSH. if you use a Defense Center to manage your sensors. For more information on how to how to generate reports on managed sensors and view the results on the Defense Center. or SMB. NFS. Working with Report Profiles Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC You can use a predefined report profile to generate your report. For more information on how to manage your reports. You can view.

as described in this section. You can also specify how you want the report formatted: PDF HTML.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 235 . You can generate reports in PDF HTML or comma-separated value (CSV) formats. you can also create a report profile and then either use it to generate a report or save it to use later. see Working with Report Options on page 258. or as comma-separated . Generating Reports from Event Views Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC You can generate reports on any subset of events in an event view. values (CSV). see Using Summary Reports on page 255. see Understanding and Using Workflows in the Analyst Guide. • TIP! In addition to generating reports in an event view. . You can do this several ways: • Use an event search to define the type of events you want to view. For information on how to incorporate these options into your reports. To generate a report for a specific set of events: Access: Any Analyst/ Admin 1. see Searching for Events in the Analyst Guide. see Understanding Report Profiles on page 241. Populate an event view with the events you want to include in the report.Working with Event Reports Generating Reports from Event Views Chapter 7 You can include a summary report for intrusion events and RNA events by selecting the appropriate radio button in your report profile. For more information on each of the summary reports. and include custom options such as a corporate logo or footers. Drill down through a workflow until you have the proper events in your event view. For more information. Version 4.9. For details on using the event search. For details on using workflows and constraining events within a workflow. and a short description of the report.

Version 4. The following graphic shows the Defense Center version of the page. click Return to Calling Page at the bottom of the Report Designer page. Select the check boxes next to the output options you want in the report: PDF . Change any of the parameters as necessary to meet your needs. see Creating a Report Profile on page 246. 3. Click Generate Report. For details on the parameters for a report. The settings on the page reflect the parameters that you selected for the search or through the drill-down pages.9. Note that you may select more than one format.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 236 . TIP! If you need to go back to the drill-down page where you opened the Report Designer. 4.Working with Event Reports Generating Reports from Event Views Chapter 7 2. or CSV. Click Report Designer in the toolbar. HTML. The Report Designer page appears. 5.

click Remote Storage on the toolbar. To view the report. you can move reports to a remote storage location. NFS. the Defense Center hides any previously generated remotely stored reports. Version 4. You can enable or disable remote storage using the Enable Remote Storage for Reports check box.Working with Event Reports Managing Generated Reports Chapter 7 6. the appliance provides the disk usage of the storage device. which indicates whether it has yet to be generated (for example. due to lack of disk space). If you are using a Series 2 Defense Center. If you disable remote storage. To configure remote storage. if you change the remote storage location. For more information. see Managing Remote Storage on page 393. the appliance lists the status of each of the reports. or whether the generation failed (for example.zip for HTML reports (HTML reports are zipped along with the necessary graphics) Finally.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 237 . In addition. The report profile is saved and the report generates in the output formats you selected. You can view. for scheduled tasks). 7. and whether it is stored locally or remotely. the Defense Center hides reports not stored in the new location. Note that only Series 2 Defense Centers support remote storage of reports. Each report is listed with the report name as defined in the report profile plus the date and time the report was generated. and SMB storage. it has already been generated.csv for comma-separated value reports . who generated it. Managing Generated Reports Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC Manage previously generated reports on the Reporting page.pdf for PDF reports . download. or delete reports. The default location for report storage is listed at the top of the page. The report appears.9. for local. Click OK to confirm that you want to save the current parameters as a report profile. Each report has one of the following file extensions appended to the report name: • • • . click Reports in the toolbar. then click the report name on the Reporting page that appears.

other users can only view reports that they generated themselves. The Reporting page appears. see the following topics: • • • • • Viewing Generated Reports on page 238 Downloading Generated Reports on page 238 Deleting Generated Reports on page 239 Moving Reports to a Remote Storage Location on page 239 Running Remote Reports on page 240 Viewing Generated Reports Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC Use the following procedure to view generated reports. 2. TIP! You can also save reports locally. Version 4.9. 2. click Reports. The Report Profiles page appears. On the toolbar. For more information. Note that users with Admin access can view all reports generated on the appliance. To view a generated report: Access: Any Analyst/ Admin 1. Downloading Generated Reports Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC Access: Any Analyst/ Admin Use the following procedure to download generated reports. the report opens. The Reporting page appears. 3. On the toolbar.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 238 .Working with Event Reports Managing Generated Reports Chapter 7 For information on managing reports. To download generated reports: 1. You can view one report at a time. Downloading Generated Reports. Select Analysis & Reporting > Report Profiles. The Report Profiles page appears. In either case. Select Analysis & Reporting > Report Profiles. then click View. click Reports. Click the name of the report. You have two options: • • Enable the check box next to the report you want to view. see the next section.

To move generated reports: Access: Any Analyst/ Admin 1. For information on configuring a remote storage location and enabling remote storage of reports. The Reporting page appears. 2. Moving Reports to a Remote Storage Location Requires: DC/MDC On Series 2 Defense Centers. On the toolbar. a second check box appears that you can enable to delete all reports on all pages. The reports are downloaded in a single . 3. then click Download.9. To delete generated reports: 1.zip file. Enable the check boxes next to the reports you want to download.Working with Event Reports Managing Generated Reports Chapter 7 3. Confirm that you want to delete the reports. Enable the check boxes next to the reports you want to delete. TIP! Enable the check box at the top left of the page to delete all reports on the page. 4. If you have multiple pages of reports. The Report Profiles page appears. If you have multiple pages of reports. Deleting Generated Reports Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC Access: Any Analyst/ Admin Use the following procedure to delete generated reports. see Managing Remote Storage on page 393. then click Delete. click Reports. Note that after you move a report to a remote location. Select Analysis & Reporting > Report Profiles. TIP! Enable the check box at the top left of the page to download all reports on the page. Version 4. The Reporting page appears. you cannot move it back. 4. 2. you can move locally stored reports to a remote storage location. The Report Profiles page appears. Select Analysis & Reporting > Report Profiles. a second check box appears that you can enable to download all reports on all pages. On the toolbar.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 239 . Follow your browser’s prompts to download the reports. click Reports. The reports are deleted.

and you store IPS data on the sensor in addition to sending it automatically to the Defense Center. Click Create Report Profile. Create the report that you want to run on the managed sensor. if you use your Defense Center to manage a 3D Sensor with IPS. There are several limitations that you need to keep in mind: • • If you do not store data on the sensor. 3. then the remote report will be empty. a second check box appears that you can enable to move all reports on all pages. A prompt appears asking you to confirm that you want to run the report remotely. For example.9. Confirm that you want to move the reports. Version 4. TIP! Enable the check box at the top left of the page to move all reports on the page. • • To run a remote report: Access: Any Analyst/ Admin 1. The reports are moved. Select Analysis & Reporting > Report Profiles. Running Remote Reports Requires: DC + 3D Sensor If you use a Defense Center to manage your sensors. The report is run on the sensor that you selected. then click Move.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 240 . Click OK. select the sensor where you want to run the report and click Run Remote Report. You cannot run remote reports on 3Dx800 or Crossbeam-based software sensors. Enable the check boxes next to the reports you want to move. you can run the report on the data that is resident on the sensor. 2. 4. The Report Designer page appears. 5. You cannot run incident reports remotely on managed 3D Sensors with IPS. The Report Profiles page appears.Working with Event Reports Managing Generated Reports Chapter 7 3. the logo or image file must exist on both the Defense Center and the managed sensor where you run the report. If you have multiple pages of reports. If your report uses a logo or image file. 4. From the drop-down list at the bottom of the page. See Generating Reports from Event Views on page 235 for details. you have the option of running reports remotely from the Defense Center using the data on the sensors.

see Working with Report Sections on page 255. and workflow. such as detection engine. inserts a logo.is prepended to the name of the report. You can view or download the remote report as you would with any other locally generated report.Working with Event Reports Understanding Report Profiles Chapter 7 6. Note that not all options are available for all categories or types. See the following sections for more information: • • • • Understanding the Predefined Report Profiles on page 242 Modifying a Predefined Report Profile on page 246 Creating a Report Profile on page 246 Working with Report Information on page 248 Version 4. you will have other options to define. see Working with Report Options on page 258. search query. For more information. Whether you use a predefined report profile or create your own. Report Information defines the basic nature of the report profile by first giving the report profile a name. In the toolbar. The Reporting page appears. TIP! You can also use report profiles as the basis for remote reports by creating a profile as described in Creating a Report Profile on page 246. and then selecting the report category and type. You can use a predefined report profile to either generate your report. For more information. and Report Options. make sure you select the name of the sensor and click Run Report Remotely. adds a custom footer. or . see Working with Report Information on page 248. comma-separated (CSV format). Report Options specifies the outputs of the report format (PDF HTML. Reports Sections. click Reports. all report profiles contain the same three configurable areas: Report Information. 7. Additionally. see Scheduling Tasks on page 425). or use as a template for a new report profile by modifying field settings as appropriate and saving the report with the new values. Note that remote. When you run the report. a new report profile can be created through the use of the Report Designer.9. and provides an option to email the report. For more information.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 241 . table view of events. You can then manually run these reports or schedule them to run automatically (for information about scheduling tasks. listing the report you just generated on the managed sensor. such as a drill down of events. Understanding Report Profiles Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC Report profiles provide the structure for the generated report. Report Sections identifies which sections to include in the report. Depending upon your choices. or the inclusion of an image file.

you can use a predefined report profile as a template for an event report.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 242 .9. As with custom report profiles that you create (see Creating a Report Profile on page 246).Working with Event Reports Understanding Report Profiles Chapter 7 • • • • • Working with Report Sections on page 255 Working with Report Options on page 258 Using a Report Profile on page 260 Generating a Report using a Report Profile on page 261 Deleting Report Profiles on page 263 Understanding the Predefined Report Profiles Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC A predefined report profile provides you with predefined setting for event reports. Version 4. and run the report manually or automatically. You can modify field settings as appropriate. save the report with the new values.

and Host Audit. The Report Options area is not included in these charts.Working with Event Reports Understanding Report Profiles Chapter 7 Predefined reports are provided by the Sourcefire system: Blocked Events. you have created a new report profile. you must save the report profile with a new name to preserve your new settings. Version 4. Note that if you modify the default settings.9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 243 . The following graphic shows the Blocked Events report profile on the Defense Center version of the page. The following tables provide the default settings for each of the predefined report profiles. High Priority Events.

This report profile is available on the Defense Center or on a 3D Sensor with IPS. Default Settings for the Blocked Events Report Profile Field Report Category Report Type Detection Engine Search Query Workflow Setting IPS Intrusion Events All Blocked Events Impact and Priority (on the Defense Center) Destination Port (on the 3D Sensor) Time Add Summary Report Impact Based Event Summary (on the Defense Center) Drill Down of Source and Destination IPS (on the Defense Center) Drill Down of Destination Port (on the 3D Sensor) Drill Down of Events (on the 3D Sensor) Table View of Events Packets (limit 50 pages) Last day. sliding time window Quick Enabled Enabled Enabled Enabled Disabled Disabled The High Priority Events report profile provides information on intrusion events as well as the host criticality of hosts involved in the intrusion events for the past Version 4.9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 244 .Working with Event Reports Understanding Report Profiles Chapter 7 The Blocked Events report profile provides information on blocked intrusion events for all detection engines for the past twenty-four hours.

9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 245 . This report profile is available only on the Defense Center that manages 3D Sensors with RNA. and Host Criticality Last day. Priority. Default Settings for the High Priority Events Report Profile Field Report Category Report Type Detection Engine Search Query Workflow Time Add Summary Report Impact to Criticality Summary Source Destination Drill Down Intrusion Events with Destination Criticality Packets (limit 50 pages) Setting IPS Intrusion Events with Destination Criticality All High Priority Events Events by Impact. sliding time window Quick Enabled Enabled Enabled Disabled The Host Audit report profile provides operating system details for the past week on systems less than two network hops away from 3D Sensors with RNA. Default Settings for the Host Audit Report Profile Field Report Category Report Type Detection Engine Search Query Setting RNA RNA Hosts All Local Systems Version 4.Working with Event Reports Understanding Report Profiles Chapter 7 twenty-four hours. This report profile is available only on a Defense Center that manages 3D Sensors with RNA and IPS.

1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 246 . or an image file. the criteria for the search. . Not all options are available for all reports. Report Sections. second. see Editing Report Profiles on page 263. save the report profile. table view of events. Working with Report Information on page 248 explains how to set the type of report and how to specify which detection engines. such as a drill down of events. Note that all reports contain the option for a summary report and an image file. and saving the report with the new values. and Report Options). in the IPS report category. You perform three steps to create the a report profile: first.Working with Event Reports Understanding Report Profiles Chapter 7 Default Settings for the Host Audit Report Profile (Continued) Field Workflow Time Add Summary Report Summary of OS Names Summary of OS Versions OS Details with IP NetBIOS. For example.9. For more information on how to modify a predefined report profile. sliding time window summary Enabled Enabled Enabled Disabled Disabled Modifying a Predefined Report Profile Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC You can use a predefined report profile as a template to create a new report profile by modifying the field settings as appropriate. Creating a Report Profile Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC You can create the report profile by defining category and type. and then specifying which detection engines to search. selecting the Intrusion Events report type gives you the option to select which detection engines to search. create the report profile in the system. configure the options in each of three report areas (Report Information. and. queries. selecting the Intrusion Events with Source Criticality report type does not provide that option. and which workflows to examine. finally. Version 4. but not all options are available for all reports. and workflows to apply. Working with Report Sections on page 255 explains how to specify which the sections to be included in the report. Criticality Table View of Events Packets (limit 50 pages) Setting Operating System Summary Last week.

Version 4. The Report Designer page appears.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 247 . Select Analysis & Reporting > Report Profiles. 2. To create a report profile: Access: Any Analyst/ Admin 1.9. footer or logo. Continue with Defining Report Information on page 254. The following graphic shows the Defense Center version of the page. and how to use the option which emails the report. TIP! You can also reach the Report Designer page from any event view by clicking Report Designer on the toolbar. The Report Profiles page appears. adds a custom .Working with Event Reports Understanding Report Profiles Chapter 7 Working with Report Options on page 258 section explains how to set the output of the report (PDF HTML or comma-separated value (CSV) format). Click Create Report Profile. 3.

and spaces. periods.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 248 . The following graphic is an example of the Report Information section.9.Working with Event Reports Working with Report Information Chapter 7 Working with Report Information Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC You define the basic nature of the report profile by first giving the report profile a name. Version 4. Note that not all options are available for all categories or types. The Report Name can be any name using 1-80 alphanumeric characters. Depending upon your choices. such as detection engine. search query. and workflow. and then selecting the report category and type. parentheses. you will have other options to define. dashes.

Options vary depending upon Report Type. For example. you can create a report which searches a selected detection engine for RNA compliance events.. you can create a report which searches for IP-specific high impact intrusion events on a specified detection engine. In many cases. you can create a report which searches selected detection engines for RUA events. For information on IPS Report Type options. common concerns. RNA client applications.For example. RNA services. Select from the Report Categories table . vulnerabilities. RNA are using a Defense Center with an RNA host license and you want to report on host attributes. RNA events.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 249 . intrusion events with source criticality. have an IPS license and you want to report on intrusion events with or without source or destination criticality. are using a Defense Center and you want to report on the health of your sensors. or exploits that target client/server issues. IPS If you. RUA are using a Defense Center with an RUA host license and you want to search one or more detection engines to examine the RUA Events and users. Report Categories Select. public or private addresses only.. However IPS and RNA report types options are extensive and provide detailed options for defining your report profile. Use this option to search hosts for blocked or high priority events. For example. or white list events.. RNA hosts. compliance events.. report types are limited and self-explanatory. For more information on RNA Report Type options. you can create a report which searches selected detection engines for RNA client applications. such as the Compliance or Audit Log report categories. For example. see RNA Category Report Types on page 252. and generate a report which can include sections with a Table View of Events and Users. hosts with services.Working with Event Reports Working with Report Information Chapter 7 The Report Category defines which system feature is examined in the report. The Report Type is a subset of the Report Category and provides a greater level of detail to the report. or scan results. are using a Defense Center with an RNA host license and you want to report on white list violations. Use this option to select a workflow on one or more detection engines to search for blocked events. Compliance Health Monitoring Audit Log Version 4. or various services. See Using Report Types on page 250 for more information. remediation status. high impact or high priority events. or the SEU import log. see IPS Category Report Types on page 251. want to report on audit log events.9.

The Time option allows you to define the period of time for which the report is generated. RNA. Options vary depending upon which options you selected for Report Type. see Setting Event Time Constraints in the Analyst Guide. expanding. Options vary depending upon Report Type. and can include such options as Network Services by Count or Host Violations. or when searching the network for RNA hosts. the report types available to the IPS and RNA report categories are extensive and provide detailed options for defining your report profile. and Search Query. white list.Working with Event Reports Working with Report Information Chapter 7 The Detection Engine allows you to select which detection engines are to be searched for the report. See the following sections for more information: • • IPS Category Report Types on page 251 RNA Category Report Types on page 252 Version 4. client applications. Detection Engine. The Search Query identifies the search criteria for the report.9. See the following sections for more information: • • Using Report Types on page 250 Defining Report Information on page 254 Using Report Types Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC The Report Type is a subset of the Report Category and provides a greater level of detail to the report. host attributes.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 250 . such as the Compliance or Audit Log report categories. have limited report types and are self-explanatory. or sliding time frame. Some report categories. This option is available when searching for events. such a intrusion. For more information. and health monitoring. However. and can include a list of exploits (such as Sasser Worm Search or non-standard service attempts) or areas of concern such as IRC Events or Kerberos Client/Server issues. or compliance events. The Workflow allows you to select which workflow to examine. and IP-Specific or Impact and Priority. Click in the current time field to open a pop-up window from which you can select a static. Options for the report type vary depending upon which Report Category is selected.

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IPS Category Report Types Select... Intrusion Events To... search one or more detection engines using user-specified search queries and workflows to generate a report which can include sections with a drill down of the destination port and events, a table view of events, and the packets. Search queries include: Blocked Events, Bootstrap Client/Server, Common Concerns, DNS Service, DirectX Service, FTP Service, Finger Service, High Impact Events, High Priority Events, IRC Events, Impact1/Not Dropped Events, Kerberos Client/Server, LDAP Services, Mail Services, Oracle Service, Private Addresses Only, Public Addresses Only, RPC Services, and Reserved Port TCP Scan. Workflows include: Destination Port, Event-Specific, Events by Priority and Classification, Events to Destinations, IP-Specific, Impact and Priority, Impact and Source, Impact to Destination, Source Port, and Source and Destination. Intrusion Events with Source Criticality search using the Blocked Events or High Priority events search queries to generate a report on the Intrusion Events with Source Criticality default workflow which can include sections on Intrusion Events with Source Criticality, and the packets. search using the Blocked Events or High Priority Events search queries on your choice of three workflows: Events by Impact, Priority, and Host Criticality, which can include sections on Impact to Criticality Summary, Source Destination Drill Down, Intrusion Events with Destination Criticality, and the packets. Events with Destination, Impact, and Host Criticality, which can include sections on Current Events Monitor, Intrusion Events with Destination Criticality, and the packets. Intrusion Events with Destination Criticality default workflow, which can include sections on Intrusion Events with Destination Criticality, and the packets. SEU Import Log generate a report on the SEU Detail View workflow.

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You can choose from the following RNA Category Report Types: RNA Category Report Types Select... Host Attributes To... search one or more detection engines to examine the Attributes workflow, and generate a report which can include sections with a table view of host attributes and the packets. search one or more detection engines to examine the Client Application Summaries or RNA Client Applications workflows, and generate a report which can include sections with a table view of client applications and the packets. examine the Vulnerabilities workflow and generate a report which can include sections with a table view of vulnerabilities, vulnerabilities on the network, and the packets. search using the Blocked Events or High Priority events search queries on the Intrusion Events with Source Criticality default workflow, and generate a report which can include sections on Intrusion Events with Source Criticality, and the packets. examine the Hosts with Services Default Workflow or the Service and Host Details, and generate a report which can include sections on Hosts with Services and the hosts. search one or more detection engines to examine the operating system summary or RNA hosts for local, remote, unidentified, or unknown systems, and generate a report which can include sections with a Summary of Operating System Names, Summary of Operating System Versions, Operating System Details with IP NetBIOS Criticality, Table View of Hosts, and Hosts. , generate a report on the Scan Results workflow. search one or more detection engines using the NetSky.S Worm Search, New Events, Sasser Worm Search, Subseven Trojan Search, Timeout Events, and Update Events, and generate a report which can include sections with a Table View of Events, and Hosts.

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RNA Category Report Types (Continued) Select... RNA Services To... search one or more detection engines for non-standard service events (such as non-standard HTML, non-standard mail, non-standard SSH) in Network Services by Count, Network Services by Hit, and RNA Services workflows, and to generate a report which can include sections with Active Services, Service Application Activity, Service Version Audit, Service by Host, and Hosts. search using the Blocked Events, Events to High Criticality Hosts, or High Priority Events search queries, and generate a report on your choice of three workflows: Events by Impact, Priority, and Host Criticality, which can include sections on Impact to Criticality Summary, Source Destination Drill Down, Intrusion Events with Destination Criticality, and the packets. Events with Destination, Impact, and Host Criticality, which can include sections on Current Events Monitor, Intrusion Events with Destination Criticality, and the packets. Intrusion Events with Destination Criticality default workflow, which can include sections on Intrusion Events with Destination Criticality, and the packets. Flow Data search one or more detection engines using user-specified search queries and workflows, and generate a report which can include sections with the Top Ten workflows, Table View of Flow Summary Data, Table View of Flow Data drill down of the destination port and events, a table view of events, and the packets. Search queries include: Possible Database Access, Standard HTTP Standard , Mail, Standard SSL, and Unauthorized SMTP . Workflows include: Flow Summaries, Flows by Detection Engine, Flows by Initiator, Flows by Port, Flows by Responder, Flows by Service, Flows Over Time, RNA Flows, Traffic by Detection Engine, Traffic by Initiator, Traffic by Port, Traffic by Responder, Traffic by Service, Traffic Over Time, Unique Initiators by Responder, and Unique Responders by Initiator.

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Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC Access: Any Analyst/ Admin After you have determined which options you need for your report, use the following procedure to define the report information options. To define the Report Information: 1. From the Report Category drop-down list, select the report category for which you want to create a report.

You can choose from: • • • • • • IPS (with an IPS license) RNA (on a Defense Center with an RNA host license) RUA (on a Defense Center with an RUA host license) Compliance (on a Defense Center with an RNA host license) Health Monitoring (on a Defense Center) Audit Log

2. From the Report Type drop-down list, select the type of report you want to create. 3. Optionally, if the report type you selected includes the Detection Engine option, select a specific Detection Engine on which to report. 4. Requires: DC Optionally, if you are reporting on health events, select a specific sensor or sensor group from the Sensor drop-down list. 5. From the Search Query drop-down list, either use the Use Current Query option (which retains any query parameters you specified on the search page or event page) or select one of the existing search queries. Note that if you did not previously specify a search query, the Use Current Query option places no constraints on the events. 6. From the Workflows list, select the workflow you want to use to build the report. For information on workflows, see Understanding and Using Workflows in the Analyst Guide.

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Specify the time range for the report. Depending on your default time window, the time range matches either the time window for the event view you are using to building the report profile, or the global time window. You can change time range by clicking it and using the Date/Time pop-up window to select a new time range. For more information, see Setting Event Time Constraints in the Analyst Guide.

8. Continue with Defining the Report Sections on page 258. IMPORTANT! For report profiles that you plan to use multiple times, such as in scheduled tasks, Sourcefire strongly recommends that you use a sliding time range. If you create a report profile with a static time range, the appliance will generate a report using the same time range (and therefore the same events) every time you use the report profile.

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Comparison of Quick Summary and Detail Summary Reports Report Information Pie chart showing the percentage of events in each event type (which maps to the rule category for the rule that generated the event) List of the 10 most active and 10 least active events Graph showing the number of events over time Pie charts showing the percentage of events by protocol (for example, TCP , UDP or ICMP) and event classification (which maps to the value for the , classtype keyword in the rule that generated the event) Tables listing the 50 most active and least active events Tables listing the 50 most active source and destination ports Tables listing the 25 most active source and destination hosts and host combinations. Tables listing the 25 most active source and destination hosts as well as the 25 most active source and host combinations Tables listing the most active events for each of the 25 most active destination hosts Tables listing the most active events for the 25 most active source and destination host combinations Quick Summary X X X X Detail Summary X X X X

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you can add the RNA Summary to RNA event, host, client application, service, and flow data reports. The RNA Summary includes: • RNA event statistics including total number of events, events in the last day and hour, total services, total hosts, total routers, total bridges, and host limit usage a list of events divided by event type with counts for the last hour and total number within the report range pie charts showing the percentage of events by protocol (for example, TCP , UDP or ICMP), service, and operating system ,

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Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC Access: Any Analyst/ Admin After you have determined which options you need for your report, use the following procedure to define the report section options. To define the Report Sections: 1. If a summary is available for the report type you selected, specify whether you want to include it as part of your report.

To include a summary with intrusion event-based reports, select quick or detailed. For a full description of the information provided in Quick and Detailed summaries, see Using Summary Reports on page 255. On a Defense Center with an RNA host license, to include a summary with an RNA-based report, select summary. For a full description of the information provided in the RNA summary, see Using Summary Reports on page 255. To exclude the summary, select none, which is the default.

2. If you want to include an image in the report, type the path to the image in the Include Image File text box, or navigate to a JPEG, PNG, or TIFF file. 3. Select the check boxes next to the sections of the workflow you want to include in the report. The options in this section depend on the workflow you selected in step 6. 4. Continue with Working with Report Options on page 258. TIP! Note that if you select a table view of events, the report is limited to 10,000 records as noted in step 6, regardless of the number of events.

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You can include a logo on your report. In PDF formats, the logo is included on every page. In HTML formats, the logo is included at the top of the report. You can add a description which will be included on the front page summary of the report. Access: Any Analyst/ Admin To define the report options: 1. Select the check boxes next to one or more output options for your report: PDF HTML, or CSV. ,

2. Optionally, for PDF and HTML reports, select a logo from the list of image files that were previously added to the system. See Including an Image File on page 257 for information about how to make more logos available to the report designer. 3. Optionally, for PDF and HTML reports, type a description in the Description field. You can use alphanumeric characters and spaces. The description appears in the report header. 4. Optionally, for PDF reports, type the text you want to include as the footer in the Custom Footer field. You can use 1 - 80 alphanumeric characters and spaces. 5. Optionally, you can specify that reports are automatically emailed after they are generated. To email a report, type one or more email addresses in a comma-separated list in the Email to field. IMPORTANT! You must make sure that the mail host is identified: Click Not available. You must set up your mail relay host. The System Policy page appears. Click Edit in the row for the system policy you want to modify. Click Email Notification. Type the name of your mail server in the Mail Relay Host field and click Save. Click Apply in the row for the system policy you changed and apply it to the appliance. The report is emailed from host_name@domain_name, where host_name is the host name of the appliance and domain_name is the name of the domain where you deployed the appliance.

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6. You have the following options: • To save the report profile, click Save Report Profile. When prompted, follow the instructions for your browser to save the report profile. The report profile is saved with the name you specified in the Report Name field. • To generate the report and save the report profile, click Generate Report. When prompted, follow the instructions for your browser to generate the report and save the report profile. • To see a PDF preview of your report, click Preview Report. When prompted, follow the instructions for your browser to display a PDF version of the report in the browser window. • On a Defense Center, to generate the report remotely, select the sensor where you want to run the report and click Run Remote Report. When prompted, follow the instructions for your browser to generate the report and save the report profile. IMPORTANT! The PDF HTML, and CSV selections for Output Options apply to , generated reports, not to report previews. When you click Preview Report, you see a PDF version of the report.

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The Report Profiles page appears. Access: Any Analyst/ Admin To edit a report profile: 1. 3. You can also edit a report profile to make changes to the resulting report. When prompted. The report profile is deleted. Select Analysis & Reporting > Report Profiles. 4. 2. Deleting Report Profiles Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC Access: Any Analyst/ Admin Use the following procedure to delete a report profile. follow the instructions for your browser to save the report profile.Working with Event Reports Using a Report Profile Chapter 7 Editing Report Profiles Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC You can create a new report profile by using a predefined or existing report profile as a template for a new report profile. The Report Designer page appears and contains the current settings for the report profile. Make changes to the report areas as needed. 2. and saving the report with the new values. The report profile is saved with the name you specified in the Report Name field. The Report Profiles page appears. See the following sections for information: • • • Working with Report Information on page 248 Working with Report Sections on page 255 Working with Report Options on page 258 IMPORTANT! If you are creating a new report profile from a predefined or existing report profile.9. Version 4. Click Delete next to the profile that you want to delete. Select Analysis & Reporting > Report Profiles.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 263 . Click Save Report Profile. remember to change the name of the report profile in the Report Name field. Use the following procedure to edit a report profile. modifying the field settings as appropriate. Click Edit next to the profile that you want to delete. To delete a report profile: 1.

it queries an external server.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 264 .Managing Users Chapter 8 Administrator Guide If your user account has Administrator access. the authentication process checks the local database for this list. If the user’s account uses internal authentication. you can manage the user accounts that can access the web interface on your Defense Center or 3D Sensor. the appliance looks for a match for the user name and password in the local list of users. If the account uses external authentication.9. This process is called authentication. if the user is not found locally. the process checks the local database to see if the user exists there and. you can also set up user authentication via an external authentication server. On the Defense Center. see the following sections: • • • Understanding Sourcefire User Authentication on page 264 Managing Authentication Objects on page 269 Managing User Accounts on page 299 Understanding Sourcefire User Authentication Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor When a user logs into the web interface. such as a Lightweight Directory Version 4. For more information. rather than through the internal database. There are two kinds of authentication: internal and external.

1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 265 . or based on the default user access role you set in the server authentication object or in a system policy on the managing Defense Center.9. unless you change the user permissions manually. you can control user permissions. Users with external authentication receive the permissions either for the group or access list they belong to. Version 4. for a list of users.Managing Users Understanding Sourcefire User Authentication Chapter 8 Access Protocol (LDAP) directory server or a Remote Authentication Dial In User Service (RADIUS) authentication server. For users with either internal or external authentication.

the web interface checks each authentication server to see if that user is listed. and the user logs in using the password stored for that user on the external server. LDAP authentication and RADIUS authentication are types of external authentication. You can then enable that object in a system policy on the managing Defense Center and apply the policy to an appliance to enable authentication. the same username exists for the user on the external server. see the following sections: • • • Understanding Internal Authentication on page 266 Understanding External Authentication on page 266 Understanding User Privileges on page 267 Understanding Internal Authentication Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor By default.Note that you can only use one form of external authentication for an appliance. If you want to use external authentication.9. in the order the servers are listed in the system policy. When any externally authenticated user logs in. Understanding External Authentication Requires: DC External authentication occurs when the Defense Center or managed sensor retrieves user credentials from an external repository. such as an LDAP directory server or RADIUS authentication server. If you do not enable external authentication when you create a user. Internal authentication occurs when the username and password are verified against records in the internal Sourcefire 3D System database. The authentication object contains your settings for connecting to and retrieving user data from that server. IMPORTANT! Note that an internally authenticated user is converted to external authentication if you enable external authentication.Managing Users Understanding Sourcefire User Authentication Chapter 8 For more information. the user credentials are managed in the internal database. you set the access settings when you create the user and you do not need to set default settings. Once an internally authenticated user converts to an externally authenticated user. you cannot revert to internal authentication for that user. Version 4. Because you manually create each internally authenticated user. the Sourcefire 3D System uses internal authentication to check user credentials when a user logs in.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 266 . you must configure an authentication object for each external authentication server where you want to request user information.

For example. you can specify whether that user is internally or externally authenticated. but you cannot control the authentication object from the sensor’s web interface. If you apply a local system policy (created on the sensor) to the sensor itself. TIP! You can use the Import/Export feature to export system policies. After an externally authenticated user logs in for the first time. external authentication is also disabled. If you do not modify the user’s rights. see the following sections: • • Understanding LDAP Authentication on page 269 Understanding RADIUS Authentication on page 287 Understanding User Privileges The Sourcefire 3D System lets you allocate user privileges based on the user’s role. In the system policy on the Defense Center. You can then import the policy and object on another Defense Center. the user has only the rights granted by default. Intrusion Agents. Because you create internally authenticated users manually. you can add or remove access rights for that user on the User Management page. disable it in the system policy on the managing Defense Center and re-apply the policy to the sensor. You can grant Intrusion Event Analyst and RNA Event Analyst access privileges for analysts and reserve the Administrator role for the network administrator managing the Sourcefire 3D System.9. When you export a policy with external authentication enabled. 3Dx800 sensors. an analyst typically needs access to event data to analyze the security of monitored networks. You can push a system policy to a managed 3D Sensor to enable external authentication on that sensor. If you configured management of access rights through LDAP groups. but might never require access to administrative functions for the Sourcefire 3D System itself.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 267 . the authentication objects are exported with the policy. For more information on specific types of external authentication. If you want to disable external authentication on a managed 3D Sensor. The only configuration of external authentication on the sensor occurs when you select the type of authentication for a new user. IMPORTANT! Sourcefire does not support external authentication for RNA Software for Red Hat Linux. you set the access rights when you create them. the access rights for users are based on their membership in LDAP groups. Do not import policies with authentication objects onto 3D Sensors.Managing Users Understanding Sourcefire User Authentication Chapter 8 When you create a user. you set a default access role for all users who are externally authenticated. or Crossbeambased software sensors. They receive the Version 4.

and Maintenance access rights. If you configure default access in the authentication object. If the user does not belong to any lists and you have configured a default access role in the authentication object. Restricted Event Analysts have the combined privileges of Intrusion Event Analysts and RNA Event Analysts. those settings override the default access setting in the system policy. RNA Event Analysts (Read Only) have all the same rights as RNA Event Analysts. configure system policies and system settings. vulnerabilities. If they do not belong to any groups and you have configured group access. analyze. If a user is on the lists for two mutually incompatible roles. they receive the default user access rights configured in the authentication object for the LDAP server. analyze.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 268 . RNA analysts can also generate reports and view (but not delete or modify) health events. but you can modify a user’s settings via the User Management page to grant this level of access. except that they cannot delete events. RNA Event Analyst. If you configure group access. Users with the Administrator role also have Intrusion Event Analyst. the user receives the role that has the highest level of access.Managing Users Understanding Sourcefire User Authentication Chapter 8 default access rights for the group that they belong to that has the highest level of access. unless one or more of those roles are mutually incompatible. and view (but not delete or modify) health events. manage user accounts. Restricted analysts can also be assigned the Policy & Response Administrator or Maintenance User roles. services. review. the user receives all assigned roles. listed in order of precedence. Similarly. Intrusion Event Analysts can view. They can also create incidents. • • • • • Version 4. hosts. compliance events. and delete network change events. if you assign a user to specific user role lists in a RADIUS authentication object. and delete intrusion events and compliance and RUA events. client applications. The Sourcefire 3D System supports the following user roles. and RUA events. depending on the features you have licensed: • Administrators can set up the appliance’s network configuration. those settings override the default access setting in the system policy. but cannot be assigned the Intrusion Event Analyst or RNA Event Analyst roles. the user receives that role. Policy & Response (P&R) Administrator. Note that on the Defense Center you cannot select Restricted Event Analyst as the default user role in the system policy.9. generate reports. host attributes. but users are limited to subsets of that data. Intrusion Event Analysts (Read Only) have all the same rights as Intrusion Event Analysts. except that they cannot delete events. RNA Event Analysts can view.

Multiple applications can then access those credentials and the information used to describe them. See the following sections for details on these tasks: • • • • • • • • Understanding LDAP Authentication on page 269 Creating LDAP Authentication Objects on page 269 LDAP Authentication Object Examples on page 281 Editing LDAP Authentication Objects on page 286 Creating RADIUS Authentication Objects on page 287 RADIUS Authentication Object Examples on page 295 Editing RADIUS Authentication Objects on page 298 Deleting Authentication Objects on page 298 Understanding LDAP Authentication LDAP or the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol. manage. you define settings that let you connect to an authentication server. and responses. If you ever need to change a user's credentials. When you create an authentication object. You can create. Optionally. in a centralized location. as well as compliance rules. you can change them in one place.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 269 . containing connection settings and authentication filter settings for those servers. Maintenance Administrators can access monitoring functions (including health monitoring. Creating LDAP Authentication Objects Requires: DC You can create LDAP authentication objects to provide user authentication services for an appliance. policies. Version 4. rather than having to change them on the local appliances as well as on any other application that uses them.Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 • • Policy & Response Administrators can manage intrusion rules. and delete authentication objects on the Defense Center. performance data. Managing Authentication Objects Requires: DC Authentication objects are server profiles for external authentication servers. and system logs) and maintenance functions (including task scheduling and backing up the system). allows you to set up a . host statistics. you can configure shell access authentication. You also select the directory context and search criteria you want to use to retrieve user data from the server. and responses. such as user credentials. directory on your network that organizes objects.9. Note that maintenance administrators do not have access to the functions in the Policy & Response menu and can only access the dashboard from the Analysis & Reporting menu. policies.

Test your configuration by entering the name and password for a user who can successfully authenticate. If you select SSL encryption. see Configuring Attribute Mapping on page 274. Configure authentication settings to build a search request that retrieves the users you want to authenticate. 6. Click Create Authentication Object. To create an authentication object: Access: Admin 1. For more information. For none or TLS. 3. see Configuring LDAP Authentication Settings on page 271. 8. the port resets to the default value. For more information. For more information. the port uses the default of 636. Identifying the LDAP Authentication Server Requires: DC When you create an authentication object. For more information. If you are using a Microsoft Active Directory server or if your LDAP server uses a UI access attribute or a shell access attribute other than uid. you need TCP/IP access from your local appliance to the authentication server where you want to connect.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 270 . 4. Optionally. see Configuring Administrative Shell Access on page 278. For more information. specify the appropriate attributes for your server. you first specify the primary and backup server and server port where you want the local appliance (3D Sensor or Defense Center) to connect for authentication. Version 4. The Login Authentication page appears. Note that if you change the encryption method after specifying the port. Select Operations > Configuration > Login Authentication. 2. see Configuring Access Settings by Group on page 275.9. For more information. configure LDAP groups to use as the basis for default access role assignments. 5. see Configuring Authentication Profiles on page 329 and Applying a System Policy on page 324. see Testing User Authentication on page 280. the port uses the default value of 389. configure authentication settings for shell access. Specify a user name template to format the usernames that users enter on login. The Create Authentication Object page appears. Identify the authentication server where you want to retrieve user data for external authentication. Optionally.Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 Note that to create an authentication object. 7. Remember that you have to apply a system policy with the object enabled to an appliance before the authentication changes take place on that appliance. see Identifying the LDAP Authentication Server on page 270. For more information. Your changes are saved.

9. Optionally. the appliance would query the backup server. the failover to the backup server does not occur. modify the port used by the primary authentication server in the Backup Server Port field. IPv6 addresses are not supported. modify the port used by the primary authentication server in the Primary Server Port field. Continue with Configuring LDAP Authentication Settings. If. 6. If LDAP is running on the port of the primary LDAP server and for some reason refuses to service the request (due to misconfiguration or other issues). Configuring LDAP Authentication Settings Requires: DC If you specify a backup authentication server. for example. Type a name and description for the authentication server in the Name and Description fields. 7. however. Type the IP address or host name for the primary server where you want to obtain authentication data in the Primary Server Host Name/IP Address field. IMPORTANT! If you are using a certificate to connect via TLS or SSL. the host name in the certificate must match the host name used in this field. 2. Version 4. 3. the appliance then queries the backup server. the primary server has LDAP disabled.Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 To identify an LDAP authentication server: Access: Admin 1. type the IP address or host name for the backup server where you want to obtain authentication data in the Backup Server Host Name/IP Address field. Optionally. In addition. you can set a timeout for the connection attempt to the primary server.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 271 . 4. 5. Select LDAP from the Authentication Method drop-down list. If the number of seconds indicated in the Timeout field (or the timeout on the directory server) elapses without a response from the primary authentication server. Optionally.

Changing the name of the server in the authentication profile to computer1.example. you can use the LDAP naming standards and filter and attribute syntax defined in the RFCs listed in the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (v3): Technical Specification. Remember that the distinguished name for the user you specify must be unique to the directory information tree for the directory server. You can specify the namespace. To allow the local appliance to access the user objects. or directory tree. dc=example. the name of the LDAP server in the certificate must match the name that you use to connect. To test your base filter more specifically by entering a test username and password. to refer to a user object.com rather than the equivalent user distinguished name of cn=JoeSmith. you must supply user credentials for a user with appropriate rights to the authentication objects you want to retrieve. the user login request is authenticated. you need to select the encryption method for the connection.example. Note that if you are using a certificate to authenticate when connecting via TLS or SSL. Version 4. and hyphens (-) but otherwise only alphanumeric characters are supported. You can choose no encryption.ou=security. Examples of syntax are provided throughout this procedure. if you enter 10. For example.example. it needs a starting point for that search. For the authentication method specific parameters. you might type JoeSmith@security. filter (cn=F*). For example. If one of the objects has a matching username and password. RFC 3377 . that the local appliance should search by providing a base distinguished name. For example. to filter for only users with a common name starting with F use the .250 as the server and computer1.10. periods (. Typically. You can also add a base filter that sets a specific value for a specific attribute. or base DN. Enclose the base filter in parentheses.Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 To allow an appliance to connect to the LDAP server.10.9. you can use the address specification syntax documented in the Internet RFC 822 (Standard for the Format of ARPA Internet Text Messages) specification when referencing a user name that contains a domain. the base DN will have a basic structure indicating the company domain and operational unit.dc=com.com causes the connection to succeed.dc=com when using Microsoft Active Directory Server. When you save the authentication object.com in the certificate.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 272 . LDAP usernames can include underscores (_).). For example. The base filter focuses your search by only retrieving objects in the base DN that have the attribute value set in the filter. If your LDAP Server uses a Pluggable Authentication Module (PAM) login attribute of uid. the local appliance checks the uid attribute value for each object in the directory tree indicated by the base DN you set. or Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption. When the local appliance searches the LDAP directory server to retrieve user information on the authentication server. Transport Layer Security (TLS). the Security organization of the Example company might have a base DN of ou=security. see Testing User Authentication on page 280. Note that when you set up an authentication object to connect to a Microsoft Active Directory Server. the connection fails. the local appliance queries using the base filter to test it and indicates whether or not the filter appears to be correct.dc=example.

When a user enters a user name into the login page. select None. the port uses the default of 636. For none or TLS. select SSL. Type the number of seconds that should elapse before rolling over to the backup connection in the Timeout field. For example.example. Optionally. Version 4. The user name template is the format for the distinguished name used for authentication.9.dc=com. 4. indicating a successful certificate upload. To connect without encryption. click Browse to browse to the location of a valid TLS or SSL certificate or type the path to the certificate in the SSL Certificate Upload Path field. Type the base distinguished name for the LDAP directory you want to access in the Base DN field. to set a user name template for the Security organization of the Example company. 2. by mapping the string conversion character (%s) to the value of the shell access attribute for the user. A message appears. select TLS.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 273 . if you selected TLS or SSL encryption and you want to use a certificate to authenticate. you would enter %s@security. to authenticate names in the Security organization at the Example company. If you select SSL encryption. For example. 3. the port uses the default value of 389. To connect using Transport Layer Security (TLS).com. the name is substituted for the string conversion character and the resulting distinguished name is used to search for the user credentials. you reset the port to the default value for that method. To configure the authentication method for a server: Access: Admin 1. IMPORTANT! Note that if you change the encryption method after specifying a port.dc=example.Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 Selecting a user name template lets you indicate how user names entered on login should be formatted. type ou=security. Select one of the following encryption modes: • • • To connect using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).

type the attribute type.dc=example. Re-type the password in the Confirm Password field. the local appliance (3D Sensor or Defense Center) checks the value of the uid attribute for each user record on the LDAP Server to see if it matches the user name. type (physicalDeliveryOfficeName=NewYork). if you are connecting to an OpenLDAP Server where user objects have a uid attribute and the object for the administrator in the Security division at our example company has a uid value of NetworkAdmin. to retrieve only users in the New York office. 6. the local appliance checks the user name entered on login against the attribute value of uid. Valid user names are unique. if the value of the attribute is a valid user name for either the Sourcefire 3D System web interface or for shell access. For example. have no spaces and no periods in them. For example. Version 4.dc=example. you would type uid=NetworkAdmin. and do not begin with a numeral.dc=com.com.dc=com in the User Name Template field. a comparison operator. The Pluggable Authentication Module (PAM) login attribute of your LDAP Server acts as a shell access attribute. Setting a UI access attribute tells the local appliance to match the value of that attribute rather than the value of the uid attribute. For a Microsoft Active Directory server. You can use any attribute. into the User Name Template field. 8. To set a filter that retrieves only specific objects within the namespace you specified as the Base DN. when a user logs in.Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 5. in the Base Filter field. you do not need to specify a UI access attribute.ou=security. enclosed in parentheses.ou=security. to authenticate all users who work in the Security organization of our example company by connecting to an OpenLDAP server where the shell access attribute is uid. you could type %s@security. Type the user distinguished name. you must explicitly set the Shell Access Attribute to match the attribute value. If you want to filter on uid. you would type uid=%s. If your LDAP server uses uid. and the attribute value you want to use as a filter.example. with the string conversion character (%s) in place of the shell access attribute value. Continue with Configuring Attribute Mapping. For example. 7.9. However. If the shell access attribute for a server is something other than uid. if the user objects in a directory tree have a physicalDeliveryOfficeName attribute and users in the New York office have an attribute value of NewYork for that attribute. Type the distinguished name and password for the user whose credentials should be used to validate access to the LDAP directory in the User Name and Password fields.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 274 . 9. Configuring Attribute Mapping Requires: DC If your LDAP Server uses a default UI access attribute of uid. you can map a different attribute for the local appliance to search.

you can specify distinguished names for existing groups on your LDAP server for each of the access roles used by your Sourcefire 3D System. Group access settings for a role only affect users who are members of the group. continue with Configuring Access Settings by Group. Configuring Access Settings by Group Requires: DC If you prefer to base default access settings on a user’s membership in an LDAP group. sAMAccountName shell access attribute to retrieve shell access users by typing sAMAccountName in the Shell Access Attribute field. Version 4. When you do so. you have two choices: • • If you want to configure user default roles based on LDAP group membership. you may want to use the UI Access Attribute to retrieve users. continue with Configuring Administrative Shell Access on page 278. the Sourcefire 3D System dynamically checks the LDAP directory and assigns default access rights according to the user’s current group membership. you can search the userPrincipalName attribute by typing userPrincipalName in the UI Access Attribute field. When a user logs in. use the 3. Static LDAP groups are groups where membership is determined by group object attributes that point to specific users. To retrieve users for shell access. on a Microsoft Active Directory Server. you can configure a default access setting for those users detected by LDAP that do not belong to any specified groups. If you are not using LDAP groups for authentication. Any group you reference must exist on the LDAP server. To retrieve users based on an attribute instead of the Base DN and Base Filter. on a Microsoft Active Directory Server. For the next step.Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 To configure attribute mapping for a server: Access: Admin 1. because there may not be a uid attribute on Active Directory Server user objects. You can reference static LDAP groups or dynamic LDAP groups. and dynamic LDAP groups are groups where membership is determined by creating an LDAP search that retrieves group users based on user object attributes. type the attribute type in the UI Access Attribute field.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 275 .9. type the attribute type you want to filter on in the Shell Access Attribute field. 2. Instead. For example. For example.

the user is assigned the default minimum access role specified in the Group Controlled Access Roles section of the authentication object. the default access role defined in the Group Controlled Access Roles section is granted to the user.Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 The access rights granted when a user logs into the Sourcefire 3D System depends on the LDAP configuration: • If no group access settings are configured for your LDAP server.Locally Modified. the Authentication Method column on the User Management page provides a status of External . If you configure any group settings. IMPORTANT! If you use a dynamic group. If a new user does not belong to any specified groups. If a user belongs to more than one configured group. the Sourcefire 3D System authenticates the user against the LDAP server and then grants user rights based on the default minimum access role set in the system policy. however. new users belonging to specified groups inherit the minimum access setting for the groups where they are members. You can. When you modify the access rights for an externally authenticated user. when a new user logs in. • • • You cannot remove the minimum access rights for users assigned an access role because of LDAP group membership through the Sourcefire 3D System user management page. the user receives the access role for the group with the highest access as a minimum access role.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 276 . the LDAP query is used exactly as it is configured on the LDAP server.9. the Sourcefire 3D System limits the number of recursions of a search to four to prevent search syntax errors from causing infinite loops. For this reason. assign additional rights. Version 4. If a user’s group membership is not established in those recursions.

dc=example. Type the distinguished name for the LDAP group containing users who should at minimum have access to rules and policy configuration in the Policy & Response Administrator Group DN field. dc=com. system management.9. dc=com. For example.dc=com. Type the distinguished name for the LDAP group containing users who should at minimum have access to monitoring and maintenance features in the Maintenance Group DN field.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 277 .ou=groups.dc=com.Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 To base access defaults on LDAP group membership: Access: Admin 1. type cn=securitygroup. For example. type cn=ipsanalystgroup. dc=example.ou=groups. For example. type cn=itgroup.ou=groups. to authenticate names in the Intrusion Event Analyst group at the Example company. rule and policy configuration. to authenticate names in the information technology organization at the Example company. and all maintenance features in the Administrator Group DN field. Type the distinguished name for the LDAP group containing users who should at minimum have access to IPS analysis features in the Intrusion Event Analyst Group DN field.ou=groups.dc=example. 4. type cn=itgroup. For example. to authenticate names in the Security organization at the Example company. Type the distinguished name for the LDAP group containing users who should at minimum have access to analysis and reporting features. 2. to authenticate names in the information technology organization at the Example company. Version 4.dc=example. 3.

For more information on user access roles. Optionally. 10. 9. if the member attribute is used to indicate membership in the static group you reference for default Policy & Response Administrator access.9. 11. For more information on managing authentication object order. Continue with Configuring Administrative Shell Access on page 278. 6. TIP! Press the Ctrl key while clicking role names to select multiple roles in the list. type the LDAP attribute that contains the LDAP search string used to determine membership in a dynamic group in the Group Member URL Attribute field.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 278 . 7. Type the LDAP attribute that designates membership in a static group in the Group Member Attribute field. 3Dx800 sensors. For example. Intrusion Agents. type member. Select the default minimum access role for users that do not belong to any of the specified groups from the Default User Role list. Configuring Administrative Shell Access Requires: DC You can also use the LDAP directory server to authenticate accounts for shell access on your local appliance (3D Sensor or Defense Center). IMPORTANT! Sourcefire does not support external authentication for RNA Software for Red Hat Linux. see Configuring Authentication Profiles on page 329. Specify a search filter that will retrieve entries for users you want to grant shell access. type memberURL.Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 5. Note that you can only configure shell access for the first authentication object in your system policy. or Crossbeam-based software sensors. 8. Type the distinguished name for the LDAP group containing users who should at minimum have access to RNA analysis features in the RNA Event Analyst Group DN field. Type the distinguished name for the LDAP group containing users who should at minimum have access to IPS analysis features in the Intrusion Event Analyst Group DN (Read Only) field. Version 4. Type the distinguished name for the LDAP group containing users who should at minimum have access to RNA analysis features in the RNA Event Analyst Group DN (Read Only) field. For example. if the memberURL attribute contains the LDAP search that retrieves members for the dynamic group you specified for default Admin access. see Adding New User Accounts on page 300.

To configure shell account authentication: Access: Admin 1. you can set a base filter of (manager=shell). a comparison operator. which is unnecessarily time-consuming. Addition and deletion of shell access users occurs only on the LDAP server. Note that a home directory for each shell user is created on login. but the user shell is set to /bin/false in /etc/password to disable the shell. type the attribute type. the shell is reset. Make sure that you restrict the list of users with shell access appropriately. For example. Shell users are not configured as local users on the appliance. Normally.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 279 . Version 4. and the filter you set here determines which set of users on the LDAP server can log into the shell. If the shell access filter was the same as the base filter. a warning displays when you save the authentication object to confirm that you meant to leave the filter blank. the LDAP query to retrieve users combines the base filter with the shell access filter. The Same as Base Filter check box allows you to search more efficiently if all users qualified in the base DN are also qualified for shell access privileges. using the same home directory. 2. the directory remains. the same query would be run twice. even after they log in. shell access is controlled entirely though the shell access attribute you set. Shell users should log in using usernames with all lowercase letters. and the attribute value you want to use as a filter. and when an LDAP shell access user account is disabled (by disabling the LDAP connection). enclosed in parentheses. You can use the Same as Base Filter option to run the query only once for both purposes. If the user then is re-enabled.Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 With the exception of the root account. in the Shell Access Filter field.9. or select Same as Base Filter to use the same filter you specified when configuring authentication settings. IMPORTANT! If you choose not to specify a shell access filter. WARNING! All shell users have sudoers privileges. Continue with Testing User Authentication. To set a filter to retrieve administrative user entries based on attribute value. if all network administrators have a manager attribute which has an attribute value of shell.

Test the server configuration without the additional test parameters first. The Login Authentication page appears. TIP! If you mistype the name or password of the test user.Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 Testing User Authentication Requires: DC After you configure LDAP server and authentication settings. For example. type JSmith. If you are connecting to a Microsoft Active Directory Server and supplied a shell access attribute in place of uid in Configuring Attribute Mapping on page 274. select Show Details. To enable LDAP authentication using the object on an appliance.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 280 . you can enter the value for the uid attribute for the user you want to test with. To view details of test output. to test to see you can retrieve the JSmith user credentials at our example company. click Save. you can specify user credentials for a user who should be able to authenticate to test those settings. A message appears. see Configuring Authentication Profiles on page 329 and Applying a System Policy on page 324. Note that testing the connection to servers with more than 1000 users only returns 1000 users because of UI page size limitations. with the new object listed. you must apply a system policy with that object enabled to the appliance. Click Test. 4. 2. In the User Name and Password fields.9. the test fails even if the server configuration is correct. For the user name. 3. either indicating success of the test or detailing what settings are missing or need to be corrected. If that succeeds supply a user name and password to test with the specific user. Version 4. To test user authentication: Access: Admin 1. If the test succeeds. type the uid value or shell access attribute value and password for the user whose credentials should be used to validate access to the LDAP directory. You can also specify a fully-qualified distinguished name for the user. For more information. use the value for that attribute as the user name.

10.5. • OU=security.9.3.DC=com for the security organization in This example shows a connection using a base distinguished name of the information technology domain of the Example company. with a backup server that has an IP address of 10.3. see the following sections: • • • OpenLDAP Example on page 281 Microsoft Active Directory Server Example on page 282 Sun Directory Server Example on page 284 OpenLDAP Example Requires: DC The following figures illustrate parts of a sample LDAP login authentication object for an OpenLDAP directory server with an IP address of 10. Note that the connection uses port 389 for access and that connections to the server time out after 30 seconds of disuse.DC=it. Version 4.4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 281 . This example illustrates important aspects of LDAP configuration.10.Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 LDAP Authentication Object Examples Requires: DC For sample configurations showing how different configuration options might be used for connections to specific directory server types.DC=example.

the connection uses port 389 for access and connections to the server time out after 30 seconds of disuse (or the timeout period set on the LDAP server).3. Aspects of this example illustrate important differences in this LDAP configuration from the configuration discussed in the OpenLDAP Example on page 281. Version 4. Note that all objects in the directory are checked because no base filter is set.11. Because the user names to be retrieved are contained in the default uid attribute.5. Like the OpenLDAP server.11. allowing only those users who have a common name attribute value of jsmith to log into the appliance using a shell account. A shell access filter has been applied to this configuration.3. no UI access attribute is specified.Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 • Because this is an OpenLDAP server that uses CN as a part of each user’s name. • • • To support shell access. with a backup server that has an IP address of 10. followed by the base distinguished name for the server directory. Microsoft Active Directory Server Example Requires: DC The following figure illustrates a sample LDAP login authentication object for a Microsoft Active Directory Server with an IP address of 10.9. The Sourcefire 3D System checks the uid attribute of each object in the directory indicated by the distinguished name against the username for each user who logs into the system. the CN attribute is set as the shell access attribute. to indicate the template used to format user names retrieved from the server.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 282 .4. the user name template for the connection uses CN=%s.

9. it uses the userPrincipalName attribute to store user names rather than the uid attribute. However. • • In addition. • Because this is a Microsoft Active Directory Server. Note that the configuration includes a UI Access Attribute of userPrincipalName. the Sourcefire 3D System checks attributes for all objects in the directory indicated by the base distinguished name. Again. the user name template for the connection uses address specification syntax documented in RFC 822 rather than the typical LDAP naming syntax. because this server is a Microsoft Active Directory server.DC=example.DC=it. a Shell Access Attribute of sAMAccountName causes each sAMAccountName attribute to be checked for all objects in the directory for matches when a user logs into a shell account on the appliance. because no base filter is applied to this server. this example shows a connection using a base distinguished name of OU=security.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 283 .Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 • Like the OpenLDAP server. the Sourcefire 3D System checks the userPrincipalName attribute for each object for matching user names when a user attempts to log into the Sourcefire 3D System.DC=com for the security organization in the information technology domain of the Example company. Version 4. As a result.

DC=example.Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 • This example also has group settings in place. However. Sun Directory Server Example Requires: DC The following figure illustrates a sample LDAP login authentication object for a Sun Directory Server with an IP address of 10. as noted above.4.12.3. • As in the OpenLDAP server.DC=it. Version 4. The maintenance role is automatically assigned to all members of the group with a member group attribute and the base domain name of CN=maintenance.DC=com. a shell access attribute value of sAMAccountName must be set for shell access to work on a Microsoft Active Directory server. a shell access filter has been specified for this server. with a backup server that has an IP address of 10. allowing only those users who have a common name attribute value of jsmith to log into the appliance using a shell account.12.5.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 284 .3.9.

Using Same as Base Filter allows a more efficient search query if and only if all users qualified in the base DN are also qualified for shell access privileges. allowing all users with a common name ending in smith to log in using a shell account as well. no UI access attribute is specified.DC=it. A certificate has been uploaded to allow the SSL connection.DC=example. The filter restricts the users retrieved from the server to those with a common name ending in smith. Version 4.9. • This example shows a connection using a base distinguished name of OU=security.Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 Settings in the example illustrate important differences in this LDAP configuration from the configuration discussed in Microsoft Active Directory Server Example on page 282: • Because the Encryption for the connection is set to SSL. • • The user name template shown uses the uid attribute value as the user name.DC=com for the security organization in the information technology domain of the Example company. note that this server does have a base filter of (cn=*smith). the uid attribute is named as the Shell Access Attribute and the Same as Base Filter option for the shell access filter is set. Note that all objects in the directory are checked because no base filter is set. • To allow shell access on the server. The Sourcefire 3D System checks the uid attribute of each object in the directory indicated by the distinguished name against the user name for each user who logs into the system. the Server Port is set to 636.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 285 . Because user names can be retrieved from the uid attribute on this server. However.

see the following topics: • • • • • Creating LDAP Authentication Objects on page 269 Configuring LDAP Authentication Settings on page 271 Configuring Attribute Mapping on page 274 Configuring Administrative Shell Access on page 278 Testing User Authentication on page 280 IMPORTANT! If you previously uploaded a certificate and want to replace it. If the object is in use in a system policy. The Create Authentication Object page appears. 3. Version 4. Modify the object settings as needed. the settings in place at the time the policy was applied stay in effect until you re-apply the policy. To edit an authentication object: Access: Admin 1.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 286 . upload the new certificate and re-apply the system policy to your appliances to copy over the new certificate.9. For more information. Click Edit next to the object you want to edit. 2. Select Operations > Configuration > Login Authentication.Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 Editing LDAP Authentication Objects Requires: DC You can edit an existing authentication object. The Login Authentication page appears.

When a user authenticated on a RADIUS server logs in for the first time. You also grant user roles to specific and default users.9. If your RADIUS server returns custom attributes for any users you plan to authenticate. Note that to create an authentication object. Optionally. you define settings that let you connect to an authentication server. For more information. or if the user is not listed for any of the user roles. The Login Authentication page appears. To create an authentication object: Access: Admin 1. The Create Authentication Object page appears. or failing that. if needed.Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 4. You can create an authentication object for any RADIUS server that conforms to RFC 2865. the system policy. the default access role you selected in the authentication object. Version 4. Your changes are saved and the Login Authentication page re-appears. those users can log into a Sourcefire 3D System appliance using their pin plus the SecurID token without any additional configuration on the appliance. the user receives the roles specified for that user in the authentication object. Click Create Authentication Object.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 287 . As long as SecurID is configured correctly to authenticate users outside the Sourcefire 3D System. The Sourcefire 3D System implementation of RADIUS supports the use of SecurID® tokens. you need TCP/IP access from your local appliance to the authentication server where you want to connect. unless the settings are granted through the user lists in the authentication object. see Configuring Authentication Profiles on page 329 and Applying a System Policy on page 324. Creating RADIUS Authentication Objects Requires: DC When you create a RADIUS authentication object. authorize. and account for user access to network resources. you can also configure shell access authentication. Remember that you have to apply a system policy with the object enabled to an appliance before the authentication changes take place on that appliance. You can modify a user’s roles. Understanding RADIUS Authentication Requires: DC The Remote Authentication Dial In User Service (RADIUS) is an authentication protocol used to authenticate. users authenticated against that server append the SecurID token to the end of their SecurID pin and use that as their password when they log into a Sourcefire appliance. Select Operations > Configuration > Login Authentication. Click Save. When you configure authentication by a server using SecurID. you need to define those custom attributes. 2.

Identify the primary and backup authentication servers where you want to retrieve user data for external authentication and set timeout and retry values. specify the users or user attribute values for users that you want to receive specific Sourcefire 3D System access roles. define those attributes. see Configuring Administrative Shell Access on page 292. If. Test your configuration by entering the name and password for a user who should successfully authenticate.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 288 . 4. you need to open both ports 1812 and 1813 on your firewall and on the FreeRADIUS server. you can set a timeout for the connection attempt to the primary server. you first specify the primary and backup server and server port where you want the local appliance (3D Sensor or Defense Center) to connect for authentication. After the appliance re-queries the primary authentication server the number of times indicated by the Retries field and the number of seconds indicated in the Timeout field again elapses without a response from the primary authentication server. configure administrative shell access. Configuring RADIUS Connection Settings Requires: DC When you create a RADIUS authentication object. Optionally. the appliance then rolls over to the backup server. 5.9. see Configuring RADIUS User Roles on page 290.Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 3. 7. For more information. Optionally. If the profiles for any of the users to authenticate return custom RADIUS attributes. the primary server has RADIUS disabled. the appliance would query the backup server. the appliance then re-queries the primary server. see Configuring RADIUS Connection Settings on page 288. For more information. for example. Set the default user role. For more information. If you specify a backup authentication server. Remember that you have to apply a system policy with the object enabled to an appliance before the authentication changes take place on that appliance. IMPORTANT! For FreeRADIUS to function correctly. see Defining Custom RADIUS Attributes on page 293. If the number of seconds indicated in the Timeout field (or the timeout on the directory server) elapses without a response from the primary authentication server. For more information. If RADIUS is running on the port of the primary RADIUS server and for some reason refuses to service the request (due to Version 4. see Testing User Authentication on page 294. 6. For more information. Your changes are saved. see Configuring Authentication Profiles on page 329 and Applying a System Policy on page 324. For more information.

9. 5.Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 misconfiguration or other issues). 9. 6. 4. Optionally. Type the IP address or host name for the backup RADIUS authentication server where you want to obtain authentication data in the Backup Server Host Name/IP Address field. IMPORTANT! IPv6 addresses are not supported. Type a name and description for the authentication server in the Name and Description fields. Select RADIUS from the Authentication Method drop-down list. Optionally. modify the port used by the backup RADIUS authentication server in the Backup Server Port field. however. the failover to the backup server does not occur. Type the IP address or host name for the primary RADIUS server where you want to obtain authentication data in the Primary Server Host Name/IP Address field. 3. Type the number of seconds that should elapse before retrying the connection in the Timeout field. To identify a RADIUS authentication server: Access: Admin 1. 7. modify the port used by the primary RADIUS authentication server in the Primary Server Port field. Type the secret key for the backup RADIUS authentication server in the RADIUS Secret Key field. Type the secret key for the primary RADIUS authentication server in the RADIUS Secret Key field. Version 4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 289 . 2. 8.

1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 290 . you must not only move the user from one list to another in the RADIUS Specific Parameters section or change the user’s attribute on the RADIUS server. Continue with Configuring RADIUS User Roles. assign additional rights. For more information. You cannot remove the minimum access rights for users assigned an access role because of RADIUS user list membership through the Sourcefire 3D System user management page. you must reapply the system policy. • • You can also use attribute-value pairs. When a user logs in. you can type User-Category=Analyst in the RNA Analyst List field to grant that role to those users. When you do so.Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 10. the Sourcefire 3D System checks the RADIUS server and grants access rights depending on the RADIUS configuration: • If specific access settings are not configured for a user and a default access role is not selected. you can also configure a default access setting for those users detected by RADIUS that are not specified for a particular role. rather than usernames. Configuring RADIUS User Roles Requires: DC You can specify the access roles for existing users on your RADIUS server by listing the user names for each of the access roles used by your Sourcefire 3D System. however. that user receives all assigned access roles. If you add a user to the list for one or more specific role. WARNING! If you want to change the minimum access setting for a user. 11. when a new user logs in. and you must remove the assigned user right on the user management page. if you know all users who should be RNA Analysts have the value Analyst for their User-Category attribute. You can. You can select multiple roles on the Default User Role list. to identify users who should receive a particular user role.9. the user is assigned those access roles. the Sourcefire 3D System authenticates the user against the RADIUS server and then grants user rights based on the default access role (or roles) set in the system policy. If a new user is not specified on any lists and default access roles are selected in the Default User Role list of the authentication object. Note that you need to define any custom attributes before you use them to set user role membership. You can assign a default user role (or roles) to be assigned to any users that are authenticated externally but not listed for a specific role. see Defining Custom RADIUS Attributes on page 293. see Configuring User Roles on page 304. For example. Version 4. Type the number of times the primary server connection should be tried before rolling over to the backup connection in the Retries field. For more information on the user roles supported by the Sourcefire 3D System.

Version 4. separated by commas. 5. to grant the Maintenance role to all users with a in the Maintenance List field. who should at minimum receive access to IPS analysis features in the Intrusion Event Analyst (Read Only) List field. jdoe in the Administrator List field. Type the name of each user or each identifying attribute-value pair. Type the name of each user or each identifying attribute-value pair. who should at minimum receive access to analysis and reporting features. separated by commas. who should at minimum receive access to monitoring and maintenance features in the Maintenance List field. type jsmith.Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 To base access on user lists: Access: Admin 1. 2. User-Category value of Maintenance. who should at minimum receive access to IPS analysis features in the Intrusion Event Analyst List field. Type the name of each user or each identifying attribute-value pair.9. rule and policy configuration. separated by commas. type User-Category=Maintenance For example. 4. Type the name of each user or each identifying attribute-value pair. separated by commas.who should at minimum receive access to rules and policy configuration in the Policy & Response Administrator List field.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 291 . 3. For example. separated by commas. to grant the Administrator role to the users jsmith and jdoe. and all maintenance features in the Administrator List field. system management. Type the name of each user or each identifying attribute-value pair.

With the exception of the root account. Type the name of each user or each identifying attribute-value pair. the directory remains. If the user then is re-enabled. TIP! Press the Ctrl key while clicking role names to select multiple roles in the list. Shell users are configured as local users on the appliance when the system policy is applied. see Configuring User Roles on page 304. Note that a home directory for each shell user is created on login. For more information on managing authentication object order. For more information on user access roles. 7.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 292 . the shell is reset. Make sure that you restrict the list of users with shell access appropriately. Continue with Configuring Administrative Shell Access. Version 4. who should at minimum receive access to RNA analysis features in the RNA Event Analyst (Read Only) List field. but the user shell is set to /bin/false in / etc/password to disable the shell. who should at minimum receive access to RNA analysis features in the RNA Event Analyst List field. and when an RADIUS shell access user account is disabled (by disabling the RADIUS connection). Note that you can only configure shell access for the first authentication object in your system policy. separated by commas.9. 9. the shell access list you set on the RADIUS authentication object entirely controls shell access on the appliance. Specify user names for users you want to grant shell access. Shell users should log in using usernames with all lowercase letters. WARNING! All shell users have sudoers privileges.Managing Users Managing Authentication Objects Chapter 8 6. Type the name of each user or each identifying attribute-value pair. separated by commas. 8. using the same home directory. see Configuring Authentication Profiles on page 329. Select the default minimum access role for users that do not belong to any of the specified groups from the Default User Role list. Configuring Administrative Shell Access Requires: DC You can also use the RADIUS server to authenticate accounts for shell access on your local appliance (3D Sensor or Defense Center).

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To configure shell account authentication: Access: Admin 1. Type the usernames, separated by commas, in the Administrator Shell Access User List field. IMPORTANT! If you choose not to specify a shell access filter, a warning displays when you save the authentication object to confirm that you meant to leave the filter blank. 2. Continue with Defining Custom RADIUS Attributes on page 293.

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set user roles for users with those attributes, you need to define those attributes in the login authentication object. You can locate the attributes returned for a user by looking at the user’s profile on your RADIUS server. When you define an attribute, you provide the name of the attribute, which consists of alphanumeric characters. Note that words in an attribute name should be separated by dashes rather than spaces. You also provide the attribute ID, which should be an integer and should not conflict with any existing attribute IDs in the etc/radiusclient/dictionary file. You also specify the type of attribute: string, IP address, integer, or date. As an example, if a RADIUS server is used on a network with a Cisco router, you might want to use the Ascend-Assign-IP-Pool attribute to grant a specific role to all users logging in from a specific IP address pool. Ascend-Assign-IP-Pool is an integer attribute that defines the address pool where the user is allowed to log in, with the integer indicating the number of the assigned IP address pool. To declare that custom attribute, you create a custom attribute with an attribute name of Ascend-IP-Pool-Definition, an attribute ID of 218, and an attribute type of integer. You could then type Ascend-Assign-IP-Pool=2 in the Intrusion Event Analyst (Read Only) field to grant read-only intrusion event analyst rights to all users with an Ascend-IP-Pool-Definition attribute value of 2. When you create a RADIUS authentication object, a new dictionary file for that object is created on the Sourcefire 3D System appliance in the /var/sf/ userauth directory. Any custom attributes you add to the authentication object are added to the dictionary file.

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To define a custom attribute: Access: Admin 1. Click the arrow to expand the Define Custom RADIUS Attributes section. The attribute fields appear.

2. Type an attribute name consisting of alphanumeric characters and dashes, with no spaces, in the Attribute Name field. 3. Type the attribute ID, in integer form, in the Attribute ID field. 4. Select the type of attribute from the Attribute Type drop-down list. 5. Click Add to add the custom attribute to the authentication object. TIP! You can remove a custom attribute from an authentication object by clicking Delete next to the attribute. 6. Continue with Testing User Authentication on page 294.

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To test user authentication: Access: Admin 1. In the User Name and Password fields, type the user name and password for the user whose credentials should be used to validate access to the RADIUS server. For example, to test to see you can retrieve the jsmith user credentials at our example company, type jsmith.

2. Select Show Details and click Test. A message appears, either indicating success of the test or detailing what settings are missing or need to be corrected. 3. If the test succeeds, click Save. The Login Authentication page appears, with the new object listed. To enable RADIUS authentication using the object on an appliance, you must apply a system policy with that object enabled to the appliance. For more information, see Configuring Authentication Profiles on page 329 and Applying a System Policy on page 324.

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Authenticating a User using RADIUS
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This example illustrates important aspects of RADIUS user role configuration: • Users ewharton and gsands are granted administrative access to Sourcefire 3D System appliances where this authentication object is enabled. The user jaustin is granted Intrusion Event Analyst access to Sourcefire 3D System appliances where this authentication object is enabled. The user cbronte is granted RNA Event Analyst access to Sourcefire 3D System appliances where this authentication object is enabled. The user ewharton can log into the appliance using a shell account.

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The following figure illustrates the role configuration and custom attribute definition in a sample RADIUS login authentication object for the same freeRadius server as in the previous example. In this example, however, the MS-RAS-Version custom attribute is returned for one or more of the users because a Microsoft remote access server is in use. Note the MS-RAS-Version custom attribute is a string. In this example, all users logging in to RADIUS through a Microsoft v. 5.00 remote access server should receive the Intrusion Event Analyst (Read Only role), so you type the attribute-value pair of MS-RAS-Version=MSRASV5.00 in the Intrusion Event Analyst (Read Only) field.

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Editing RADIUS Authentication Objects
Requires: DC You can edit an existing authentication object. If the object is in use in a system policy, the settings in place at the time the policy was applied stay in effect until you re-apply the policy. To edit an authentication object: Access: Admin 1. Select Operations > Configuration > Login Authentication. The Login Authentication page appears. 2. Click Edit next to the object you want to edit. The Create Authentication Object page appears. 3. Modify the object settings as needed. For more information, see the following topics: • • • • • Creating RADIUS Authentication Objects on page 287 Configuring RADIUS Connection Settings on page 288 Configuring RADIUS User Roles on page 290 Configuring Administrative Shell Access on page 292 Testing User Authentication on page 294

4. Click Save. Your changes are saved and the Login Authentication page re-appears. Remember that you have to apply a system policy with the object enabled to an appliance before the authentication changes take place on that appliance. For more information, see Configuring Authentication Profiles on page 329 and Applying a System Policy on page 324.

Deleting Authentication Objects
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Managing User Accounts
If you have Admin access, you can use the web interface to view and manage user accounts on a Defense Center or a 3D Sensor, including adding, modifying, and deleting accounts. User accounts without Admin access are restricted from accessing management features. The navigation menu differs in appearance for each type of user. See the following sections for more information about managing user accounts: • Viewing User Accounts on page 299 explains how to access the User Management page, where you can add, activate, deactivate, edit, and delete user accounts. Adding New User Accounts on page 300 describes the different options you can use when you add a new user account. Managing Externally Authenticated User Accounts on page 302 explains how externally authenticated users are added and what aspects of the user configuration you can manage within the Sourcefire 3D System. Modifying User Privileges and Options on page 306 explains how to access and modify an existing user account. Modifying Restricted Event Analyst Access Properties on page 307 explains how to restrict the data available to a user account with restricted data access. Deleting User Accounts on page 312 explains how to delete user accounts. User Account Privileges on page 312 contains tables that list the menus and options each type of user account can access.

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Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor From the User Management page, you can view, edit, and delete existing accounts. You can determine the type of authentication for a user from the Authentication Method column. The Password Lifetime column indicates the days remaining on each user’s password. The Action column allows you to set users active or inactive. Note that for externally authenticated users, if the authentication object for the server is disabled, the Authentication Method column displays External (Disabled). To access the User Management page: Access: Admin Select Operations > User Management. The User Management page appears, showing each user, with options to activate, deactivate, edit, or delete the user account.

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See the following sections for information about the actions you can perform on the User Management page: • • • • • Adding New User Accounts on page 300 Modifying User Privileges and Options on page 306 Modifying Restricted Event Analyst Access Properties on page 307 Modifying User Passwords on page 311 Deleting User Accounts on page 312

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Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor When you set up a new user account, you can control which parts of the system the account can access. To add a new user: Access: Admin 1. Select Operations > User Management. The User Management page appears.

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2. Click Create User. The Create User page appears.

3. In the User Name field, type a name for the new user. New user names must contain alphanumeric or hyphen characters with no spaces, and must be no more than 32 characters. 4. Requires: DC/MDC If you want this user to authenticate to an external directory server on login, select Use External Authentication Method. IMPORTANT! If you select this option, the password management options below disappear. Configure access settings and click Add User to complete configuration of the externally authenticated user. You must also create an authentication object for the external authentication server you want to use for authentication on your Defense Center, and apply a system policy with authentication enabled to your appliance before users can log in using credentials from an external server. For more information, see Managing Authentication Objects on page 269 and Configuring Authentication Profiles on page 329.

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5. In the Password field, type a password (up to 32 alphanumeric characters). If you enable password strength checking, the password must be at least eight alphanumeric characters of mixed case and must include at least one numeric character. It cannot be a word that appears in a dictionary or include consecutive repeating characters. 6. In the Confirm Password field, type the password again. 7. Configure the remaining password user account options. For more information, see the User Account Password Options table on page 304. 8. Select user roles to grant to the user. For more information, see the User Roles table on page 305. 9. Optionally, for users with event analyst roles, click Restrict Deletion Rights - User Cannot Delete Bookmarks, Searches, Reports, Report Profiles, Custom Workflows or Custom Tables Created by Other Users to restrict the user to deletion of reports, report profiles, searches, bookmarks, custom tables, and custom workflows created by the user. 10. Click Add User. A message appears, indicating that the user was added. The username appears on the User Management page. IMPORTANT! Click Deactivate next to the name of an internally authenticated user on the User Management page to disable that user login without deleting it. To reactivate a user, click Activate next to the username.

Managing Externally Authenticated User Accounts
Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor When an externally authenticated user logs into an appliance that has external authentication enabled, the appliance grants the user the default access role you set by specifying group membership in the authentication object. If you did not configure access group settings, the appliance grants the default user role you set in the system policy. However, if you add users locally before they log into the appliance, the user privileges you configure on the User Management page override the default settings. An internally authenticated user is converted to external authentication when all of the following conditions exist: • • • You enable LDAP or RADIUS authentication. The same username exists for the user on the LDAP or RADIUS server. The user logs in using the password stored for that user on the LDAP or RADIUS server.

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Once an internally authenticated user converts to an externally authenticated user, you cannot revert to internal authentication for that user. For more information on selecting a default user role, see Configuring Authentication Profiles on page 329 and Understanding User Privileges on page 267. Note that you can only enable external authentication in a system policy on a Defense Center. You must use the Defense Center to apply the policy to managed sensors if you want to use external authentication on them. For more information on associating an external user with a set of permissions on your appliance, see Logging into the Appliance to Set Up an Account on page 23. For more information on modifying user access, see Modifying User Privileges and Options on page 306. Note that you cannot manage passwords for externally authenticated users or deactivate externally authenticated users through the Sourcefire 3D System interface. For externally authenticated users, you cannot remove the minimum access rights through the Sourcefire 3D System user management page for users assigned an access role because of LDAP group or RADIUS list membership or attribute values. On the Edit User page for an externally authenticated user, rights granted because of settings on an external authentication server are marked with a status of Externally Modified. You can, however, assign additional rights. When you modify the access rights for an externally authenticated user, the Authentication Method column on the User Management page provides a status of External - Locally Modified.

Managing User Password Settings
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Password Options table describes some of the options you can use to regulate passwords and account access. IMPORTANT! After you enable Use External Authentication Method, password options no longer appear. Use the external authentication server to manage password settings. User Account Password Options Option Use External Authentication Method Description Select this option if you want this user's credentials to be externally authenticated. IMPORTANT! If you select this option for the user and the external authentication server is unavailable, that user can log into the web interface but cannot access any functionality. Enter an integer, without spaces, that determines the maximum number of times each user can try to log in after a failed login attempt before the account is locked. The default setting is five tries; use 0 to allow an unlimited number of failed logins. Enter the number of days after which the user’s password will expire. The default setting is 0, which indicates that the password never expires. Enter the number of warning days users have to change their password before their password actually expires. The default setting is 0 days. WARNING! The number of warning days must be less than the number of days before the password expires Force Password Reset on Login Check Password Strength Select this option to force the user to change his password the first time the user logs in. Select this option to require strong passwords. A strong password must be at least eight alphanumeric characters of mixed case and must include at least one numeric character. It cannot be a word that appears in a dictionary or include consecutive repeating characters.

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Configuring User Roles
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externally authenticated users cannot authenticate unless the external authentication server is available. Provides read-only access to analysis features. and reports. host profiles.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 305 . system management. rule and policy configuration. including event views. services. bookmarks. RNA Event Analysts see the main toolbar and RNA analysis-related options on the Analysis & Reporting and Operations menus. client applications.User Cannot Delete Items Created by Other Users to restrict the user’s deletion rights. Select Restrict Deletion Rights . RNA Event Analyst (Read Only) Access Version 4.9. You cannot remove minimum access rights through the Sourcefire 3D System user management page for users assigned an access role because of LDAP group or RADIUS list membership or attribute values .Managing Users Managing User Accounts Chapter 8 Note that you cannot change the authentication type for a user after you create the user account. host profiles. WARNING! If you want to change the minimum access setting for a user. and custom workflows created by that user. vulnerabilities. User Roles User Role Administrator Access Privileges Provides access to analysis and reporting features. Administrator users see the main toolbar as well as all the menu options. you must not only move the user from one list to another in the authentication object or change the user's attribute value or group membership on the external authentication server. vulnerabilities. you must reapply the system policy. services. client applications. and reports. assign additional rights. You can. RNA Event Analysts see the main toolbar and analysisrelated options on the Analysis & Reporting and Operations menus. network maps. Note that you can restrict an event analyst user’s deletion rights to only allow deletion of report profiles. and you must remove the assigned user right on the user management page. searches. Maintenance User Access RNA Event Analyst Access Provides access to monitoring and maintenance features. and all maintenance features. Maintenance users see the main toolbar and maintenancerelated options on the Operations top-level menu. Provides access to RNA analysis features. incidents. however. In addition. including event views. Note that you should limit use of the Administrator role for security reasons. custom tables. network maps.

including intrusion event views. you must configure access rights for all accounts. Note that if you change the authentication for a user from externally authenticated to internally authenticated. you cannot remove the minimum access rights through the Sourcefire 3D System user management page for users assigned an access role because of LDAP group or RADIUS list membership or attribute values. including intrusion event views. you can modify access privileges. however. See Modifying Restricted Event Analyst Access Properties on page 307 for more information.Locally Modified. Provides access to rules and policy configuration. Provides read-only access to IPS analysis features. Intrusion Event Analysts see the main toolbar and IPS analysis-related options on the Analysis & Reporting and Operations menus. incidents.9. Version 4. Policy & Response Administrators have access to the main toolbar and rule and policy-related options on the Policy & Response and Operations menus. assign additional rights. incidents.Managing Users Managing User Accounts Chapter 8 User Roles (Continued) User Role Intrusion Event Analyst Access Intrusion Event Analyst (Read Only) Access Restricted Event Analyst Access Privileges Provides access to IPS analysis features. You can restrict access by allowing access to only for those events that match specified search criteria or you can turn off access for an entire category of events. and reports. You manage those settings on the external server. or passwords at any time. Restricted event analyst users see only the main toolbar and analysis-related options on the Analysis & Reporting and Operations menus. including those that are externally authenticated. For externally authenticated users. Provides access to the same features as Intrusion Event Analyst or RNA Event Analyst access. the Authentication Method column on the User Management page provides a status of External . However. You can. and reports. account options.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 306 . you must supply a new password for the user. Note that password management options do not apply to users who authenticate to an external directory server. Policy & Response Administrator Access Modifying User Privileges and Options Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor After adding user accounts to the system. When you modify the access rights for an externally authenticated user. Intrusion Event Analysts see the main toolbar and IPS analysis-related options on the Analysis & Reporting and Operations menus.

Click Edit next to the user you want to modify. See Configuring User Roles on page 304 for more information on configuring roles to grant access for Sourcefire 3D System functions. You can specify this information only after the user is added. 2. select or clear the Only delete items created by user option to manage the user’s ability to delete of items not created by that user. • • • Modifying Restricted Event Analyst Access Properties Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor User accounts with Restricted Event Analyst access use saved searches to specify which events a user can view. 3. See Managing User Password Settings on page 303 for information on changing password settings for internally authenticated users. See Adding New User Accounts on page 300 for information about adding new user accounts. The Edit User page appears. Modify the account or accounts as needed: • See Managing Externally Authenticated User Accounts on page 302 for a description of how users can be authenticated through external servers. for users with event analyst roles.Managing Users Managing User Accounts Chapter 8 To modify user account privileges: Access: Admin 1. Version 4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 307 . The User Management page appears.9. Optionally. Select Operations > User Management.

.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 308 .. The Restricted Event Analyst Settings table shows the correlation between platform and access requirements for the restricted event analyst. DC + RNA Set this data set or data sets to Show All or to a specific search One or more of the following: • Host Attributes Data • RNA Client Applications Data • RNA Hosts Data • RNA Services Data • Vulnerabilities Data view network discovery events view hosts view host attributes view services view vulnerabilities view client applications view flow data view compliance events view white list events view white list violations view users or user events view intrusion events use the clipboard DC + RNA DC + RNA DC + RNA DC + RNA DC + RNA DC + RNA DC + RNA DC + RNA DC + RNA DC + RNA DC + RUA IPS IPS RNA Events Data RNA Hosts Data Host Attributes Data RNA Services Data Vulnerabilities Data RNA Client Applications Data Flow Data Compliance Events Data White List Events Data White List Violations Data Users Data Intrusion Events Data N/A . Restricted Event Analyst Settings To allow the restricted event analyst to.. view the network map When these platforms are present.Managing Users Managing User Accounts Chapter 8 Restricted event analyst users have access to only a few sections of the web interface.9.included in the base set of rights for the restricted analyst role Version 4..

If they are saved as public. on the Defense Center. IMPORTANT! You must have saved private searches available before you can add restricted event analyst values to a user account. Searches must be private.. create multiple private saved searches. and then apply each saved search to the account as described in the following procedure.included in the base set of rights for the restricted analyst role DC/MDC or 3D Sensor All data sets for which the user will create custom workflows DC/MDC or 3D Sensor Platforms required to view custom table All data sets for which the user will need to create or access bookmarks All data sets for the applicable custom tables If you want to ensure that a user only sees data for a specific subnet.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 309 . The User Management page appears. time zone. restricted event analyst users could delete the searches and enhance their access privileges. Version 4. and event view settings create custom workflows and. Click Edit next to the user to whom you want to grant restricted event analyst rights. 2. To restrict event analyst access to events: Access: Admin 1.. Select Operations > User Management. generate (but not view) reports create (but not modify) incident reports change user-specific preferences such as the account password. See Searching for Events in the Analyst Guide for more information.Managing Users Managing User Accounts Chapter 8 Restricted Event Analyst Settings (Continued) To allow the restricted event analyst to. one for each of the event types. custom tables create and manage bookmarks view events from a custom table When these platforms are present. IPS IPS DC/MDC or 3D Sensor Set this data set or data sets to Show All or to a specific search All data sets for which the user will generate reports All data sets for which the user will create incident reports N/A .9...

5. RNA Event Analyst. To grant access to events that match a specific saved search. The Restrictions section of the page appears. they appear on this page.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 310 .9. you have three choices: • • • To grant access to all events for a category. or RNA Event Analyst (Read Only) access is enabled. If the user you want to modify does not already have the Restricted Event Analyst option enabled. Intrusion Event Analyst. IMPORTANT! You cannot select Restricted Event Analyst if Administrator. Intrusion Event Analyst (Read Only). 4. select Hide Data. For each row. Version 4. select Show All Data. To deny access to all events in a category. IMPORTANT! If you created any custom tables on the Defense Center. Click Save to save your changes and return to the User Management page. select Restricted Event Analyst. The Defense Center version of the page is shown below. select the search that you want to use to restrict the user account.Managing Users Managing User Accounts Chapter 8 3.

Select Operations > User Management. Next to the user name. 3.9. In the Password field. type the new password (up to 32 alphanumeric characters). Version 4. TIP! If you want to force a user to change the password on the next log-in. 2. click Edit. click Reset Password next to the user account on the User Management page.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 311 . The User Management page appears. The Edit User page appears. Note that you must manage externally authenticated user passwords on the LDAP or RADIUS server. To change a user’s password: Access: Admin 1.Managing Users Managing User Accounts Chapter 8 Modifying User Passwords Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor You can modify user passwords from the User Management page for internally authenticated users.

Click Save. Deleting User Accounts Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor You can delete user accounts from the system at any time. For more information on user roles. • • • • Analysis & Reporting Menu on page 313 Policy & Response Menu on page 316 Operations Menu on page 317 Toolbar Options on page 319 Version 4. The password is changed and any other changes saved. Make any other changes you want to make to the user configuration: • • For more information on password options.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 312 . It cannot be a word that appears in a dictionary or contain consecutive repeating characters. click Delete. IMPORTANT! If password strength checking is enabled for the user account. For more information on the access notations used in the tables that follow and throughout this documentation. The account is deleted.Managing Users Managing User Accounts Chapter 8 4. 5. re-type the new password. User Account Privileges Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor The following sections provide a list of the menus and toolbar options in Sourcefire 3D System and the user account privileges required to access them. Select Operations > User Management. which cannot be deleted. To delete a user account: Access: Admin 1. Next to the user whose account you want delete. see Managing User Password Settings on page 303. 6. with the exception of the admin account. In the Confirm Password field. see Access Requirements Conventions on page 39. with at least one number.9. The User Management page appears. the password must have at least eight alphanumeric characters of mixed case. 2. see Configuring User Roles on page 304.

Managing Users Managing User Accounts Chapter 8 Analysis & Reporting Menu Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC The Analysis & Reporting Menu table lists the user account privileges required to access each option on the Analysis & Reporting menu.9. An X indicates that the user can access the option. Analysis & Reporting Menu Menu Admin Maint RNA/ RNA-RO Event Analyst X IPS/ IPS-RO Event Analyst X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Restricted Event Analyst P&R Admin Event Summary Intrusion Event Statistics Event Graphs Dashboards RNA Statistics Flow Summary IPS Events Reviewed Events Clipboard Incidents RNA Network Map | Hosts Network Map | Network Devices Network Map | Services Network Map | Vulnerabilities Network Map | Host Attributes X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Version 4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 313 . Users with only Rules or Maintenance access cannot see the Analysis & Reporting menu at all.

1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 314 .9.Managing Users Managing User Accounts Chapter 8 Analysis & Reporting Menu (Continued) Menu Admin Maint RNA/ RNA-RO Event Analyst X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X IPS/ IPS-RO Event Analyst Restricted Event Analyst P&R Admin RNA Events Hosts Host Attributes Services Client Applications Flow Data Vulnerabilities RUA Users RUA Events Compliance Compliance Events White List Events White List Violations Custom Tables Searches Audit Log Client Applications Compliance Events Flow Data Health Events X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Version 4.

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Policy & Response Menu Menu Admin Maint RNA/ RNA-RO Event Analyst IPS/ IPS-RO Event Analyst Res.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 316 .Managing Users Managing User Accounts Chapter 8 Policy & Response Menu Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC The Policy & Response Menu table lists the user account privileges required to access each option on the Policy & Response menu. An X indicates that the user can access the option. Users with Intrusion Event Analyst. Event Analyst P&R Admin IPS Intrusion Policy SEU Rule Editor Email OPSEC RNA Detection Policy Host Attributes RNA Detectors Custom Fingerprinting Custom Product Mappings User 3rd Party Mappings Network Map | Custom Topology Compliance Policy Management Rule Management X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Version 4.9. or Maintenance access can not see the Policy & Response menu at all. RNA Event Analyst.

Operations Menu Menu Admin Maint RNA/ RNA-RO Event Analyst IPS/ IPS-RO Event Analyst Res.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 317 . An X indicates that the user can access the option. Event Analyst P&R Admin White List Traffic Profiles Responses Alerts Impact Flag Alerts RNA Event Alerts Remediations Groups X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Operations Menu Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor The Operations Menu table lists the user account privileges required to access each option on the Operations menu. All users can access at least some options on the Operations menu.Managing Users Managing User Accounts Chapter 8 Policy & Response Menu (Continued) Menu Admin Maint RNA/ RNA-RO Event Analyst IPS/ IPS-RO Event Analyst Res.9. Event Analyst P&R Admin Configuration RNA/RUA Event Purge Detection Engines High Availability eStreamer Login Authentication X X X X X X X Version 4.

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All users can access at least some of the options on the toolbar. Event Analyst X X X X X P&R Admin Help About Online Email Support Support Site X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Toolbar Options Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor The Toolbar Options table lists the user account privileges required to access each option on the toolbar and its sub-menus.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 319 . Toolbar Options Menu Admin Maint RNA/ RNA-RO Event Analyst X X X X X X X X X X X X IPS/ IPS-RO Event Analyst X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Res.Managing Users Managing User Accounts Chapter 8 Operations Menu (Continued) Menu Admin Maint RNA/ RNA-RO Event Analyst X X X X X IPS/ IPS-RO Event Analyst X X X X X Res.9. Event Analyst P&R Admin Health Preferences Preferences | Home Page Preferences | Event View Settings Preferences | Change Password Preferences | Time Zone Settings Help Logout X X X X X X X X X X X Version 4. An X indicates that the user can access the option.

Managing System Policies Chapter 9 Administrator Guide A system policy allows you to manage the following on your Defense Center or 3D Sensor: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • access control lists audit log settings authentication profiles dashboard settings database event limits detection policy preferences DNS cache properties the mail relay host and notification address tracking intrusion policy changes specifying a different language custom login banners RNA settings. For example. including multiple fingerprint and subnet detection settings RUA settings synchronizing time serving time from the Defense Center mapping vulnerabilities for services You can use a system policy to control the aspects of your Defense Center that are likely to be similar for other Sourcefire 3D System appliances in your deployment. your organization’s security policies may require that Version 4.9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 320 .

Instead of creating a new policy. or if you want to test different database limits. For example. you can create several system policies and switch between them rather than editing a single policy. you configure the various aspects of the policy. if you have different mail relay hosts that you use under different circumstances.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 321 . IMPORTANT! You cannot apply system policies to Crossbeam-based software sensors or Intrusion Agents. you can export a system policy from another appliance and then import it onto your appliance. with system settings.9.Managing System Policies Creating a System Policy Chapter 9 your appliances have a “No Unauthorized Use” message when a user logs in. Contrast a system policy. With system policies. which controls aspects of an appliance that are likely to be similar across a deployment. you assign it a name and a description. which are likely to be specific to a single appliance. Version 4. For more information. Next. each of which is described in its own section. You can also benefit from having multiple policies on a 3D Sensor. See the following sections for more information: • • • • Creating a System Policy on page 321 Editing a System Policy on page 323 Applying a System Policy on page 324 Deleting System Policies on page 325 Creating a System Policy Requires: Any When you create a system policy. You can then edit the imported policy to suit your needs before you apply it. see Importing and Exporting Objects on page 583. See Configuring System Settings on page 360 for more information. you can set the login banner once in a system policy on a Defense Center and then apply the policy to all the sensors that it manages.

The System Policy page appears. see one of the following sections: • • • • • • • • • • • • Configuring the Access List for Your Appliance on page 325 Configuring Audit Log Settings on page 327 Configuring Authentication Profiles on page 329 Configuring Dashboard Settings on page 331 Configuring Database Event Limits on page 332 Configuring Detection Policy Preferences on page 336 Configuring DNS Cache Properties on page 337 Configuring a Mail Relay Host and Notification Address on page 338 Configuring Intrusion Policy Preferences on page 339 Specifying a Different Language on page 340 Adding a Custom Login Banner on page 341 Configuring RNA Settings on page 342 Version 4. Click Save. From the drop-down list. Click Create Policy. Select Operations > System Policy. The Create page appears. 2.Managing System Policies Creating a System Policy Chapter 9 To create a system policy: Access: Admin 1.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 322 . The Applied To column indicates the number of appliances where the policy is applied and a count of out-of-date appliances where the previously applied policy has changed and should be reapplied. Your system policy is saved and the Access List page appears. 4.9. select an existing policy to use as a template for your new system policy. The Policy Name column includes its description. 5. Type a name and description (up to 40 alphanumeric characters and spaces each) for your new policy. 3. For information about configuring each aspect of the system policy.

You can change the policy name and description. including a list of the existing system policies. Click Edit next to the system policy that you want to edit. the first section of the system policy. To edit an existing system policy: Access: Admin 1. appears. With the Policy Name and Policy Description fields at the top. but remember to re-apply the policy as explained in Applying a System Policy on page 324. Select Operations > System Policy. For information about configuring each aspect of the system policy. 2.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 323 .Managing System Policies Editing a System Policy Chapter 9 • • • • • Configuring RNA Subnet Detection Settings on page 349 Configuring RUA Settings on page 352 Synchronizing Time on page 354 Serving Time from the Defense Center on page 357 Mapping Vulnerabilities for Services on page 358 Editing a System Policy Requires: Any You can edit a system policy that is currently in use. Access List. The System Policy page appears. see one of the following sections: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Configuring the Access List for Your Appliance on page 325 Configuring Audit Log Settings on page 327 Configuring Authentication Profiles on page 329 Configuring Dashboard Settings on page 331 Configuring Database Event Limits on page 332 Configuring Detection Policy Preferences on page 336 Configuring DNS Cache Properties on page 337 Configuring a Mail Relay Host and Notification Address on page 338 Configuring Intrusion Policy Preferences on page 339 Specifying a Different Language on page 340 Adding a Custom Login Banner on page 341 Configuring RNA Settings on page 342 Configuring RNA Subnet Detection Settings on page 349 Configuring RUA Settings on page 352 Synchronizing Time on page 354 Version 4.9.

and.Managing System Policies Applying a System Policy Chapter 9 • • Serving Time from the Defense Center on page 357 Mapping Vulnerabilities for Services on page 358 IMPORTANT! If you are editing the current system policy. Select Operations > System Policy. the Apply page appears. Click Apply. The System Policy page appears. Applying a System Policy Requires: Any After you create or edit a system policy. 3. On the Defense Center. IMPORTANT! You cannot apply system policies to Crossbeam-based software sensors or Intrusion Agents. your settings do not take effect until you apply it. 4. or previously applied policy. the system policy is applied. TIP! You can sort the sensors by sensor group. including a list of the existing system policies. You can also select an entire group.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 324 . select the sensors. If a policy has been updated since it was applied. model. Version 4. A message appears indicating that the task is added to the task queue. type of sensor. the Defense Center itself.9. where you want to apply the system policy. See Applying a System Policy on page 324. 2. the name of the policy appears in italics. To apply a system policy: Access: Admin 1. Click Apply next to the system policy that you want to apply. if required. make sure you apply the updated policy when you are finished. On the Defense Center. On the 3D Sensor.

Select Operations > System Policy. The System Policy page appears.Managing System Policies Deleting System Policies Chapter 9 Deleting System Policies Requires: Any You can delete a system policy even if it is in use. 2.9. port 443 (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Version 4. Click Delete next to the system policy that you want to delete. By default. it is used until a new policy is applied. To delete a system policy: Access: Admin 1.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 325 . For information about configuring each aspect of the system policy. Default system policies cannot be deleted. Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Requires: Any You can change various parts of your system policy. If the policy is still in use. see one of the following sections: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Configuring the Access List for Your Appliance on page 325 Configuring Audit Log Settings on page 327 Configuring Authentication Profiles on page 329 Configuring Dashboard Settings on page 331 Configuring Database Event Limits on page 332 Configuring Detection Policy Preferences on page 336 Configuring DNS Cache Properties on page 337 Configuring a Mail Relay Host and Notification Address on page 338 Configuring Intrusion Policy Preferences on page 339 Specifying a Different Language on page 340 Adding a Custom Login Banner on page 341 Configuring RNA Settings on page 342 Configuring RNA Subnet Detection Settings on page 349 Configuring RUA Settings on page 352 Synchronizing Time on page 354 Serving Time from the Defense Center on page 357 Mapping Vulnerabilities for Services on page 358 Configuring the Access List for Your Appliance Requires: Any The Access List page allows you to control which computers can access your appliance on specific ports. including a list of the existing system policies. The policy is deleted.

Provide a name and description for the system policy as described in Creating a System Policy on page 321.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 326 . In either case. You can specify the access list either by creating a new system policy or by editing an existing policy. click Delete. To configure the access list as part of a new system policy. To operate the appliance in a more secure environment. access to the appliance is not restricted. WARNING! By default. which is used to access the command line. consider adding access to the appliance for specific IP addresses and then deleting the default any option. or HTTPS). click Edit next to the system policy. Version 4. click Create Policy. or SSH). You have two options: • • To modify the access list in an existing system policy. The setting is removed. To delete one of the current settings. and click Save. are enabled for any IP address. WARNING! If you delete access for the IP address that you are currently using to connect to the appliance interface (and if there is no entry for “IP=any port=443”). To configure the access list: Access: Admin 1. 2. Select Operations > System Policy. you will lose access to the system when you apply the policy.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 Secure. The access list is part of the system policy. the Access List page appears. The System Policy page appears. which is used to access the web interface and port 22 (Secure Shell.9. the access list does not take effect until you apply the system policy. 3. In either case.

168. IMPORTANT! You must ensure that the external host is functional and accessible from the appliance sending the audit log. or both to specify which ports you want to enable for these IP addresses.1. TIP! You can click Add to add access for additional IP addresses or click Delete to remove access from other IP addresses. The appliance does not send the audit log until you apply the system policy. 192. reflecting the changes you made. then click Add. 7. Version 4. 5. To add access for one or more IP addresses. The Add IP Address page appears. Select SSH.168. The Access List page appears again.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 4. to designate any IP address 6. In the IP Address field.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 327 . and an optional tag. Configuring Audit Log Settings Requires: Any You can configure the system policy so that the appliance streams an audit log to an external host. use the following syntax depending on the IP addresses you want to add: • • an exact IP address (for example.1.101) an IP address range using CIDR notation (for example. The name of the sending host is part of the sent information and you can further identify the audit log stream with a facility.1/24) For information on using CIDR in the Sourcefire 3D System. click Add. The system policy is updated. HTTPS. a severity. Click Save Policy and Exit. see IP Address Conventions on page 41. 192. See Applying a System Policy on page 324 for more information. Your changes do not take effect until you apply the system policy. • any.9.

Version 4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 328 . You have two options: • • To modify the audit log settings in an existing system policy.1. the syslog messages are sent. The System Policy Page appears. Designate the destination host for the audit information by using the IP address or the fully qualified name of the host in the Host field. Your changes do not take effect until you apply the system policy to the Defense Center and its managed sensors. [Subsystem]. click Edit next to the system policy. Label the audit data that you are sending with a facility and severity. The default for Facility is USER. 3. WARNING! The computer you configure to receive an audit log must be set up to accept remote messages. 7. and the sending device name precedes the audit log message.9. The following is an example of the output structure: Date Time Host [Tag] Sender: [User_Name]@[User_IP]. Page View 8. In either case. To configure the audit log settings as part of a new system policy. After you apply a policy with this feature enabled and your destination host is configured to accept the audit log. Click Audit Log Settings. The default for Severity is INFO. Optionally. 2. However. insert a reference tag in the TAG field. For example: Mar 01 14:45:24 localhost [TAG] Dev-DC3000: admin@10. 4. the Access List page appears. and click Save. The system policy is updated. Select Enabled next to Send Audit Log to Syslog.2.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 To configure the audit log settings: Access: Admin 1. time. and hostname precede the bracketed optional tag. [Action] where the local date. 5. Provide a name and description for the system policy as described in Creating a System Policy on page 321. Click Save Policy and Exit. 6. but it will not be accepted. you can select any of the standard syslog facility and severity settings. Otherwise. click Create Policy. the appliance may the send audit log to the host. The default port (514) is used. See Applying a System Policy on page 324 for more information. Operations > Monitoring. Select Operations > System Policy. The default setting is Disabled.1.

Note that when you create an LDAP authentication object on your Defense Center. if you create an authentication object referencing an external authentication server. if your authentication profile retrieves records for other personnel in addition to the security group. users can log in but cannot access any functionality. For example. If no access role is selected. For more information on modifying a user account. if you set up an authentication profile that retrieves only users in the Network Security group in your company. you can set a filter search attribute to specify the set of users who can successfully authenticate against the LDAP server. see Understanding User Privileges on page 267. however. When you apply a policy with authentication enabled to an appliance. the appliance verifies the user credentials by comparing them to a user account stored in the Defense Center or managed sensor’s local database. You can select multiple roles. when a user logs into a Sourcefire 3D System Defense Center or managed sensor. If a user has the same username on multiple systems. you can set the default user role for any user whose account is externally authenticated. See Configuring Attribute Mapping on page 274 for more information. any user accounts created before the modification retain the first user role until you modify or delete and recreate them. The Authentication Profiles page only displays in the system policy on a Defense Center. all passwords across all servers work. then later modify the policy to use different default user roles and re-apply.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 Configuring Authentication Profiles Requires: DC/MDC Normally. For a complete procedure for logging in initially as an externally authenticated user. When you enable authentication. if a user has internal authentication enabled and the user credentials are not found in the internal database.9. where you can edit the account settings to grant additional permissions.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 329 . their account is listed on the User Management page. you can apply the system policy to let users logging into the Defense Center or managed sensor authenticate to that server rather than using the local database. the appliance does not revert to checking the local database. the appliance then checks the external server for a set of matching credentials. In addition. you may set the default user role to include both the Intrusion Event Analyst role and the RNA Event Analyst so users can access collected event data without any additional user configuration on your part. see Modifying User Privileges and Options on page 306. However. as long as those roles can be combined. You can enable authentication in a system policy on your Defense Center and then push that policy to managed sensors. After a user attempts to log in. If you configure the system policy to use one user role and apply the policy. you would probably want to leave the default role unselected. that if authentication fails on the available external authentication servers. However. For more information on available user roles. Once you apply the policy to a Version 4. the appliance verifies the user credentials against users on an LDAP or RADIUS server. Note. see Logging into the Appliance to Set Up an Account on page 23.

however. the Access List page appears. To disable authentication on a managed sensor. so you cannot manage them on the sensor itself. If the user exists. and external authentication is enabled. To make changes to the authentication profile settings.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 330 . the appliance checks the username and password against the external database. In either case. To configure the authentication profile settings as part of a new system policy. and click Save. you have to modify the policy on the Defense Center and then push it to the sensor again. External users cannot authenticate against the user list in the local database. the user logs in successfully. If a match is found.9. the user login attempt is rejected. select Operations > System Policy. click Edit next to the system policy. the appliance then checks the username and password against the local database. If the login fails. Enabling external authentication by applying a system policy is not supported on the following sensor types: • • • • 3Dx800 sensors Crossbeam-based software sensors Intrusion Agents RNA Software for Red Hat Linux If a user with internal authentication attempts to log in. an external user account is created in the local database with the default privileges for the external authentication object. eligible externally authenticated users can log into the sensor. The System Policy page appears. However. the user logs in successfully. To enable authentication of users on external servers: Access: Admin 1. the appliance checks the user against each external authentication server in the authentication order shown in the system policy. the appliance changes the user to an external user with the default privileges for that authentication object. click Create Policy. Version 4. If a match is found. Note that you can only enable external authentication on Defense Centers and 3D Sensors. On the Defense Center. If the username and password match results from an external server. Provide a name and description for the system policy as described in Creating a System Policy on page 321. If the login fails. If the user is a new external user. If an external user attempts to log in. You have two options: • • To modify the authentication profile settings in an existing system policy. the appliance first checks if that user is in the local user database. 2. you can either disable it in a system policy on the Defense Center and push that to the sensor or apply a local system policy (which cannot contain authentication profile settings) on the sensor. the system policy on the sensor does not display authentication profile settings.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 sensor.

The system policy is updated. click Enable next to the object. 4. select Enabled from the Shell Authentication drop-down list. To enable use of an authentication object.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 331 . 5. 6. From the Status drop-down list. 7. From the Default User Role drop-down list.9. Click Save Policy and Exit. Optionally. The Authentication Profiles page appears. If you want to use the external server to authenticate shell access accounts as well. only the analyst role is applied. IMPORTANT! You must enable at least one authentication object to enable external authentication. select Enabled. Remember that shell access users can only authenticate against the server whose authentication object is highest in the profile order. use the up and down arrows to change the order in which authentication servers are accessed when an authentication request occurs. Note that although you can select both an event analyst role and the corresponding read-only event analyst role. Your changes do not take effect until you apply the system policy to the Defense Center and its managed sensors. Click Authentication Profiles.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 3. 8. 9. TIP! Press Ctrl before selecting roles to select multiple default user roles. Configuring Dashboard Settings Requires: Any You can configure the system policy so that Custom Analysis widgets are enabled on the dashboard. select a user role to define the default permissions you want to grant to users authenticated externally. Dashboards provide you with at-a-glance views of current Version 4. See Applying a System Policy on page 324 for more information.

3. the minimum number of records you can store in any database is one record (or. you can choose not to store any events. The system policy is updated. Select Operations > System Policy. Select the Enable Custom Analysis Widgets check box to allow users to add Custom Analysis widgets to dashboards. Click Save Policy and Exit.9. the Access List page appears. The Custom Analysis widget allows you to create a visual representation of events based on a flexible. In either case. By default. 4. and click Save. Click Dashboard. The System Policy page appears. See Deleting System Policies on page 325for more information. self-contained components that provide insight into different aspects of the Sourcefire 3D System. However. click Edit next to the system policy. Custom Analysis widget use is enabled 5. 2. To enable Custom Analysis widgets: Access: Admin 1. click Create Policy. To improve performance. See Understanding the Custom Analysis Widget on page 69 for more information on how to use custom widgets. You have two options: • • To modify the dashboard settings in an existing system policy. for some databases. you should try to tailor the database event limit to the number of events you regularly work with. clear the check box to prohibit users from using those widgets. To configure the dashboard settings as part of a new system policy.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 system status through the use of widgets: small. In most cases. The Dashboard Settings page appears. in the case of the compliance violation history database. Configuring Database Event Limits Requires: Any You can use the Database page to specify the maximum number of events you want to store on an appliance. Version 4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 332 . user-configurable query of the events in your appliance's database. Provide a name and description for the system policy as described in Creating a System Policy on page 321. Your changes do not take effect until you apply the system policy. one day’s history).

Database Event Limits The.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 These databases include those that store RNA and RUA events. Intrusion Event Database (Defense Center or Master Defense Center) Intrusion Event Database (3D Sensor) RNA Event Database RNA Flow Database Is the database that stores. or DC1000 100 million events on the DC3000 10 million events on the DC500. flow summaries.. Virtual Defense Center. For example. In addition. Note that if you apply a system policy to an appliance that does not support the maximum limit you specify (for example. and health events. or DC1000 100 million events on the DC3000 1 million events RNA Flow Summary Database Compliance & White List Event Database Health Event Database RNA flow summaries (aggregated RNA flows) on a Defense Center compliance events and white list events on a Defense Center or Master Defense Center health events on a Defense Center or Master Defense Center 1 million events Version 4. if you use the Defense Center to apply the same system policy to itself and the 3D Sensors it manages. as well as flow events.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 333 . The Database Event Limits on page 333 below describes the maximum number of records you can store in the databases on your appliance. 2... if you specify 100 million intrusion events and apply that policy to a 3D Sensor). Virtual Defense Center. intrusion events on a Defense Center or on a Master Defense Center (which is always a DC3000) intrusion events on a 3D Sensor And can store up to. any health alert limits you set in the policy have no effect on the sensors. IMPORTANT! You cannot apply system policies to Crossbeam-based software sensors or Intrusion Agents.9.. the maximum limit for the appliance is silently enforced.5 million events on the DC500 10 million events on the Virtual Defense Center or the DC1000 100 million events on the DC3000 2 million events RNA network discovery events on a Defense Center RNA flows on a Defense Center 10 million events 10 million events on the DC500.. database limits that do not apply to a particular appliance are silently ignored..

. For information on manually pruning the RNA and RUA databases. 2.9... 100. To configure the maximum number of records in the database: Access: Admin 1. See Configuring a Mail Relay Host and Notification Address on page 338 for information about generating automated email notifications when events are automatically pruned. To configure the database settings as part of a new system policy.000 records 10 million events a 30-day history of violations 10 million events 10 million user login records 1 million records Note that if the number of events in the intrusion event database exceeds the maximum. if the /volume disk partition reaches 85% of its capacity. click Edit next to the system policy. Select Operations > System Policy. click Create Policy.. on a Defense Center RUA events on a Defense Center RUA storage of user logins on a Defense Center SEU import log records And can store up to.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 Database Event Limits (Continued) The.. In addition. and click Save. Provide a name and description for the system policy as described in Creating a System Policy on page 321. You have two options: • • To modify the database settings in an existing system policy. the Access List page appears. unified files are deleted from the system. The System Policy page appears. audit records remediation status events on a Defense Center the white list violation history of the hosts on your network. Version 4. beginning with the oldest files. In either case.. see Purging the RNA and RUA Databases on page 598. the oldest events and packet files are pruned until the database is back within limits.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 334 . Audit Event Database Remediation Status Event Database White List Violation History Database RUA Event Database RUA History Database SEU Import Log Database Is the database that stores.

see Database Event Limits on page 333. 4.9. Click Database. enter the number of records you want to store. For each of the databases.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 335 . For information on how many records each database can maintain. The Database page appears. The following graphic shows the Database page on a DC1000 Defense Center. Version 4.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 3.

Click Save Policy and Exit. 5. The system policy is updated. click Edit next to the system policy. 2. Your changes do not take effect until you apply the system policy. See Applying a System Policy on page 324 for more information. If no. the Access List page appears. In either case. and click Save. click Create Policy. The appliance also warns you if the detection engine has a different policy applied to it than the one you are attempting to apply. Version 4. 3. The system policy is updated. 4. You have two options: • • To modify the detection policy preferences in an existing system policy. select Yes from the drop-down list.9. To configure the detection policy preferences as part of a new system policy.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 5. Configuring Detection Policy Preferences Requires: Any The Detection Policy Preferences page allows you to configure whether you must confirm your action when you apply RNA detection policies and intrusion policies. whenever you apply an RNA detection policy or an intrusion policy to one or more detection engines. select No from the drop-down list. Select Operations > System Policy. Click Save Policy and Exit. See Applying a System Policy on page 324 for more information.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 336 . The Detection Policy Preferences page appears. Click Detection Policy Preferences. If you enable this setting. Your changes do not take effect until you apply the system policy. To configure detection policy preferences: Access: Admin 1. The System Policy page appears. Do you want to confirm your action when you apply RNA detection policies and intrusion policies? • • If yes. Provide a name and description for the system policy as described in Creating a System Policy on page 321. the appliance prompts you to confirm that you want to apply the policy.

see Configuring Event View Settings on page 27. click Edit next to the system policy. Next to DNS Resolution Caching. As an administrator. 3. The System Policy page appears. 4. you can configure the appliance to resolve IP addresses automatically on the event view pages. Provide a name and description for the system policy as described in Creating a System Policy on page 321. enable Resolve IP Addresses.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 Configuring DNS Cache Properties Requires: Any If you have a DNS server configured on the Network page.9. For information about configuring event preferences. You have two options: • • To modify the DNS cache settings in an existing system policy. The default setting is 300 minutes (five hours). and then click Save. select Enabled to enable caching or Disabled to disable it. To configure the DNS cache properties: Access: Admin 1. see Configuring Network Settings on page 377. 2. you can also configure basic properties for DNS caching performed by the appliance. The DNS Cache page appears.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 337 . users must also select Event View Settings from the User Preferences menu. In either case. enter the number of minutes a DNS entry remains cached in memory before it is removed for inactivity. To configure IP address resolution on a per-user-account basis. 5. the Access List page appears. IMPORTANT! DNS resolution caching is a system-wide setting that allows the caching of previously resolved DNS lookups. click Create Policy. To configure the DNS cache settings as part of a new system policy. For information about configuring DNS servers. This can reduce the amount of traffic on your network and speed the display of event pages when IP address resolution is enabled. Configuring DNS caching allows you to identify IP addresses you previously resolved without performing additional lookups. Click DNS Cache. and click Save. Version 4. In the DNS Cache Timeout field. Select Operations > System Policy.

To configure a mail relay host: Access: Admin 1. the Access List page appears. Your changes do not take effect until you apply the system policy.9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 338 . IP address resolution is not enabled on a per-user basis unless it is configured on the Events page accessed from the User Preferences menu. The System Policy page appears.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 6. click Create Policy. Version 4. 2. Select Operations > System Policy. click Edit next to the system policy. See Applying a System Policy on page 324 for more information. You have two options: • • To modify the email settings in an existing system policy. and compliance event alerting (Defense Center only . The system policy is updated. and click Save. In addition. you can configure an email address that will receive notifications when intrusion events and audit logs are pruned from the database. Configuring a Mail Relay Host and Notification Address Requires: Any If you plan to: • • • • • email event-based reports email status reports for scheduled tasks use email for RNA event. Click Save Policy and Exit. To configure the email settings as part of a new system policy. WARNING! Although DNS caching is enabled for the appliance. In either case. Provide a name and description for the system policy as described in Creating a System Policy on page 321.requires RNA) use email for intrusion event alerting (Defense Center only . impact flag.requires IPS) use email for health event alerting (Defense Center only) you must configure a mail host.

and click Save. click Edit next to the system policy. In either case. Provide a name and description for the system policy as described in Creating a System Policy on page 321. 6. 3. Configuring Intrusion Policy Preferences Requires: Any You can allow or require comments to be added to the audit log when an intrusion policy changes. Version 4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 339 . click Create Policy. 2. Your changes do not take effect until you apply the system policy. In the Mail Relay Host field.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 3. 5. To configure the intrusion policy preferences as part of a new system policy. The Configure Email Notification page appears. type the hostname or IP address of the mail server you want to use.9. Click Email Notification. enter the email address you want to receive notifications when intrusion events and audit logs are pruned from the appliance’s database. the Access List page appears. 4. Click Intrusion Policy Preferences. Select Operations > System Policy. The Intrusion Policy Preferences page appears. IMPORTANT! The mail host you enter must allow access from the appliance. To configure intrusion policy change tracking: Access: Admin 1. in the Data Pruning Notification Address field. You can also track all changes to intrusion policies in the audit log. See Applying a System Policy on page 324 for more information. The system policy is updated. You have two options: • • To modify the intrusion policy preferences in an existing system policy. Click Save Policy and Exit. Optionally. The System Policy page appears.

9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 340 . Click Language. 2. If you select Optional or Required. click Edit next to the system policy. The Language page appears. or Required from the Comments on policy change drop-down list. and click Save. 3.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 4. Optional. 6. 5. Select Operations > System Policy. Click Save Policy and Exit. Version 4. The System Policy page appears. if you want to track changes to intrusion policies. The system policy is updated. a Description of Changes text box appears when you commit your intrusion policy changes. To configure the language settings as part of a new system policy. WARNING! The language you select here is used for the web interface for every user who logs into the appliance. To select a different language for the user interface: Access: Admin 1. Specifying a Different Language Requires: Any You can use the Language page to specify a different language for the web interface. In either case. click Create Policy. Select the language you want to use. Provide a name and description for the system policy as described in Creating a System Policy on page 321. Select Disabled. Optionally. the Access List page appears. select Write changes in Intrusion Policy to audit log. Your changes do not take effect until you apply the system policy. 4. See Applying a System Policy on page 324 for more information. You have two options: • • To modify the language settings in an existing system policy.

3. Provide a name and description for the system policy as described in Creating a System Policy on page 321. You have two options: • • To modify the login banner in an existing system policy. See Applying a System Policy on page 324 for more information. In either case. The Login Banner page appears.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 341 . To configure the login banner as part of a new system policy. Adding a Custom Login Banner Requires: Any You can create a custom login banner that appears when users log into the appliance using SSH and on the login page of the web interface. enter the login banner that you want to use with this system policy. the Access List page appears. The system policy is updated.9.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 5. To add a custom banner: Access: Admin 1. click Edit next to the system policy. 4. click Create Policy. and click Save. 2. You can specify the login banner either by creating a new system policy or by editing an existing policy. Click Login Banner. The System Policy page appears. Your changes do not take effect until you apply the system policy. Click Save Policy and Exit. Select Operations > System Policy. Custom login banners are part of the system policy. In either case. the login banner is not used until you apply the system policy. In the Custom Login Banner field. Version 4. Banners can contain any printable characters except the less-than symbol (<) and the greaterthan symbol (>).

Click Save Policy and Exit. what RNA and host input events are logged. Configuring RNA Settings Requires: DC/ MDC + RNA You can configure several aspects of RNA behavior through the system policy. make sure that the service timeout value is longer than the update interval in the RNA detection policy. RNA Data Storage Settings Field Host Timeout Description The amount of time that passes. control the kinds of RNA data stored in the database.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 342 . The default setting is 10080 minutes (7 days). make sure that the host timeout value is longer than the update interval in the RNA detection policy. see Creating RNA Detection Policies in the Analyst Guide. see the following sections: • • • • Understanding RNA Data Storage Settings on page 342 Understanding Vulnerability Impact Assessment Settings on page 345 Understanding Multiple Fingerprint Settings on page 345 Configuring Settings for RNA on page 347 Understanding RNA Data Storage Settings Requires: DC/ MDC + RNA RNA data storage settings.9. in minutes. Your changes do not take effect until you apply the system policy. The system policy is updated. in minutes. before RNA drops a service from the network map due to inactivity. For more information. which vulnerability types to use for impact assessment. whether operating system and service identity conflicts are automatically resolved.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 5. see Creating RNA Detection Policies in the Analyst Guide. These settings also control how long data is retained in the network map. IMPORTANT! To avoid premature timeout of services. Service Timeout The amount of time that passes. The default setting is 10080 minutes (7 days). and therefore determine the data that other parts of the Sourcefire 3D System can use. as described in the following table. Version 4. For more information. For more information. including how RNA stores data. whether identity conflict events are logged. and the priority of active sources of identity data. before RNA drops a host from the network map due to inactivity. See Applying a System Policy on page 324 for more information. IMPORTANT! To avoid premature timeout of hosts.

This option is especially valuable if you want to prevent spoofed hosts from taking the place of valid hosts in the network map. This can reduce the space required to store flow data and can also speed up the rendering of flow data graphs. The Defense Center will combine flow summaries involving a host on your monitored network and one or more external hosts if the flows use the same port. IMPORTANT! Make sure that the client application timeout value is longer than the update interval in the RNA detection policy. However. see Creating RNA Detection Policies in the Analyst Guide.9. the table view contains no information. instead of an individual IP address. which can reduce the number of events sent to the Defense Center. which prevents your 3D Sensors from transmitting individual flows to the Defense Center and therefore prevents you from taking advantage of any feature that requires data from individual flows. Note that you can also use the RNA detection policy to force your 3D Sensors to combine flow summaries involving external hosts before they transmit the data to the Defense Center. if you enable this option and you attempt to drill down to the table view of flow data (that is.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 343 . access data on individual flows) for a flow summary that involves an external responder. However. For more information.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 RNA Data Storage Settings (Continued) Field Client Application Timeout Description The amount of time that passes. protocol. Version 4. Event views. The default setting is 10080 minutes(7 days). before RNA drops a client application from the network map due to inactivity. keep in mind that setting this option in the RNA detection policy requires that you set your flow data mode to Summary. For more information. in minutes. Drop New Hosts When Host Limit Reached Combine Flows for Out-Of-Network Responders Select this check box if you want new hosts rather than old hosts dropped when the Defense Center reaches its host limit and the network map is full. see Combining Flow Summaries from External Responders in the Analyst Guide as well as Configuring RNA Detection Policy Settings in the Analyst Guide. Select this check box if you want you want to combine flow summaries involving external hosts. and reports use external to indicate the hosts outside your monitored network. graphs. Enabling this option treats flow summary data from IP addresses that are not in your list of monitored networks (as defined by your RNA detection policy) as coming from a single host. and if they were detected by the same detection engine (for flows detected by 3D Sensor) or were exported by the same NetFlow-enabled device and were processed by the same detection engine. service.

Version 4. On the other hand. if you use one policy to monitor both networks. Note that best practices are to use only one detection policy and to not overlap network segment coverage. best practices are to avoid creating duplicate NetFlow events. only the reporting detection engine for the flow initiator generates a flow event. for example.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 344 . Just as with RNA flow events. Duplicate flow events can also be created if you overlap network segment coverage with your RNA detection engines in your RNA detection policy. Duplicate NetFlow events can be created. Drop Duplicate NetFlow Events Select this check box if you want the Defense Center to drop duplicate flow events that are based on NetFlow data. each detection engine generates a flow event when RNA detects that a connection is terminated between a monitored host on one of the networks and a monitored host on the other network. Duplicate flow events can be created if you use two RNA detection policies. see Drop Duplicate RNA Flow Events. and can also use excessive bandwidth. not following best practices can degrade performance as the Defense Center attempts to resolve the conflicts.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 RNA Data Storage Settings (Continued) Field Drop Duplicate RNA Flow Events Description Select this check box if you want the Defense Center to drop duplicate flow events generated by 3D Sensors with RNA. In that scenario.9. For more information. each of which is monitoring a separate network segment using separate detection engines. if two NetFlow-enabled devices export information about the same session.

select this option to use the Nessus vulnerability mappings. See Understanding RNA Network Discovery Event Types in the Analyst Guide for information about each event type Expand this section and use the check boxes to specify the types of RNA host input events that you want to log in the database. You can select any or all of the check boxes in this section. Vulnerability Impact Assessment Settings Field Vulnerabilities to use for Impact Assessment Requires: IPS Description Select the check boxes in this section to configure how the Sourcefire 3D System performs impact flag correlation with intrusion events. • Select the Third Party Vulnerability Mappings check box if you want to use third-party vulnerability references to perform impact flag correlation. For example. For more information. See Understanding RNA Host Input Event Types in the Analyst Guide for information about each event type. control which vulnerability types to use for impact assessment. as described in the following table. if you scan using Nessus. intrusion events will never be marked with the red impact flag. Version 4. see Using Impact Flags to Evaluate Events in the Analyst Guide. • Select the Use Third Party Scanner Vulnerability Mappings check box if you are using an integrated scan capability or the AddScanResult host input API function and you want to use vulnerability lookups from the scanner to perform impact flag correlation.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 345 . if IPS generates an intrusion event and the Sourcefire 3D System is able to use any of the methods you specified to determine that the host involved in the event is vulnerable to the attack or exploit.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 Understanding Vulnerability Impact Assessment Settings Requires: DC/ MDC + RNA The RNA vulnerability impact assessment settings. For more information.9. Host Input Event Logging Understanding Multiple Fingerprint Settings Requires: DC + RNA RNA matches fingerprints for operating systems and services against patterns in traffic to determine what operating system and which services are running on a particular host. see Mapping Third-Party Vulnerabilities in the Analyst Guide. To provide the most reliable operating system and service identity information. the intrusion event will be marked with the red (Vulnerable) impact flag. see Understanding Nessus Scans in the Analyst Guide or the Sourcefire 3D System Host Input API Guide. RNA collates fingerprint information from several sources. For more information. • Select the Use RNA Vulnerability Mappings check box if you want to use RNA vulnerability information to perform impact flag correlation. RNA Event Logging Expand this section and use the check boxes to specify the types of RNA network discovery events that you want to log in the database. Note that if you clear all the check boxes.

By default. unless there is an identity conflict. that user input data overrides scanner and application data regardless of priority. You can use the Multiple Fingerprinting page to rank scanner and application fingerprint sources by priority. However.9. Note that adding a scanner to this page does not add the full integration capabilities that exist for the Nmap and Nessus scanners. RNA retains one identity for each source.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 346 . If you import data from a third-party application or scanner. For more information on current identities and how RNA selects the current identity. however. as indicated in the Multiple Fingerprint Settings table. identity data added by a scanner or application overrides identity data detected by RNA. remember to make sure that you map vulnerabilities from the source to the RNA vulnerabilities in the network Version 4. Note. An identity conflict occurs when RNA detects an identity that conflicts with an existing identity that came from the active scanner or application sources listed on the Multiple Fingerprinting page or from a user. see Enhancing Your Network Map in the Analyst Guide.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 RNA uses all passive data to derive operating system identities and assign a confidence value. identity conflicts are not automatically resolved and you must resolve them through the host profile or by rescanning the host or re-adding new identity data to override the RNA identity. You can add new active sources through this page. but does allow integration of imported application or scan results. you can set your system to always automatically resolve the conflict by keeping the passive identity or to always resolve it by keeping the active identity. or change the priority or timeout settings for existing sources. By default. but only data from the highest priority application or scanner source is used as the current identity.

To specify RNA settings: Access: Admin 1. select Disabled from the Automatically Resolve Conflicts drop-down list. Scanner/ Application List You have several options: • To add a new source. select Hours. • To use the current identity from the highest priority active source when an identity conflict occurs. Days. Multiple Fingerprint Settings Option Generate Identity Conflict Event Automatically Resolve Conflicts Description Enable this option to generate an event when an identity conflict occurs on a host in the network map.9. • To indicate the duration of time that should elapse between the addition of an identity to the network map by this source and the deletion of that identity. • To change the type of source. • To demote a source and cause the operating system and service identities to be used only if there are no identities provided by sources above it in the list. click the up arrow next to the source name. Type a name for the source. For more information. You have the following options: • To force manual conflict resolution of identity conflicts.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 map. The System Policy page appears. click Add in the Multiple Fingerprints page of the system policy. select Passive from the Automatically Resolve Conflicts drop-down list. Configuring Settings for RNA Requires: DC + RNA Use the following procedure to configure RNA settings in the system policy. from the Type drop-down list. select Scanner or Application. • To promote a source and cause the operating system and service identities to be used in favor of sources below it in the list. click the down arrow next to the source name. select Active from the Automatically Resolve Conflicts drop-down list. Version 4. • To use the RNA fingerprint when an identity conflict occurs.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 347 . Select Operations > System Policy. or Weeks from the Timeout drop-down list and type the appropriate duration. see Mapping Third-Party Vulnerabilities in the Analyst Guide.

click Create Policy. In either case. See the RNA Data Storage Settings table on page 342 for more information.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 348 . 4. the Access List page appears. The RNA Settings page appears. Specify the RNA data storage settings that you want for your Defense Center. 3.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 2. and click Save. You have two options: • • To modify the RNA settings in an existing system policy. To configure the RNA settings as part of a new system policy. click Edit next to the system policy. Version 4. Provide a name and description for the system policy as described in Creating a System Policy on page 321. Click RNA Settings.9.

Subnet detection allows RNA to make recommendations about which are the best detection engines to analyze the traffic on the various network segments in your organization. you can configure the Defense Center to automatically update those policies and apply the updated policies to your RNA detection engines.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 5. configure multiple fingerprint settings to manage operating system and service source priorities and identity conflict resolution settings.9. Optionally. Alternately. as a time-saving and performance-maximizing measure. 6. it may be able to refine any subnet recommendations it has made for your RNA detection policies. As RNA continuously monitors your network traffic. The system policy is updated. Optionally. Configuring RNA Subnet Detection Settings Requires: DC + RNA Optimally. you can use the system policy to configure RNA to automatically generate subnet recommendations for your currently applied RNA detection policies on a daily basis. you may not always be kept abreast of network configuration changes.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 349 . which can make it challenging to stay on top of proper RNA policy configurations. 8. your RNA detection policy specifies that each RNA detection engine is configured as the reporting detection engine for the hosts that are closest to it from a network hop standpoint. 7. specify the RNA network discovery events that you want to log by clicking the arrow next to RNA Event Logging. Optionally. All the event types are enabled by default. specify the RNA host input events that you want to log by clicking the arrow next to Host Input Event Logging. A network administrator may modify a network configuration through routing or host changes without informing you. Your changes do not take effect until you apply the system policy. See Applying a System Policy on page 324 for more information. See the RNA Host Input Event Types table in the Analyst Guide for more information. See the Multiple Fingerprint Settings table on page 347 for more information. you must revisit the detection policy after you apply it for the first time so that you can manually evaluate and apply any subnet recommendations. Click Save Policy and Exit. Optionally. Choosing which subnets to monitor with which detection engines is an iterative process that you should revisit from time to time. Unfortunately. All the event types are enabled by default. See the RNA Network Discovery Event Types table in the Analyst Guide for more information. especially if your network configuration has been altered through routing or host changes. This is because RNA only gathers secondary information Version 4. If you do not configure the Defense Center to automatically apply subnet recommendations.

or.9. to notify you of any changes made. The following diagram illustrates the automated subnet detection process. To get detailed information about the hosts in a subnet. including operating system and service identity data. flow data. you must explicitly assign an RNA detection engine to monitor that subnet.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 350 . Note that you can configure the Defense Center to notify you of subnet recommendations via email so that you can make the changes manually. and so on.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 (hops and MAC address data) about hosts in subnets that are set to autodetect. Version 4. if you configured the Defense Center to automatically apply recommendations.

click Edit next to the system policy. select Disabled. Provide a name and description for the system policy as described in Creating a System Policy on page 321. Optionally. 5. To configure the RNA subnet detection settings as part of a new system policy. To configure RNA subnet detection settings: Access: Admin 1. you must configure a valid mail relay host. Select Operations > System Policy. To disable daily generation of subnet recommendations. see Manually Generating Subnet Recommendations in the Analyst Guide. 3. In either case. The RNA Subnet Detection Settings page appears. 4. enter the email address where you want to receive notifications of new subnet recommendations. and click Save. IMPORTANT! For performance reasons. see Configuring a Mail Relay Host and Notification Address on page 338. 2. you must manually generate and apply recommendations for your RNA detection policies. Version 4.9 and later 3D Sensors. in the Mail Notifications To field.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 For more information on subnet detection.9. You have two options: • • To modify the RNA subnet detection settings in an existing system policy. Click RNA Subnet Detection Settings. click Create Policy. From the Generate Recommendations Daily At drop-down list. For more information.9) 3D Sensor. The System Policy page appears. see Introduction to Sourcefire RNA in the Analyst Guide. RNA only automatically generates recommendations for RNA deployments running on Version 4. TIP! To receive email notifications.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 351 . the Access List page appears. If your RNA deployment includes even one legacy (pre-Version 4. select the time when you want RNA to automatically generate daily subnet recommendations for all applied RNA detection policies.

For example. Version 4. AIM. Configuring RUA Settings Requires: DC + RUA You can use the RUA settings in the system policy to filter which types of network activity cause RUA to add users to the database. Sourcefire RUA (see Using Sourcefire RUA in the Analyst Guide) is an optional component of the Sourcefire 3D System that allows you to correlate network activity with user identity information.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 6. RUA stops adding new users to the Defense Center database. Note that this option has no effect unless you enable daily recommendations. and other guests. and IMAP can introduce usernames not relevant to your organization due to network access from contractors. Click Save Policy and Exit. RUA can add users to the database using the following types of detected protocols: • • • • • • LDAP AIM POP3 IMAP Oracle SIP (VoIP) Note that although RUA detects SMTP logins. In addition. and SIP logins always create duplicate user records.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 352 . When RUA detects a user login for a user who is not already in the database. Your changes do not take effect until you apply the system policy. POP3. an RUA user is added to the Defense Center user database. The system policy is updated. This is because these logins are not associated with any of the user metadata that RUA obtains from an LDAP server. After you reach your licensed limit. RUA users are not added to the database based on SMTP logins. Enable the Automatically Apply Daily Recommendations check box to automatically update and apply your RNA detection policies after RNA generates subnet recommendations. The RUA feature license on the Defense Center (see Licensing RUA in the Analyst Guide) specifies the number of users you can monitor with RUA. obtaining usernames through protocols such as AIM. See Applying a System Policy on page 324 for more information. visitors. Oracle. the Defense Center does not record them unless there is already a user with a matching email address in the database. 7. Restricting RUA helps minimize username clutter and preserve RUA licenses.9.

See Applying a System Policy on page 324 for more information. In either case. IMPORTANT! Sourcefire RUA Agents installed on Microsoft Active Directory LDAP servers collect only LDAP user login information. By default. Click Save Policy and Exit. The system policy is updated. Therefore. Version 4. Provide a name and description for the system policy as described in Creating a System Policy on page 321. all login types cause RUA to add users to the database. 3. unless your RUA implementation includes 3D Sensors with RUA.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 nor are they associated with any of the information contained in the other types of login that your 3D Sensors detect. 5. and click Save. The RUA Detection Settings page appears. Select the check boxes that correspond to the types of logins that will create RUA users. click Create Policy. To filter RUA users based on network activity type: Access: Admin 1. the Access List page appears. Your changes do not take effect until you apply the system policy. click Edit next to the system policy. 4. Select Operations > System Policy.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 353 . The System Policy page appears. see How Do I Choose an RUA Implementation? in the Analyst Guide. You have two options: • • To modify the RUA settings in an existing system policy. 2.9. Click RUA Settings. To configure the RUA settings as part of a new system policy. For more information on RUA Agents and 3D Sensors with RUA. filtering non-LDAP logins has no effect.

In addition. The procedure for synchronizing time differs slightly depending on whether you are using the web interface on a Defense Center or a 3D Sensor. Version 4. the time setting is not used until you apply the system policy. You manage time settings on an Intrusion Agent through the operating system. see Serving Time from the Defense Center on page 357.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 354 . You can specify the time settings either by creating a new system policy or by editing an existing policy. see the Sourcefire RNA Software for Red Hat Linux Configuration Guide. if enabled). Each procedure is explained separately below. Do not synchronize your 3D Sensors (virtual or physical) to a Virtual Defense Center. The System Policy page appears. Select Operations > System Policy. For more information on configuring settings for RNA Software for Red Hat Linux. In either case. If you specify a remote NTP server. the current time appears in UTC at the top of the Time Synchronization page (local time is displayed in the Manual clock setting option. You can choose to synchronize the time: • • manually using one or more NTP servers (one of which can be a Defense Center) Time settings are part of the system policy. You must use native applications.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 Synchronizing Time Requires: Any You can manage time synchronization on the appliance using the Time Synchronization page.9. but are stored on the appliance itself using UTC time. such as command line interfaces or the operating system interface. • • You can synchronize the appliance’s time with an external time server. To synchronize time on the Defense Center: Access: Admin 1. see the Sourcefire 3D Sensor Software for X-Series Installation Guide. Sourcefire recommends that you synchronize your virtual appliances to a physical NTP server. to manage time settings for software sensors: • For more information on configuring settings for Crossbeam Systems Switches. To use the Defense Center as an NTP server. Connections to NTP servers do not use configured proxy settings. Note that time settings are displayed on most pages on the appliance in local time using the time zone you set on the Time Zone page (America/New York by default). your appliance must have network access to it.

you should configure your DHCP server to set the same NTP server. You have two options for specifying how the time is synchronized on the appliance: • To set the time manually. the DHCP-provided NTP server will be used instead. Version 4. 4. To receive time through NTP from a different server. In either case. select Manually in the System Settings. type the fully qualified host and domain names. in the Serve time via NTP drop-down list.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 355 . • WARNING! If the appliance is rebooted and your DHCP server sets an NTP server record different than the one you specify here. this value is ignored. click Edit next to the system policy. Note that if you set this option to Enabled and then apply the system policy to a sensor rather than a Defense Center. See Setting the Time Manually on page 389 for information about setting the time after you apply the system policy. select Enabled. If you want to serve time from the Defense Center to your managed sensors. type a comma-separated list of IP addresses for the NTP servers you want to use or. To configure the time settings as part of a new system policy. select Via NTP Server from and. and click Save. To avoid this situation. the Access List page appears. click Create Policy. in the text box. Only Defense Centers can act as NTP servers.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 2. Click Time Synchronization.9. if DNS is enabled. 5. You have two options: • • To modify the time settings in an existing system policy. 3. Provide a name and description for the system policy as described in Creating a System Policy on page 321. The Time Synchronization page appears.

Click Time Synchronization. To synchronize time on a 3D Sensor: Access: Admin 1. Provide a name and description for the system policy as described in Creating a System Policy on page 321. In either case. Your changes do not take effect until you apply the system policy. The System Policy page appears. Click Save Policy and Exit. 3. click Create Policy. The system policy is updated. See Applying a System Policy on page 324 for more information. IMPORTANT! It may take a few minutes for the appliance to synchronize with the configured NTP servers.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 6. The Time Synchronization page appears. Select Operations > System Policy. 2. You have two options: • • To modify the time settings in an existing system policy.9. click Edit next to the system policy. To configure the time settings as part of a new system policy. and click Save. 4. You have two options for specifying how time is synchronized on the 3D Sensor: Version 4. the Access List page appears.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 356 .

On the Defense Center.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 • To set the time manually. Click Save Policy and Exit. type a comma-separated list of IP addresses of the NTP servers or. This is because the Defense Center must first synchronize with its configured NTP server before it can serve time to the 3D Sensor. Version 4. Your changes do not take effect until you apply the system policy. See Applying a System Policy on page 324 for more information. To configure the Defense Center as an NTP server: Access: Admin 1. IMPORTANT! If you configure the Defense Center to serve time using NTP and . select Operations > System Policy. the NTP service on managed sensors will still attempt to synchronize time with the Defense Center. in the text box. and the Defense Center itself is configured to use an NTP server. and then enable Via NTP and click Save. disable the Via NTP option and click Save. To receive time through NTP from different servers. Serving Time from the Defense Center Requires: DC/MDC You can configure the Defense Center as a time server using NTP and then use it to synchronize time between the Defense Center and managed 3D Sensors. In addition. it may take some time for the time to synchronize. select Via NTP Server from and.9. select Manually in the System Settings. then later disable it. type the fully qualified host and domain names. change the time manually and click Save. The System Policy page appears.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 357 . if you are synchronizing the 3D Sensor to a Defense Center that is configured as an NTP server. if DNS is enabled. See Setting the Time Manually on page 389 for information about setting the time after you apply the system policy. before configuring the Defense Center to serve time using NTP If you need to . • 5. you should do so . change the time manually after configuring the Defense Center as an NTP server. You must disable NTP from the managed sensors’ web interfaces to stop the synchronization attempts. The system policy is updated. TIP! You cannot set the time manually after configuring the Defense Center to serve time using NTP If you need to manually change the time. IMPORTANT! It may take a few minutes for the 3D Sensor to synchronize with the configured NTP servers.

However. Click Save Policy and Exit. all vulnerabilities associated with SMTP applications are added to the host profile for the host. click Create Policy. Click Time Synchronization. If you enable the SMTP service on the Vulnerability Mapping page of a system policy. when the service has a service ID in the RNA database and the packet header for the traffic includes a vendor and version. For example. The Time Synchronization page appears. click Edit next to the system policy.9. You have two options: • • To modify the NTP server settings in an existing system policy. 6. 5. then apply that policy to the Defense Center managing the sensor that detects the traffic. IMPORTANT! It may take a few minutes for the Defense Center to synchronize with its managed sensors. a host receives SMTP traffic that does not have a vendor or version in the header. From the Serve Time via NTP drop-down list. the service information will not be used for vulnerability mapping because you cannot specify a vendor or version for a custom service and cannot select the service for vulnerability mapping in the system policy. Version 4.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 2. In either case. 3. select Enabled. Your changes do not take effect until you apply the system policy to the Defense Center and its managed sensors. the Access List page appears. See Applying a System Policy on page 324 for more information. 4. Mapping Vulnerabilities for Services Requires: DC/MDC RNA automatically maps vulnerabilities to a host for any service traffic received or sent by the host. In the Set My Clock option for the sensors. you can configure whether RNA associates vulnerabilities with service traffic for vendor and versionless services. many services do not include vendor and version information. select Via NTP from Defense Center. and click Save. Provide a name and description for the system policy as described in Creating a System Policy on page 321. To configure the NTP server settings as part of a new system policy. For the services listed in the system policy.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 358 . The system policy is updated. Note that although RNA detectors collect service information and add it to host profiles.

2. select the check box for that service. See Applying a System Policy on page 324 for more information. Click Save Policy and Exit. and click Save.Managing System Policies Configuring the Parts of Your System Policy Chapter 9 To configure vulnerability mapping for services: Access: Admin 1. click Create Policy. Click Vulnerability Mapping. clear the check box for that service. To configure active fingerprint source settings as part of a new system policy. 4.9. Provide a name and description for the system policy as described in Creating a System Policy on page 321. 3. The Vulnerability Mapping page appears.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 359 . • TIP! You can select or clear all check boxes at once using the check box next to Enable. In either case. You have two options: • • To modify active fingerprint source settings in an existing system policy. Version 4. The system policy is updated. the Access List page appears. Select Operations > System Policy. To cause vulnerabilities for a service to be mapped to hosts that receive service traffic without vendor or version information. 5. The System Policy page appears. You have two options: • To prevent vulnerabilities for a service from being mapped to hosts that receive service traffic without vendor or version information. click Edit next to the system policy. Your changes do not take effect until you apply the system policy to the Defense Center and its managed sensors.

which controls aspects of an appliance that are likely to be similar across a deployment. See Managing System Policies on page 320 for more information. Contrast the system settings.9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 360 . with a system policy. which are likely to be specific to a single appliance.Configuring System Settings Chapter 10 Administrator Guide The system settings include a series of linked pages that you can use to view and modify settings on your appliance. Version 4.

hostname. enables you to establish communications with a Defense Center from the sensor. Provides options that you can use to: • shut down the appliance • reboot the appliance • restart the Sourcefire 3D System-related processes See Shutting Down and Restarting the System on page 382 for more information. Provides you with options for managing your current licenses and for adding additional feature licenses on the platforms that support them. See Configuring Remote Access to the Defense Center on page 386 for more information. License Network Network Interface Process Version 4. and proxy settings of the appliance that were initially set up as part of the installation.Configuring System Settings Chapter 10 The System Settings Options table describes the options you can configure in the system settings.9. System Settings Options Option Information Description Allows you to view current information about the appliance. Time Displays the current time. If the time synchronization settings in the current system policy for the appliance is set to Manual. See Viewing and Modifying the Appliance Information on page 362 for more information. Remote Management On the 3D Sensor.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 361 . You can also change the appliance name. then you can use this page to change the time. See Configuring Network Settings on page 377 for more information. See Editing Network Interface Configurations on page 380 for more information. See Setting the Time Manually on page 389 for more information. Enables you to change options such as the IP address. enables you to specify values for the internal network and management port that the Defense Center uses to communicate with its managed sensors and high availability peer. See Configuring the Communication Channel on page 383 for more information. On the Defense Center. See Understanding Licenses on page 364 for more information. Allows you to view and modify the settings for the network interfaces on your appliance.

The Information page appears. and the current appliance-level policies. allows you to temporarily disable health monitoring for a 3D Sensor to prevent the Defense Center from generating unnecessary health events. allows you to configure remote storage for backups and reports. The Series 2 DC1000 or DC3000 Defense Center version of this the page is shown below. NetFlow Devices Remote Storage To configure the system settings: Access: Admin Select Operations > System Settings. See Specifying NetFlow-Enabled Devices on page 392 for more information. allows you to specify the NetFlow-enabled devices you want to use to collect flow data. with a list on the left side of the page that you can use to access other system settings. The page also provides you with an option to change the name of the appliance. On Series 2 DC1000 and DC3000 Defense Centers. Version 4.9. IMPORTANT! You cannot view sensor information for Intrusion Agents. Viewing and Modifying the Appliance Information Requires: Any The Information page provides you with information about the Defense Center or 3D Sensor. See Managing Remote Storage on page 393 for more information. See Blacklisting Health Modules on page 391 for more information. the operating system and version.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 362 . On the Defense Center.Configuring System Settings Viewing and Modifying the Appliance Information Chapter 10 System Settings Options (Continued) Option Health Blacklist Description On the Defense Center. The information includes view-only information such as the product name and model number.

If a policy has been updated since it was last applied. This number can be important for troubleshooting. but not the managed sensor. Although you can use the hostname as the name of the appliance. The version of the operating system currently running on the appliance. Note that this name is only used within the context of the Sourcefire 3D System. Clear this check box to allow packet data to be stored on the DC with events.Configuring System Settings Viewing and Modifying the Appliance Information Chapter 10 The Appliance Information table describes each field. The operating system currently running on the appliance. Product Model Software Version Store Events Only on Defense Center Prohibit Packet Transfer to the Defense Center Operating System Operating System Version IP Address Current Policies Model Number Version 4. The version of the software currently installed. The model number for the appliance. Enable this check box to prevent the managed sensor from sending packet data with the events. Enable this check box to store event data on the Defense Center. entering a different name in this field does not change the hostname. Appliance Information Field Name Description A name you assign to the appliance. Clear this check box to store event data on both appliances.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 363 . The appliance-level policies currently applied to the appliance. The IP address of the appliance. the name of the policy appears in italics.9. The model name for the appliance.

WARNING! The name must be alphanumeric characters and should not be composed of numeric characters only. You can also add feature licenses such as RNA host licenses and Intrusion Agent licenses.9. The page refreshes and your changes are saved. Version 4. For Defense Centers. the Sourcefire 3D System requires that you enable IPS by applying a product license file to each appliance as part of the installation process. the 3D Sensor version of the page is shown below. To change the appliance name. 2. 3. type a new name in the Name field. To save your changes.Configuring System Settings Understanding Licenses Chapter 10 To modify the appliance information: Access: Admin 1. Select Operations > System Settings. For comparison. Understanding Licenses Requires: Any You can license a variety of products and features to create your optimal deployment.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 364 . The Defense Center version of the page is shown below. click Save. The Information page appears.

. and Sourcefire Defense Center Installation Guide. and so on.Configuring System Settings Understanding Licenses Chapter 10 See the following for more information: • • • Understanding Feature Licenses on page 366 Verifying Your Product License on page 368 Managing Your Feature Licenses on page 370 You can use a variety of appliances and optional features in your deployment. RUA. For information on how the various features function. Version 4.. For information on how to use virtual appliances. see the Sourcefire Licenses table on page 365. For information on IPS. See Understanding the Product Licensing Widget on page 84 for more information. see Sourcefire Virtual Defense Center and 3D Sensor Installation Guide.9. see Introduction to Sourcefire IPS in Sourcefire 3D System Analyst Guide Feature License a Defense Center at any time use additional features such as RNA. Virtual License a Defense Center at any time use virtual machines. For information on adding a product license.. Product License to. To understand why and when to use these licenses. see Sourcefire 3D Sensor Installation Guide. use IPS on that appliance. For information on how to add a feature license.. a 3D Sensor or a Defense Center during installation so that you can.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 365 . see Adding Feature Licenses on page 370. see Understanding Feature Licenses on page 366. Sourcefire Licenses You apply a. TIP! You can view your licenses by using the Product Licensing widget in the dashboard..

and OpenBSD devices.. Intrusion Agents. or network vulnerabilities transmit events generated by open source Snort installations to the Defense Center IPS for use with Crossbeam Systems X-Series you need a license for.. You must use a Defense Center to configure NetFlow data collection and to view the collected data. You can deploy NetFlow-enabled devices on networks that your sensors cannot monitor. NetFlows.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 366 . Although you can use NetFlow-enabled devices exclusively to monitor your network. see Introduction to NetFlow in the Sourcefire 3D System Analyst Guide. but can also be embedded in Juniper. RNA Hosts. RUA Users. attacks..9. capture and export data about the traffic that passes through NetFlow-enabled devices monitor hosts on your network (including hosts discovered by NetFlow-enabled devices) to observe your network traffic to analyze a complete. up-to-the-minute profile of your network correlate threat. RUA Users and either RNA Hosts or the product license (or both). For more information. Feature Licenses If you want to. and network intelligence with user identity information identify the source of policy breaches. and use NetFlow data to monitor those networks.Configuring System Settings Understanding Licenses Chapter 10 Understanding Feature Licenses The Feature Licenses table describes how to determine which features to license for your deployment. and your deployment must include at least one 3D Sensor with RNA that can communicate with your NetFlow-enabled devices. endpoint. NetFlow-enabled devices are widely used to capture and export data about the traffic that passes through those devices. Standardized through the RFC process. the Sourcefire 3D System uses RNA detection engines on 3D Sensors to analyze NetFlow data. NetFlow NetFlow is an embedded instrumentation within Cisco IOS Software that characterizes network operation. NetFlow is available not only on Cisco networking devices. FreeBSD. The NetFlow cache stores a record of every flow (a sequence of packets that represents a connection between a source and destination host) that passes through the devices.. IPS Software Sensors. Version 4.

3D Sensors with RNA passively observe your organization’s network traffic and analyze it to provide you with a complete. and take action to protect others from disruption. attacks. you must manage 3D Sensors with RNA with a Defense Center. RUA can help you to identify the source of policy breaches. traffic.Configuring System Settings Understanding Licenses Chapter 10 RNA Host Sourcefire RNA allows your organization to confidently monitor and protect your network using a combination of forensic analysis. Intrusion Agent If you have an existing installation of Snort®.9. and network intelligence with user identity information. you can install an Intrusion Agent to forward intrusion events to a Defense Center. In addition. that Defense Center must have an RNA host license installed and the 3D Sensor must have a product license installed. RNA is installed on most 3D Sensors.) Sourcefire also makes key components of RNA available in installation packages for Red Hat Linux servers and Crossbeam Systems security switches. endpoint. block users or user activity. see Introduction to Sourcefire RNA in the Sourcefire 3D System Analyst Guide. to control how network intelligence is gathered and to view the resulting information. and events directly to individual users. also called RUA. (The 3D9800 does not support RNA. Version 4. you can do analysis and reporting on those events. up-tothe-minute profile of your network. By default. You can then analyze the events detected by Snort alongside your other data. Although you cannot manage policies or rules for an Intrusion Agent from the Defense Center. If your organization uses LDAP you can use the user information on your . to enable RNA functionality. By linking network behavior.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 367 . or network vulnerabilities. as well as mitigate risk. LDAP server to augment the Defense Center’s database of user identity information with available metadata. You can continue to manually tune Snort rules and preprocessors with the Intrusion Agent in place. For more information. see Sourcefire 3D System Intrusion Agent Configuration Guide. These capabilities also significantly improve audit controls and enhance regulatory compliance. However. All RUA deployments require a Defense Center that has an RUA feature license installed. allows your organization to correlate threat. For more information. RUA Host Sourcefire Real-time User Awareness. For more information. the Defense Center assigns impact flags to the events. and built-in alerting and remediation. behavioral profiling. If the network map on the Defense Center has entries for the target host in a given event. see Using Sourcefire RUA in the Sourcefire 3D System Analyst Guide.

you do not need to re-install the license. The License page appears. Version 4. see Sourcefire Crossbeam Installation Guide XOS. Select Operations > System Settings. see Managing Your Feature Licenses on page 370. and deleting feature licenses. viewing. Verifying Your Product License Requires: Any During installation. For more information.9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 368 .Configuring System Settings Understanding Licenses Chapter 10 IPS Software Sensor An IPS Software Sensor allows you to use 3D Sensor Software for X-Series on a Crossbeam® Next Generation Security Platform to gather network intelligence and intrusion information. 2. In most cases. the user who sets up the appliance adds the software license as part of the process. Click License. To verify the product license file: Access: Admin 1. The Information page appears. For information on adding.

you will receive an error message. a message appears under the License field. see Managing Your Feature Licenses on page 370.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 369 . the license is added to the appliance. If the license file is correct. Follow the on-screen instructions for an appliance license to obtain your license file. paste it into the License field (as shown in Step 3). IMPORTANT! If your web browser cannot access the Internet. Under Product Licenses.sourcefire. 7. click Edit. The Licensing Center web site appears. 4. Do not proceed to step 5. For more information about feature licenses.9. 6. you must switch to a host that can access it. The Manage License page appears.com/. Copy the license file from the email. 5. • • If the license file is valid. Version 4. If the license file is invalid.Configuring System Settings Understanding Licenses Chapter 10 3. Continue with step 5 to obtain a license and install it. Copy the license key at the bottom of the page and browse to https://keyserver. IMPORTANT! If you purchased a feature license. Click Get License. Click Verify License. click Add New License and add it using the Add Feature License page. and the features for the appliance are available in the web interface. which will be sent to you in an email. and click Submit License.

If you do not have the serial number. which specify the number of hosts that you can monitor with RNA RUA licenses. IMPORTANT! Both Defense Centers in a high-availability pair must have NetFlow licenses for at least the number of NetFlow-enabled devices you are using. which allow you to use intrusion agents 3D Virtual Sensors. which allow you to use 3D Sensor Software with IPS on Crossbeam Systems security switches When you purchase license packs for any licensable feature.com/). Feature licenses include: • • • • • • NetFlow licenses. If one Defense Center does not have a NetFlow license. you must add them to the Defense Center from the web interface. The serial number appears in the Sourcefire Software & Licenses section.sourcefire. Version 4. you can find it by logging into the Sourcefire Support Site (https://support. which allow you use virtual sensors in your deployment IPS licenses for Crossbeam.Configuring System Settings Understanding Licenses Chapter 10 Managing Your Feature Licenses Requires: DC The Defense Center uses feature licenses to allow for additional features. which specify the number of NetFlow-enabled devices you can use to gather flow data RNA host licenses. it will not receive data from your NetFlow-enabled devices. you should have the 12-digit feature license serial number provided by Sourcefire when you purchased the licensable feature. clicking Account. then clicking Products & Contracts.9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 370 . which allow you to use the RUA feature Intrusion Agent licenses. See the following sections for more information: • • • Adding Feature Licenses on page 370 Viewing Feature Licenses on page 372 Configuring Network Settings on page 377 Adding Feature Licenses Requires: DC If you need to obtain a feature license for a feature you purchased. you can request it from the web interface. Before beginning.

The License page appears. Click License. 2. The Information page appears. 3. Version 4.9. Click Add New License.Configuring System Settings Understanding Licenses Chapter 10 To add a license: Access: Admin 1. Select Operations > System Settings. The Add Feature License page appears.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 371 .

IMPORTANT! If your web browser cannot access the Internet. A summary of your licenses appears below the itemized list. The Licensing Center web site appears. Note that there is only one product license. You can repeat this process for each feature license you need to add. you must switch to a host that can access it. 5. The first license that appears shows the Defense Center’s product license which shows the license status. and shows the total number of hosts. Click Get License. which will be sent to you in an email. and provides a link that allows you to view or edit the license. If the license file is correct. Follow the on-screen instructions for a feature license to obtain your license file. Copy the license key at the bottom of the page and browse to https://keyserver.9. see Verifying Your Product License on page 368. RUA. Version 4. or users allowed by the sum of your feature or host licenses. paste it into the License field. and click Submit License. and so on). See Understanding the Product Licensing Widget on page 84 for more information.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 372 . exporters.com/.Configuring System Settings Understanding Licenses Chapter 10 4. copy the license file from the email. Viewing Feature Licenses Requires: DC The licenses page displays the product and feature licenses that you have added to the Defense Center. For more information about viewing and modifying product licenses. the license is added to the appliance. node (MAC address). virtual appliances. and expiration date.sourcefire. TIP! Your Defense Center can have multiple feature licenses (for example. model code. and the licensed feature is available. connections. they appear itemized below the product license. After you receive an email with the feature license file. 6. one or more licenses for RNA Hosts in addition to one or more licenses for Intrusion Agents. If you have feature or host licenses installed. TIP! You can also view licenses by using the Product Licensing widget on the dashboard.

invalid. Allows you to delete the feature license by clicking Delete.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 373 . Version 4. Displays the appliance model number. or if a temporary license has expired. Displays the feature serial number. or if a temporary license has expired. NetFlow License Columns Column Feature ID Serial Number Status Model Allowed NetFlow Exporters Node Expires Action Description Displays the ID number that corresponds with the feature being licensed. Displays the appliance’s MAC address. Indicates if the license is valid.9.Configuring System Settings Understanding Licenses Chapter 10 The NetFlow License Columns table describes each column that appears in a NetFlow license. Indicates if the license is valid. The RNA Host License Columns table describes each column that appears in an RNA host license. Displays the appliance model number. Lists the number of monitored hosts added by the license. Displays the date and time that the feature license expires. RNA Host License Columns Column Feature ID Serial Number Status Number of Hosts Model Node Description Displays the ID number that corresponds with the feature being licensed. Displays the feature serial number. Lists the number of NetFlow-enabled devices that the license allows you to use. invalid. Displays the appliance’s MAC address.

Allows you to delete the feature license by clicking Delete. Intrusion Agent License Columns Column Feature ID Serial Number Description Displays the ID number that corresponds with the feature being licensed. Displays the appliance’s MAC address. Lists the number of monitored users added by the license.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 374 . The RUA License Columns table describes each column that appears in an RUA host license. Displays the date and time that the feature license expires. Displays the feature serial number. The Intrusion Agent License Columns table describes each column that appears in an intrusion agent license. RUA License Columns Column Feature ID Serial Number Status Model Number of Users Node Expires Action Description Displays the ID number that corresponds with the feature being licensed.Configuring System Settings Understanding Licenses Chapter 10 RNA Host License Columns (Continued) Column Expires Action Description Displays the date and time that the feature license expires. Displays the feature serial number.9. invalid. Version 4. or if a temporary license has expired. Displays the appliance model number. Indicates if the license is valid. Allows you to delete the host license by clicking Delete.

1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 375 . or 250MB). Lists the maximum number of Virtual 3D Sensors allowed by the license. or if a temporary license has expired.9. its connections. Lists the maximum number of software agent connections allowed by the license. 45. Virtual 3D Sensor License Columns Column Feature ID Serial Number Status Model Allowed Virtual Sensors Node Throughput Limit Description Displays the ID number that corresponds with the feature being licensed. 100. IMPORTANT! These speeds are not a guaranteed throughput for the Virtual 3D Sensor you license. Displays the date and time that the feature license expires. Displays the appliance’s MAC address. Displays the appliance model number.Configuring System Settings Understanding Licenses Chapter 10 Intrusion Agent License Columns (Continued) Column Status Model Swagent Max Connections Node Expires Action Description Indicates if the license is valid. Displays the feature serial number. Displays the appliance’s MAC address. invalid. or if a temporary license has expired. Displays the maximum capacity licensed for processing by the Virtual 3D Sensor (20. Maximum throughput is limited by other factors such as number of Virtual Machines on your VMware server. Displays the appliance model number. Version 4. The Virtual 3D Sensor License Columns table describes each column that appears in an intrusion agent license. and other physical hardware constraints. Allows you to delete the feature license by clicking Delete. Indicates if the license is valid. invalid.

9. or if a temporary license has expired. Allows you to delete the feature license by clicking Delete. Version 4. The Information page appears. To view or delete your feature licenses: Access: Admin 1.Configuring System Settings Understanding Licenses Chapter 10 Virtual 3D Sensor License Columns (Continued) Column Expires Action Description Displays the date and time that the feature license expires. Displays the appliance model number. The IPS Software License Columns table describes each column that appears in an IPS Software license. invalid.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 376 . Displays the appliance’s MAC address. Select Operations > System Settings. Allows you to delete the feature license by clicking Delete. IPS Software License Columns Column Feature ID Serial Number Status Model Node Expires Action Description Displays the ID number that corresponds with the feature being licensed. Displays the feature serial number. Displays the date and time that the feature license expires. Indicates if the license is valid.

see the Intrusion Agent Configuration Guide. see the Sourcefire RNA Software for Red Hat Linux Configuration Guide.Configuring System Settings Configuring Network Settings Chapter 10 2. If you specify DHCP the appliance automatically retrieves its network settings from a . see the 3D Sensor Installation Guide. you must manually configure all network properties. You must use native applications. For the feature that you want to delete. see the Virtual Defense Center and 3D Sensor Installation Guide. For more information on configuring settings for Intrusion Agents. The License page appears. Disabled (IPv4 or IPv6) Manual (IPv4 and IPv6) DHCP (IPv4 and IPv6) Router assigned (IPv6 only) • • • • You have the following configuration options: • • • • If you specify manual.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 377 . Click License. click Delete in the Action column. see the Sourcefire 3D Sensor Software for X-Series Installation Guide. IPv6. to manage network settings for software sensors or 3Dx800 sensors: • For more information on configuring settings for Crossbeam-based software sensors. For more information on configuring settings for RNA Software for Red Hat Linux.9. or both IPv4 and IPv6 network settings in System Settings. The exceptions include software sensors or 3Dx800 sensors. showing the product license and any feature licenses you have added. Configuring Network Settings Requires: Any With some exceptions. For more information on configuring settings for Virtual 3D Sensors. your Sourcefire 3D System provides a dual stack implementation so that you can choose IPv4. or the operating system interface. third-party user interfaces. For more information on configuring settings for 3Dx800 appliances. 3. Version 4. such as command line interfaces.

This is the network through which Defense Centers and sensors communicate. Domain Primary DNS Server Secondary DNS Server Tertiary DNS Server The fully-qualified domain name where the appliance resides The IP address of the DNS server for the network where the appliance resides A secondary DNS server’s IP address A tertiary DNS server’s IP address If the appliance is not directly connected to the Internet.0.Configuring System Settings Configuring Network Settings Chapter 10 local DHCP server. By default.9. If. the new name is not reflected in the syslog until after you reboot the appliance. you specify Router assigned.255. Default Network Gateway Hostname The IP address of the gateway device for your network The DNS-resolvable name for the appliance IMPORTANT! If you change the hostname. In most installations. Version 4. Select Operations > System Settings. To configure network settings: Access: Admin 1. • For IPv4. you must set the address in colon-separated hexadecimal form and the number of bits in the prefix (for example: a prefix length of 112).0). the appliance retrieves its network settings from a local router. the management interface is connected to an internal.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 378 . the appliance is configured to directly connect to the Internet. The Information page appears. in the case of IPv6. • For IPv6. you must set the address and netmask in dotted decimal form (for example: a netmask of 255. Manual Network Configuration Settings Setting Management Interface Address and either IPv4 Netmask or IPv6 Prefix Length Description The IP address for the management interface. protected network. you can configure a proxy server to be used when downloading updates and SEUs.

domain. specify the network settings. Select Manual to manually specify network settings.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 379 . See the Manual Network Configuration Settings table on page 378 for a full description of each field you can configure. or both) you want to use by selecting the Configuration from the IPv4 and IPv6 settings: • • • • Select Disabled to use only the alternative IP version (for example. 3. Click Network. Select Router assigned (an IPv6-only configuration) to allow router assigned network setting resolution.Configuring System Settings Configuring Network Settings Chapter 10 2. Version 4.9. You can change the Shared Settings (hostname. The Network page appears. If you selected Manual. Specify which IP version (v4. in the IPv4 section select Disabled). Select DHCP to allow DHCP server network setting resolution. if your network uses only IPv6. 4. and domain servers) if you use manual or router assigned configurations. v6.

If you change the link mode for a sensing interface. Any changes you make to the Auto Negotiate value are ignored for Gigabit interfaces. The System Settings page appears. It is possible to select a setting that makes it difficult to access the web interface. select Direct connection. To configure network interfaces from a Defense Center. you can identify a proxy server to be used when downloading updates and rules. 6. you have two options: • • If you have a direct connection from the appliance to the Internet. Version 4. select Operations > System Settings. If your appliance is not directly connected to the Internet. WARNING! Do not modify the settings for the management interface unless you have physical access to the appliance. The network settings are changed. appliances are configured to connect directly to the Internet. To configure a proxy server. You have two choices: • • To configure network interfaces from a 3D Sensor. select Manual proxy configuration and enter the IP address or fully qualified domain name of your proxy server in the HTTP Proxy field and the port in the Port field.9. You must configure 3Dx800 interfaces on the 3Dx800 CLI. then click Edit next to the 3D Sensor. Editing Network Interface Configurations Requires: DC or 3D Sensor You can use the Network Interface page to modify the default settings for each network interface on your appliance. select Operations > Sensor. By default. Click Save. To edit a network interface: Access: Admin 1.Configuring System Settings Editing Network Interface Configurations Chapter 10 5. the sensor drops traffic while the network interface card renegotiates its network connection. If your network uses a proxy.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 380 .

The current settings for the interface appear: These setting include: • • • • • interface name sensor name interface type.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 381 . either Sensing or Management interface description whether the interface is configured to auto-negotiate speed and duplex settings Version 4.Configuring System Settings Editing Network Interface Configurations Chapter 10 2. The Network Interface page appears. Click Edit next to the interface that you want to modify. Click Network Interface. 3.9. listing the current settings for each interface on your appliance.

Normally. or.Configuring System Settings Shutting Down and Restarting the System Chapter 10 • whether the interface is configured for MDI (medium dependent interface). unplug it. when you set a specific link mode. Shutting Down and Restarting the System Requires: Any You have several options for controlling the processes on your appliance. and http server processes on the appliance (this is typically used during troubleshooting) restart the RNA and Snort processes (Snort runs on the 3D Sensor only if you are licensed to use IPS) IMPORTANT! If you shut down the appliance. MDIX (medium dependent interface crossover). MDI/MDIX settings. including the bandwidth and duplex setting (Full or Half). automatic MDI/MDIX handling is disabled. However. database. you must press the power button on the appliance. you must also set the MDI/MDIX field to the required MDI or MDIX mode. You can: • • • • shut down the appliance reboot the appliance restart communications. keep the following in mind: • In the Auto Negotiate field. • Series 2 3D Sensors only If you disable auto negotiation and specify a link mode. or Auto mode (Series 2 3D Sensors only). making it impossible for the endpoints to attain link unless you manually set the required MDI/MDIX mode. You cannot change the Auto Negotiate setting for 10Gb interfaces. However. select Off only if you require a specific link mode setting. N/A indicates that there is no link for the interface • You can modify the interface name and description. If you need to specify a link mode. Version 4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 382 . N/A in this column indicates that the interface does not support MDI/MDIX the current link mode. The Network Interface page appears again. and the link mode as needed.9. the process shuts down the operating system on the appliance. 4. which automatically handles switching between MDI and MDIX to attain link. To shut off power to the appliance. You must configure 3Dx800 interfaces on the 3Dx800 CLI. but does not physically shut off power. for an appliance without a power button. Any changes you make to the Auto Negotiate value are ignored for Gigabit interfaces. select it in the Link Mode field. Click Save. MDI/MDIX is set to Auto.

0/ 16.16.9. Specify the command you want to perform: For DC/MDC • • • To shut down the Defense Center. Select Operations > System Settings. click Run Command next to Shutdown Defense Center. To restart the 3D Sensor. click Run Command next to Restart Appliance Console. click Run Command next to Shutdown Appliance. The default address range is 172. To reboot the system. The Defense Center version of the page is shown below. Click Process. To shut down the 3D Sensor. to its Defense Center peer. The Appliance Process page appears. Note that restarting the Defense Center may cause deleted hosts to reappear in the network map.0. Note that this logs you out of the Defense Center. click Run Command next to Reboot Defense Center. To restart the Defense Center. 3. in high availability deployments. its high availability peer is 8305/tcp. click Run Command next to Reboot Appliance. 2.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 383 . Note that this logs you out of the 3D Sensor. The default port for communications between the Defense Center. Enhancements in the current software eliminate the need for the management virtual network provided both the Defense Center and the sensors it manages are Version 4. its managed sensors. click Run Command next to Restart Defense Center Console. For 3D Sensor • • • • Configuring the Communication Channel Requires: DC + 3D Sensor Version 4. click Run Command next to Restart Detection Engines. To restart the Snort and RNA processes.Configuring System Settings Configuring the Communication Channel Chapter 10 To shut down or restart your appliance: Access: Admin 1. The communication on port 8305 is bi-directional. and if high availability is enabled. The Information page appears.8 and earlier Defense Centers and sensors use a range of internal network IP addresses called the management virtual network to transmit thirdparty communications such as NTP to managed sensors and. To reboot the system.

but you can change it later. This is usually configured as part of the installation process.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 384 . For more information on configuring settings for Intrusion Agents. IMPORTANT! The management virtual network is required only when the Defense Center must communicate with sensors running an older version. see the Sourcefire 3D Sensor Installation Guide. For more information on configuring settings for 3Dx800 sensors. third-party user interfaces. to manage the communication channel sensor settings for Crossbeam-based software sensors. For more information. However. see the Sourcefire 3D Sensor Software for X-Series Installation Guide.Configuring System Settings Configuring the Communication Channel Chapter 10 both using the current software.0/24 to indicate that the Management Virtual Network is disabled on a Master Defense Center. see the Intrusion Agent Configuration Guide. if your Defense Center is running the current version of the software and the sensors it manages are running an older version of the software. IMPORTANT! Master Defense Centers do not currently use a Management Virtual Network. but make sure you do not to enter a range that overlaps other local networks. such as command line interfaces. Doing so may break communications between hosts on the local network.0. and Intrusion Agents. refer to: • • Setting Up the Management Virtual Network on page 384 Editing the Management Virtual Network on page 385 Setting Up the Management Virtual Network Requires: DC + 3D Sensor If the IP address range or the port conflicts with other communications on your network. The field is filled with 0. you will need to use a management virtual network and ensure that it does not conflict with other communications on your network.9. The user interface prevents you from entering the address range for the management network. the management virtual network is unnecessary. or the operating system interface. If both the Defense Center and all sensors have been upgraded to the current version. Version 4.0. see the Sourcefire RNA Software for Red Hat Linux Configuration Guide. including your management network. you can specify different values. You can not edit the Management Virtual Network field of a Master Defense Center. For more information on configuring settings for Crossbeam-based software sensor. You must use native applications. WARNING! The IP address range you specify for the Management Virtual Network must not conflict with any other local network. 3Dx800 sensors. For more information on configuring settings for RNA Software for Red Hat Linux.

5. The Information page appears.0/24 to indicate that the Management Virtual Network is disabled on a Master Defense Center. The Remote Management page appears. enter the port number that you want to use.9. You can not edit the Management Virtual Network field of a Master Defense Center. Click Remote Management. Past versions of Sourcefire 3D Systems used a default /24 (twenty-four bit) CIDR address space.Configuring System Settings Configuring the Communication Channel Chapter 10 To configure the communications channel: Access: Admin 1. WARNING! Changing the management port on the Defense Center requires that you also manually change the management port on every managed sensor. 4. which provided enough addresses for 127 appliances. Select Operations > System Settings.0. The current Version 4. Master Defense Centers do not currently use a Management Virtual Network. Editing the Management Virtual Network Requires: DC + 3D Sensor You can change the host IP or host name of the connected appliance. this function is used only under the direction of Sourcefire Support. You can also regenerate the Virtual IP address. it should not be edited. Click Save to save your changes for both the IP address range and the port number. In the Management Port field. The field is filled with 0. 3. a feature that is especially useful after network reconfigurations or appliance updates. The new values are saved.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 385 . In the Management Virtual Network field.0. TIP! The subnet mask is fixed at /16 (sixteen bits). enter the IP address range that you want to use. Typically. 2. WARNING! If the Management Virtual Network is functioning properly.

9. To edit the remote management virtual network: Access: Admin 1. See Working in NAT Environments on page 112 for more information. The Remote Management page appears. The Information page appears. click Regenerate VIP to regenerate the IP address used by the virtual network. The Edit Remote Management page appears. After appropriate management virtual network edits are made.the hostname of IP address. Registration Key . 6. Edit the name or host ID in the Name or Host fields as required. Click Edit next to the host whose Management Virtual Network you want to change. Three fields are provided for setting up communications between appliances: • • • Management Host . click Save.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 386 . Click Remote Management. 2. which provides for a much greater number of appliances.Configuring System Settings Configuring Remote Access to the Defense Center Chapter 10 version uses a default /16 (sixteen bit) CIDR address space.a unique alphanumeric ID for use when registering sensors in NAT environments. 4. 5. Version 4. Select Operations > System Settings. Optionally.registration key Unique NAT ID . 3. TIP! The regenerate VIP option is useful after you reconfigure your network or change the Sourcefire 3D System to take advantage of a larger address space. Configuring Remote Access to the Defense Center Requires: DC + 3D Sensor You must begin the procedure for setting up the management relationship between a Defense Center and a sensor on the sensor.

The Add Remote Management page appears. Registration Key. select Operations > System Settings. The Information page appears. TIP! If you register a sensor to a Defense Center using a Registration Key and Unique NAT ID. In the Management Host field. and Unique NAT ID used on the 3D Sensor with Registration Key and Unique NAT ID used on the Defense Center. and Unique NAT ID used on the Defense Center. 3. Version 4. 2. WARNING! Leave the Management Port field at the top of the Remote Management page in the default setting in nearly all cases.9. WARNING! Make sure you use hostnames rather than IP addresses if your network uses DHCP to assign IP addresses. see Setting Up the Management Virtual Network on page 384. On the sensor’s web interface.Configuring System Settings Configuring Remote Access to the Defense Center Chapter 10 Valid combinations include: • • • Management Host and Registration Key used on both appliances Registration Key and Unique NAT ID used on the 3D Sensor with Host. type the IP address or the hostname of the Defense Center that you want to use to manage the sensor. Click Remote Management. Management Host. Click Add Manager. The Management Host or Host field (hostname or IP address) must be used on at least one of the appliances. If you must change the Management Port. the Remote Management page displays the Unique NAT ID in the Host field. 4. The Remote Management page appears. Sourcefire strongly recommends that you read Using the Defense Center on page 99 before you add sensors to the Defense Center. Registration Key.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 387 . but without a hostname or IP address. To set up sensor management from the sensor: Access: Admin 1.

If you used a unique ID in step 6. 12. WARNING! Make sure you use hostnames rather than IP addresses if your network uses DHCP to assign IP addresses. the Pending Registration status appears. 6. In that case. 5. Click Save. type the same value in the Unique NAT ID field. Optionally. 7. Click New Sensor.9. type the same one-time use registration key that you used in step 5. in the Unique NAT ID field. 11. After the sensor confirms communication with the Defense Center. use both the Registration Key and the Unique NAT ID fields. Version 4.Configuring System Settings Configuring Remote Access to the Defense Center Chapter 10 Note that you can leave the Management Host field empty if the management host does not have a routable address. Type the IP address or the hostname of the sensor you want to add in the Host field.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 388 . The Sensors page appears. type a unique alphanumeric NAT ID that you want to use to identify the sensor. Access the Defense Center web interface and select Operations > Sensors. In the Registration Key field. The Add New Sensor page appears. type the one-time use registration key that you want to use to set up a communications channel between the sensor and the Defense Center. 9. In the Registration Key field. 10. 8.

To add the sensor to a group. see Managing Sensor Groups on page 131. select the group from the Add to Group list. IMPORTANT! If you elect to prohibit sending packets and you do not store events on the 3D Sensor.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 389 . You must store events on the Defense Center. It can take up to two minutes for the Defense Center to verify the sensor’s heartbeat and establish communication. 16. Click Add. Packet data is often important for forensic analysis. Note that RNA data is never stored on the sensor. then you can manually set the time for the appliance using the Time page in the system settings.9. Setting the Time Manually Requires: Any If the Time Synchronization setting in the currently applied system policy is set to Manual. You can prevent packet data from leaving a sensor by checking the Prohibit Packet Transfer to the Defense Center check box. Contact Sourcefire Support for more information. IMPORTANT! 3Dx800 sensors and Crossbeam-based software sensors cannot store IPS data locally. IMPORTANT! In some high availability deployments where network address translation is used. For more information about groups. packet data is not retained. 15. You can store IPS data on both the Defense Center and the sensor by clearing the Store Events and Packets Only on the Defense Center check box. you may need to use the Add Manager feature to add the secondary Defense Center. By default.Configuring System Settings Setting the Time Manually Chapter 10 13. The sensor is added to the Defense Center. IPS data is stored only on the Defense Center and not on the sensor. Version 4. 14.

The following states may appear: • Being Used indicates that the appliance is synchronized with the NTP server. Select Operations > System Settings.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 390 . time manually. Available. if you see larger update times such as 300 seconds. and positive values indicate that it is ahead.Configuring System Settings Setting the Time Manually Chapter 10 If the appliance is synchronizing its time based on NTP you cannot change the . Negative values indicate that the appliance is behind the NTP server. or Not Available. • Pending indicates that the NTP server is new or the NTP daemon was recently restarted. The number of seconds that have elapsed since the time was last synchronized with the NTP server.9. • Not Available indicates that the NTP server is in your configuration but the NTP daemon is unable to use it. Version 4. its value should change to Being Used. Last Update See Synchronizing Time on page 354 for more information about the time settings in the system policy. the NTP Status section on the Time page provides the following information: NTP Status Column NTP Server Status Description The IP address and name of the configured NTP server. that indicates that the time is relatively stable and the NTP daemon has determined that it does not need to use a lower update increment. Over time. The NTP daemon automatically adjusts the synchronization times based on a number of conditions. Offset The number of milliseconds of difference between the time on the appliance and the configured NTP server. The status of the NTP server time synchronization. Instead. To manually configure the time: Access: Admin 1. For example. • Available indicates that the NTP server is available for use but time is not yet synchronized. • Unknown indicates that the status of the NTP server is unknown. The Information page appears.

If you want to change the time zone. From list boxes that appear. A pop-up window appears. Click Apply. after the time zone setting is saved. 5. you can blacklist the policy. You may want to do this to prevent events from the module from changing the status for the appliance to warning or critical. Select your time zone and click Save and.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 391 . select the following: • • • • • year month day hour minute 4. For information on blacklisting individual or groups of appliances see Blacklisting Health Policies or Appliances on page 535. For information on blacklisting an individual policy modules.9. the appliances report a disabled status in the Health Monitor Summary. The time is updated.Configuring System Settings Blacklisting Health Modules Chapter 10 2. Blacklisting Health Modules Requires: DC/MDC If you want to disable health events for all appliances with a particular health policy. you can blacklist the Appliance Heartbeat module during that maintenance window. The Time page appears. see Blacklisting a Health Policy Module on page 537 Version 4. you can blacklist the group of appliances. if an appliance is temporarily disconnected from the management network. Click Time. see Setting Your Default Time Zone on page 34. If you need to disable the results of a group of appliances’ health monitoring. 6. For more information about using the time zone page. click the time zone link located next to the date and time. For example. You can also blacklist individual health policy modules on appliances. click Close to close the pop-up window. Once the blacklist settings take effect. 3.

To add NetFlow-enabled devices for flow data collection: Access: Admin 1. The list of NetFlow-enabled devices is saved. 3. For more information on using NetFlow data with the Sourcefire 3D System. 5. You must configure these NetFlow-enabled devices to export NetFlow version 5 data. In the IP Address field. 2. see Introduction to NetFlow in the Analyst Guide. 6. The NetFlow Devices page appears.9. TIP! To remove a NetFlow-enabled device. see Editing an RNA Detection Policy in the Analyst Guide. click Delete next to the device you want to remove. Click Add Device to add a NetFlow-enabled device. repeat steps 3 and 4. 4. enter the IP address of the NetFlow-enabled device you want to use to collect flow data. For more information. you should also remove it from your RNA detection policy. including information on additional prerequisites. To add additional NetFlow-enabled devices. One of the prerequisites for using NetFlow data is to use the system settings to specify the NetFlow-enabled devices you are going to use to collect the data. The Information page appears. Click NetFlow Devices. Select Operations > System Settings.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 392 . Keep in mind that if you remove a NetFlow-enabled device from the system policy. Version 4. Click Save. you can use the flow data that these devices collect to supplement the flow data collected by 3D Sensors with RNA by specifying the devices and the networks they monitor in your RNA detection policy.Configuring System Settings Specifying NetFlow-Enabled Devices Chapter 10 Specifying NetFlow-Enabled Devices Requires: DC + RNA If you have enabled the NetFlow feature on your NetFlow-enabled devices).

Version 4. Select Operations > System Settings. or Intrusion Agents. To store backups and reports locally: Access: Admin 1. you can switch back to local storage only if you have not increased the RNA flow database limit. To use NFS for backup and report storage. see Using SMB for Remote Storage on page 396. To use SMB for backup and report storage. see Using Local Storage on page 393. 3Dx800 sensors. For information on backup and restore. The Information page appears.Configuring System Settings Managing Remote Storage Chapter 10 Managing Remote Storage Requires: Series 2 DC On Series 2 Defense Centers you can use local or remote storage for backups and reports. but you can choose to send either to a remote system and store the other on the local Defense Center.9. see Using Backup and Restore on page 413. IMPORTANT! You cannot use remote backup and restore to manage data on Crossbeam-based software sensors. Select one of the backup and report storage options: • • • • To disable external remote storage and use the local Defense Center for backup and report storage. TIP! After configuring and selecting remote storage. Secure Shell (SSH). You cannot send backups to one remote system and reports to a another. see Using SSH for Remote Storage on page 395. Using Local Storage Requires: Series 2 DC You can store backups and reports on the local Defense Center. RNA Software for Red Hat Linux. see Using NFS for Remote Storage on page 394. Keep in mind that only Series 2 Defense Centers and not Master Defense Centers provide backup and report remote storage. or Server Message Block (SMB)/Common Internet File System (CIFS) for backup and report remote storage.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 393 . You can use Network File System (NFS). To use SSH for backup and report storage. You must ensure that your external remote storage system is functional and accessible from the Defense Center.

The page refreshes to display the NFS storage configuration options. 3.Configuring System Settings Managing Remote Storage Chapter 10 2. The Information page appears. At Storage Type. Using NFS for Remote Storage Requires: Series 2 DC You can select Network File System (NFS) protocol to store your reports and backups. select NFS. The Remote Storage Device page appears. The Remote Storage Device page appears. 4.9. At Storage Type. 2. Click Save. 3.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 394 . Click Remote Storage Device. Select Operations > System Settings. Enter the path to your storage area in the Directory field. Add the connection information: • • Enter the IP or hostname of the storage system in the Host field. Your storage location choice is saved. Version 4. Click Remote Storage Device. 4. To store backups and reports using NFS: Access: Admin 1. select Local (No Remote Storage). TIP! You do not use the Test button with local storage.

Configuring System Settings Managing Remote Storage Chapter 10 5. 8. Click Save. The Information page appears. The test ensures that the Defense Center can access the designated host and directory. Click Remote Storage Device. A Command Line Options field appears where you can enter the commands. Select Enable Remote Storage for Backups to store backups on the designated host. Select Enable Remote Storage for Reports to store reports on the designated host. select either or both of the following: • • 7. Optionally. Version 4. If there are any required command line options.9. 3. select Use Advanced Options. 6. click Test. 2. Under System Usage. Using SSH for Remote Storage Requires: Series 2 DC You can select Secure Shell (SSH) protocol to store your reports and backups. At Storage Type. The page refreshes to display the SSH storage configuration options.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 395 . Select Operations > System Settings. select SSH. To store backups and reports using SSH: Access: Admin 1. Your remote storage configuration is saved. The Remote Storage Device page appears.

2. Enter the storage system’s user name in the Username field and the password for that user in the Password field. Select Enable Remote Storage for Reports to store reports on the designated host. Select Operations > System Settings. Version 4. 8. The Remote Storage Device page appears. Add the connection information: • • • • Enter the IP or hostname of the storage system in the Host field. 5. Using SMB for Remote Storage Requires: Series 2 DC You can select Server Message Block (SMB) protocol to store your reports and backups. Optionally.9. copy the content of the SSH Public Key field and place it in your authorized_keys file. Enter the path to your storage area in the Directory field. Click Remote Storage Device. select Use Advanced Options.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 396 . Your remote storage configuration is saved. To use SSH keys. click Test.Configuring System Settings Managing Remote Storage Chapter 10 4. Select Enable Remote Storage for Backups to store backups on the designated host. The test ensures that the Defense Center can access the designated host and directory. Under System Usage. A Command Line Options field appears where you can enter the commands. If there are any required command line options. The Information page appears. Click Save. To store backups and reports using SMB: Access: Admin 1. 6. select either or both of the following: • • 7.

The test ensures that the Defense Center can access the designated host and directory. Select Enable Remote Storage for Backups to store backups on the designated host. If there are any required command line options. At Storage Type. 8. Under System Usage. Version 4. Enter the user name for the storage system in the Username field and the password for that user in the Password field. click Test. Select Enable Remote Storage for Reports to store reports on the designated host. 6. Optionally. A Command Line Options field appears where you can enter the commands. Your remote storage configuration is saved.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 397 . Enter the share of your storage area in the Share field. Click Save.9. 5. select either or both of the following: • • 7. Optionally. select Use Advanced Options.Configuring System Settings Managing Remote Storage Chapter 10 3. select SMB. The page refreshes to display the SMB storage configuration options. Add the connection information: • • • • Enter the IP or hostname of the storage system in the Host field. enter the domain name for the remote storage system in the Domain field. 4.

for example.9. Sourcefire electronically distributes several different types of updates: • • Patches include a limited range of fixes (and usually change the fourth digit in the version number. For information on updating your SEU. for example. client applications. and services that RNA detects. see Importing SEUs and Rule Files in the Analyst Guide. Vulnerability database (VDB) updates affect the vulnerabilities reported by RNA as well as the operating systems.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 398 .9. • • IMPORTANT! You cannot use the Update feature to update the SEU or Intrusion Agents.Updating System Software Chapter 11 Administrator Guide Use the Update feature to update the Sourcefire 3D System. see the Intrusion Agent Configuration Guide. For information on Intrusion Agents. Version 4.1). 4. 4.0.0).9. for example.9 or 5. Major and minor version releases include new features and functionality and may entail large-scale changes to the product (and usually change the first or second digit in version number. 4.1). Feature updates are more comprehensive than patches and generally include new features (and usually change the third digit in the version number.

The list of updates shows the type of each update. and VDB updates. Uninstalling from the web interface is not supported for major version upgrades. including software sensors. The release notes describe supported platforms.Updating System Software Chapter 11 You can obtain updates from the Sourcefire Support and then manually install them using the Patch Update Management page. see Scheduling Tasks on page 425. new features and functionality. See the following sections for more information: • • • Installing Software Updates on page 400 Uninstalling Software Updates on page 409 Updating the Vulnerability Database on page 410 Version 4. WARNING! This chapter contains general information on updating the Sourcefire 3D System. which are created when you install a patch to a Sourcefire appliance.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 399 . TIP! For patches.9. and the date and time it was generated. and product compatibility. you can take advantage of the automated update feature. and specific installation and uninstallation instructions.The following graphic shows the Defense Center version of the page. you must read the release notes that accompany the update. for major updates to software sensors. warnings. feature updates. Before you update Sourcefire software. as do uninstaller updates. the version number. If your deployment includes a Defense Center. It also indicates whether a reboot is required as part of the update. Uploaded VDB updates also appear on the page. nor is it supported for appliances that do not have local web interfaces. They also contain information on any prerequisites. You can uninstall patches to the Sourcefire software using an appliance’s local web interface. you can use it to install updates on its managed 3D Sensors. they appear on the page. known and resolved issues. When you upload updates to your appliance. you may need to uninstall the previous version and install the new version. However.

as described in the release notes.Updating System Software Installing Software Updates Chapter 11 Installing Software Updates Requires: Any Sourcefire periodically issues updates to the Sourcefire 3D System software. Available on the Sourcefire Support Site. You must install the latest SEU (see Importing SEUs and Rule Files in the Analyst Guide) on your appliances before you begin the update. Install the latest SEU on your appliances. see the release notes for more information. 3. Version 4. TIP! This section explains how to plan for and perform manual software updates on your Sourcefire appliances. they also contain information on any prerequisites. Read the release notes for the update. Make sure your appliances (including software sensors) are running the correct version of the Sourcefire 3D System.9. For patches and feature updates. you may need to uninstall the previous version and install the new version. you can obtain updates from the Sourcefire Support Site. The release notes for the update indicate the required version. warnings. and product compatibility. the release notes describe supported platforms. 2. To update your Sourcefire 3D System appliances: Access: Admin 1. Updating an appliance does not modify its configuration. known and resolved issues. Make sure the computers or appliances where you installed software sensors are running the correct versions of their operating systems. If you are running an earlier version. you can take advantage of the automated update feature. Make sure that any Crossbeam Systems or Red Hat Linux platforms you are using to host Sourcefire software sensors are running the correct version of the operating system. the policies and network settings on the appliance remain intact. and specific installation and uninstallation instructions. Note that for major updates to software sensors (Crossbeam-based software sensors and RNA for Red Hat Linux). new features and functionality. 4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 400 . see Automating Software Updates on page 430. You can obtain the SEU from the Sourcefire Support Site.

and 3Dx800 sensors. see Updating a Defense Center or Master Defense Center on page 402. 6. Update your Defense Centers. paired Defense Centers do not receive software updates as part of the regular synchronization process. 10. However. the paired Defense Centers stop sharing configuration information. Make sure you have enough free disk space and allow enough time for the update. see Updating Managed Sensors on page 404. For more information on the backup and restore feature. When you update a managed sensor. 9. Event data is not backed up as part of the update process. see Updating a Defense Center or Master Defense Center on page 402. see the release notes for more information. including Crossbeam-based software sensors. for major updates to software sensors. In addition. the other Defense Center in the pair becomes the primary. After you update any Master Defense Centers in your deployment. Note that you must use the Defense Center to update sensors that do not have a web interface. Version 4. See Updating Unmanaged 3D Sensors on page 406. if it is not already. The release notes for the update indicate space and time requirements. Delete any backups that reside on the appliance. you may need to uninstall the previous version and install the new version. 7. see Using Backup and Restore on page 413. Update your unmanaged 3D Sensors.9. Update your Master Defense Centers. then back up current event and configuration data to an external location. To ensure continuity of operations. including the types of backups that are supported for your appliance.Updating System Software Installing Software Updates Chapter 11 5. Always update Master Defense Centers first. do not update paired Defense Center at the same time. then update the second Defense Center. After you update the Master Defense Centers and Defense Centers in your deployment.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 401 . the update requires additional disk space on the Defense Center. you can update your managed sensors (including software sensors). RNA for Red Hat Linux. Sourcefire strongly recommends that you delete or move any backup files that reside on your appliance. then back up current event and configuration data to an external location. First. you can update the Defense Centers they manage. complete the update procedure for one of the Defense Centers. 8. Sourcefire strongly recommends that you use your Defense Centers to update the sensors they manage. Update your managed 3D Sensors. Note that when you begin to update one Defense Center in a high availability pair.

the paired Defense Centers stop sharing configuration information. To ensure continuity of operations. from the appliance. making sure you have enough free disk space to perform the update. Read the release notes for the update and complete any required pre-update tasks. Pre-update tasks can include making sure that the Defense Center is running the correct version of the Sourcefire software.9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 402 . IMPORTANT! For major updates. backing up event and configuration data. the other Defense Center in the pair becomes the primary. complete the update procedure for one of the Defense Centers. Version 4. and so on. You update the Defense Center in one of two ways. depending on the type of update and whether your Defense Center has access to the internet: • You can use the Defense Center to obtain the update directly from the Support Site. This option is not supported for major updates. then update the second Defense Center. You can manually download the update from the Sourcefire Support Site and then upload it to the Defense Center. In addition. paired Defense Centers do not receive software updates as part of the regular synchronization process. do not update paired Defense Center at the same time. Choose this option if your Defense Center has access to the internet and you are not performing a major update. you must update them before you update the Defense Centers that they manage.Updating System Software Installing Software Updates Chapter 11 Updating a Defense Center or Master Defense Center Requires: DC/MDC Use the procedure in this section to update your Defense Centers and Master Defense Centers. If your deployment includes Master Defense Centers. To update the Defense Center or Master Defense Center: Access: Admin 1. if it is not already. • Note that when you begin to update one Defense Center in a high availability pair. as well as their uninstall scripts. Choose this option if your Defense Center does not have access to the internet or if you are performing a major update. updating the Defense Center removes any existing updates and patches. making sure you have set aside adequate time to perform the update. First.

you must manually delete them from the task queue after the update completes. Select Operations > Update. Upload the update to the Defense Center.9. then click Upload Update. The task queue automatically refreshes every 10 seconds. 3. select Operations > Update to display the Patch Update Management page. The Patch Update Management page appears. If you transfer an update file by email. either manually or by clicking Update on the Patch Update Management page. and the date and time it was generated. Browse to the update and click Upload. Tasks that are running when the update begins are stopped and cannot be resumed.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 403 . its version number. it may become corrupted. 5. first manually download the update from the Sourcefire Support Site. Version 4.Updating System Software Installing Software Updates Chapter 11 2. depending on the type of update and whether your Defense Center has access to the internet. The Patch Update Management page shows the type of update you just uploaded. Click Install next to the update you uploaded. The Install Update page appears. 4. • IMPORTANT! Download the update directly from the Support Site. You have two options. or if your Defense Center does not have access to the Internet. Select Operations > Update to display the Patch Update Management page. • For all except major releases. and if your Defense Center has access to the Internet. Make sure that the appliances in your deployment are successfully communicating and that there are no issues being reported by the health monitor. Select Operations > Monitoring > Task Status to view the task queue and make sure that there are no jobs in process. The page also indicates whether a reboot is required as part of the update. You must wait until any long-running tasks are complete before you begin the update. The update is uploaded to the Defense Center. For major releases. then click Download Updates to check for the latest updates on the Support Site. 6.

continue to refrain from using the web interface until the update has completed. 10. After the update finishes. 13. 12. to update the Sourcefire software on the sensors that the Defense Center manages. Before the update completes. 9. see Creating a Detection Engine on page 193). Next. for most detection engines with inline interface sets. Continue with the next section. or the Defense Center may log you out. Sourcefire strongly recommends that you use them to update the sensors they manage. if necessary.9. the web interface may become unavailable. Note that you can update Version 4. log into the Defense Center. This can cause a short pause in processing and. the user interface may exhibit unexpected behavior. Clear your browser cache and force a reload of the browser. install the software. If this occurs. contact Support. Finally.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 404 . This is expected behavior. push the update to the sensors from the Defense Center. Verify that all managed sensors are successfully communicating with the Defense Center. Re-apply intrusion policies to the IPS detection engines on your managed 3D Sensors. If prompted. confirm that you want to install the update and reboot the Defense Center. Instead. WARNING! Do not use the web interface to perform any other tasks until the update has completed and (if necessary) the Defense Center reboots.Updating System Software Installing Software Updates Chapter 11 7. select the Defense Center and click Install. Updating Managed Sensors Requires: DC + 3D Sensor After you update your Defense Centers. 14. Unless you enabled the Inspect Traffic During Policy Apply option when you created your IPS detection engines (this option is supported on many sensor models. The update process begins. see Updating the Vulnerability Database on page 410. Under Selected Update. Updating managed sensors is a multi-step process. log in again to view the task queue. if the task queue indicates that the update has failed or if a manual refresh of the task queue shows no progress). Updating Managed Sensors. 8. Select Operations > Help > About and confirm that the software version is listed correctly. If the update is still running. applying an intrusion policy causes IPS detection engines to restart. Otherwise. You can monitor the update's progress in the task queue (Operations > Monitoring > Task Status). may cause a few packets to pass through the sensor uninspected. First. do not restart the update. download the update from the Support Site and upload it to the managing Defense Center. 11. Update the VDB on your Defense Centers and the 3D Sensors with RNA that they manage. If you encounter issues with the update (for example.

4. making sure you have enough free disk space to perform the update.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 405 . you have set aside adequate time to perform the update. Version 4. and date and time it was generated. The Push Update page appears. see the release notes. IMPORTANT! Download the update directly from the Support Site. see the release notes. making sure that the 3D Sensors are running the correct version of the Sourcefire software. For information on updating the 3D Sensors in your deployment. select Operations > Update. 7. backing up event and configuration data. it may become corrupted. To update managed 3D Sensors: Access: Admin 1. see the release notes for more information. making sure software sensors are running the correct version of their operating systems. 3. 6. Pre-update tasks can include updating your managing Defense Center. 2. The page also indicates whether a reboot is required as part of the update. Click Upload Update to browse to the update you downloaded. IMPORTANT! You must use the Defense Center to update sensors that do not have a web interface. and so on. Update the Sourcefire software on the sensors’ managing Defense Center. The Patch Update Management page shows the type of update you just uploaded. Click Push next to the update. RNA for Red Hat Linux. then click Upload. but only if they use the same update. for major updates to software sensors. see Updating a Defense Center or Master Defense Center on page 402. For information on the updates you can download. Download the update from the Sourcefire Support Site. Read the release notes for the update and complete any required pre-update tasks. you may need to uninstall the previous version and install the new version. 5. On the managing Defense Center. and 3Dx800 sensors. The Patch Update Management page appears. Different 3D Sensor models use different updates. If you transfer an update file by email. Make sure that the appliances in your deployment are successfully communicating and that there are no issues being reported by the health monitor.Updating System Software Installing Software Updates Chapter 11 multiple 3D Sensors at once. including Crossbeam-based software sensors. its version number. The update is uploaded to the Defense Center.9. However.

then click Push. If prompted. continue with the next step. some traffic may pass through the sensors uninspected while they reboot. traffic is interrupted while the sensors reboot. Unless you enabled the Inspect Traffic During Policy Apply option when you created your IPS detection engines (this option is supported on many sensor models. Verify that the sensors you updated are successfully communicating with the Defense Center. it may take some time to push the update to all sensors. You can monitor the update's progress in the Defense Center’s task queue (Operations > Monitoring > Task Status). 13. if the task queue indicates that the update has failed or if a manual refresh of the task queue shows no progress). You can monitor the progress of the push in the task queue (Operations > Monitoring > Task Status). select the sensors you want to update.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 406 . 11. Re-apply intrusion policies to the IPS detection engines on your managed 3D Sensors. The update process begins. do not restart the update. see Creating a Detection Engine on page 193). WARNING! If you encounter issues with the update (for example. If your sensors have fail-open network cards. Version 4. 9. Select the sensors where you pushed the update and click Install. The Install Update page appears. see Updating Managed Sensors on page 404. Instead. your 3D Sensors use IPS detection engines with inline interface sets. Updating Unmanaged 3D Sensors Requires: 3D Sensor Use the procedure in this section to update unmanaged 3D Sensors only. for most detection engines with inline interface sets. 10. Select Operations > Sensors and confirm that the sensors you updated have the correct version listed. contact Support. 12. This can cause a short pause in processing and. confirm that you want to install the update and reboot the 3D Sensors. Under Selected Update. Sourcefire strongly recommends that you update managed 3D Sensors using their managing Defense Centers.Updating System Software Installing Software Updates Chapter 11 8. If the update requires a reboot. applying an intrusion policy causes IPS detection engines to restart. and the sensors do not have fail-open network cards. Click Install next to the update you are installing. For more information.9. When the push is complete. Depending on the size of the file. may cause a few packets to pass through the sensor uninspected.

first manually download the update from the Sourcefire Support Site. updating the 3D Sensor removes any existing updates and patches. it may become corrupted. Choose this option if your 3D Sensor does not have access to the internet or if you are performing a major update. making sure you have set aside adequate time to perform the update. Pre-update tasks can include making sure that the 3D Sensor is running the correct version of the Sourcefire software. backing up event and configuration data.9. as well as their uninstall scripts. and so on. • IMPORTANT! For major updates. Choose this option if your 3D Sensor has access to the internet and you are not performing a major update. making sure you have enough free disk space to perform the update. its version number. Version 4. You have two options. The Patch Update Management page shows the type of update you just uploaded. then click Download Updates to check for the latest updates on the Support Site.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 407 . or if your 3D Sensor does not have access to the Internet. Upload the update to the 3D Sensor. For major releases. and if your 3D Sensor has access to the Internet. then click Upload Update. select Operations > Update to display the Patch Update Management page. Read the release notes for the update and complete any required pre-update tasks. You can manually download the update from the Sourcefire Support Site and then upload it to the 3D Sensor. The page also indicates whether a reboot is required as part of the update. If you transfer an update file by email. • For all except major releases. • IMPORTANT! Download the update directly from the Support Site. Browse to the update and click Upload. and the date and time it was generated. Select Operations > Update to display the Patch Update Management page.Updating System Software Installing Software Updates Chapter 11 You update the 3D Sensor in one of two ways. 2. depending on the type of update and whether your 3D Sensor has access to the internet. either manually or by clicking Update on the Patch Update Management page. The update is uploaded to the 3D Sensor. To update an unmanaged 3D Sensor: Access: Admin 1. This option is not supported for major updates. depending on the type of update and whether your 3D Sensor has access to the internet: • You can use the 3D Sensor to obtain the update directly from the Support Site. from the sensor.

or the 3D Sensor may log you out. Instead. see Creating a Detection Engine on page 193). Clear your browser cache and force a reload of the browser. This can cause a short pause in processing and. Select Operations > Help > About and confirm that the software version is listed correctly. Select Operations > Update. if necessary. for most detection engines with inline interface sets. applying an intrusion policy causes IPS detection engines to restart. This is expected behavior. some traffic may pass through the sensor uninspected while it reboots. The task queue automatically refreshes every 10 seconds. Click Install next to the update you just uploaded. 4. If this occurs. log in again to view the task queue. 5. You must wait until any long-running tasks are complete before you begin the update. traffic is interrupted while the sensor reboots. After the update finishes. Otherwise. WARNING! Do not use the web interface to perform any other tasks until the update has completed and (if necessary) the 3D Sensor reboots. If the update requires a reboot. If prompted. Re-apply intrusion policies to your IPS detection engines. The Patch Update Management page appears. Tasks that are running when the update begins are stopped and cannot be resumed.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 408 . 6. if the task queue indicates that the update has failed or if a manual refresh of the task queue shows no progress).9. contact Support. do not restart the update.Updating System Software Installing Software Updates Chapter 11 3. Version 4. may cause a few packets to pass through the sensor uninspected. continue to refrain from using the web interface until the update has completed. you must manually delete them from the task queue after the update completes. If the update is still running. and the sensor does not have a fail-open network card. You can monitor the update's progress in the task queue (Operations > Monitoring > Task Status). the user interface may exhibit unexpected behavior. 8. 9. log into the 3D Sensor. If the sensor has a fail-open network card. If you encounter issues with the update (for example. The update process begins. the web interface may become unavailable. your 3D Sensor uses IPS detection engines with inline interface sets. 7. Unless you enabled the Inspect Traffic During Policy Apply option when you created your IPS detection engines (this option is supported on many sensor models. Select Operations > Monitoring > Task Status to view the task queue and make sure that there are no jobs in process. confirm that you want to install the update and reboot the 3D Sensor. Before the update completes.

The Patch Update Management page appears.1 update.1.0 to Version 4. first uninstall the patch from your managed 3D Sensors.9. see the release notes. then your Defense Centers.0. IMPORTANT! Uninstalling from the web interface is not supported for major version upgrades.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 409 . You must use the local web interface to uninstall patches. Select Operations > Update.9. RNA for Red Hat Linux.2 patch might result in an appliance running Version 4.9. In addition. For example. contact Support.9. and 3Dx800 sensors). you must uninstall a patch from the appliances in your deployment in the reverse order of how you installed it. even though you never installed the Version 4.2. If you upgraded to a new version of the appliance and need to revert to an older version. For information on uninstalling patches from appliances that do not have local web interfaces (Crossbeam-based software sensors.9. the resulting Sourcefire software version depends on the update path for your appliance. Version 4.0.9. the update process creates an uninstaller update that allows you to uninstall the patch from that appliances’s web interface. That is. When you uninstall a patch. you cannot use the Defense Center to uninstall patches from managed sensors. Uninstalling the Version 4.0.0. consider a scenario where you updated an appliance directly from Version 4. To uninstall a patch using the local web interface: Access: Admin 1.Updating System Software Uninstalling Software Updates Chapter 11 Uninstalling Software Updates Requires: Any When you install a patch to a Sourcefire appliance. and finally your Master Defense Centers. see the release notes. as described by the procedure in this section. For information on the resulting Sourcefire software version when you uninstall an update.

This is expected behavior. do not restart the uninstall. On the 3D Sensor. Click Install next to the uninstaller for the update you want to remove. Otherwise. 5. RNA correlates the operating system and services detected on each host with the vulnerability database to help you determine whether a particular host increases your risk of network compromise. If you encounter issues with the uninstall. if prompted. If the sensor has a fail-open network card. confirm that you want to uninstall the update and reboot the appliance. Before the uninstall completes. as well as fingerprints for RNA-detection operating systems. if the task queue indicates that the uninstall has failed or if a manual refresh of the task queue shows no progress. and the sensor does not have a fail-open network card. log into the appliance. You can monitor its progress in the task queue (Operations > Monitoring > Task Status). log in again and view the task queue. if necessary. contact Support. 6. Clear your browser cache and force a reload of the browser. 4. the Install Update page appears. and services. Under Selected Update.Updating System Software Updating the Vulnerability Database Chapter 11 2. The uninstall process begins. for example. In either case. Version 4. some traffic may pass through the sensor uninspected while it reboots. or the appliance may log you out. the web interface may become unavailable. client applications. Select Operations > Help > About and confirm that the software version is listed correctly. continue to refrain from using the web interface until the uninstall has completed. • • On the Defense Center.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 410 . If the uninstall is still running. If the uninstall for a 3D Sensor requires a reboot. Updating the Vulnerability Database Requires: DC + RNA The Sourcefire Vulnerability Database (VDB) is a database of known vulnerabilities to which hosts may be susceptible. After the uninstall finishes. Instead. If this occurs. 3. traffic is interrupted while the sensor reboots. select the Defense Center and click Install. Verify that the appliance where you uninstalled the patch is successfully communicating with its managed sensors (for the Defense Center) or its managing Defense Center (for 3D Sensors). there is no intervening page. the user interface may exhibit unexpected behavior.9. WARNING! Do not use the web interface to perform any other tasks until the uninstall has completed and (if necessary) the appliance reboots. the sensor uses IPS detection engines with inline interface sets. The Sourcefire Vulnerability Research Team (VRT) issues periodic updates to the VDB.

The time it takes to update vulnerability mappings depends on the number of hosts in your network map. Version 4. 3. To ensure you install the same VDB version. use your Defense Centers to push and install the VDB on all managed 3D Sensors with RNA. Click Push next to the VDB update. You can take advantage of the automated update feature to schedule VDB updates. The Push Update page appears.9. IMPORTANT! Download the update directly from the Support Site. see Automating Vulnerability Database Updates on page 437. Browse to the update and click Upload. 4. click Download Updates to check for the latest updates on the Support site. If you transfer an update file by email. If your Defense Center does not have access to the Internet.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 411 . divide the number of hosts on your network by 1000 to determine the approximate number of minutes to perform the update. Read the VDB Update Advisory Text for the update. it may become corrupted. TIP! This section explains how to plan for and perform manual VDB updates on your Sourcefire 3D System appliances. Select Operations > Update. As a rule of thumb. The VDB Update Advisory Text includes information about the changes to the VDB made in the update. To update the vulnerability database: Access: Admin 1.Updating System Software Updating the Vulnerability Database Chapter 11 You should install the same version of the VDB on all the appliances in your deployment. manually download the update from the Sourcefire Support Site. The VDB update is saved on the Defense Center and appears in the Updates section. Upload the update to the Defense Center. either manually or by clicking Update. then click Upload Update. You may want to schedule the update during low system usage times to minimize the impact of any system downtime. as well as product compatibility information. including software sensors. 2. • • If your Defense Center has access to the Internet. The Patch Update Management page appears. you do not need to update the VDB on these appliances. Because you cannot view RNA data on Master Defense Centers or on unmanaged 3D Sensors.

select Operations > Help > About. do not restart the update.9. To check the VDB build number on your managed sensors. Click Install next to the VDB update. 7. if the task queue indicates that the update has failed or if a manual refresh of the task queue shows no progress. then click Edit next to each sensor you updated. contact Support. 6. continue with the next step. Under Selected Update. If you encounter issues with the update. The Install Update page appears. You can monitor the update's progress in the task queue (Operations > Monitoring > Task Status).1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 412 . select the managed 3D Sensors you want to update. WARNING! Do not use the web interface to perform tasks related to mapped vulnerabilities until the update has completed. Depending on the size of the file. for example. then click Install. 8. as well as the sensors where you pushed the VDB update. When the push is complete. the update may take some time. • • To check the VDB build number on the Defense Center. Instead. The update process begins. it may take some time to push the VDB update to all sensors. confirm that the VDB build number matches the update you installed.Updating System Software Updating the Vulnerability Database Chapter 11 5. Version 4. select Operations > Sensors on the Defense Center. After the update finishes. then click Push. Depending on the number of hosts in your network map. You can monitor the progress of the push in the Defense Center’s task queue (Operations > Monitoring > Task Status). Select the Defense Center.

By default. if applicable for the range of appliances in your deployment: • • • the entire intrusion event database the entire RNA event database additional files that reside on the appliance WARNING! If you applied any SEU updates. You can restore a backup onto a replacement appliance if the two appliances are the same model and are running the same version of the Sourcefire 3D System software. Version 4. WARNING! Do not use the backup and restore process to copy the configuration files between sensors. You can also choose to back up the following.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 413 . While each organization’s backup plan is highly individualized. those updates are not backed up. system configuration files are saved in the backup file.9. You need to apply the latest SEU update after you restore.Using Backup and Restore Chapter 12 Administrator Guide Backup and restoration is an essential part of any system maintenance plan. The configuration files include information that uniquely identifies a sensor and cannot be shared. Sourcefire 3D System provides a mechanism for archiving data so that the Defense Center or 3D Sensor can be restored in case of disaster.

Additionally. the backup file can be saved to a remote location. if you are using a Series 2 Defense Center. Version 4. you can use remote storage as detailed in Managing Remote Storage on page 393. See Uploading Backups from a Local Host on page 420 for information about uploading backup files from a local host. When your backup task is collecting RNA events. Uploading a backup from your local computer does not work on backup files larger than 4GB since web browsers do not support uploading files that large. On Series 2 Defense Centers. See Performing Sensor Backup with the Defense Center on page 419 for information about backing up managed sensors with the Defense Center. data correlation is temporarily suspended.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 414 .Using Backup and Restore Creating Backup Files Chapter 12 You can save backup files to the appliance or to your local computer. See Restoring the Appliance from a Backup File on page 421 for information about how to restore a backup file to the appliance. in addition to event and packet data. You should periodically save a backup file that contains all of the configuration files required to restore the appliance. You may also want to back up the system when testing configuration changes so that you can revert to the saved configuration. See the following sections for more information.9. • • • • • See Creating Backup Files on page 414 for information about backing up files from the appliance. See Creating Backup Profiles on page 418 for information about creating backup profiles that you can use later as templates for creating backups. As an alternative or if your backup file is larger than 4GB. if needed. copy it via SCP to a remote host. see Managing Remote Storage on page 393. You can choose to save the backup file on the appliance or on your local computer. Creating Backup Files Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC To view and use existing system backups go to the System Backup Management page.

Using Backup and Restore Creating Backup Files Chapter 12 The Defense Center and Master Defense Center version of the page is shown below.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 415 . Version 4.9.

6. 4. Select Operations > Tools > Backup/Restore. the 3D Sensor version of the page is shown below. The System Backup Management page appears. The Backup page appears. 5. select Backup Configuration. In the Name field.9. Requires: IPS or DC/MDC To archive the entire event database. select the files that you want to include from the Unified File List.Using Backup and Restore Creating Backup Files Chapter 12 For comparison. Version 4. Requires: IPS or DC/MDC To archive the configuration. 2.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 416 . and spaces. You can use alphanumeric characters. select Backup Events. 3. type a name for the backup file. punctuation. To create a backup file: Access: Maint/Admin 1. Click Sensor Backup on a 3D Sensor toolbar or Defense Center Backup on a Defense Center toolbar. Requires: IPS To archive individual intrusion event data files.

8.Using Backup and Restore Creating Backup Files Chapter 12 7. You must make sure that your mail relay host is configured as described in Configuring a Mail Relay Host and Notification Address on page 338. Often. to be notified when the backup is complete. TIP! The compressed value that appears in the Selected Sum field is a conservative estimate of the size of the compressed file. to use secure copy (scp) to copy the backup archive to a different machine. select the Copy when complete check box and then type the following information in the accompanying text boxes: • • • • the hostname or IP address of the machine where you want to copy the backup the path to the directory where you want to copy the backup the user name that you want to use to log into the remote machine the password for that user name TIP! Sourcefire recommends that you periodically save backups to a remote location so that the appliance can be restored in case of system failure. TIP! You can repeat this step to add additional files. 9. Requires: IPS Ensure that the value of the compressed backup file in the Selected Sum field is less than the value in the Available Space field.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 417 . 10. select the Email when complete check box and type your email address in the accompanying text box. If you want to include an additional file in the backup. type the full path and file name in the Additional Files field and click the plus sign (+).9. Optionally. Optionally. the file will be smaller. Version 4.

See Creating Backup Profiles on page 418 for more information. Select Operations > Tools > Backup/Restore. you can view the file on the Restoration Database page. Creating Backup Profiles Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC You can use the Backup Profiles page to create backup profiles that contain the settings that you want to use for different types of backups. On Series 2 Defense Centers. The Backup Profiles page appears with a list of existing backup profiles. The System Backup Management page appears. The backup file is saved in the /var/sf/backup directory. The System Backup page appears. To create a backup profile: Access: Maint/Admin 1. see Managing Remote Storage on page 393. TIP! When you create a backup file as described in Creating Backup Files on page 414. you can direct the backup file to a remote location. click Save As New. see Restoring the Appliance from a Backup File on page 421. click Start Backup. You can later select one of these profiles when you are backing up the files on your appliance. Click Create Profile. 2. For information about restoring a backup file. Version 4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 418 . When the backup process is complete.9. TIP! You can click Edit to modify an existing profile or click Delete to delete a profile from the list. You have the following options: • To save the backup file to the appliance.Using Backup and Restore Creating Backup Profiles Chapter 12 11. 3. You can modify or delete the backup profile by selecting Operations > Tools > Backup & Restore and then clicking Backup Profiles. • To save this configuration as a backup profile that you can use later. a backup profile is automatically created. Click Backup Profiles on the toolbar.

Click Sensor Backup on the toolbar. The Backup Profiles page appears and includes your new profile in the list. 3. or Intrusion Agents. RNA Software for Red Hat Linux. they change to underscores. In the Sensors field. 6. The Remote Backup page appears. 2.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 419 . and spaces. 4. The default name for the backup file uses the name of the managed 3D Sensor. 3Dx800 sensors. Select Operations > Tools > Backup/Restore. Click Save As New to save the backup profile. Performing Sensor Backup with the Defense Center Requires: DC You can use the Defense Center to back up data on managed 3D Sensors. punctuation. Type a name for the backup profile. 5. You cannot use remote backup and restore to manage data on Crossbeam-based software sensors. Note that the unified files are binary file that the Sourcefire 3D System uses to log event data. You can use alphanumeric characters. To include event data in addition to configuration data.Using Backup and Restore Performing Sensor Backup with the Defense Center Chapter 12 4. Configure the backup profile according to your needs. To back up a managed sensor: Access: Maint/Admin 1. The System Backup Management page appears. Version 4. See Creating Backup Files on page 414 for more information about the options on this page. TIP! If you use a backup file name containing spaces or punctuation characters.9. select the managed sensors that you want to back up. select the Include All Unified Files check box.

As an alternative. Click Start Backup. and navigate to the backup file. copy the backup via SCP to a remote host and retrieve it from there.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 420 . leave this check box unselected. When the backup is complete. TIP! Uploading a backup larger than 4GB from your local host does not work because web browsers do not support uploading files that large.9. To save the backup file on the Defense Center.Using Backup and Restore Uploading Backups from a Local Host Chapter 12 5. Check the task status for progress. the backup file can be saved to and retrieved from a remote location. see Managing Remote Storage on page 393. TIP! To save each sensor’s backup file on the sensor itself. 6. Version 4. 2. To upload a backup from your local host: Access: Maint/Admin 1. TIP! It can take several minutes to complete the backup. Click Browse. you can view the backup file on the Restoration Database page. Uploading Backups from a Local Host Requires: DC If you download a backup file to your local host using the download function described in the Backup Management table on page 421. The System Backup Management page appears. you can upload it to a Defense Center. The Upload Backup page appears. click Upload Backup. 3. After you select the file to upload. A success messages appears and the backup task is set up. Select Operations > Tools > Backup/Restore. Click Upload Backup. select the Retrieve to DC check box. On Series 2 Defense Centers.

After you complete the restoration process.9. the protocol. and backup directory are listed at the top of the page. On Series 2 Defense Centers. The backup file is uploaded and appears in the backup list.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 421 . The date and time that the backup file was created The full name of the backup file The location of the backup file The size of the backup file. backup system. Backup Management Column System Information Date Created File Name Location Size (MB) Events? View Restore Description The originating appliance name. refresh the System Backup Management page to reveal detailed file system information. Click with the backup file selected to restore it on the appliance. Restoring the Appliance from a Backup File Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC You can restore the appliance from backup files using the System Backup Management page. Click Backup Management on the toolbar to return to the System Backup Management page. and version. backup files are saved to /var/sf/backup which is listed with the amount of disk space used in the /var partition at the top of the System Backup Management page. Note that you can only restore a backup to an identical appliance type and version. The Backup Management table describes each column and icon on the System Backup Management page.Using Backup and Restore Restoring the Appliance from a Backup File Chapter 12 4. If you use local storage. select Enable Remote Storage for Backups to enable or disable remote storage at the top of the System Backup Management page. in megabytes “Yes” indicates the backup includes event data. If you use remote storage. Version 4. you must apply the latest SEU. Click with the backup file selected to view a list of the files included in the compressed backup file. type. TIP! After the Defense Center verifies the file integrity.

Version 4. click to send the backup to the designated remote backup location.9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 422 . A Series 2 Defense Center version of the page is shown. Click with the backup file selected to delete it. On a Series 2 Defense Center when you have a previouslycreated local backup selected.Using Backup and Restore Restoring the Appliance from a Backup File Chapter 12 Backup Management (Continued) Column Download Delete Move Description Click with the backup file selected to save it to your local computer. To restore the appliance from a backup file: Access: Admin 1. The System Backup Management page appears. Select Operations > Tools > Backup/Restore.

To view the contents of a backup file. select the file and click View. The Restore Screen page appears. Requires: DC/MDC To restore files. click Backup Management to return to the System Backup Management page. on the 3D Sensor. 5. 4. its owner and permissions. all event data. WARNING! This procedure will overwrite all configuration files and.Using Backup and Restore Restoring the Appliance from a Backup File Chapter 12 2. Select the backup file that you want to restore and click Restore. On the toolbar. The Defense Center version of the page is truncated to show a sample of the files that are backed up. and its file size and date. select either or both: • • Replace Configuration Data Restore Event Data Then click Restore to begin the restoration. The manifest appears listing the name of each file. 3.9. Version 4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 423 .

7.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 424 . and system policies to the restored system. TIP! To cancel the restoration.9. Reboot the appliance. Requires: IPS If you want to restore intrusion event data. 8. RNA detection. Version 4. 9. Click Restore to begin the restoration. Apply the latest SEU to re-apply SEU rule and software updates. click Cancel. The appliance is restored using the backup file you specified. select the files that you want to include from the Unified File List box.Using Backup and Restore Restoring the Appliance from a Backup File Chapter 12 6. health. Re-apply any intrusion.

IMPORTANT! Some tasks (such as those involving automated software and SEU updates and those that require pushing updates or intrusion policies to managed sensors) can place a significant load on networks with low bandwidths. Version 4.Scheduling Tasks Chapter 13 Administrator Guide You can schedule many different types of administrative tasks to run at scheduled times. including: • • • • • • • • • • • running backups Requires: IPS applying intrusion policies generating reports Requires: DC + RNA running Nessus scans Requires: DC + RNA synchronizing Nessus plugins Requires: DC + RNA running Nmap scans Requires: DC + RNA + IPS using RNA rule recommendations Requires: IPS importing Security Enhancement Updates (SEUs) downloading and installing software updates Requires: DC + RNA downloading and installing vulnerability database updates Requires: DC pushing downloaded updates to managed sensors You can schedule tasks to run once or on a recurring schedule.9. You should always schedule tasks like these to run during periods of low network use.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 425 .

Scheduling Tasks Configuring a Recurring Task Chapter 13 See the following sections for more information: • • • • Configuring a Recurring Task on page 426 explains how to set up a scheduled task so that it runs at regular intervals. Version 4. Deleting Scheduled Tasks on page 461 describes how to delete one-time tasks and all instances of recurring tasks. Automating Reports on page 448 provides procedures for scheduling reports. and installation of software updates. • • • • • • • • • • Configuring a Recurring Task Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC You set the frequency for a recurring task using the same process for all types of tasks. Viewing Tasks on page 458 describes how to view and manage tasks after they are scheduled. Automating Software Updates on page 430 provides procedures for scheduling the download. Automating Backup Jobs on page 428 provides procedures for scheduling backup jobs. push. Synchronizing Nessus Plugins on page 452 provides procedures for synchronizing your sensor with the Nessus server. Automating Recommended Rule State Generation on page 456 provides procedures for scheduling automatic update of intrusion rule state recommendations based on RNA data. You must recreate the recurring task schedule on a newly activated Defense Center when it changes from inactive to active. and installation of software updates. Automating Nmap Scans on page 454 provides procedures for scheduling Nessus scans. Automating SEU Imports on page 444 provides procedures for scheduling rule updates. Editing Scheduled Tasks on page 461 describes how to edit an existing task. Automating Vulnerability Database Updates on page 437 provides procedures for scheduling the download. push.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 426 . Automating Intrusion Policy Applications on page 446 provides procedures for scheduling intrusion policy applications. Automating Nessus Scans on page 450 provides procedures for scheduling Nessus scans. IMPORTANT! You cannot configure a recurring task schedule on the inactive Defense Center in a high availability pair of Defense Centers.9.

9. From the Job Type list. For the Schedule task to run option. if you create a task scheduled for 2am during standard time. For example. and year. 6. Further. specify the time when you want to start your recurring task. specify the date when you want to start your recurring task. it will run at 3am during DST. You can use the drop-down list to select the month. type 2 and select Day(s) to run the task every two days. it will run at 1am during standard time. However.Scheduling Tasks Configuring a Recurring Task Chapter 13 Note that the time displayed on most pages on the web interface is the local time. select the type of task that you want to schedule. The Add Task page appears. if you create a task scheduled for 2am during DST. day. 5. In the Run At field. Click Add Task. Similarly. TIP! You can either type a number or use the arrow buttons to specify the interval. where appropriate. days. You can specify a number of hours. The Scheduling page appears. recurring tasks that span the transition dates from DST to standard time and back do not adjust for the transition. 3. In the Start On field. specify how often you want the task to recur. the Defense Center or 3D Sensor with IPS automatically adjusts its local time display for daylight saving time (DST). 4. weeks. That is.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 427 . The page reloads with the recurring task options. 7. 2. or months. Version 4. which is determined by using the time zone you specify in your system settings. Select Operations > Tools > Scheduling. select Recurring. Each of the types of tasks you can schedule is explained in its own section. In the Repeat Every field. To configure a recurring task: Access: Maint/Admin 1.

For information on backup profiles. To automate backup tasks: Access: Maint/Admin 1. 2.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 428 . Version 4. The Add Task page appears.Scheduling Tasks Automating Backup Jobs Chapter 13 8. Click Add Task. The remaining options on the Add Task page are determined by the task you are creating. TIP! You must design a backup profile before you can configure it as a scheduled task. If you selected Week(s) in the Repeat Every field. see Creating Backup Profiles on page 418. 9. Select the check boxes next to the days of the week when you want to run the task. The Scheduling page appears. a Repeat On field appears. a Repeat On field appears. If you selected Month(s) in the Repeat Every field. See the following sections for more information: • • • • • • • • • • Automating Backup Jobs on page 428 Automating Software Updates on page 430 Automating Vulnerability Database Updates on page 437 Automating SEU Imports on page 444 Automating Intrusion Policy Applications on page 446 Automating Reports on page 448 Automating Nessus Scans on page 450 Synchronizing Nessus Plugins on page 452 Automating Nmap Scans on page 454 Automating Recommended Rule State Generation on page 456 Automating Backup Jobs Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC You can use the scheduler to automate system backups of a Defense Center or a 3D Sensor with IPS. Use the drop-down list to select the day of the month when you want to run the task.9. Select Operations > Tools > Scheduling.

so you should try to keep it relatively short. type a comment using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. or dashes. spaces. From the Job Type list.Scheduling Tasks Automating Backup Jobs Chapter 13 3. TIP! The comment field appears in the View Tasks section of the page.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 429 . spaces. Optionally. In the Job Name field. • For recurring tasks. 5. See Configuring a Recurring Task on page 426 for details. you have several options for setting the interval between instances of the task. The page reloads to show the backup options. type a name using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. Version 4. • For one-time tasks. 4. see Creating Backup Profiles on page 418. select the appropriate backup profile. For more information on creating new backup profiles. in the Comment field. 7.9. 6. select Backup. Once or Recurring. use the drop-down lists to specify the start date and time. Specify how you want to schedule the backup. From the Backup Profile list. TIP! The Current Time field indicates the current time on the appliance. or periods.

the appliance automatically downloads the latest update when the installation task runs. you must schedule two tasks: 1. you must always push the update to the sensor first. Tasks should be scheduled at least 30 minutes apart. IMPORTANT! You must have a valid email relay server configured to send status messages. type the email address (or multiple email addresses separated by commas) where you want status messages sent. and installation of software updates vary depending on whether you are updating an appliance directly or are using a Defense Center to perform the updates. The backup task is created. For example. When automating direct software updates for an appliance. Always allow enough time between tasks for the process to complete. 9. it will install the pushed update when it runs the next day. you can schedule Install Latest Update to download and install the latest Defense Center update. Push the update to managed sensors. If you use your Defense Center to automate software updates for managed 3D Sensors. if you want to automate software updates on your managed sensors.9. However. as long as the appliance has access to the Internet. if you want to update the software for your Defense Center. then install it on the sensor. it queries the Sourcefire support site for the latest updates. See Configuring a Mail Relay Host and Notification Address on page 338 for more information about configuring a relay host.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 430 . in the Email Status To: field.Scheduling Tasks Automating Software Updates Chapter 13 8. Note that the tasks for pushing the update to managed sensors (on the Defense Center) and installing the update (on any appliance) automatically check the Version 4. the installation task will not succeed. if you schedule a task to install an update and the update has not finished copying from the Defense Center to the sensor. if you want to update your 3D Sensor directly and it is connected to the internet. as long as it has access to the Internet. You should schedule the push and install tasks to happen in succession. 2. you can schedule automatic software installation and. Similarly. for example. you can just schedule the Install Latest Update task. if the scheduled installation task repeats daily. Install the update on managed sensors. push. Automating Software Updates The tasks you schedule to automate download. So. Optionally. For example. Note that when the Defense Center runs either the Push Latest Update or the Install Latest Update task. Click Save.

the task does not complete. 2. Click Add Task. Specifically.1 or 4. If you want to have more control over this process. TIP! The automated update process allows you to download and install software patches and feature releases (generally when the last two digits in the four-digit version number change. you must manually upload. To automate software updates: Access: Maint/Admin 1. if you manually download an update to an appliance that cannot access the Support site. Select Operations > Tools > Scheduling. you cannot schedule either pushes to managed sensors (on the Defense Center) or installs (on any appliance).8. you can use the Once option to download and install updates during off-peak hours after you learn that an update has been released. push. The Scheduling page appears. and install the upgrade files.9). such as 4. Instead you must manually push or install the updates as described in Updating System Software on page 398. you can also automate vulnerability database (VDB) updates. If your appliance cannot access the Support site. The Add Task page appears. Version 4.Scheduling Tasks Automating Software Updates Chapter 13 Support site to ensure that you have the latest version of the update.2. more comprehensive updates (such as 4.8.1). For larger.9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 431 . This behavior also has implications for appliances that cannot access the Support site at all.8 or 4. On the Defense Center. You can use this task to schedule download of updates you plan to push or install manually. See the following sections for more information: • • • Automating Software Downloads on page 431 Automating Software Pushes on page 433 Automating Software Installs on page 435 Automating Software Downloads Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC You can create a scheduled task that automatically downloads the latest software updates from Sourcefire.

or dashes.com/). • • Select Software to download the most recent software patch. IMPORTANT! If your appliance is not directly connected to the Internet. The Defense Center version of the page is shown below. The Add Task page reloads to show the update options. you have several options for setting the interval between instances of the task.sourcefire. 4. In the Update Items section. use the drop-down lists to specify the start date and time. Once or Recurring. Specify how you want to schedule the task. 6. Version 4. See Configuring a Recurring Task on page 426 for details. spaces. • For one-time tasks. TIP! The Current Time field indicates the current time on the appliance. 5. Requires: DC Select Vulnerability Database to download the most recent vulnerability database update. From the Job Type list.Scheduling Tasks Automating Software Updates Chapter 13 3.9. Both options are selected by default. specify which updates you want to download. select Download Latest Update. type a name using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. • For recurring tasks. In the Job Name field. you should set up a proxy as described in Configuring Network Settings on page 377 to allow it to download updates from the Sourcefire Support site (https://support.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 432 .

you must push the software to the managed sensors before installing. The Scheduling page appears. Automating Software Pushes Requires: DC/MDC If you are installing software or vulnerability database updates on managed 3D Sensors. 8. The Add Task page appears. in the Email Status To: field. See Configuring a Mail Relay Host and Notification Address on page 338 for more information about configuring a relay host. TIP! The comment field appears in the View Tasks section of the page. Click Save. so you should try to keep it relatively short.Scheduling Tasks Automating Software Updates Chapter 13 7. information about the push process status is reported on the Tasks page. type the email address (or multiple email addresses separated by commas) where you want status messages sent. 2. Optionally. See Viewing the Status of Long-Running Tasks on page 600 for more information.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 433 . Note that if you manually download an update to an appliance that cannot access the Support site. To push software updates to managed sensors: Access: Maint/Admin 1. Version 4. you cannot schedule pushes to managed sensors. Instead you must manually push the update as described in Updating System Software on page 398. Select Operations > Tools > Scheduling. make sure you allow enough time between the push task and a scheduled install task for the updates to be copied to the sensor. 9. spaces. or periods. Optionally. IMPORTANT! You must have a valid email relay server configured to send status messages. The task is created. type a comment using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. When you push software updates to managed sensors.9. Click Add Task. in the Comment field. When you create the task to push software updates to managed sensors.

6. From the Sensor list. type a comment using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. spaces. select Push Latest Update. The page reloads to show the options for pushing updates. Both options are selected by default. 7. Requires: DC + RNA Select Vulnerability Database to push the VDB update. Specify how you want to schedule the task. TIP! The comment field appears in the View Tasks section of the page. Optionally. See Configuring a Recurring Task on page 426 for details. so you should try to keep it relatively short. or dashes. Once or Recurring.9. Version 4. in the Comment field. TIP! The Current Time field indicates the current time on the appliance. 8.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 434 . use the drop-down lists to specify the start date and time. or periods.Scheduling Tasks Automating Software Updates Chapter 13 3. you have several options for setting the interval between instances of the task. select the sensor that you want to receive updates. From the Job Type list. specify which updates you want to push to your managed sensors. 5. • For one-time tasks. • • Select Software to push the software update. type a name using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. In the Update Items section. 4. • For recurring tasks. In the Job Name field. spaces.

9. in the Email Status To: field. 10.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 435 . The Scheduling page appears. type the email address (or multiple email addresses separated by commas) where you want status messages sent. you cannot schedule installation of that update. See Configuring a Mail Relay Host and Notification Address on page 338 for more information about configuring a relay host. See Viewing the Status of Long-Running Tasks on page 600 for more information. Instead you must manually install the update as described in Updating System Software on page 398. IMPORTANT! You must have a valid email relay server configured to send status messages. See Automating Software Pushes on page 433 for information about pushing updates to managed sensors. WARNING! Depending on the update being installed. Note that if you manually download an update to an appliance that cannot access the Support site. Optionally. Select Operations > Tools > Scheduling. To schedule a software installation task: Access: Maint/Admin 1. Automating Software Installs Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC If you are using a Defense Center to create a task to install a software update on a managed sensor. 2. Version 4. The Add Task page appears. You can check the status of a running task on the Task Status page.Scheduling Tasks Automating Software Updates Chapter 13 9. the appliance may reboot after the software is installed. Click Save. The task is added. make sure you allow enough time between the task that pushes the update to the sensor and the task that installs the update. Click Add Task.

you have several options for setting the interval between instances of the task. TIP! The comment field appears in the View Tasks section of the page. use the drop-down lists to specify the start date and time. select Software to install the software update. In the Job Name field. or dashes. you have the following options: • • 7. Optionally. type a name using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. From the Job Type list. The Defense Center version of the page is shown below. Select the name of the Defense Center to install the update there. spaces. type a comment using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. 6. Select the sensor where you want to install the update. The page reloads to show the options for installing updates. select Install Latest Update. Once or Recurring. • For recurring tasks. or periods. 8. so you should try to keep it relatively short. in the Comment field. from the Sensor list. • For one-time tasks. 5.Scheduling Tasks Automating Software Updates Chapter 13 3. spaces. TIP! The Current Time field indicates the current time on the appliance. 4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 436 . See Configuring a Recurring Task on page 426 for details. If you are using a Defense Center.9. In the Update Items section. Specify how you want to schedule the task. Version 4.

Install the VDB update on the Defense Center and on those managed sensors. IMPORTANT! You must have a valid email relay server configured to send status messages. When automating VDB updates for your Defense Center. Installing the VDB update. See Configuring a Mail Relay Host and Notification Address on page 338 for more information about configuring a relay host. TIP! If your Sourcefire 3D System deployment includes IPS and RNA monitoring the same network segments. type the email address (or multiple email addresses separated by commas) where you want status messages sent. This ensures that your Defense Center is correctly setting the impact flag on the intrusion events generated by the traffic on your network. thereby ensuring that RNA is using the most up-to-date information to evaluate the hosts on your network.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 437 . When automating VDB updates for managed sensors with RNA.9. VDB updates also include new vulnerabilities discovered by the Sourcefire Vulnerability Research Team (VRT). Downloading the VDB update. Automating Vulnerability Database Updates Sourcefire uses vulnerability database (VDB) updates to distribute new operating system fingerprints as we expand the list of operating systems that RNA recognizes. For example. Optionally. You can check the status of a running task on the Task Status page. Download the VDB update on your Defense Center. 10. You can use the scheduling feature to download and install the latest VDB updates. you must schedule three tasks in this order: 1. 2. you must automate two separate steps: 1. Click Save. 2. Push the VDB update to your managed 3D Sensors that are using the RNA component. Always allow enough time between tasks for the process to complete. The scheduled software installation task is added. 3. See Viewing the Status of Long-Running Tasks on page 600 for more information. in the Email Status To: field. if you schedule a task to install an update and the update has not fully Version 4. make sure that you download and install VDB updates and SEUs on a regular basis.Scheduling Tasks Automating Vulnerability Database Updates Chapter 13 9.

Instead you must manually push or install the updates as described in Updating System Software on page 398. If you want to have more control over this process. Version 4. To automate VDB updates: Access: Maint/Admin 1. you can use the Once option to download and install VDB updates during off-peak hours after you learn that an update has been released. IMPORTANT! You cannot download the VDB using a scheduled task on a sensor. you cannot schedule either pushes to managed sensors (on the Defense Center) or installs (on any appliance).Scheduling Tasks Automating Vulnerability Database Updates Chapter 13 downloaded. Click Add Task.9. the installation task will not succeed. it will install the downloaded VDB update when it runs the next day.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 438 . Select Operations > Tools > Scheduling. 2. if the scheduled installation task repeats daily. The Scheduling page appears. You must download the VDB on the Defense Center and push it to the sensor. The Add Task page appears. However. Note that if you manually download an update to an appliance that cannot access the Support site. See the following sections for more information: • • • Automating VDB Update Downloads on page 438 Automating VDB Update Pushes on page 440 Automating VDB Update Installs on page 442 Automating VDB Update Downloads Requires: DC/MDC + RNA You can create a scheduled task that automatically downloads the latest vulnerability database updates from Sourcefire.

you have several options for setting the interval between instances of the task.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 439 . • For one-time tasks. spaces. type a name using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. Version 4. TIP! The Current Time field indicates the current time on the appliance. • For recurring tasks. or periods. In the Update Items section. 4. 5. From the Job Type list. Specify how you want to schedule the task. Once or Recurring. make sure Vulnerability Database is selected. The Add Task page reloads to show the update options. use the drop-down lists to specify the start date and time. or dashes. select Download Latest Update.Scheduling Tasks Automating Vulnerability Database Updates Chapter 13 3. spaces. See Configuring a Recurring Task on page 426 for details. 7. 6. In the Job Name field. in the Comment field.com/). Optionally. type a comment using up to 255 alphanumeric characters.9. you should set up a proxy as described in Configuring Network Settings on page 377 to allow it to download updates from the Sourcefire Support site (https://support. Both the Software and Vulnerability Database options are selected by default.sourcefire. so you should try to keep it relatively short. TIP! The comment field appears in the View Tasks section of the page. IMPORTANT! If your appliance is not directly connected to the Internet.

The Add Task page appears. IMPORTANT! You must have a valid email relay server configured to send status messages. 9. See Viewing the Status of Long-Running Tasks on page 600 for more information. The task is created. When you push VDB updates to managed sensors. Click Save.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 440 . The Scheduling page appears. Optionally. See Configuring a Mail Relay Host and Notification Address on page 338 for more information about configuring a relay host. Version 4.Scheduling Tasks Automating Vulnerability Database Updates Chapter 13 8. you must push the update to the managed sensors before installing. information about the process status is reported on the Tasks page. Click Add Task. 2. To push VDB updates to managed 3D Sensors with RNA: Access: Maint/Admin 1. type the email address (or multiple email addresses separated by commas) where you want status messages sent.9. you cannot schedule pushes to managed sensors. Select Operations > Tools > Scheduling. Note that if you manually download an update to an appliance that cannot access the Support site. Instead you must manually push the update as described in Updating System Software on page 398. Automating VDB Update Pushes Requires: DC/MDC + 3D Sensor + RNA If you are installing vulnerability database updates on managed 3D Sensors with RNA. WARNING! You must download vulnerability database updates before you can push them to managed sensors. in the Email Status To: field.

7. so you should try to keep it relatively short. spaces. Optionally. TIP! The Current Time field indicates the current time on the appliance. 4. The page reloads to show the options for pushing updates. type a comment using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. From the Sensor list. Specify how you want to schedule the task. In the Job Name field. TIP! The comment field appears in the View Tasks section of the page. In the Update Items section. Once or Recurring. type a name using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. you have several options for setting the interval between instances of the task. spaces.9. 5. select Push Latest Update. make sure Vulnerability Database is selected. See Configuring a Recurring Task on page 426 for details. • For one-time tasks. use the drop-down lists to specify the start date and time. From the Job Type list. 8. in the Comment field. • For recurring tasks. select the sensor that you want to receive updates. or dashes.Scheduling Tasks Automating Vulnerability Database Updates Chapter 13 3.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 441 . Both the Software and Vulnerability Database options are selected by default. Version 4. or periods. 6.

Click Save. in the Email Status To: field. 10. Version 4. 2. you cannot schedule installation of that update. The Add Task page appears. To schedule a software installation task: Access: Maint/Admin 1. If you are creating a task to install a VDB update on a managed sensor. Instead you must manually install the updates as described in Updating System Software on page 398. See Viewing the Status of Long-Running Tasks on page 600 for more information. The Scheduling page appears. Note that if you manually download an update to an appliance that cannot access the Support site. IMPORTANT! You must have a valid email relay server configured to send status messages. you can schedule the installation process.Scheduling Tasks Automating Vulnerability Database Updates Chapter 13 9. Optionally. You should allow enough time for a scheduled VDB update to download when you set up a scheduled task to install it. Select Operations > Tools > Scheduling. See Automating VDB Update Pushes on page 440 for information about pushing updates to managed sensors. The task is added.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 442 .9. type the email address (or multiple email addresses separated by commas) where you want status messages sent. Automating VDB Update Installs Requires: DC/MDC + RNA After you have downloaded a VDB update. you must allow enough time between the task that pushes the update to the sensor and the task that installs the update. See Configuring a Mail Relay Host and Notification Address on page 338 for more information about configuring a relay host. You can check the status of a running task on the Task Status page. Click Add Task.

select Vulnerability Database to install the VDB update. spaces. select the name of the Defense Center from the drop-down list. 8. From the Job Type list. spaces. In the Job Name field. Optionally. If you want to install the update on a managed sensor.9. select the name of the sensor from the drop-down list. 5. select Install Latest Update. you have several options for setting the interval between instances of the task. The page reloads to show the options for installing updates. If you want to install the update on the Defense Center. • For one-time tasks. • For recurring tasks. or dashes. 4. type a comment using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. so you should try to keep it relatively short. you have the following options: • • 7. type a name using up to 255 alphanumeric characters.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 443 . In the Update Items section. Specify how you want to schedule the task. 6. Version 4. or periods. in the Comment field. TIP! The comment field appears in the View Tasks section of the page. use the drop-down lists to specify the start date and time. TIP! The Current Time field indicates the current time on the appliance. From the Sensor list. Once or Recurring. See Configuring a Recurring Task on page 426 for details.Scheduling Tasks Automating Vulnerability Database Updates Chapter 13 3.

the next configured subtask begins. Download the latest SEU. The scheduled VDB installation task is added. However. you also must re-apply your intrusion policies on your managed 3D Sensors with IPS. You can automatically download and install SEUs. See Configuring a Mail Relay Host and Notification Address on page 338 for more information about configuring a relay host. An SEU contains new and updated standard text rules and shared object rules and may contain updated versions of Snort® and features such as preprocessors and decoders. that if you changed a rule state. Optionally. any new rules or features provided by the SEU that are enabled in the policy you apply to the sensor are also enabled on the sensor by that policy. Click Save. those changes are also imported. 2. If you allow SEUs to update your base policy. Applying an intrusion policy from a Defense Center to a managed sensor after you import an SEU does not apply the SEU to the sensor. Note that on the Defense Center. The Import SEU task allows you to schedule the following subtasks separately or to combine them into one scheduled task: 1. VRT sometimes uses an SEU to change the default state of one or more rules in a default policy. The selected subtasks present in the Import SEU task occur in the following order: download. 10. You can check the status of a running task on the Task Status page. Automating SEU Imports Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC + IPS As new vulnerabilities are identified.9. and policy re-apply. in the Email Status To: field. install. rule state update. type the email address (or multiple email addresses separated by commas) where you want status messages sent. IMPORTANT! You must have a valid email relay server configured to send status messages. See Viewing the Status of Long-Running Tasks on page 600 for more information. 3. If you enable Update when a new SEU is installed for the base policy of an existing policy and the SEU contains changes to the default rule states for existing rules in that base policy. however. the SEU does not override your change. Once one subtask completes. Note. Import the SEU.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 444 . Re-apply your intrusion policy so that the new SEU takes effect. Note that you can only re-apply policies applied from the appliance where the scheduled task is configured. the Sourcefire Vulnerability Research Team (VRT) releases Security Enhancement Updates (SEUs).Scheduling Tasks Automating SEU Imports Chapter 13 9. you also allow the Version 4.

you can also use the recurring SEU import feature on the Import SEU page. The Add Task page appears. Click Add Task. Select Operations > Tools > Scheduling. so make sure you schedule downloads during periods of low network use. From the Job Type list.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 445 . 3. SEUs can be quite large. Version 4. 2. The Scheduling page appears. select Import SEU. the SEU will not override your change. however. see Importing SEUs and Rule Files in the Analyst Guide. Make sure your process for downloading and importing SEUs complies with your security policies.9.8. IMPORTANT! SEUs may contain new binaries. In addition to configuring SEU imports on the Scheduling page. Note. In addition. that if you have changed the rule state. The page reloads to show the options for importing SEUs.2 or higher to import recurring SEUs on the Import SEU page. For more information on the recurring SEU import feature and a comparison of the two methods of setting up recurring imports. To schedule an Import SEU task: Access: Maint/Admin 1.Scheduling Tasks Automating SEU Imports Chapter 13 SEU to change the default state of a rule in your policy when the default state changes in the default policy you used to create your policy (or in the default policy it is based on). Note that you must be using Snort 2.

Scheduling Tasks Automating Intrusion Policy Applications Chapter 13 4. 6. To re-apply intrusion policies after installing an SEU. select Install the latest downloaded SEU. 7. Optionally. spaces. you have several options for setting the interval between instances of the task. Version 4. Once or Recurring. IMPORTANT! You must have a valid email relay server configured to send status messages. or dashes. • For one-time tasks.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 446 . Click Save. In the Job Name field. To use this task to install the latest downloaded SEU. Optionally. This feature is useful if you need to use different policies during different times of the day.9. type the email address (or multiple email addresses separated by commas) where you want status messages sent. TIP! The Current Time field indicates the current time on the appliance. 10. • For recurring tasks. so you should try to keep it relatively short. 9. 5. select Reapply intrusion policies after the SEU import completes. or periods. use the drop-down lists to specify the start date and time. spaces. To use this task to download the latest SEU. Automating Intrusion Policy Applications Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC + IPS You can automatically apply intrusion policies at scheduled intervals. TIP! The comment field appears in the View Tasks section of the page. type a comment using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. 11. type a name using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. select Download the latest SEU from the support site. 8. See Configuring a Recurring Task on page 426 for details. The task is created. Specify how you want to schedule the task. See Configuring a Mail Relay Host and Notification Address on page 338 for more information about configuring a relay host. in the Email Status To: field. in the Comment field.

9. Click Add Task. The Add Task page appears. select the intrusion policy you want to apply from the drop-down list or select Policy Default to apply the policy to each detection engine targeted in the policy. 2. you have several options for setting the interval between instances of the task. 3. The Scheduling page appears.Scheduling Tasks Automating Intrusion Policy Applications Chapter 13 To automate intrusion policy application: Access: Maint/Admin 1. Version 4. 7. Once or Recurring. In the Job Name field. 4. or dashes. In the Detection Engine field. • For recurring tasks. type a name using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. select Apply Policy. Select Operations > Tools > Scheduling. From the Job Type list.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 447 . In the Policy Name field. 5. select the detection engine where you want to apply the policy. See Configuring a Recurring Task on page 426 for details. The page reloads to show the options for applying an intrusion policy. 6. Specify how you want to schedule the task. use the drop-down lists to specify the start date and time. spaces. • For one-time tasks. TIP! The Current Time field indicates the current time on the appliance.

Scheduling Tasks Automating Reports Chapter 13 8. 10. Optionally. You can check the status of a running task on the Task Status page. Click Save. To automate a report: Access: Maint/Admin 1. Select Operations > Tools > Scheduling. spaces.9. IMPORTANT! You must have a valid email relay server configured to send status messages. See Configuring a Mail Relay Host and Notification Address on page 338 for more information about configuring a relay host. See Viewing the Status of Long-Running Tasks on page 600 for more information. Automating Reports Requires: IPS or DC/ MDC You can automate reports so that they run at regular intervals. Click Add Task. Version 4. type the email address (or multiple email addresses separated by commas) where you want status messages sent. you must design a profile for your report before you can configure it as a scheduled task. However. Optionally. The Scheduling page appears. TIP! The comment field appears in the View Tasks section of the page. type a comment using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. in the Email Status To: field. 9. in the Comment field. or periods. 2. The Add Task page appears.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 448 . The task is created. See Creating a Report Profile on page 246 for more information about using the report designer to create a report profile. so you should try to keep it relatively short.

The page reloads to show the options for setting up a report to run automatically. In the Report Profile field. 5. • For recurring tasks. From the Job Type list. • For one-time tasks. TIP! The comment field appears in the View Tasks section of the page. 7.9. in the Remote Run field. Once or Recurring. select the name of the sensor from the drop-down list. See Configuring a Recurring Task on page 426 for details. You cannot run remote reports on Crossbeam-based software Requires: DC If you want to run the report on a managed sensor. Version 4. In the Job Name field. 8. use the drop-down lists to specify the start date and time. type a name using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. spaces. The Defense Center version of the page is displayed below. or dashes.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 449 . 4. Optionally. select Reports. in the Comment field. TIP! The Current Time field indicates the current time on the appliance. IMPORTANT! sensors. Specify how you want to schedule the task. spaces. so you should try to keep it relatively short. type a comment using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. or periods. 6. select the report profile that you want to use from the drop-down list. you have several options for setting the interval between instances of the task.Scheduling Tasks Automating Reports Chapter 13 3.

The task is created. IMPORTANT! Make note of the name of the scan instance you create. You can also schedule scans to test for recurrent vulnerabilities to attacks that have happened in the past. Preparing Your System to Run a Nessus Scan If you have not used the Nessus scanning capability before. see Creating a Nessus Scan Instance on page 643.Scheduling Tasks Automating Nessus Scans Chapter 13 9. see Configuring a Local Nessus Server on page 641. Version 4. see Nessus Scan Remediations in the Analyst Guide. IMPORTANT! You must have a valid email relay server configured to send status messages. For more information on starting the server and configuring and activating a Nessus user. in the Email Status To: field. You need to select this name when prompted for the Nessus Remediation name when setting up the scheduled scan. If you do not have an existing external Nessus server. type the email address (or multiple email addresses separated by commas) where you want status messages sent.9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 450 . you need to complete several Nessus configuration steps prior to defining a scheduled scan. Automated scans allow you to test periodically to make sure that operating system updates or other changes do not introduce vulnerabilities on your enterprise-critical systems. For more information on setting up a Nessus server connection profile. Create a scan instance to define the Nessus server to be used by your scan. Automating Nessus Scans You can schedule regular Nessus scans of targets on your network. 2. 10. set up the Nessus server on your Defense Center. See Configuring a Mail Relay Host and Notification Address on page 338 for more information about configuring a relay host. See the following sections for more information: • • Preparing Your System to Run a Nessus Scan on page 450 Scheduling a Nessus Scan on page 451 Note that a Policy & Response Administrator can also use a Nessus scan as a remediation. For more information. Click Save. 1. Optionally.

The page reloads to show the options for automating Nessus scans. Click Add Task. 2. see Creating a Nessus Remediation on page 646. Continue with Scheduling a Nessus Scan. For more information on setting up a remediation definition. Create a remediation definition to define what plugins and Nessus scan settings should be used when the scheduled scan runs. Select Operations > Tools > Scheduling.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 451 . The Add Task page appears. select Nessus Scan. 5. For more information on setting up a scan target. To schedule Nessus scanning: Access: Maint/Admin 1. see Creating a Nessus Scan Target on page 645. 4.9. Scheduling a Nessus Scan Requires: DC + RNA You can automate Nessus scanning using a specific scan remediation by scheduling the scan. The Scheduling page appears. From the Job Type list. Version 4. 3.Scheduling Tasks Automating Nessus Scans Chapter 13 3. Create a scan target to define the target hosts and host ports to scan.

so you should try to keep it relatively short. TIP! The Current Time field indicates the current time on the appliance. type a comment using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. In the Job Name field. in the Comment field. Optionally. TIP! The comment field appears in the View Tasks section of the page. • For one-time tasks.9. See Configuring a Mail Relay Host and Notification Address on page 338 for more information about configuring a relay host. Click Save. in the Email Status To: field. Optionally. In the Nessus Target field. Specify how you want to schedule the task. The task is created. spaces. 6.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 452 . • For recurring tasks. use the drop-down lists to specify the start date and time. Version 4. type a name using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. 8. IMPORTANT! You must have a valid email relay server configured to send status messages. 7. In the Nessus Remediation field. Once or Recurring. 9. See Configuring a Recurring Task on page 426 for details. or dashes. select the scan target that defines the target hosts you want to scan. or periods. type the email address (or multiple email addresses separated by commas) where you want status messages sent. Synchronizing Nessus Plugins Requires: DC + RNA You can automate synchronization with the Nessus server to obtain an up-to-date list of plugins before you scan. you have several options for setting the interval between instances of the task. spaces. You may want to schedule your plugin synchronization to occur shortly before your scheduled Nessus scans to make sure that you scan with the latest list of plugins. 5. select the Nessus remediation for the Nessus server where you want to run the scan. 10.Scheduling Tasks Synchronizing Nessus Plugins Chapter 13 4.

Version 4. Click Add Task. 4. in the Comment field. or periods.Scheduling Tasks Synchronizing Nessus Plugins Chapter 13 To schedule Nessus plugin synchronization: Access: Maint/Admin 1. type a name using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. The Current Time field indicates the current time on the appliance. 3. use the drop-down lists to specify the start date and time. spaces. Select Operations > Tools > Scheduling.9. select Synchronize Nessus Plugins. See Configuring a Recurring Task on page 426 for details.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 453 . 7. TIP! The comment field appears in the View Tasks section of the page. The Scheduling page appears. Optionally. 6. spaces. 2. you have several options for setting the interval between instances of the task. so you should try to keep it relatively short. In the Nessus Instance field. 5. or dashes. select the instances with the Nessus plugins that you want to synchronize. • For recurring tasks. Once or Recurring. • For one-time tasks. In the Job Name field. The Add Task page appears. From the Job Type list. Specify how you want to schedule the task. The page reloads to show the Nessus plugin synchronization options. type a comment using up to 255 alphanumeric characters.

which resolves the conflict. You need to select this name when prompted for the Nmap Configuration name when setting up the scheduled scan. Click Save. Optionally. when an operating system conflict occurs on a host. 1. IMPORTANT! You must have a valid email relay server configured to send status messages. Version 4. Automated scans allow you to refresh operating system and service information previously supplied by an Nmap scan. type the email address (or multiple email addresses separated by commas) where you want status messages sent. Running the scan obtains updated operating system information for the host. For example. you must complete several Nmap configuration steps prior to defining a scheduled scan. Create a scan target to define the target hosts and host ports to scan.Scheduling Tasks Automating Nmap Scans Chapter 13 8.9. Create a scan instance to define the Nmap server to be used by your scan. in the Email Status To: field. Preparing Your System for an Nmap Scan If you have not used the Nmap scanning capability before. that conflict can trigger an Nmap scan. 9. you need to rescan periodically to keep that data up to date. see Creating an Nmap Scan Instance in the Analyst Guide. See the following sections for more information: • • Preparing Your System for an Nmap Scan Scheduling an Nmap Scan Note that a Policy & Response Administrator can also use an Nmap scan as a remediation. See Configuring a Mail Relay Host and Notification Address on page 338 for more information about configuring a relay host.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 454 . For more information on setting up a scan target. Automating Nmap Scans You can schedule regular Nmap scans of targets on your network. 2. Because RNA cannot update Nmap-supplied data. see Creating an Nmap Scan Target in the Analyst Guide. For more information on setting up a Nmap server connection profile. The task is created. You can also schedule scans to automatically test for unidentified services on hosts in your network. see Nmap Scan Remediations in the Analyst Guide. For more information. IMPORTANT! Make note of the name of the scan instance you create.

If the host is deleted from the network map and re-added. The page reloads to show the options for automating Nmap scans. Scheduling an Nmap Scan Requires: DC + RNA You can schedule a scan of a host or hosts on your network using the Nmap utility. Once Nmap replaces a host’s operating system or services detected by RNA with the results from an Nmap scan. Continue with Scheduling an Nmap Scan. To schedule Nmap scanning: Access: Maint/Admin 1. Version 4. From the Job Type list. 4. Click Add Task. RNA no longer updates the information replaced by Nmap for the host. see Creating an Nmap Remediation in the Analyst Guide. select Nmap Scan.Scheduling Tasks Automating Nmap Scans Chapter 13 3. Select Operations > Tools > Scheduling. The Scheduling page appears. Nmap-supplied service and operating system data remains static until you run another Nmap scan.9. 2. If you plan to scan a host using Nmap. The Add Task page appears. For more information on setting up a remediation definition. you may want to set up regularly scheduled scans to keep Nmap-supplied operating system and services up to date.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 455 . any Nmap scan results are discarded and RNA resumes monitoring of all operating system and service data for the host. 3. Create a remediation definition to define what plugins and Nmap scan settings should be used when the scheduled scan runs.

9. select the Nmap remediation to use when running the scan. type a comment using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. type the email address (or multiple email addresses separated by commas) where you want status messages sent. Specify how you want to schedule the task.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 456 . 10. select the scan target that defines the target hosts you want to scan. The task is created. See Committing Intrusion Policy Changes in the Analyst Guide for more information. In the Nmap Remediation field. you must discard your changes in that policy and commit the policy if you want the policy to reflect the automatically generated recommendations. In the Nmap Target field.9. See Configuring a Recurring Task on page 426 for details. type a name using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. See Configuring a Mail Relay Host and Notification Address on page 338 for more information about configuring a relay host. Automating Recommended Rule State Generation Requires: DC + RNA + IPS IMPORTANT! If the system automatically generates scheduled recommendations for an intrusion policy with unsaved changes. In the Job Name field. Version 4. TIP! The Current Time field indicates the current time on the appliance. 7. spaces. • For one-time tasks. in the Comment field.Scheduling Tasks Automating Recommended Rule State Generation Chapter 13 4. 6. 5. so you should try to keep it relatively short. • For recurring tasks. Once or Recurring. Optionally. you have several options for setting the interval between instances of the task. spaces. or periods. TIP! The comment field appears in the View Tasks section of the page. or dashes. use the drop-down lists to specify the start date and time. in the Email Status To: field. Click Save. IMPORTANT! You must have a valid email relay server configured to send status messages. Optionally. 8.

See Managing RNA Rule State Recommendations in the Analyst Guide for more information. the system automatically generates recommended rule states. depending on the configuration of your policy. it also modifies the states of intrusion rules based on the criteria described in Managing RNA Rule State Recommendations in the Analyst Guide.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 457 . See Using RNA Recommendations in the Analyst Guide for more information. Optionally. 4. Optionally. When the task runs. 2. The Scheduling page appears. To generate recommendations: Access: Maint/Admin 1. The page reloads to show the options for generating RNA-recommended rule states.Scheduling Tasks Automating Recommended Rule State Generation Chapter 13 You can automatically generate rule state recommendations based on RNA data for your network using the most recently saved configuration settings in your custom intrusion policy. 3. From the Job Type list. where you can configure RNA Recommended Rules in a policy. click the policies link in the Job Type field to display the Detection & Prevention page. Modified rule states take effect the next time you apply your intrusion policy. Version 4. The Add Task page appears. Select Operations > Tools > Scheduling.9. Click Add Task. select RNA Recommended Rules.

9. use the drop-down lists to specify the start date and time. 6.Scheduling Tasks Viewing Tasks Chapter 13 5. Use the Shift and Ctrl keys to select multiple policies. Click Save. Optionally. IMPORTANT! You must have a valid email relay server configured to send status messages. The View Options section of the page allows you to view scheduled tasks using a calendar and a list of scheduled tasks. or periods. Specify how you want to schedule the task. TIP! The comment field appears in the View Tasks section of the page. Click the All Policies check box to select all policies. See Configuring a Recurring Task on page 426 for details. Once or Recurring. • For recurring tasks. • For one-time tasks. 9. TIP! The Current Time field indicates the current time on the appliance. type a comment using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. type the email address (or multiple email addresses separated by commas) where you want status messages sent. Optionally. so you should try to keep it relatively short. select one or more policies. or dashes. See Configuring a Mail Relay Host and Notification Address on page 338 for more information about configuring a relay host. The task is created. Version 4. Next to Policies. spaces. You have the following options: • • In the Policies field.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 458 . Viewing Tasks After adding scheduled tasks. 7. in the Comment field. select one or more policies where you want to generate recommendations. 8. type a name using up to 255 alphanumeric characters. In the Job Name field. you can view them and evaluate their status. 10. spaces. in the Email Status To: field. you have several options for setting the interval between instances of the task.

To view scheduled tasks using the calendar: Access: Maint/Admin 1. Version 4. Click < to move back one month. The Scheduling page appears. Select Operations > Tools > Scheduling. 2.9. You can perform the following tasks using the calendar view: • • Click << to move back one year.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 459 .Scheduling Tasks Viewing Tasks Chapter 13 See the following sections for more information: • • Using the Calendar on page 459 Using the Task List on page 460 Using the Calendar Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor The Calendar view option allows you to view which scheduled tasks occur on which day.

1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 460 . Creator Delete Displays the name of the user that created the scheduled task. (See Using the Calendar on page 459 for more information.) Task List Columns Column Name Type Start Time Frequency Comment Status Description Displays the name of the scheduled task. • A red ! indicates that the task failed. Displays the type of scheduled task. you can access it by selecting a date or task from the calendar. Displays the comment that accompanies the scheduled task. Click Today to return to the current month and year. Displays how often the task is run. Deletes the scheduled task. In addition. Describes the current status for a scheduled task. Using the Task List Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor The Task List shows a list of tasks along with their status. Version 4. see Using the Task List on page 460. Click Add Task to schedule a new task. Click a date to view all scheduled tasks for the specific date in a task list table below the calendar. • A question mark icon indicates that the task is in an unknown state.9. Click a specific task on a date to view the task in a task list table below the calendar. Displays the scheduled start date and time.Scheduling Tasks Viewing Tasks Chapter 13 • • • • • • Click > to move forward one month. • A check mark icon indicates that the task ran successfully. IMPORTANT! For more information about using the task list. The task list appears at below the calendar when you open the calendar. Click >> to move forward one year.

1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 461 . including the start time. If you delete an instance of a recurring task. To edit an existing scheduled task: Access: Maint/Admin 1. Edit the task to meet your needs. all instances of the task are deleted. Locate the task you want to edit in the table and click Edit. Click Save to save your edits. you can change it to a recurring task. after the task completes successfully. The Task Details table containing the selected task or tasks appears. You can delete a specific one-time task that has not yet run or you can delete every instance of a recurring task. The Edit Task page appears showing the details of the task you selected. Click either the task that you want to edit or the day on which the task appears. Your change are saved and the Scheduling page appears again.9. The remaining options are determined by the task you are editing. 2. once or recurring. 4. the job name. See the following sections for more information: • • • • • • • • • • Automating Backup Jobs on page 428 Automating Software Updates on page 430 Automating Vulnerability Database Updates on page 437 Automating SEU Imports on page 444 Automating Intrusion Policy Applications on page 446 Automating Reports on page 448 Automating Nessus Scans on page 450 Synchronizing Nessus Plugins on page 452 Automating Nmap Scans on page 454 Automating Recommended Rule State Generation on page 456 5. and how often the task runs. The Scheduling page appears. This feature is especially useful if you want to test a scheduled task once to make sure that the parameters are correct. If you delete a task that is scheduled to run once. 3. only that task is deleted. Select Operations > Tools > Scheduling. Later. Version 4. Deleting Scheduled Tasks There are two types of deletions you can perform from the Schedule View page.Scheduling Tasks Editing Scheduled Tasks Chapter 13 Editing Scheduled Tasks Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor You can edit a scheduled task that you previously created. You cannot change the type of job.

see Deleting a One-Time Task on page 462. if it has already run. Click the task that you want to delete or the day on which the task appears. The instance of the task you selected is deleted. 2. The page reloads to display a table of tasks below the calendar. To delete a recurring task: Access: Maint/Admin 1. To delete a single instance of a task. On the calendar. All instances of the recurring task are deleted. 2. select an instance of the recurring task you want to delete. Select Operations > Tools > Scheduling. The Scheduling page appears.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 462 . Deleting a One-Time Task Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor You can delete a one-time scheduled task or delete the record of a previously-run scheduled task using the task list. Deleting a Recurring Task Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor When you delete one instance of a recurring task. The Scheduling page appears. you automatically delete all instances of that task. delete a task record: Access: Maint/Admin 1. Locate an instance of the recurring task you want to delete in the table and click Delete. Locate the task you want to delete in the table and click Delete. Select Operations > Tools > Scheduling. Version 4. 3.Scheduling Tasks Deleting Scheduled Tasks Chapter 13 The following sections describe how to delete tasks: • • To delete all instances of a task. 3. see Deleting a Recurring Task on page 462. To delete a single task or. A table containing the selected task or tasks appears.9.

You can also monitor both summary and detailed information on all processes that are currently running on the Defense Center or 3D Sensor. intrusion event information. and statistics for the Data Correlator and RNA processes for the current day. For more information. For example. see Understanding Health Monitoring on page 483.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 463 . you can also use the health monitor to monitor disk usage and alert on low disk space conditions. all on a single page.9.Monitoring the System Chapter 14 Administrator Guide The Sourcefire 3D System provides many useful monitoring features to assist you in the daily administration of your system. on the Host Statistics page you can monitor basic host statistics. Version 4. The following sections provide more information about the monitoring features that the system provides: • Viewing Host Statistics on page 464 describes how to view host information such as: • • • • • • system uptime disk and memory usage RNA process statistics Data Correlator statistics system processes intrusion event information On the Defense Center.

9. and 15 minutes. The number of days (if applicable). Host Statistics Category Time Uptime Memory Usage Load Average Description The current time on the system. Viewing IPS Performance Statistics on page 476 describes how to view IPS performance statistics and how to generate graphs based on these statistics. and minutes since the system was last started. Viewing RNA Performance Statistics on page 478 describes how to view RNA performance statistics and how to generate graphs based on these statistics. 5 minutes. The percentage of system memory that is being used. Understanding Running Processes on page 471 describes the basic system processes that run on the appliance.requires RNA). The average number of processes in the CPU queue for the past 1 minute.requires RNA). see the Data Correlator Process Statistics table on page 465 for details RNA process statistics (Defense Center only . see the Host Statistics table on page 464 for details Data Correlator statistics (Defense Center only . Viewing System Process Status on page 468 describes how to view basic process status.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 464 . • Viewing Host Statistics Requires: Any The Statistics page lists the current status of following: • • • • general host statistics. see the RNA Process Statistics table on page 466 for details intrusion event information (requires IPS). see the Intrusion Event Information table on page 467 for details The Host Statistics table describes the host statistics listed on the Statistics page. hours.Monitoring the System Viewing Host Statistics Chapter 14 • • • • Monitoring System Status and Disk Space Usage on page 468 describes how to view basic event and disk partition information. Version 4.

and then produces binary files that are processed by the Data Correlator running on the Defense Center.System (%) VmSize (KB) VmRSS (KB) Description Number of RNA events that the Data Correlator receives and processes per second Number of flows that the Data Correlator receives and processes per second Average percentage of CPU time spent on user processes for the current day Average percentage of CPU time spent on system processes for the current day Average size of memory allocated to the Data Correlator for the current day. you can also view statistics about the Data Correlator and RNA processes for the current day. and analysis. The statistics that appear for RNA and the Data Correlator are averages for the current day. Click the arrow to view more detailed host statistics. See Monitoring System Status and Disk Space Usage on page 468 for more information. The Data Correlator analyzes the information from the binary files. generates events. As the 3D Sensors perform data acquisition.Monitoring the System Viewing Host Statistics Chapter 14 Host Statistics (Continued) Category Disk Usage Description The percentage of the disk that is being used. the RNA process correlates the data with the fingerprint and vulnerability databases. in kilobytes Average amount of memory used by the Data Correlator for the current day.9.User (%) CPU Usage .1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 465 . A summary of the processes running on the system. and creates the RNA network map. Data Correlator Process Statistics Category Events/Sec Flows/Sec CPU Usage . in kilobytes Version 4. Processes If your Sourcefire 3D System deployment includes a Defense Center managing 3D Sensors with RNA. decoding. See Viewing System Process Status on page 468 for more information. using statistics gathered between 12:00AM and 11:59PM for each detection engine. The Data Correlator Process Statistics table describes the statistics displayed for the Data Correlator process.

Version 4. in kilobytes On 3D Sensors with IPS and on Defense Centers that manage sensors with IPS. you can also view the time and date of the last intrusion event. This is also the case for 3D Sensors that cannot store events locally.System (%) VmSize (KB) VmRSS (KB) Description Average percentage of packets dropped by the RNA process for the current day Average number of megabits per second processed by the RNA process for the current day Average number of packets per second processed by the RNA process for the current day Average percentage of CPU time spent by user processes for the current day Average percentage of CPU time spent by system processes for the current day Average size of memory allocated to the RNA process for the current day. the total number of events that have occurred in the past hour and the past day. RNA Process Statistics Category Packets Dropped (%) Mbits/Second Packets/Second CPU Usage . no intrusion event information is listed on this page. The information in the Intrusion Event Information section of the Statistics page is based on intrusion events stored on the sensor rather than those sent to the Defense Center.Monitoring the System Viewing Host Statistics Chapter 14 The RNA Process Statistics table describes the statistics displayed for the RNA process.9. If you manage your sensor so that intrusion events are not stored locally. in kilobytes Average amount of memory used by the RNA process for the current day.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 466 . and the total number in the database.User (%) CPU Usage .

Select Operations > Monitoring > Statistics.Monitoring the System Viewing Host Statistics Chapter 14 The Intrusion Event Information table describes the statistics displayed in the Intrusion Event Information section of the Statistics page. Version 4. Intrusion Event Information Statistic Last Alert Was Total Events Last Hour Total Events Last Day Total Events in Database Description The date and time that the last event occurred The total number of events that occurred in the past hour The total number of events that occurred in the past twenty-four hours The total number of events in the events database To view the Statistics page: Access: Maint/Admin 1.9. The Defense Center version of the page is shown below. The Statistics page appears.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 467 .

to view disk usage information for a specific sensor: Access: Maint/Admin 1. The Disk Usage section expands. listing host statistics for each sensor you selected. From the Select Device(s) box and click Select Devices. Select Operations > Monitoring > Statistics. see Understanding Health Monitoring on page 483. Version 4. If you are managing sensors with a Defense Center. TIP! On the Defense Center you can also use the health monitor to monitor disk usage and alert on low disk space conditions. Click the down arrow next to Disk Usage to expand it.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 468 . Monitoring System Status and Disk Space Usage Requires: Any The Disk Usage section of the Statistics page provides a quick synopsis of partition status. The Disk Usage section expands. For more information. The Statistics page is updated with statistics for the devices that you selected.9. you can also list statistics for managed sensors. Click the down arrow next to Disk Usage to expand it. Select the sensor name from the Select Device(s) box. 2. Viewing System Process Status Requires: Any The Processes section of the Host Statistics page allows you to see the processes that are currently running on an appliance. You can use the Shift and Ctrl keys to select multiple devices at once. you can use the Defense Center’s web interface to view the process status for any managed sensor. The Statistics page appears.Monitoring the System Monitoring System Status and Disk Space Usage Chapter 14 2. 2. On the Defense Center. The page reloads. To access disk usage information: Access: Maint/Admin 1. On the Defense Center. and click Select Devices. You can monitor this page from time to time to ensure that enough disk space is available for system processes and the database. It provides general process information and specific information for each running process.

process is dead • Z . Values range between -20 (highest priority) and 19 (lowest priority) The memory size used by the process (in kilobytes. The Statistics page appears. which is a value that indicates the scheduling priority of a process. Process Status Column Pid Username Pri Nice Description The process ID number The name of the user or group running the process The process priority The nice value. which indicates megabytes) The process state: • D .process has a positive nice value • R . Select Operations > Monitoring > Statistics. which indicates megabytes) The amount of resident paging files in memory (in kilobytes.9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 469 . Version 4. unless the value is followed by m.process is being traced or stopped • W .process has a negative nice value Time Cpu Command The amount of time (in hours:minutes:seconds) that the process has been running The percentage of CPU that the process is using The executable name of the process Size Res State To expand the process list: Access: Maint/Admin 1. unless the value is followed by m.process is in uninterruptible sleep (usually Input/Output) • N .process is in sleep mode • T .process is defunct • < .process is paging • X .Monitoring the System Viewing System Process Status Chapter 14 The Process Status table describes each column that appears in the process list.process is runnable (on queue to run) • S .

the system load average. select the device or devices you want to view process statistics for and click Select Devices. the current time. listing general process status that includes the number and types of running tasks. Cpu(s) lists the following CPU usage information: • • • user process usage percentage system process usage percentage nice usage percentage (CPU usage of processes that have a negative nice value. and specific information about each running process.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 470 .9.Monitoring the System Viewing System Process Status Chapter 14 2. indicating a higher priority) Nice values indicate the scheduled priority for system processes and can range between -20 (highest priority) and 19 (lowest priority). Version 4. 3. the current system uptime. CPU. memory. see Understanding Running Processes on page 471. The process list expands. On the Defense Center. • • • • • • • • • idle usage percentage total number of kilobytes in memory total number of used kilobytes in memory total number of free kilobytes in memory total number of buffered kilobytes in memory total number of kilobytes in swap total number of used kilobytes in swap total number of free kilobytes in swap total number of cached kilobytes in swap Mem lists the following memory usage information: Swap lists the following swap usage information: IMPORTANT! For more information about the types of processes that run on the appliance. Click the down arrow next to Processes. and swap information.

Understanding Running Processes There are two different types of processes that run on an appliance: daemons and executable files. This table is not an exhaustive list of all processes that may run on an appliance. and executable files are run when required. The System Daemons table lists daemons that you may see on the Process Status page and provides a brief description of their functionality.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 471 . runs in the background to provide secure web access to the appliance Manages Linux kernel event notification messages Manages the interception and logging of Linux kernel messages Manages Linux kernel swap memory keventd klogd kswapd Version 4. See the following sections for more information: • • Understanding System Daemons on page 471 Understanding Executables and System Utilities on page 473 Understanding System Daemons Daemons continually run on an appliance. System Daemons Daemon crond dhclient fpcollect httpd httpsd Description Manages the execution of scheduled commands (cron jobs) Manages dynamic host IP addressing Manages the collection of client and server fingerprints Manages the HTTP (Apache web server) process Manages the HTTPS (Apache web server with SSL) service. and checks for working SSL and valid certificate authentication. They ensure that services are available and spawn processes when required.9.Monitoring the System Understanding Running Processes Chapter 14 To collapse the process list: Access: Maint/Admin Click the up arrow next to Processes. Daemons always run. The process list collapses.

sfmb) to handle the request sftroughd Version 4.9. Currently used only by health monitoring to send health events and alerts from a 3D Sensor to a Defense Center or. restarts the database daemon if an error occurs and logs runtime information to a file Manages data transmission Manages connections to third-party client applications that use the Event Streamer Provides the RPC service for remotely managing and configuring an appliance using an sftunnel connection to the appliance Manages Check Point OPSEC integration. which performs disk synchronization Manages Sourcefire 3D System database processes Manages the Network Time Protocol (NTP) process Manages all Sourcefire processes.Monitoring the System Understanding Running Processes Chapter 14 System Daemons (Continued) Daemon kupdated mysqld ntpd pm reportd rnareportd safe_mysqld SFDataCorrelator sfestreamer (Defense Center only) sfmgr sfreactd SFRemediateD (Defense Center only .1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 472 . starts required processes. between Defense Centers Listens for connections on incoming sockets and then invokes the correct executable (typically the Sourcefire message broker. only seen if Checkpoint SAM support is enabled Manages remediation responses Forwards time synchronization messages to managed sensors Provides access to the sfmb message broker process running on a remote appliance.requires RNA) sftimeserviced (Defense Center only) sfmbservice (requires IPS) Description Manages the Linux kernel update process. restarts any process that fails unexpectedly Manages reports Manages RNA reports Manages safe mode operation of the database. in a high availability environment. using an sftunnel connection to the appliance.

The System Executables and Utilities table describes the executables that you may see on the Process Status page. runs in the background to provide SSH access to the appliance Manages the system logging (syslog) process Understanding Executables and System Utilities There are a number of executables on the system that run when executed by other processes or through user action. flow data. System Executables and Utilities Executable awk bash cat chown chsh correlator (Defense Center only requires RNA) cp df echo egrep Description Utility that executes programs written in the awk programming language GNU Bourne-Again SHell Utility that reads files and writes content to standard output Utility that changes user and group file permissions Utility that changes the default login shell Analyzes binary files created by RNA to generate events.Monitoring the System Understanding Running Processes Chapter 14 System Daemons (Continued) Daemon sftunnel sshd syslogd Description Provides the secure communication channel for all processes requiring communication with a remote appliance Manages the Secure Shell (SSH) process. supports extended set of regular expressions not supported in standard grep Version 4.9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 473 . and the network map Utility that copies files Utility that lists the amount of free space on the appliance Utility that writes content to standard output Utility that searches files and folders for specified input.

See Configuring the Access List for Your Appliance on page 325 for more information about access configuration.Monitoring the System Understanding Running Processes Chapter 14 System Executables and Utilities (Continued) Executable find grep halt httpsdctl hwclock ifconfig iptables Description Utility that recursively searches directories for specified input Utility that searches files and directories for specified input Utility that stops the server Handles secure Apache Web processes Utility that allows access to the hardware clock Indicates the network configuration executable.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 474 . Ensures that the MAC address stays constant Handles access restriction based on changes made to the Access Configuration page. Handles iptables file restoration Handles saved changes to the iptables Utility that can be used to end a session and process Utility that can be used to end all sessions and processes Public domain version of the Korn shell Utility that provides a way to access the syslog daemon from the command line Utility that prints checksums and block counts for specified files Utility that moves (renames) files Indicates database table checking and repairing Indicates a database process. multiple instances may appear Indicates authentication certificate creation Indicates a perl process iptables-restore iptables-save kill killall ksh logger md5sum mv myisamchk mysql openssl perl Version 4.9.

Indicates that Snort is running Public domain version of the Korn shell Utility that shuts down the appliance Utility that suspends a process for a specified number of seconds Mail client that handles email transmission when email event notification functionality is enabled Forwards SNMP trap data to the SNMP trap server specified when SNMP notification functionality is enabled Indicates a Secure Shell (SSH) connection to the appliance Indicates a sudo process. decodes and performs session reassembly.Monitoring the System Understanding Running Processes Chapter 14 System Executables and Utilities (Continued) Executable ps RNA (requires RNA) Description Utility that writes process information to standard output Captures packets. which allows users other than root to run executables Utility that displays information about the top CPU processes Utility that can be used to change the access and modification times of specified files sed sfheartbeat sfmb sfsnort (requires IPS) sh shutdown sleep smtpclient snmptrap ssh sudo top touch Version 4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 475 . then generates binary files that the Data Correlator processes to generate the network map and to populate the database with events and flow data Utility used to edit one or more text files Identifies a heartbeat broadcast. heartbeat used to maintain contact between a sensor and Defense Center Indicates a message broker process. correlating acquired data with the RNA fingerprint database.9. handles communication between Defense Centers and sensor. indicating that the appliance is active.

Version 4. or last month of operation. number of megabits per second. IPS performance statistics refer only to the data stored locally on the 3D Sensor. last week. See the following sections for more information: • • Generating IPS Performance Statistics Graphs on page 476 Saving IPS Performance Statistics Graphs on page 478 Generating IPS Performance Statistics Graphs Requires: IPS or DC/MDC + IPS You can generate graphs that depict performance statistics for a Defense Center or a 3D Sensor with IPS based on the number of events per second. These graphs can show statistics for the last hour. To view the IPS performance statistics: Access: Maint/Admin Select Operations > Monitoring > Performance > IPS. last day. IMPORTANT! Because of the way traffic is processed on 3Dx800 sensors. The IPS page appears. average number of bytes per packet.Monitoring the System Viewing IPS Performance Statistics Chapter 14 System Executables and Utilities (Continued) Executable vim wc Description Utility used to edit text files Utility that performs line.9. The Defense Center version of the page is shown below.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 476 . megabits per second. Graphs can be generated to reflect number of intrusion events per second. or average bytes per packet. and byte counts on specified files Viewing IPS Performance Statistics Requires: IPS or DC/MDC + IPS The IPS performance statistics page allows you to generate graphs that depict performance statistics for IPS over a specific period of time. and the percent of packets uninspected by Snort. performance statistics for those sensors are under reported. word.

if you reload a graph quickly. IPS Performance Statistics Graph Types Graph Type Events/Sec Mbits/Sec Avg Bytes/Packet Percent Packets Dropped Output Displays a graph that represents the number of events that are generated on the sensor per second Displays a graph that represents the number of megabits of traffic that pass through the sensor per second Displays a graph that represents the average number of bytes included in each packet This graph depicts the average percentage of uninspected packets across all detection resources (instances of Snort) assigned to the selected detection engine.9.Monitoring the System Viewing IPS Performance Statistics Chapter 14 New data is accumulated for statistics graphs every five minutes. Therefore.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 477 . The graph only represents the total % drop when there is a single detection resource assigned to a selected detection engine. select the detection engines whose data you want to view. the data may not change until the next five-minute increment occurs. The Defense Center version of the page is shown below. Version 4. select the type of graph you want to create. 3. It may also indicate that both segments have a drop rate of 50%. The IPS page appears. To generate IPS performance statistics graphs: Access: Maint/Admin 1. then an average of 50% may indicate that one segment has a 90% drop rate and the other has a 10% drop rate. Select Operations > Monitoring > Performance > IPS. If you assign two detection resources to a detection engine that has two interface sets and each interface set is connected to a different network segment. From the Select Device list. 2. From the Select Graph(s) list. The IPS Performance Statistics Graph Types table lists the available graph types.

Graphs can be generated to display: • • • • the number of events generated by the Data Correlator per second the number of megabits analyzed by the RNA process per second average number of bytes included in each packet analyzed by the RNA process the percentage of packets dropped by RNA Version 4.Monitoring the System Viewing RNA Performance Statistics Chapter 14 4. You can choose from last hour. last day. displaying the information you specified. or last month.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 478 . Saving IPS Performance Statistics Graphs Requires: IPS or DC/MDC + IPS After you have generated an IPS performance statistics graph. you can save the graph as a graphic file for later use.9. From the Select Time Range list. To save the graph: Access: Maint/Admin Right-click on the graph and follow the instructions for your browser to save the image. select the time range you would like to use for the graph. Click Graph. Viewing RNA Performance Statistics Requires: DC + RNA The RNA Performance page allows you to generate graphs that display RNA-related performance statistics over a specific period of time. The graph appears. 5. last week.

last day. in thousands. See the following sections for more information: • • Generating RNA Performance Statistics Graphs on page 479 Saving RNA Performance Statistics Graphs on page 481 Generating RNA Performance Statistics Graphs Requires: DC + RNA You can generate graphs that display performance statistics for managed 3D Sensors with RNA. New data is accumulated for statistics graphs every five minutes. The RNA Performance Statistics Graph Types table lists the available graph types. To access the RNA Performance page: Access: Maint/Admin Select Operations > Monitoring > Performance > RNA. last week. The RNA page appears.9. or last month of operation. the data may not change until the next five-minute increment occurs. analyzed by the RNA process per second the number of established connections analyzed by the RNA process per second These graphs can show statistics for the last hour.Monitoring the System Viewing RNA Performance Statistics Chapter 14 • • the number of packets. Therefore.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 479 . if you reload a graph quickly. RNA Performance Statistics Graph Types Graph Type Processed Events/Sec Output Displays a graph that represents the number of events that the Data Correlator processes per second Displays a graph that represents the number of flows that the Data Correlator processes per second Displays a graph that represents the number of events that RNA generates per second Processed Flows/Sec Generated Events/Sec Version 4.

The RNA page appears. From the Select Graph(s) list.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 480 .9. or last month. 2. 4. TIP! You can select multiple graphs by holding down the Ctrl or Shift keys while clicking on the graph type. the Select Graph(s) list adjusts to display the available graphs. Depending on whether you select a detection engine or a sensor. last day. the managed 3D Sensors. 3. Select Operations > Monitoring > Performance > RNA. select the Defense Center. in thousands Displays a graph that represents the number of established connections observed by the RNA process per second Avg Bytes/Packet Percent Packets Dropped K Packets/Sec Syn/Ack/Sec To generate RNA performance statistics graphs: Access: Maint/Admin 1. select the time range you would like to use for the graph. From the Select Time Range list. You can choose from last hour. From the Select Target list. last week. or the detection engines that you want to include.Monitoring the System Viewing RNA Performance Statistics Chapter 14 RNA Performance Statistics Graph Types (Continued) Graph Type Mbits/Sec Output Displays a graph that represents the number of megabits of traffic that are analyzed by the RNA process per second Displays a graph that represents the average number of bytes included in each packet analyzed by the RNA process Displays a graph that represents the percentage of packets dropped by RNA Displays a graph that represents the number of packets analyzed by the RNA process per second. select the type of graph you want to create. Version 4.

Version 4. Right-click on the graph and follow the instructions for your browser to save the image. To save the graph: Access: Maint/Admin 1. Create an RNA performance statistic graph as described in Generating RNA Performance Statistics Graphs on page 479.Monitoring the System Viewing RNA Performance Statistics Chapter 14 5. each graph appears on the page. Click Graph. 2. Saving RNA Performance Statistics Graphs Requires: DC + RNA After you have generated an RNA performance statistics graph. you can save the graph as a graphic file for later use.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 481 . displaying the information you specified. If you selected multiple graphs.9. The graph appears.

The tests in a health policy run automatically at the interval you configure. referred to as health modules. and you can delete health policies that you no longer need. referred to as a health policy. You can also suppress messages from selected appliances by blacklisting them.Using Health Monitoring Chapter 15 Administrator Guide The health monitor provides numerous tests for determining the health of an appliance from the Defense Center. . You can modify a health policy by enabling or disabling tests or by changing test settings. customize a health policy for the specific appliance where you plan to apply it. At the Defense Center. These event views allow you to search and view event data and to access other information that may be related to the events you are investigating. You can also import a health policy exported from another Defense Center. SNMP or syslog alerting in response to health events. The tests.9. You can use the health monitor to create a collection of tests. you can view health status information for the entire system or for a particular appliance. you can also configure email. are scripts that test for criteria you specify. You can also generate troubleshooting files for an appliance if you are asked to do so by Support. You can also run all tests or a specific test on demand. and apply the health policy to one or more appliances. Fully customizable event views allow you to quickly and easily analyze the health status events gathered by the health monitor. You can create one health policy for every appliance in your system.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 482 . See the following sections for more information: • • Understanding Health Monitoring on page 483 Configuring Health Policies on page 489 Version 4. or use one of the default health policies. The health monitor collects health events based on the test conditions configured. Optionally.

You can also configure email. then drill down into status details if needed. You can also search for specific health events. or memory usage reaches the Warning level you configure in the health policy applied to that appliance. You can set alerting thresholds to minimize the number of repeating alerts you receive. you can open a table view of occurrences of a specific event.Using Health Monitoring Understanding Health Monitoring Chapter 15 • • Using the Health Monitor Blacklist on page 534 Configuring Health Monitor Alerts on page 539 Understanding Health Monitoring You can use the health monitor to check the status of critical functionality across your Sourcefire 3D System deployment. Pie charts and status tables on the Health Monitor page visually represent the health status for monitored appliances. You can also view health events in the standard Sourcefire 3D System table view.9. You can use the health monitor to access health status information for the entire system or for a particular appliance. you can set up an email alert. so you can check status at a glance. For example. or you can retrieve all the health events for that appliance. if you need to make sure an appliance never fails due to hardware overload. SNMP or syslog alerting in response to health . For example. The Health Monitor page provides a visual summary of the status of all appliances on your system. Individual appliance health monitors let you drill down into health details for a specific appliance. From an individual appliance’s health monitor. Monitor the health of your entire Sourcefire 3D System through the Defense Center by applying health policies to each of the managed appliances and collecting the resulting health data at the Defense Center. disk. You can then create a health alert that triggers that email alert whenever CPU. A health alert is an association between a standard alert and a health status level. if you want to see all the occurrences of CPU usage with a certain percentage.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 483 . you can search for the CPU usage module and enter the percentage value. Version 4. events.

Sourcefire 3D System appliances do not have health monitoring policies applied to them by default. For more information on health policies and the health modules you can run to test system health. see Creating Health Policies on page 497. Version 4. you can create a policy that monitors just the intrusion event rate and the IPS process. For details on applying policies. For more information on creating customized health policies. see Applying Health Policies on page 528. For more information on assigning user privileges.9.Using Health Monitoring Understanding Health Monitoring Chapter 15 Because health monitoring is an administrative activity. and traffic status. to monitor the health of a 3D Sensor with IPS. see Predefined Health Policies on page 490. disk. only users with Admin access privileges can access system health data. see the following topics: • • • Understanding Health Policies on page 484 Understanding Health Modules on page 485 Understanding Health Monitoring Configuration on page 489 Understanding Health Policies A health policy is a collection of health module settings you apply to an appliance to define the criteria that the Defense Center uses when checking the health of the appliance. For example. If you want to monitor the health of a managed appliance. which also monitors CPU. you have to apply a health policy to that appliance. For more information on available default health policies you can apply to an appliance.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 484 . the Data Correlator process. see Modifying User Privileges and Options on page 306. When you create health policies. You can also apply one of the five default health policies to each appliance. and memory usage. IMPORTANT! Except for the Defense Center. The health monitor tracks a variety of health indicators to ensure that your Sourcefire 3D System hardware and software are working correctly. you choose which tests to run to determine appliance health. or you can apply the default policy.

The alert level also lowers by one level (for example. This module determines if the CPU on the sensor is overheated and alerts when the temperature exceeds temperatures configured for the module.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 485 . This module only runs on 3Dx800 sensors. This module determines if a detection engine has been bypassed because it did not respond within the number of seconds set in the bypass threshold. Critical is reduced to Warning or Warning is reduced to Normal). see Understanding System Daemons on page 471. also sometimes referred to as health tests. The restart counter does not count actual restarts. Health Modules Module Appliance Heartbeat Automatic Application Bypass Status CPU Temperature Description This module determines if an appliance heartbeat is being heard from the sensor and alerts based on the sensor heartbeat status. The first time the module checks and no restarts have occurred since the last test. regardless of the limits set for the module. it increments the restart counter by one. the module adds one to the restart count. This module checks for network cards which have restarted due to hardware failure and alerts when a reset occurs. are scripts that test for the criteria you specify in a health policy. This module checks that the CPU on the appliance is not overloaded and alerts when CPU usage exceeds the percentages configured for the module. For more information on system daemons such as SFDataCorrelator. The module checks if any restarts occurred during the period between tests. The status remains Critical until the module finds that the process is running. CPU Usage Card Reset Data Correlator Process Version 4. If any restarts occur. the module only increments the restart counter by one each time it checks. Even if multiple restarts occur between tests. If the module finds that the process is not running at all. and alerts when the number of restarts exceeds limits configured for the module. At that point. which may indicate a problem with the process. and alerts when a bypass occurs.9. This module determines if the Data Correlator process (SFDataCorrelator) is restarting too often. the module resets the counter to zero.Using Health Monitoring Understanding Health Monitoring Chapter 15 Understanding Health Modules Health modules. the module sets status according to the restart counter value and the configured limits for the module. but sets the module status to Critical for that test. The second time the module checks and no restarts have occurred since the last test. the alert level resets to Normal. The available health modules are described in the Health Modules table.

which may indicate a problem with the process. At that point. the module resets the counter to zero. This module only runs on 3Dx800 sensors and 3D9900 sensors. If the Event Stream is zero. The alert level also lowers by one level (for example. The restart counter does not count actual restarts. the module sets status according to the restart counter value and the configured limits for the module. On the 3D9900. The first time the module checks and no restarts have occurred since the last test.9. Disk Usage This module compares disk usage on the appliance to the limits configured for the module and alerts when usage exceeds the percentages configured for the module. This module determines if hardware needs to be replaced on a 3Dx800 or 3D9900 sensor and alerts based on the hardware status. For more information on the details reported for 3D9900 sensors.Using Health Monitoring Understanding Health Monitoring Chapter 15 Health Modules (Continued) Module Defense Center Status Description This module ensures that there are heartbeats from connected Defense Centers and alerts based on the Defense Center status. the module only increments the restart counter by one each time it checks. If the module finds that the process is not running at all. The second time the module checks and no restarts have occurred since the last test. This module only runs on 3Dx800 sensors. see Interpreting Hardware Alert Details for 3D9900 Sensors on page 560. This module only runs on Defense Centers. Critical is reduced to Warning or Warning is reduced to Normal). This module only runs on Master Defense Centers. the module also reports on the status of hardware-related daemons. it increments the restart counter by one. Even if multiple restarts occur between tests. Event Stream Status This module compares the number of events per second to the limits configured for this module and alerts if the limits are exceeded. The status remains Critical until the module finds that the process is running. but sets the module status to Critical for that test. and alerts when the number of restarts exceeds limits configured for the module. If any restarts occur. This module only runs on Master Defense Centers. This module determines if the eStreamer process is restarting too often. the module adds one to the restart count. regardless of the limits set for the module.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 486 . The module checks if any restarts occurred during the period between tests. the eStreamer process may be down or the Defense Center may not be sending events. Fan Alarm Hardware Alarms This module determines if fans need to be replaced on the sensor and alerts based on the fan status. the alert level resets to Normal. eStreamer Process Version 4.

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Health Modules (Continued) Module Health Monitor Process Description This module monitors the status of the health monitor itself and alerts if the number of minutes since the last health event received by the Defense Center exceeds the Warning or Critical limits. This module only runs on Defense Centers. IPS Event Rate This module compares the number of intrusion events per second to the limits configured for this module and alerts if the limits are exceeded. If the IPS Event Rate is zero, the IPS process may be down or the 3D Sensor may not be sending events. Select Analysis & Reporting > Event Summary > Intrusion Event Statistics to check if events are being received from the sensor. This module determines if the IPS process (snort) has been restarting too often, which may indicate a problem with the process, and alerts when the number of restarts exceeds the limits configured for the module. The IPS process (also known as snort) is the packet decoder on a 3D Sensor with that is licensed for IPS component. If the IPS process is down or has been restarting, the IPS Event Rate results may be inaccurate. The restart counter does not indicate the number of restarts. Instead, the module checks if any restarts occurred during the period between tests. Even if multiple restarts occur between tests, the module only increments the restart counter by one each time it checks. If any restarts occur, the module adds one to the restart count. The first time the module checks and no restarts have occurred since the last test, the module resets the counter to zero. The alert level also lowers by one level (for example, Critical is reduced to Warning or Warning is reduced to Normal). The second time the module checks and no restarts have occurred since the last test, the alert level resets to Normal. If the module finds that the process is not running at all, it increments the restart counter by one, but sets the module status to Critical for that test, regardless of the limits set for the module. The status remains Critical until the module finds that the process is running. At that point, the module sets status according to the restart counter value and the configured limits for the module. Link State Propagation MDC Event Service Memory Usage This module determines when a link in a paired inline interface set fails and triggers the link state propagation mode. This module monitors the health of the internal eStreamer process used to transmit events to the Master Defense Center from the Defense Center. This module compares memory usage on the appliance to the limits configured for the module and alerts when usage exceeds the levels configured for the module. This module monitors the application of PEP rules to interface sets on a 3D9900. If PEP rules cannot be applied to interfaces in an interface set, the module generates an alert.

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Health Modules (Continued) Module Power Supply Description This module determines if power supplies on the sensor require replacement and alerts based on the power supply status. This module only runs on the Series 2 DC3000, MDC3000, 3Dx800, 3D9900, 3D3500, 3D4500, and 3D6500 appliances. This module indicates whether a specified period of time has passed since any RNA events have been detected by a sensor. This module determines if sufficient RNA host licenses remain and alerts based on the warning level configured for the module. This module determines if the RNA process (rna) is restarting too often, which may indicate a problem with the process, and alerts based on the number of restarts configured for the module. The restart counter does not count actual restarts. The module checks if any restarts occurred during the period between tests. Even if multiple restarts occur between tests, the module only increments the restart counter by one each time it checks. If any restarts occur, the module adds one to the restart count. The first time the module checks and no restarts have occurred since the last test, the module resets the counter to zero. The alert level also lowers by one level (for example, Critical is reduced to Warning or Warning is reduced to Normal). The second time the module checks and no restarts have occurred since the last test, the alert level resets to Normal. If the module finds that the process is not running at all, it increments the restart counter by one, but sets the module status to Critical for that test, regardless of the limits set for the module. The status remains Critical until the module finds that the process is running. At that point, the module sets status according to the restart counter value and the configured limits for the module. Time Synchronization Status Traffic Status This module tracks the synchronization of a sensor clock that obtains time using NTP with the clock on the NTP server and alerts if the difference in the clocks is more than ten seconds. This module determines if the sensor currently collects traffic and alerts based on the traffic status.

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Understanding Health Monitoring Configuration
There are several steps to setting up health monitoring on your Sourcefire 3D System, as indicated in the following procedure: 1. Create health policies for your appliances. You can set up specific policies for each kind of appliance you have in your Sourcefire 3D System, enabling only the appropriate tests for that appliance. TIP! If you want to quickly enable health monitoring without customizing the monitoring behavior, you can apply one of the default policies provided for that purpose. For more information on setting up health policies, see Configuring Health Policies on page 489. 2. Apply a health policy to each appliance where you want to track health status. For information on the default health policies available for immediate application, see Predefined Health Policies on page 490. 3. Optionally, configure health monitor alerts. You can set up email, syslog, or SNMP alerts that trigger when the health status level reaches a particular severity level for specific health modules. For more information on setting up health monitor alerts, see Configuring Health Monitor Alerts on page 539. After you set up health monitoring on your system, you can view the health status at any time on the Health Monitor page or the Health Table Events View. For more information about viewing system health data, see the following topics: • • • Using the Health Monitor on page 545 Using Appliance Health Monitors on page 547 Working with Health Events on page 555

Configuring Health Policies
A health policy contains configured health test criteria for several modules. You can control which health modules run against each of your appliances and configure the specific limits used in the tests run by each module. For more information on the health modules you can configure in a health policy, see Understanding Health Monitoring on page 483. You can create one health policy that can be applied to every appliance in your system, customize each health policy to the specific appliance where you plan to apply it, or use the default health policies provided for you. You can also import a health policy exported from another Defense Center.

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When you configure a health policy, you decide whether to enable each health module for that policy. You also select the criteria that control which health status each enabled module reports each time it assesses the health of a process. For more information on the default health policy, which is applied to the Defense Center and Master Defense Center automatically, see Default Health Policy on page 493. For more information, see the following topics: • • • • • Predefined Health Policies on page 490 Creating Health Policies on page 497 Applying Health Policies on page 528 Editing Health Policies on page 530 Deleting Health Policies on page 533

Predefined Health Policies
The Defense Center health monitor includes several default health policies to make it easier for you to quickly implement health monitoring for your appliances. The Default Health Policy is automatically applied to the Defense Center. To also monitor sensor health, you can push health policies to 3D Sensors. IMPORTANT! You cannot apply a health policy to RNA Software for Red Hat Linux or Crossbeam-based software sensors. For more information, see the following topics: • • • • • • • Default 3D Sensor Health Policy on page 491 Default 3Dx800 Health Policy on page 491 Suggested 3D9900 Health Policy on page 492 Default Health Policy on page 493 Default Intrusion Sensor Health Policy on page 495 Default IPS (3Dx800 only) Health Policy on page 495 Default RNA Sensor Health Policy on page 496

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Default 3D Sensor Health Policy
Use the Default 3D Sensor Health Policy to monitor health on any 3D Sensor. Enabled health modules for this policy are listed in the Enabled Health Modules: 3D Sensor Health Policy table. Enabled Health Modules: 3D Sensor Health Policy Module Automatic Application Bypass Status Data Correlator Process Disk Usage IPS Event Rate IPS Process Link State Propagation Memory Usage Power Supply RNA Process Traffic Status For more information, see... Configuring Automatic Application Bypass Monitoring on page 502 Configuring Data Correlator Process Monitoring on page 506 Configuring Disk Usage Monitoring on page 508 Configuring IPS Event Rate Monitoring on page 515 Configuring IPS Process Monitoring on page 516 Configuring Link State Propagation Monitoring on page 518 Configuring Memory Usage Monitoring on page 520 Configuring Power Supply Monitoring on page 522 Configuring RNA Process Monitoring on page 525 Configuring Traffic Status Monitoring on page 527

Default 3Dx800 Health Policy
Use the Default 3Dx800 Health Policy to monitor health on 3Dx800 sensors. Enabled health modules for this policy are listed in the Enabled Health Modules: Default 3Dx800 Health Policy table. Note that the Hardware Alarm module should

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be used instead of the Power Supply module to monitor power supply health on the 3Dx800 sensor models. Enabled Health Modules: Default 3Dx800 Health Policy Module Automatic Application Bypass Status CPU Temperature Disk Usage Fan Alarm Hardware Alarms IPS Event Rate IPS Process Memory Usage RNA Process Traffic Status For more information, see... Configuring Automatic Application Bypass Monitoring on page 502 Configuring CPU Temperature Monitoring on page 503 Configuring Disk Usage Monitoring on page 508 Configuring Fan Monitoring on page 512 Configuring Hardware Monitoring on page 513 Configuring IPS Event Rate Monitoring on page 515 Configuring IPS Process Monitoring on page 516 Configuring Memory Usage Monitoring on page 520 Configuring RNA Process Monitoring on page 525 Configuring Traffic Status Monitoring on page 527

Suggested 3D9900 Health Policy
The Defense Center interface does not include a default health policy specifically for 3D9900 sensors. Sourcefire recommends that you start with the default 3D Sensor policy and enable the Hardware Alarms module. If the sensor will be running RNA, enable the RNA Process module as well. Health modules that should be enabled when creating a policy for this type of sensor are listed in the Suggested Health Modules: 3D9900 Health Policy table. Note that the CPU Usage module cannot be enabled when monitoring 3D9900

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sensor models. CPU usage for a 3D9900 may reach 100% during normal sensor operation, so the data provided by the module would generate misleading events. Suggested Health Modules: 3D9900 Health Policy Module Data Correlator Process Disk Usage Hardware Alarms IPS Event Rate IPS Process Link State Propagation Memory Usage PEP Status Power Supply RNA Process Traffic Status For more information, see... Configuring Data Correlator Process Monitoring on page 506 Configuring Disk Usage Monitoring on page 508 Configuring Hardware Monitoring on page 513 Configuring IPS Event Rate Monitoring on page 515 Configuring IPS Process Monitoring on page 516 Configuring Link State Propagation Monitoring on page 518 Configuring Memory Usage Monitoring on page 520 Configuring PEP Status Monitoring on page 521 Configuring Power Supply Monitoring on page 522 Configuring RNA Process Monitoring on page 525 Configuring Traffic Status Monitoring on page 527

Default Health Policy
Use the Default Health Policy to monitor health on a Defense Center. Enabled health modules for this policy are listed in the Enabled Defense Center Health Modules - Default Health Policy table. Enabled Defense Center Health Modules - Default Health Policy Module Automatic Application Bypass Status Appliance Heartbeat For more information, see... Configuring Automatic Application Bypass Monitoring on page 502 Configuring Appliance Heartbeat Monitoring on page 501

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Enabled Defense Center Health Modules - Default Health Policy (Continued) Module Data Correlator Process Disk Usage Link State Propagation Memory Usage Time Synchronization Status Power Supply RNA Host License Limit For more information, see... Configuring Data Correlator Process Monitoring on page 506 Configuring Disk Usage Monitoring on page 508 Configuring Link State Propagation Monitoring on page 518 Configuring Memory Usage Monitoring on page 520 Configuring Time Synchronization Monitoring on page 526 Configuring Power Supply Monitoring on page 522 Configuring RNA Host Usage Monitoring on page 524

Use the Default Health Policy to monitor health on a Master Defense Center. Enabled health modules for this policy are listed in the Enabled MDC Health Modules - Default Health Policy table. Enabled MDC Health Modules - Default Health Policy Module Data Correlator Process Defense Center Status Disk Usage eStreamer Process Event Stream Memory Usage RNA Host License Limit For more information, see... Configuring Data Correlator Process Monitoring on page 506 Configuring Defense Center Status on page 507 Configuring Disk Usage Monitoring on page 508 Configuring eStreamer Process Monitoring on page 509 Configuring Event Stream Monitoring on page 511 Configuring Memory Usage Monitoring on page 520 Configuring RNA Host Usage Monitoring on page 524

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Default Intrusion Sensor Health Policy
Use the Default IPS Health Policy to monitor health on legacy Intrusion Sensors that you have not upgraded to Version 4.9.1. Enabled health modules for this policy are listed in the Enabled Health Modules: Default Intrusion Sensor Health Policy table. Enabled Health Modules: Default Intrusion Sensor Health Policy Module Automatic Application Bypass Status Data Correlator Process Disk Usage Health Monitor Process IPS Event Rate IPS Process Link State Propagation Memory Usage Power Supply Traffic Status For more information, see... Configuring Automatic Application Bypass Monitoring on page 502 Configuring Data Correlator Process Monitoring on page 506 Configuring Disk Usage Monitoring on page 508 Configuring Health Status Monitoring on page 514 Configuring IPS Event Rate Monitoring on page 515 Configuring IPS Process Monitoring on page 516 Configuring Link State Propagation Monitoring on page 518 Configuring Memory Usage Monitoring on page 520 Configuring Power Supply Monitoring on page 522 Configuring Traffic Status Monitoring on page 527

Default IPS (3Dx800 only) Health Policy
Use the Default IPS (3Dx800 only) Health Policy to monitor IPS health on 3Dx800 sensors. Enabled health modules for this policy are listed in the Enabled Health Modules: Default IPS (3Dx800 only) Health Policy table. Note that the Hardware

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Alarm module should be used instead of the Power Supply module to monitor power supply health on the 3Dx800 sensor models. Enabled Health Modules: Default IPS (3Dx800 only) Health Policy Module Automatic Application Bypass Status CPU Temperature Data Correlator Process Disk Usage Fan Alarm Hardware Alarms IPS Event Rate IPS Process Memory Usage Traffic Status For more information, see... Configuring Automatic Application Bypass Monitoring on page 502 Configuring CPU Temperature Monitoring on page 503 Configuring Data Correlator Process Monitoring on page 506 Configuring Disk Usage Monitoring on page 508 Configuring Fan Monitoring on page 512 Configuring Hardware Monitoring on page 513 Configuring IPS Event Rate Monitoring on page 515 Configuring IPS Process Monitoring on page 516 Configuring Memory Usage Monitoring on page 520 Configuring Traffic Status Monitoring on page 527

Default RNA Sensor Health Policy
Use the Default RNA Sensor Health Policy to monitor health on legacy RNA Sensors that you have not upgraded to Version 4.9.1. Enabled health modules for

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this policy are listed in the Enabled Health Modules: Default RNA Sensor Health Policy table. Enabled Health Modules: Default RNA Sensor Health Policy Module Automatic Application Bypass Status Data Correlator Process Disk Usage Link State Propagation Memory Usage Power Supply RNA Host License Limit RNA Process Traffic Status For more information, see... Configuring Automatic Application Bypass Monitoring on page 502 Configuring Data Correlator Process Monitoring on page 506 Configuring Disk Usage Monitoring on page 508 Configuring Link State Propagation Monitoring on page 518 Configuring Memory Usage Monitoring on page 520 Configuring Power Supply Monitoring on page 522 Configuring RNA Host Usage Monitoring on page 524 Configuring RNA Process Monitoring on page 525 Configuring Traffic Status Monitoring on page 527

Creating Health Policies
Requires: DC/MDC If you want to customize a health policy to use with your appliances, you can create a new policy. The settings in the policy initially populate with the settings from the health policy you select as a basis for the new policy. You can enable or disable modules within the policy and change the alerting criteria for each module as needed. TIP! Instead of creating a new policy, you can export a health policy from another Defense Center and then import it onto your Defense Center. You can then edit the imported policy to suit your needs before you apply it. For more information, see Importing and Exporting Objects on page 583. To create a health policy: Access: Maint/Admin 1. Select Operations > Monitoring > Health. The Health Monitor page appears.

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3. Click Create Policy to create a new policy. The Create Health Policy page appears.

4. Select the existing policy that you want to use as the basis for the new policy from the Copy Policy drop-down list. 5. Enter a name for the policy. 6. Enter a description for the policy.

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9. 8. including a list of the modules. as described in the following sections: • • • • • • • • • • • • Configuring Policy Run Time Intervals on page 500 Configuring Appliance Heartbeat Monitoring on page 501 Configuring Automatic Application Bypass Monitoring on page 502 Configuring CPU Temperature Monitoring on page 503 Configuring CPU Usage Monitoring on page 504 Configuring Card Reset Monitoring on page 505 Configuring Data Correlator Process Monitoring on page 506 Configuring Defense Center Status on page 507 Configuring Disk Usage Monitoring on page 508 Configuring eStreamer Process Monitoring on page 509 Configuring Event Stream Monitoring on page 511 Configuring Fan Monitoring on page 512 Version 4.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Policies Chapter 15 7. Select Save to save the policy information. Configure settings on each module you want to use to test the health status of your appliances.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 499 . The Health Policy Configuration page appears.

Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Policies Chapter 15 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Configuring Hardware Monitoring on page 513 Configuring Health Status Monitoring on page 514 Configuring IPS Event Rate Monitoring on page 515 Configuring IPS Process Monitoring on page 516 Configuring Link State Propagation Monitoring on page 518 Configuring MDC Event Service Monitoring on page 519 Configuring Memory Usage Monitoring on page 520 Configuring PEP Status Monitoring on page 521 Configuring Power Supply Monitoring on page 522 Configuring RNA Event Status Monitoring on page 523 Configuring RNA Host Usage Monitoring on page 524 Configuring RNA Process Monitoring on page 525 Configuring Time Synchronization Monitoring on page 526 Configuring Traffic Status Monitoring on page 527 IMPORTANT! Make sure you enable each module that you want to run to test the health status on each Health Policy Configuration page as you configure the settings.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 500 . To configure a policy run time interval: Access: Maint/Admin 1.Policy Run Time Interval page appears. WARNING! Do not set a run interval of less than five minutes. select Policy Run Time Interval. Click Save to save the policy. Configuring Policy Run Time Intervals Requires: DC/MDC You can control how often health tests run by modifying the Policy Run Time Interval for the health policy. see Applying Health Policies on page 528. The Health Policy Configuration . On the Health Policy Configuration page. even if the policy that contains the module has been applied to an appliance. For more information on applying health policies. 9. Version 4. The maximum run time interval you can set is 99999 minutes. Disabled modules do not produce health status feedback. You must apply the policy to each appliance for it to take effect.9.

2. Configuring Appliance Heartbeat Monitoring Requires: DC Supported Platforms: Defense Center The Defense Center receives heartbeats from its managed appliances once every two minutes or every 200 events. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information. The Health Policy Configuration . To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module. 3. whichever comes first.Appliance Heartbeat page appears. as an indicator that the appliance is running and communicating properly with the Defense Center. click Cancel. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done. Version 4. click Save Policy and Exit. To configure Appliance Heartbeat health module settings: Access: Maint/Admin 1. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify. you discard all changes. In the Health Policy Configuration page. Use the Appliance Heartbeat health status module to track whether the Defense Center receives heartbeats from managed appliances. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Policies Chapter 15 2. select Appliance Heartbeat. That status data feeds into the health monitor. You must apply the health policy to the appropriate appliances if you want your settings to take effect. the status classification for this module changes to Critical. In the Run Interval (mins) field. select the other module from the list at the left of the page.9. all changes you made will be saved. If the Defense Center does not detect a heartbeat from a appliance.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 501 . if you click Cancel. Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing. enter the time in minutes that you want to elapse between automatic repetitions of the test.

In the Health Policy Configuration page. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module. Configuring Automatic Application Bypass Monitoring Requires: DC/MDC Supported Platforms: 3D Sensors except 3D9900 Use this module to detect when a detection engine is bypassed because it did not respond within the number of seconds configured as the bypass threshold. That status data feeds into the health monitor. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify. this module generates an alert. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done. you discard all changes. To configure automatic application bypass monitoring status: Access: Maint/Admin 1. see Automatic Application Bypass on page 212. all changes you made will be saved. if you click Cancel. click Save Policy and Exit. The Automatic Application Bypass Status page appears. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page. Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 502 . You must apply the health policy to the appropriate appliances if you want your settings to take effect. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information. click Cancel. select the other module from the list at the left of the page. 2.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Policies Chapter 15 3. Version 4. select Automatic Application Bypass Status.9. If a bypass occurs. For more information on automatic application bypass.

CPU Temperature page appears. Overheating a CPU can damage the processing unit.9. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page. If the CPU temperature on the monitored sensor exceeds the Warning limit. click Save Policy and Exit. Use the CPU Temperature health status module to set CPU temperature limits. The Health Policy Configuration . if you click Cancel. By default. select the other module from the list at the left of the page. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module. you discard all changes. If the CPU temperature on the monitored sensor exceeds the Critical limit. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify. select CPU Temperature. all changes you made will be saved. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information. click Cancel. That status data feeds into the health monitor. You must apply the health policy to the appropriate 3D Sensor if you want your settings to take effect. Version 4. The maximum temperature you can set for either limit is 100 degrees Celsius.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 503 . the Critical limit is set to 52 degrees Celsius and the Warning limit is set to 50 degrees Celsius.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Policies Chapter 15 3. the status classification for that module changes to Warning. To configure CPU temperature health module settings: Access: Maint/Admin 1. In the Health Policy Configuration page. Configuring CPU Temperature Monitoring Requires: DC/MDC Supported Platforms: 3Dx800 The temperature of the central processing unit (CPU) on your 3Dx800 sensor provides an important barometer for the health of your sensor. and the Critical limit must be greater than the Warning limit. the status classification for that module changes to Critical. WARNING! Sourcefire recommends that you do not set the Critical limit higher than 65 degrees Celsius and that you do not set the Warning limit higher than 55 degrees Celsius.

you discard all changes. click Save Policy and Exit. Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing. in Celsius. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information. That status data feeds into the health monitor. If the CPU usage on the monitored appliance exceeds the Warning limit. Use the CPU Usage health status module to set CPU usage limits. that should trigger a critical health status. enter the number of degrees. select the other module from the list at the left of the page. the status classification for that module changes to Critical. Note that this module is not available for health policies applied to 3D9900 sensors. The maximum percentage you can set for either limit is 100 percent. In the Critical Threshold Celsius field.9. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page. that should trigger a warning health status.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 504 . and the Critical limit must be higher than the Warning limit. If the CPU usage on the monitored appliance exceeds the Critical limit. click Cancel. enter the number of degrees.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Policies Chapter 15 2. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module. 3. if you click Cancel. You must apply the health policy to the appropriate sensors if you want your settings to take effect. In the Warning Threshold Celsius field. Configuring CPU Usage Monitoring Requires: DC/MDC Supported Platforms: All except 3D9900 Excessive CPU usage can indicate that you need to upgrade your hardware or that there are processes that are not functioning correctly. Version 4. in Celsius. 4. all changes you made will be saved. the status classification for that module changes to Warning. 5.

See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information. In the Critical Threshold % field. That status data feeds into the health monitor. You must apply the health policy to the appropriate appliances if you want your settings to take effect. all changes you made will be saved. Version 4. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page. 2. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module. 5. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify. you discard all changes.9. select the other module from the list at the left of the page. 4. click Cancel.CPU Usage page appears. The Card Reset Monitoring page appears. this module generates an alert. The Health Policy Configuration . Configuring Card Reset Monitoring Requires: DC/MDC Supported Platforms: 3D500 . select CPU Usage. enter the percentage of CPU usage that should trigger a warning health status. On the Health Policy Configuration page.3D6500 except 3Dx800 Use the card reset monitoring health status module to track when the network card restarts because of hardware failure. In the Health Policy Configuration page. If a reset occurs.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 505 . 3. Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing. if you click Cancel. To configure card reset monitoring: Access: Maint/Admin 1. click Save Policy and Exit. enter the percentage of CPU usage that should trigger a critical health status. In the Warning Threshold % field.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Policies Chapter 15 To configure CPU Usage health module settings: Access: Maint/Admin 1. select Card Reset.

Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing. click Save Policy and Exit. Critical is reduced to Warning or Warning is reduced to Normal). the alert level resets to Normal. if you click Cancel. At that point. it increments the restart counter by one. If the module finds that the process is not running at all. The restart counter does not count actual restarts. If the module checks the Data Correlator process as many times as configured in the Critical Number of restarts limit. regardless of the limits set for the module. all changes you made will be saved. manages data transmission. Even if multiple restarts occur between tests. You must apply the health policy to the appropriate Defense Center if you want your settings to take effect.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 506 . See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information. The module checks if any restarts occurred during the period between tests. but sets the module status to Critical for that test. the status classification for that module changes to Critical. short for the system daemon SFDataCorrelator. Configuring Data Correlator Process Monitoring Requires: DC/MDC Supported Platforms: All The Data Correlator. That status data feeds into the health monitor. If the module checks the Data Correlator process as many times as configured in the Warning Number of restarts limit. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module. The second time the module checks and no restarts have occurred since the last test. you discard all changes. The status remains Critical until the module finds that the process is running. If any restarts occur. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify. the module only increments the restart counter by one each time it checks. select the other module from the list at the left of the page. the module sets status according to the restart counter value and the configured limits for the module. click Cancel. the status classification for that module changes to Warning. the module resets the counter to zero. Use the Data Correlator Process health status module to set limits for the number of restarts that trigger a change in the health status. The alert level also lowers by one level (for example. the module adds one to the restart count. The first time the module checks and no restarts have occurred since the last test. and each time one or more restarts have occurred.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Policies Chapter 15 2. and each time one or more restarts have occurred. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page.9. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done. Version 4. 3.

4.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Policies Chapter 15 The maximum number of restarts you can set for either limit is 100. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 507 . On the Health Policy Configuration page. 2. 5. all changes you made will be saved. click Cancel. Configuring Defense Center Status Requires: MDC Supported Platforms: Master Defense Center Use the Defense Center Status health status module to monitor the status of a Defense Center or Defense Centers managed by the Master Defense Center where the health policy is applied. select the other module from the list at the left of the page. You must apply the health policy to the appropriate appliances if you want your settings to take effect. If a heartbeat is not obtained from the managed Defense Center or Defense Centers. In the Critical Number of restarts field. and the Critical limit must be higher than the Warning limit. select Data Correlator Process. Version 4.9. 3. To configure Data Correlator Process health module settings: Access: Maint/Admin 1. The Health Policy Configuration . You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify. Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing. if you click Cancel.Data Correlator Process page appears. enter the number of process restarts that should trigger a warning health status. click Save Policy and Exit. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done. you discard all changes. enter the number of process restarts that should trigger a critical health status. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information. this module generates an alert. That status data feeds into the health monitor. In the Warning Number of restarts field.

Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Policies Chapter 15 To configure Defense Center Status: Access: Maint/Admin 1. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information. Configuring Disk Usage Monitoring Requires: DC/MDC Supported Platforms: All Without sufficient disk space. the size of the partition is static so the module does not alert on the boot partition. select Defense Center Status. In the Health Policy Configuration page.9. all changes you made will be saved. you discard all changes. Version 4. Use the Disk Usage health status module to set disk usage limits for the / and / volume partitions on the appliance. That status data feeds into the health monitor.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 508 . The maximum percentage you can set for either limit is 100 percent. an appliance cannot run. You must apply the health policy to the appropriate Defense Center if you want your settings to take effect. if you click Cancel. IMPORTANT! Although the disk usage module lists the /boot partition as a monitored partition. 3. select the other module from the list at the left of the page. click Cancel. The health monitor can identify low disk space conditions on your appliances before the space runs out. click Save Policy and Exit. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done. The Defense Center Status page appears. If the disk usage on the monitored appliance exceeds the Critical limit. 2. Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing. If the disk usage on the monitored appliance exceeds the Warning limit. the status classification for that module changes to Warning. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module. the status classification for that module changes to Critical. and the Critical limit must be higher than the Warning limit. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page.

eStreamer. Even if multiple restarts occur between tests. enter the percentage of disk usage that should trigger a critical health status. On the Health Policy Configuration page. In the Critical Threshold % field. 2. click Save Policy and Exit. You can set limits for the number of restarts that trigger a change in the health status. short for the Sourcefire Event Streamer. enter the percentage of disk usage that should trigger a warning health status. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done.9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 509 . allows you to stream Sourcefire 3D System intrusion and network discovery data from the Sourcefire Defense Center to an eStreamer client. click Cancel. the module adds one to the restart count. 5. you discard all changes. select Disk Usage. all changes you made will be saved. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module. select the other module from the list at the left of the page. 4. the module only increments the restart counter by one each time it checks. If any restarts occur.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Policies Chapter 15 To configure Disk Usage health module settings: Access: Maint/Admin 1. You must apply the health policy to the appropriate appliances if you want your settings to take effect. Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing. Version 4. The module checks if any restarts occurred during the period between tests. Configuring eStreamer Process Monitoring Requires: DC/MDC Supported Platforms: Defense Center Use the eStreamer Process health status module to monitor the health of the eStreamer process on the Defense Center. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify. The Health Policy Configuration .Disk Usage page appears. The restart counter does not count actual restarts. 3. if you click Cancel. In the Warning Threshold % field. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page.

The second time the module checks and no restarts have occurred since the last test.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Policies Chapter 15 The first time the module checks and no restarts have occurred since the last test. In the Warning Number of restarts field. the module sets status according to the restart counter value and the configured limits for the module. but sets the module status to Critical for that test. the status classification for that module changes to Critical. 2. That status data feeds into the health monitor. The maximum number of restarts you can set for either limit is 100. 4. the module resets the counter to zero.eStreamer Process page appears. and the Critical limit must be higher than the Warning limit. If the module checks the eStreamer process as many times as configured in the Critical Number of restarts limit. In the Critical Number of restarts field.9. and each time one or more restarts have occurred. The Health Policy Configuration . regardless of the limits set for the module. the status classification for that module changes to Warning. Version 4. To configure eStreamer Process health module settings: Access: Maint/Admin 1. enter the number of process restarts that should trigger a warning health status. 3. and each time one or more restarts have occurred. If the module finds that the process is not running at all. enter the number of process restarts that should trigger a critical health status. At that point. The status remains Critical until the module finds that the process is running.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 510 . the alert level resets to Normal. The alert level also lowers by one level (for example. it increments the restart counter by one. On the Health Policy Configuration page. If the module checks the eStreamer process as many times as configured in the Warning Number of restarts limit. select eStreamer Process. Critical is reduced to Warning or Warning is reduced to Normal). Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing.

you discard all changes.9. If the wait exceeds the number of seconds configured in the Warning Seconds since last event limit.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Policies Chapter 15 5. all changes you made will be saved. In the Health Policy Configuration page. select Event Stream Status. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information. that causes an alert to be generated. In the Critical Seconds since last event field. That status data feeds into the health monitor.Event Stream Status page appears. enter the maximum number of seconds to wait between events. Configuring Event Stream Monitoring Requires: DC/MDC Supported Platforms: Master Defense Center Use the Event Stream Status module to monitor the health of the event stream process on a Defense Center by generating alerts when too many seconds elapse between events received by the Master Defense Center. Version 4. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done. The maximum number of seconds you can set for either limit is 600. select the other module from the list at the left of the page. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module. You must apply the health policy to the appropriate appliances if you want your settings to take effect. and the Critical limit must be higher than the Warning limit. You can configure the elapsed duration between events. If the wait exceeds the Critical Seconds since last event limit. The minimum number of seconds is 300. The Health Policy Configuration . click Cancel. the status classification for that module changes to Critical. click Save Policy and Exit. before triggering a critical health status. in seconds. Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing. 2. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify. 3. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page. if you click Cancel. To configure Event Stream Status health module settings: Access: Maint/Admin 1.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 511 . the status classification for that module changes to Warning.

To configure Fan Alarm health module settings: Access: Maint/Admin 1. In the Warning Seconds since last event field. select the other module from the list at the left of the page. enter the maximum number of seconds to wait between events. before triggering a warning health status. The Health Policy Configuration . If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify. That status data feeds into the health monitor. In the Health Policy Configuration page. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page. 5. You must apply the health policy to the Master Defense Center for your settings to take effect. you discard all changes.9. Configuring Fan Monitoring Requires: DC/MDC Supported Platforms: 3Dx800 Use the Fan Alarm health status module to warn of fan failure on a 3Dx800 sensor. If the Fan Alarm module finds a fan that has failed. click Save Policy and Exit. the status classification for that module changes to Critical. if you click Cancel. Version 4. 2. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module. all changes you made will be saved. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information. Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 512 .Fan Alarm monitor page appears. click Cancel.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Policies Chapter 15 4. select Fan Alarm.

To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page. you discard all changes. click Save Policy and Exit.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Policies Chapter 15 3. That status data feeds into the health monitor. The Health Policy Configuration . Configuring Hardware Monitoring Requires: DC/MDC Supported Platforms: 3Dx800. To configure Hardware Alarm health module settings: Access: Maint/Admin 1. Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing. see Interpreting Hardware Alert Details for 3D9900 Sensors on page 560. 2. You must apply the health policy to the appropriate sensors if you want your settings to take effect.Hardware Alarm monitor page appears.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 513 . click Cancel. In the Health Policy Configuration page. select Hardware Alarms. Version 4. if you click Cancel. If the Hardware Alarm module finds a hardware component that has failed. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module. Note that the Hardware Alarm module can be used in addition to the Power Supply module to monitor power supply health on the 3Dx800 sensor models.9. the status classification for that module changes to Critical. select the other module from the list at the left of the page. 3D9900 Use the Hardware Alarm health status module to detect hardware failure on a 3Dx800 or 3D9900 sensor. For more information on the hardware status conditions that can cause hardware alerts on 3D9900 sensors. all changes you made will be saved. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done.

that causes an alert to be generated. you apply a health policy with the Health Monitor Process module enabled to myrtle. click Cancel. Configuring Health Status Monitoring Requires: DC/MDC Supported Platforms: Defense Center Use the Health Monitor Process module to monitor the health of the health monitor on a Defense Center by generating alerts when too many minutes elapse between health events received from monitored appliances. the status classification for that module changes to Critical.com. That status data feeds into the health monitor. You must apply the health policy to the appropriate sensors if you want your settings to take effect.example.example. the status classification for that module changes to Warning. enter the maximum number of minutes to wait between events. Version 4. all changes you made will be saved.9.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Policies Chapter 15 3. The maximum number of minutes you can set for either limit is 144.com).com. Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module. If the wait exceeds the Critical Minutes since last event limit. The Health Policy Configuration . The Health Monitor Process module then reports events that indicate how many minutes have elapsed since the last event was received from dogwood. 2.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 514 . click Save Policy and Exit. before triggering a critical health status.Health Monitor Process page appears. in minutes. if you click Cancel.example. select Health Monitor Process. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify. The minimum number of minutes is 5. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page. and the Critical limit must be higher than the Warning limit. select the other module from the list at the left of the page. 3. In the Critical Minutes since last event field.com) monitors a sensor (dogwood. if a Defense Center (myrtle. If the wait exceeds the number of minutes configured in the Warning Minutes since last event limit. To configure Health Monitor Process module settings: Access: Maint/Admin 1.example. You can configure the elapsed duration between events. In the Health Policy Configuration page. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information. you discard all changes. For example.

5 The maximum number of events you can set for either limit is 999. For a network segment with this average rate. In the Warning Minutes since last event field. you discard all changes. Typically. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done. click Cancel. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify. all changes you made will be saved. That status data feeds into the health monitor. Events per second (Critical) should be set to 50 and Events per second (Warning) should be set to 30. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information. the status classification for that module changes to Warning. select the other module from the list at the left of the page. 5. enter the maximum number of minutes to wait between events. click Save Policy and Exit. Version 4. before triggering a warning health status. then calculate the limits using these formulas: • • Events per second (Critical) = Events/Sec * 2. You must apply the health policy to the Defense Center for your settings to take effect. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 515 .5 Events per second (Warning) = Events/Sec *1. If the event rate exceeds the number of events per second configured in the Events per second (Critical) limit. the event rate for a network segment averages 20 events per second.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Policies Chapter 15 4. Configuring IPS Event Rate Monitoring Requires: DC/MDC Supported Platforms: IPS Use the IPS Event Rate health status module to set limits for the number of packets per second that trigger a change in the health status. To determine limits for your system. find the Events/Sec value on the Statistics page for your sensor (Operations > Monitoring > Statistics). If the event rate for the IPS process on the monitored sensor exceeds the number of events per second configured in the Events per second (Warning) limit. if you click Cancel.9. and the Critical limit must be higher than the Warning limit. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page. the status classification for that module changes to Critical.

1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 516 . 3. the module adds one to the restart count. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify. select IPS Event Rate. You must apply the health policy to the appropriate sensors if you want your settings to take effect. select the other module from the list at the left of the page. if you click Cancel. The first time the module checks and no restarts have occurred since the last test. you discard all changes. enter the number of events per second that should trigger a warning health status.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Policies Chapter 15 To configure IPS Event Rate Monitor health module settings: Access: Maint/Admin 1. The Health Policy Configuration . The alert level also lowers by one level (for Version 4. 5. the module resets the counter to zero. Even if multiple restarts occur between tests. click Save Policy and Exit. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module. 2. Use the IPS Process health status module to monitor the health of the IPS process on a sensor. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done. The restart counter does not count actual restarts. If any restarts occur. In the Health Policy Configuration page. the module only increments the restart counter by one each time it checks. click Cancel. In the Events per second (Critical) field. all changes you made will be saved.9. enter the number of events per second that should trigger a critical health status. The module checks if any restarts occurred during the period between tests. Configuring IPS Process Monitoring Requires: DC/MDC Supported Platforms: IPS The IPS process (also known as Snort) is the packet decoder on a 3D Sensor with the IPS component. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information. You can configure how many restarts trigger a change in the health status for the process. Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing. 4. In the Events per second (Warning) field. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page.IPS Event Rate page appears.

In the Critical Number of restarts field. Version 4. and each time one or more restarts have occurred. enter the number of process restarts that should trigger a critical health status. If the module checks the IPS process as many times as configured in the Warning Number of restarts limit. The status remains Critical until the module finds that the process is running. Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing. the module sets status according to the restart counter value and the configured limits for the module. The maximum number of restarts you can set for either limit is 100. 3. If the module finds that the process is not running at all. To configure IPS Process Monitor health module settings: Access: Maint/Admin 1. The second time the module checks and no restarts have occurred since the last test.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 517 . select IPS Process. In the Health Policy Configuration page. regardless of the limits set for the module. That status data feeds into the health monitor. 2. In the Warning Number of restarts field.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Policies Chapter 15 example. the alert level resets to Normal. it increments the restart counter by one. The Health Policy Configuration . 4. the status classification for that module changes to Critical. enter the number of process restarts that should trigger a warning health status. and the Critical limit must be higher than the Warning limit. At that point. If the module checks the IPS process as many times as configured in the Critical Number of restarts limit.IPS Process page appears. Critical is reduced to Warning or Warning is reduced to Normal). and each time one or more restarts have occurred. but sets the module status to Critical for that test. the status classification for that module changes to Warning.9.

You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify. Configuring Link State Propagation Monitoring Requires: DC/MDC Supported Platforms: IPS Use the Link State Propagation health status module to detect the interface link state propagation status on an inline interface pair. On the Health Policy Configuration page.Link State Propagation monitor page appears. 2. To configure Link State Propagation health module settings: Access: Maint/Admin 1.9.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 518 . Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing. The Health Policy Configuration . select Link State Propagation.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Policies Chapter 15 5. click Save Policy and Exit. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module. click Cancel. If a link state propagates to the paired interface. if you click Cancel. You must apply the health policy to the appropriate sensors if you want your settings to take effect. all changes you made will be saved. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done. select the other module from the list at the left of the page. Version 4. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information. the status classification for that module changes to Critical and the state reads: Module Link State Propagation: ethx_ethy is Triggered where x and y are the paired interface numbers. you discard all changes.

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3. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page, click Save Policy and Exit. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module, click Cancel. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify, select the other module from the list at the left of the page. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done, all changes you made will be saved; if you click Cancel, you discard all changes.

You must apply the health policy to the appropriate sensors if you want your settings to take effect. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information.

Configuring MDC Event Service Monitoring
Requires: DC/MDC Supported Platforms: Defense Center Use the MDC health status module to monitor the health of the internal eStreamer process on the Defense Center that is used to transmit events to the Master Defense Center. You can set limits for the number of restarts that trigger a change in the health status. The restart counter does not count actual restarts. The module checks if any restarts occurred during the period between tests. Even if multiple restarts occur between tests, the module only increments the restart counter by one each time it checks. If any restarts occur, the module adds one to the restart count. The first time the module checks and no restarts have occurred since the last test, the module resets the counter to zero. The alert level also lowers by one level (for example, Critical is reduced to Warning or Warning is reduced to Normal). The second time the module checks and no restarts have occurred since the last test, the alert level resets to Normal. If the module finds that the process is not running at all, it increments the restart counter by one, but sets the module status to Critical for that test, regardless of the limits set for the module. The status remains Critical until the module finds that the process is running. At that point, the module sets status according to the restart counter value and the configured limits for the module. If the module checks the MDC event service as many times as configured in the Warning Number of restarts limit, and each time one or more restarts have occurred, the status classification for that module changes to Warning. If the module checks the MDC event service as many times as configured in the Critical Number of restarts limit, and each time one or more restarts have occurred, the status classification for that module changes to Critical. That status data feeds into the health monitor. The maximum number of restarts you can set for either limit is 100, and the Critical limit must be higher than the Warning limit.

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To configure MDC Event Service health module settings: Access: Maint/Admin 1. On the Health Policy Configuration page, select MDC Event Service. The Health Policy Configuration - MDC Event Service Process page appears.

2. Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing. 3. In the Critical Number of restarts field, enter the number of process restarts that should trigger a critical health status. 4. In the Warning Number of restarts field, enter the number of process restarts that should trigger a warning health status. 5. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page, click Save Policy and Exit. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module, click Cancel. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify, select the other module from the list at the left of the page. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done, all changes you made will be saved; if you click Cancel, you discard all changes.

You must apply the health policy to the appropriate appliances if you want your settings to take effect. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information.

Configuring Memory Usage Monitoring
Requires: DC/MDC Supported Platforms: All Use the Memory Usage health status module to set memory usage limits. The module calculates free memory by adding free memory and cached memory. If the memory usage on the monitored appliance exceeds the Warning limit, the status classification for that module changes to Warning. If the memory usage on the monitored appliance exceeds the Critical limit, the status classification for that module changes to Critical. That status data feeds into the health monitor. The maximum percentage you can set for either limit is 100 percent, and the Critical limit must be higher than the Warning limit.

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To configure Memory Usage health module settings: Access: Maint/Admin 1. On the Health Policy Configuration page, select Memory Usage. The Health Policy Configuration - Memory Usage page appears.

2. Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing. 3. In the Critical Threshold % field, enter the percentage of memory usage that should trigger a critical health status. 4. In the Warning Threshold % field, enter the percentage of memory usage that should trigger a warning health status. 5. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page, click Save Policy and Exit. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module, click Cancel. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify, select the other module from the list at the left of the page. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done, all changes you made will be saved; if you click Cancel, you discard all changes.

You must apply the health policy to the appropriate appliances if you want your settings to take effect. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information.

Configuring PEP Status Monitoring
Requires: DC/MDC Supported Platforms: 3D9900 Use the PEP Status health status module to monitor the application of PEP rules to interface sets on a 3D9900. If PEP rules cannot be applied to interfaces in an interface set, this module generates an alert. That status data feeds into the health monitor.

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To configure PEP Status health module settings: Access: Maint/Admin 1. In the Health Policy Configuration page, select PEP Status. The Health Policy Configuration - PEP Status monitor page appears.

2. Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing. 3. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page, click Save Policy and Exit. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module, click Cancel. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify, select the other module from the list at the left of the page. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done, all changes you made will be saved; if you click Cancel, you discard all changes.

You must apply the health policy to the appropriate sensors if you want your settings to take effect. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information.

Configuring Power Supply Monitoring
Requires: DC/MDC Supported Platforms: Series 2 DC3000, MDC3000, 3D9900, 3Dx800, 3D3500, 3D4500, 3D6500 Use the Power Supply health status module to detect a power supply failure on a Series 2 DC3000, MDC3000, 3Dx800, 3D9900, 3D3500, 3D4500, or 3D6500 sensor. If the Power Supply module finds a power supply that has no power, the status classification for that module changes to No Power. If the module cannot detect the presence of the power supply, the status changes to Critical Error. That status data feeds into the health monitor. You can expand the Power Supply item on the Alert Detail list in the health monitor to see specific status items for each power supply. Note that the Hardware Alarm module can be used in addition to the Power Supply module to monitor power supply health on the 3Dx800 sensor models. To configure Power Supply health module settings: Access: Maint/Admin 1. In the Health Policy Configuration page, select Power Supply. The Health Policy Configuration - Power Supply monitor page appears.

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2. Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing. 3. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page, click Save Policy and Exit. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module, click Cancel. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify, select the other module from the list at the left of the page. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done, all changes you made will be saved; if you click Cancel, you discard all changes.

You must apply the health policy to the appropriate sensors if you want your settings to take effect. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information.

Configuring RNA Event Status Monitoring
Requires: DC/MDC Supported Platforms: DC Use the RNA Event Status module to monitor the health of the RNA process on a sensor from the Defense Center by generating alerts when too many seconds elapse between RNA events received by the Defense Center. You can configure the elapsed duration between events, in seconds, that causes an alert to be generated. If the wait exceeds the number of seconds configured in the Warning Seconds since last event limit, the status classification for that module changes to Warning. If the wait exceeds the Critical Seconds since last event limit, the status classification for that module changes to Critical. That status data feeds into the health monitor. The maximum number of seconds you can set for either limit is 7200, and the Critical limit must be higher than the Warning limit. The minimum number of seconds is 3600. Note that the RNA Health module was renamed to the RNA Event Status module in 4.9.1 and that the supported platforms changed from 3D Sensor to Defense Center in 4.9.1. To configure RNA Event Status module settings: Access: Maint/Admin 1. In the Health Policy Configuration page, select RNA Event Status. The Health Policy Configuration - RNA Event Status page appears.

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2. Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing. 3. In the Critical Seconds since last event field, enter the maximum number of seconds to wait between events, before triggering a critical health status. 4. In the Warning Seconds since last event field, enter the maximum number of seconds to wait between events, before triggering a warning health status. 5. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page, click Save Policy and Exit. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module, click Cancel. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify, select the other module from the list at the left of the page. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done, all changes you made will be saved; if you click Cancel, you discard all changes.

You must apply the health policy to the Defense Center for your settings to take effect. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information.

Configuring RNA Host Usage Monitoring
Requires: DC/MDC Supported Platforms: RNA Use the RNA Host License Limit health status module to set RNA Host shortage limits. If the number of remaining RNA Hosts on the monitored sensor falls below the Warning Hosts limit, the status classification for that module changes to Warning. If the number of remaining RNA Hosts on the monitored sensor falls below the Critical Hosts limit, the status classification for that module changes to Critical. That status data feeds into the health monitor. The maximum number of hosts you can set for either limit is 999, and the Critical limit must be higher than the Warning limit. To configure RNA Host License Limit health module settings: Access: Maint/Admin 1. In the Health Policy Configuration page, select RNA Host License Limit. The Health Policy Configuration - RNA Host License Limit page appears.

2. Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing.

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3. In the Critical number Hosts field, enter the remaining number of available hosts that should trigger a critical health status. 4. In the Warning number Hosts field, enter the remaining number of available hosts that should trigger a warning health status. 5. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page, click Save Policy and Exit. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module, click Cancel. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify, select the other module from the list at the left of the page. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done, all changes you made will be saved; if you click Cancel, you discard all changes.

You must apply the health policy to the appropriate sensors if you want your settings to take effect. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information.

Configuring RNA Process Monitoring
Requires: DC/MDC Supported Platforms: RNA Use the RNA Process health status module to set limits for the number of restarts that trigger a change in the health status. The restart counter does not count actual restarts. The module checks if any restarts occurred during the period between tests. Even if multiple restarts occur between tests, the module only increments the restart counter by one each time it checks. If any restarts occur, the module adds one to the restart count. The first time the module checks and no restarts have occurred since the last test, the module resets the counter to zero. The alert level also lowers by one level (for example, Critical is reduced to Warning or Warning is reduced to Normal). The second time the module checks and no restarts have occurred since the last test, the alert level resets to Normal. If the module finds that the process is not running at all, it increments the restart counter by one, but sets the module status to Critical for that test, regardless of the limits set for the module. The status remains Critical until the module finds that the process is running. At that point, the module sets status according to the restart counter value and the configured limits for the module. If the module checks the RNA process as many times as configured in the Warning Number of restarts limit, and each time one or more restarts have occurred, the status classification for that module changes to Warning. If the module checks the RNA process as many times as configured in the Critical Number of restarts limit, and each time one or more restarts have occurred, the status classification for that module changes to Critical. That status data feeds into the health monitor.

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The maximum number of restarts you can set for either limit is 100, and the Critical limit must be higher than the Warning limit. To configure RNA Process health module settings: Access: Maint/Admin 1. In the Health Policy Configuration page, select RNA Process. The Health Policy Configuration - RNA Process page appears.

2. Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing. 3. In the Critical Number of restarts field, enter the number of process restarts that should trigger a critical health status. 4. In the Warning Number of restarts field, enter the number of process restarts that should trigger a warning health status. 5. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page, click Save Policy and Exit. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module, click Cancel. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify, select the other module from the list at the left of the page. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done, all changes you made will be saved; if you click Cancel, you discard all changes.

You must apply the health policy to the appropriate sensors if you want your settings to take effect. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information.

Configuring Time Synchronization Monitoring
Requires: DC/MDC Supported Platforms: Defense Center Use the Time Synchronization Status module to detect when the time on a managed sensor that uses NTP to obtain time from an NTP server differs by 10 seconds or more from the time on the server.

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To configure time synchronization monitoring settings: Access: Maint/Admin 1. In the Health Policy Configuration page, select Time Synchronization Status. The Health Policy Configuration - Time Synchronization Status monitor page appears.

2. Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing. 3. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page, click Save Policy and Exit. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module, click Cancel. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify, select the other module from the list at the left of the page. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done, all changes you made will be saved; if you click Cancel, you discard all changes.

You must apply the health policy to the appropriate sensors if you want your settings to take effect. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information.

Configuring Traffic Status Monitoring
Requires: DC/MDC Supported Platforms: IPS, RNA Use the Traffic Status health status module to detect whether a sensor receives traffic. If the Traffic Status module determines that a sensor does not receive traffic, the status classification for that module changes to Critical. That status data feeds into the health monitor. WARNING! If you enable the Traffic Status module on a sensor where there are unused interfaces that are included in an interface set associated with a detection engine, the module interprets the idleness of the port as a traffic failure and alerts on traffic status. To prevent alerting on idle interfaces, remove those interfaces from all interface sets associated with detection engines. For more information on managing interface sets, see Editing an Interface Set on page 221.

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To configure Traffic Status health module settings: Access: Maint/Admin 1. In the Health Policy Configuration page, select Traffic Status. The Health Policy Configuration - Traffic Status monitor page appears.

2. Select On for the Enabled option to enable use of the module for health status testing. 3. You have three options: • • • To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page, click Save Policy and Exit. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module, click Cancel. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify, select the other module from the list at the left of the page. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done, all changes you made will be saved; if you click Cancel, you discard all changes.

You must apply the health policy to the appropriate sensors if you want your settings to take effect. See Applying Health Policies on page 528 for more information.

Applying Health Policies
Requires: DC/MDC When you apply a health policy to an appliance, the health tests for all the modules you enabled in the policy automatically monitor the health of the processes and hardware on the appliance. Health tests then continue to run at the intervals you configured in the policy, collecting health data for the appliance and forwarding that data to the Defense Center. If you enable a module in a health policy and then apply the policy to an appliance that does not require that health test, the health monitor reports the status for that health module as disabled. If you apply a policy with all modules disabled to an appliance, it removes all applied health policies from the appliance so no health policy is applied. When you apply a different policy to an appliance that already has a policy applied, expect some latency in the display of new data based on the newly applied tests. IMPORTANT! Default health policies are not replicated between Defense Centers in a high availability pair. Each appliance uses the local default health policy configured for that appliance.

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You cannot apply a health policy to RNA Software for Red Hat Linux. To apply a health policy: Access: Maint/Admin 1. Select Operations > Monitoring > Health. The Health Monitor page appears. 2. Click Health Policy in the health monitor toolbar. The Health Policy page appears.

3. Click Apply next to the policy you want to apply. The Health Policy Apply page appears.

TIP! The status icon next to the Health Policy column ( ) indicates the current health status for the appliance. The status icon next to the System Policy column ( ) indicates the communication status between the Defense Center and the sensor. Note that you can remove the currently applied policy by clicking the remove icon ( ).

4. Check the appliances where you want to apply the health policy. 5. Click Apply to apply the policy to the selected appliances. The Health Policy page appears, with a message indicating if the application of the policy was successful. Monitoring of the appliance starts as soon as the policy is successfully applied.

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To unapply a health policy: Access: Maint/Admin 1. Select Operations > Monitoring > Health. The Health Monitor page appears. 2. Click Health Policy in the health monitor toolbar. The Health Policy page appears.

3. Click Apply next to the policy you want to apply. The Health Policy Apply page appears.

4. You have two options: • • Apply a health policy with all modules disabled. Click the x next to the health policy.

Under Health Policy the status of None appears.

Editing Health Policies
Requires: DC/MDC You can modify a health policy by enabling or disabling modules or by changing module settings. If you modify a policy that is already applied to an appliance, the changes do not take effect until you reapply the policy.

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3D3500. MDC3000. 3D4500. except 3D9900 3Dx800 Only All except 3D9900 All All Master Defense Center All Defense Center Master Defense Center 3Dx800 3Dx800 and 3D9900 Defense Center 3D Sensors with IPS 3D Sensors with IPS 3D Sensors with IPS Master Defense Center All 3D9900 Series 2 DC3000. 3Dx800. and 3D6500 Version 4. Health Modules Applicable to Appliances Module Appliance Heartbeat Automatic Application Bypass Status CPU Temperature CPU Usage Card Reset Data Correlator Process Defense Center Status Disk Usage eStreamer Process Event Stream Status Fan Alarm Hardware Alarms Health Monitor Process IPS Event Rate IPS Process Link State Propagation MDC Event Service Memory Usage PEP Status Power Supply Applicable Appliance Defense Center 3D Sensors.9.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Policies Chapter 15 Applicable health modules for various appliances are listed in the Health Modules Applicable to Appliances table.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 531 .

3. Select Operations > Monitoring > Health. Click Health Policy in the health monitor toolbar.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 532 . The Health Policy page appears. Modify settings as needed.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Policies Chapter 15 Health Modules Applicable to Appliances (Continued) Module RNA Health RNA Host License Limit RNA Process Time Synchronization Status Traffic Status Applicable Appliance Defense Center Defense Center 3D Sensors with RNA Defense Center 3D Sensors with IPS. 4. 2. 3D Sensors with RNA To edit a health policy: Access: Maint/Admin 1.9. The Health Monitor page appears. with the Policy Run Time Interval settings selected. Click Edit next to the policy you want to modify. The Health Policy Configuration page appears. as described in the following sections: • • • • • • • • Configuring Policy Run Time Intervals on page 500 Configuring Appliance Heartbeat Monitoring on page 501 Configuring Automatic Application Bypass Monitoring on page 502 Configuring CPU Temperature Monitoring on page 503 Configuring CPU Usage Monitoring on page 504 Configuring Card Reset Monitoring on page 505 Configuring Data Correlator Process Monitoring on page 506 Configuring Defense Center Status on page 507 Version 4.

Deleting Health Policies Requires: DC/MDC You can delete health policies that you no longer need. the policy settings remain in effect until you apply a different policy.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 533 . click Save Policy and Exit. In addition. click Cancel. select the other module from the list at the left of the page. if you delete a health policy that is applied to a sensor. all changes you made will be saved. If you click Save Policy and Exit when you are done. To temporarily save your changes to this module and switch to another module’s settings to modify. you discard all changes. Reapply the policy to the appropriate appliances as described in Applying Health Policies on page 528. If you delete a policy that is still applied to an appliance.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Policies Chapter 15 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Configuring Disk Usage Monitoring on page 508 Configuring eStreamer Process Monitoring on page 509 Configuring Event Stream Monitoring on page 511 Configuring Fan Monitoring on page 512 Configuring Hardware Monitoring on page 513 Configuring Health Status Monitoring Configuring IPS Event Rate Monitoring on page 515 Configuring IPS Process Monitoring on page 516 Configuring Link State Propagation Monitoring on page 518 Configuring MDC Event Service Monitoring on page 519 Configuring Memory Usage Monitoring on page 520 Configuring PEP Status Monitoring on page 521 Configuring Power Supply Monitoring on page 522 Configuring RNA Event Status Monitoring on page 523 Configuring RNA Host Usage Monitoring on page 524 Configuring RNA Process Monitoring on page 525 Configuring Time Synchronization Monitoring on page 526 Configuring Traffic Status Monitoring on page 527 To save your changes to this module and return to the Health Policy page. 5. To return to the Health Policy page without saving any of your settings for this module. any health monitoring alerts in effect for the sensor remain active until you Version 4.9. if you click Cancel. You have three options: • • • 6.

At times it may be more practical to just blacklist an individual health monitoring module on an appliance or detection engine.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 534 . TIP! To stop health monitoring for an appliance. For more information on creating health policies. see Creating Health Policies on page 497. After the setting takes effect the appliance no longer includes the appliance when calculating the overall health status. If you remove the appliance. or detection engine.9. You can use the health monitor blacklist feature to disable health monitoring status reporting on an appliance. Select Operations > Monitoring > Health. For example. Click Health Policy in the health monitor toolbar. you do not want the health status from those appliances to affect the summary health status on your Defense Center or Master Defense Center. Using the Health Monitor Blacklist In the course of normal network maintenance. see Applying Health Policies on page 528. but they have a disabled status and do not affect the health status for the health monitor. The Health Policy page appears. health events are still generated. To temporarily disable health events from an appliance. if you know that a segment of your network will be unavailable. see Activating and Deactivating Alerts in the Analyst Guide.Using Health Monitoring Using the Health Monitor Blacklist Chapter 15 deactivate the underlying associated alert. Click Delete next to the policy you want to delete. and add an appliance to the blacklist. module. create a health policy with all modules disabled and apply it to the appliance. The Health Monitor page appears. The Health Monitor Appliance Status Summary lists the appliance as disabled. 3. For example. indicating if the deletion was successful. when you run out of Version 4. When you disable health monitoring status. A message appears. Because those outages are deliberate. module. For more information on applying health policies. the events that were generated during the blacklisting continue to show a status of disabled. you can temporarily disable health monitoring for a 3D Sensor on that segment to prevent the health status on the Defense Center from displaying a warning or critical state because of the lapsed connection to the 3D Sensor. For more information on deactivating alerts. or detection engine from the blacklist. go to the Blacklist configuration page. you disable appliances or make them temporarily unavailable. To delete a health policy: Access: Maint/Admin 1. 2.

You can also blacklist the HA peer to cause it to mark events generated by it and the sensors from which it receives health events as disabled. To blacklist an entire health policy or group of appliances: Access: Maint/Admin 1.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 535 . you can blacklist the RNA Host License Limit status messages until you install a new license with more hosts. TIP! You can blacklist 3D Sensors only from a Defense Center. then delete it and later re-register it with the Defense Center. Health Monitor blacklist settings are system settings. Therefore if you blacklist a sensor. On the toolbar. 2. not a Master Defense Center. The newly re-registered sensor remains blacklisted. The Blacklist page appears. IMPORTANT! On a Defense Center. Once the blacklist settings take effect. The Health Monitor page appears. you can blacklist the group of appliances. Select Operations > Monitoring > Health. For more information on expanding that view. click Blacklist. the appliances report a disabled status in the Appliance Status Summary. see Using the Health Monitor on page 545. Version 4. the blacklist settings remain persistent. you can blacklist a managed sensor on one HA peer and not the other. you can blacklist the policy. Note that on the main Health Monitor page you can distinguish between appliances that are blacklisted if you expand to view the list of appliances with a particular status by clicking the arrow in that status row. You cannot blacklist intrusion agents. Blacklisting Health Policies or Appliances Requires: DC/MDC If you want to set health events to disabled for all appliances with a particular health policy.Using Health Monitoring Using the Health Monitor Blacklist Chapter 15 RNA host licenses on an appliance. Note that if your Defense Center is in a high availability configuration.9. If you need to disable the results of a group of appliances’ health monitoring. A blacklist icon ( ) and a notation are visible once you expand the view for a blacklisted or partially blacklisted appliance. Make sure to remove all unused sensing interfaces from any interface sets in use by a detection engine so health monitoring alerts do not generate for those interfaces.

(On a Master Defense Center. click Blacklist. select the category then click Apply.Using Health Monitoring Using the Health Monitor Blacklist Chapter 15 3. policy. The Blacklist page appears.) The page refreshes. manager. Select Operations > Monitoring > Health. (On a Master Defense Center. Note that you can remove the currently applied policy by clicking the remove icon ( ). The status icon next to the System Policy column ( ) indicates the communication status between the Defense Center and the sensor. 2. the appliance shows as disabled in the Health Monitor Appliance Module Summary and health events for the appliance have a status of disabled. or model. sort the list by group. select the manager then click Apply. you can blacklist the appliance. to blacklist all appliances associated with a manager.) TIP! The status icon next to the Health Policy column ( ) indicates the current health status for the appliance. model. or policy category. Blacklisting an Appliance If you need to set the events and health status for an individual appliance to disabled.9. policy or model. (On a Master Defense Center. or by policy. Use the drop-down list on the right to sort the list by appliance group. On the toolbar. 3.) Version 4. 4. To blacklist an individual appliance: Access: Maint/Admin 1. Use the drop-down list on the right to sort the list by group. The Health Monitor page appears. sort the list by group.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 536 . policy or model. To blacklist all appliances in a group. Groups on a Defense Center are 3D Sensors. Groups on a Master Defense Center are appliances. now indicating the blacklisted state of the appliances. Once the blacklist settings take effect. manager. model.

You may want to do this to prevent events from the module from changing the status for the appliance to warning or critical. The page refreshes then indicates the blacklisted state of the appliances. then click Apply. When blacklisting modules for Defense Centers. you can blacklist the Traffic Status module for that detection engine.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 537 . if you know you are going to disable the RNA detection engine on a sensor and do not want traffic status alerts to change the status for the sensor. you can blacklist that module for a specific detection engine. Blacklisting a Health Policy Module Requires: DC/MDC You can blacklist individual health policy modules on appliances. the interface indicates the following information in parentheses after each module with detection engines: number of blacklisted detection engines/maximum number of detection engines. When any part of a module is blacklisted. For example. only include the following modules: • • • • • • • • • Appliance Heartbeat CPU Usage Data Correlator Process Disk Usage eStreamer Process Health Monitor Process MDC Event Service Memory Usage Time Synchronization Status Version 4. Click Edit and see Blacklisting a Health Policy Module on page 537 to blacklist individual health policy modules. the line for that module appears in boldface type in the Defense Center web interface. For some modules. select the box next to the appropriate appliance. In addition. Note that modules that allow you to select a specific detection engine have an arrow next to the module. select and expand a category folder. Defense Center Only Specific health policy modules operate for a Defense Center.9.Using Health Monitoring Using the Health Monitor Blacklist Chapter 15 4. To blacklist an individual appliance.

When blacklisting modules for Master Defense Centers.9. the appliance shows as Part Blacklisted or All Modules Blacklisted in the Blacklist page and in the Appliance Health Monitor Module Status Summary but only in expanded views on the main Appliance Status Summary page. To blacklist an individual health policy module: Access: Maint/Admin 1. click Blacklist. Version 4. see the Health Modules Applicable to Appliances table on page 531.Using Health Monitoring Using the Health Monitor Blacklist Chapter 15 • • Power Supply RNA Host License Limit Master Defense Center Only Specific health policy modules operate for a Master Defense Center. The Blacklist page appears. You may miss necessary warning or critical messages if you accidentally leave a module disabled. Make sure that you keep track of individually blacklisted modules so you can reactivate them when you need them. Select Operations > Monitoring > Health. On the toolbar. only include the following modules: • • • • • • • CPU Usage Data Correlator Process Defense Center Status Disk Usage Event Stream Status Memory Usage Power Supply For details about applicable modules on all appliances. TIP! Once the blacklist settings take effect.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 538 . The Health Monitor page appears. 2.

You can associate an existing alert with health event levels to cause that alert to trigger when health events of a particular level occur. then click Edit to display the list of health policy modules. Click Save. 5. Expand the detection engine list by clicking on the arrow next to modules with detection engine lists. system log when the status changes for the modules in a health policy. then select each detection engine for which you want to blacklist the module. The health policy modules appear. Configuring Health Monitor Alerts You can set up alerts to notify you through email. Policy.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 539 . You have two options: • • Select each module that you want to blacklist.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Monitor Alerts Chapter 15 3.9. Sort by Group. 4. or Model. through SNMP or through the . Version 4.

Click Save Policy and Exit. SNMP or syslog alerts you want to associate with health alerts: . If you want to use email alerting. If the hard drive continues to fill. 2. For more information on creating email alerts. a health module. Create email. For more information on creating syslog alerts. you can automatically send an email to a system administrator when the remaining disk space reaches the warning level. For more information.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Monitor Alerts Chapter 15 For example. • • • Continue with Creating Health Monitor Alerts on page 540.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 540 . Enter the name of the Mail Relay Host. For more information on creating SNMP alerts. you also need to set up your email relay host in your system policy and re-apply that policy. see Creating Syslog Alerts in the Analyst Guide. If you plan to use email alerting: • • • • • • Select Operations > System Policy. if you are concerned that your appliances may run out of hard disk space. Create a new policy or click Edit next to an existing one. and an alert. In the policy. click Email Notification. Click Apply and apply the policy to the Defense Center where you plan to create the health alert. To prepare your system for alerting: Access: Admin 1. You can use an existing alert or configure a new one specifically to report on system health. Creating Health Monitor Alerts Requires: DC/MDC When you create a health monitor alert. see Creating Email Alerts in the Analyst Guide. you first need to create the underlying alert that you associate to the health alert. For more information Version 4. you create an association between a severity level. see Creating SNMP Alerts in the Analyst Guide. you can send a second email when the hard drive reaches the critical level. see the following topics: • • • • • Preparing to Create a Health Alert on page 540 Creating Health Monitor Alerts on page 540 Interpreting Health Monitor Alerts on page 542 Editing Health Monitor Alerts on page 543 Deleting Health Monitor Alerts on page 544 Preparing to Create a Health Alert Requires: DC/MDC If you want to create a health alert.9.

294. Version 4. When duplicate thresholds exist. you are notified of the conflict. see Preparing to Create a Health Alert on page 540. The Health Monitor page appears. Click Health Monitor Alerts in the health monitor toolbar. the health monitor uses the threshold that generates the fewest alerts and ignores the others. 2.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Monitor Alerts Chapter 15 on creating the alert. The timeout value for the threshold must be between 5 and 4. 5.295 minutes. TIP! To select multiple modules. 4. Note that if you create or update a threshold in a way that duplicates an existing threshold. When the severity level occurs for the selected module. select the severity level you want to use to trigger the alert. From the Module list. The Health Monitor Alerts page appears. Select Operations > Monitoring > Health. select the modules for which you want the alert to apply. the associated alert triggers.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 541 . To create health monitor alerts: Access: Admin 1. Type a name for the health alert in the Health Alert Name field.9.967 . press Shift + Ctrl and click the module names. From the Severity list. 3.

which indicates the severity level of the alert. The health test results met the criteria to trigger a Normal alert status.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Monitor Alerts Chapter 15 6. Description. following a Critical or Warning alert status. see Creating Alerts in the Analyst Guide. which includes the health test results that triggered the alert. 8.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 542 . In the Threshold Timeout field. The health test results met the criteria to return to a normal alert status. Version 4.9. Alert Severities Severity Critical Warning Normal Error Recovered Description The health test results met the criteria to trigger a Critical alert status. see Understanding Health Modules on page 485. The Active Health Alerts list now includes the alert you created. The health test results met the criteria to trigger a Warning alert status. Interpreting Health Monitor Alerts The alerts generated by the health monitor contain the following information: • • • Severity. The health test did not run. For more information on health alert severity levels. 7. which specifies the health module whose test results triggered the alert. select the alert which you want to trigger when the selected severity level is reached. see the Alert Severities table. Module. TIP! Click Alerts in the toolbar to open the Alerts page. indicating if the alert configuration was successfully saved. From the Alert list. For more information on health modules. type the number of minutes that should elapse before each threshold period ends and the threshold count resets. For more information on creating alerts. A message appears. Click Save to save the health alert.

1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 543 . or alert associated with the health monitor alert. Select Operations > Monitoring > Health. Click Save to save the modified health alert. 2. Modify settings as needed. For more information. Select the alert you want to modify in the Active Health Alerts list. health module. 5. 4. The Health Monitor page appears.9. see Creating Health Monitor Alerts on page 540.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Monitor Alerts Chapter 15 Editing Health Monitor Alerts Requires: DC/MDC You can edit existing health monitor alerts to change the severity level. 3. Click Health Monitor Alerts in the health monitor toolbar. To edit health monitor alerts: Access: Admin 1. Version 4. 6. A message appears. Click Load to load the configured settings for the selected alert. indicating if the alert configuration was successfully saved. The Health Monitor Alerts page appears.

For more information on deactivating alerts. A message appears. Click Health Monitor Alerts in the health monitor toolbar. You must deactivate or delete the underlying alert to ensure that alerting does not continue.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 544 . 3. 2. see Activating and Deactivating Alerts in the Analyst Guide. Select the alert you want to delete in the Active Health Alerts list. see Deleting Alerts in the Analyst Guide.Using Health Monitoring Configuring Health Monitor Alerts Chapter 15 Deleting Health Monitor Alerts Requires: DC/MDC You can delete existing health monitor alerts. 4. indicating if the alert configuration was successfully deleted. Version 4. The Health Monitor page appears. Select Operations > Monitoring > Health. Click Delete.9. IMPORTANT! Deleting a health monitor alert does not delete the associated alert. The Health Monitor Alerts page appears. For more information on deleting alerts. To delete health monitor alerts: Access: Admin 1.

The Health Monitor then generates health events to indicate the current status of any aspects of appliance health that you chose to monitor. For more information on viewing the health status of your appliance.Reviewing Health Status Chapter 16 Administrator Guide You can obtain information about the health of your Sourcefire 3D System through the Health Monitor.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 545 . Version 4. indicating the percentage of appliances currently in each health status category.9. see the following topics: • • • Using the Health Monitor on page 545 Using Appliance Health Monitors on page 547 Working with Health Events on page 555 Using the Health Monitor Requires: DC/MDC The Health Monitor page provides the compiled health status for all sensors managed by the Defense Center. The Status table provides a count of the managed appliances for this Defense Center by overall health status. Administrators can create and apply a health policy to an appliance. The pie chart supplies another view of the health status breakdown. plus the Defense Center.

2. TIP! If the arrow in the row for a status level points down. The Health Monitor page appears. The following topics provide details on the tasks you can perform from the Health Monitor page: • • • • Interpreting Health Monitor Status on page 547 Using Appliance Health Monitors on page 547 Configuring Health Policies on page 489 Configuring Health Monitor Alerts on page 539 Version 4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 546 . Click Health Monitor on the toolbar. If the arrow points right. the appliance list for that status shows in the lower table.Reviewing Health Status Using the Health Monitor Chapter 16 To use the health monitor: Access: Maint/Admin/ Any Analyst except Restricted 1. the appliance list is hidden. Select the appropriate status in the Status column of the table or the appropriate portion of the pie chart to the list appliances with that status.9.

IMPORTANT! Your browser session will not be automatically timed out while you are viewing the Health Monitor page. Critical. Health Status Indicator Status Level Error Status Icon Status Color White Description Indicates that at least one health monitoring module has failed on the appliance and has not been successfully re-run since the failure occurred. Version 4. that the appliance does not have a health policy applied to it. by severity. as described in the Health Status Indicator table. Indicates that warning limits have been exceeded for at least one health module on the appliance and the problem has not been corrected. and Disabled. Indicates that an appliance is disabled or blacklisted.Reviewing Health Status Using Appliance Health Monitors Chapter 16 Interpreting Health Monitor Status Available status categories. or that the appliance is currently unreachable. Critical Red Warning Yellow Normal Green Recovered Green Disabled Blue Using Appliance Health Monitors Requires: DC/MDC The Appliance health monitor provides a detailed view of the health status of an appliance. include Error. Contact your technical support representative to obtain an update to the health monitoring module. Warning. Indicates that all health modules on the appliance are running within the limits configured in the health policy applied to the appliance. Normal. Indicates that all health modules on the appliance are running within the limits configured in the health policy applied to the appliance. including modules that were in a Critical or Warning state.9. Indicates that the critical limits have been exceeded for at least one health module on the appliance and the problem has not been corrected.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 547 .

3. click the arrow in that status row. click the color for the event status category you want to view. see the following sections: • • • Interpreting Appliance Health Monitor Status on page 549 Viewing Alerts by Status on page 549 Running All Modules for an Appliance on page 550 Version 4.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 548 . 2. To show the list of appliances with a particular status. 4. In the Appliance column of the appliance list. For more information. in the Module Status Summary graph. If the arrow points right. The Alert Detail list toggles the display to show or hide events. The Health Monitor page appears.Reviewing Health Status Using Appliance Health Monitors Chapter 16 To view the status summary for a specific appliance: Access: Maint/Admin/ Any Analyst except Restricted 1. Select Operations > Monitoring > Health. The Health Monitor Appliance page appears. TIP! If the arrow in the row for a status level points down. the appliance list is hidden. Optionally.9. the appliance list for that status shows in the lower table. click the name of the appliance for which you want to view details in the health monitor toolbar.

1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 549 . Disabled Blue Indicates that a module is disabled or blacklisted. Viewing Alerts by Status Requires: DC/MDC You can show or hide categories of alerts by status. Appliance Health Status Indicator Status Level Error Status Icon Status Color White Description Indicates that the health monitoring module has failed and has not been successfully re-run since the failure occurred. that the appliance does not have a health policy applied to it. Normal Green Indicates that the monitored item is running within the limits configured in the health policy applied to the appliance. include Error. Contact your technical support representative to obtain an update to the health monitoring module. as described in the Appliance Health Status Indicator table that follows. Normal. Recovered Green Indicates that the health for the monitored item is back within the limits configured in the health policy applied to the appliance. Critical Red Warning Yellow Indicates that warning limits have been exceeded for the health module on the appliance and the problem has not been corrected. Version 4. Critical.Reviewing Health Status Using Appliance Health Monitors Chapter 16 • • • Running a Specific Health Module on page 551 Generating Health Module Alert Graphs on page 553 Generating Appliance Troubleshooting Files on page 554 Interpreting Appliance Health Monitor Status Available status categories. Indicates that the critical limits have been exceeded for the health module on the appliance and the problem has not been corrected.9. Warning. and Disabled. or that the appliance is currently unreachable. by severity.

you can also run all health module tests on demand to collect up-to-date health information for the appliance. To expand the appliance list to show appliances with a particular status.9. the appliance list is hidden. Select Operations > Monitoring > Health. To hide alerts by status: Access: Maint/Admin/ Any Analyst except Restricted Click the status icon or the color segment in the pie chart that corresponds to the health status of the alerts you want to view.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 550 . TIP! If the arrow in the row for a status level points down. click the arrow in that status row. Running All Modules for an Appliance Requires: DC/MDC Health module tests run automatically at the policy run time interval you configure when you create a health policy.Reviewing Health Status Using Appliance Health Monitors Chapter 16 To show alerts by status: Access: Maint/Admin/ Any Analyst except Restricted Click the status icon or the color segment in the pie chart that corresponds to the health status of the alerts you want to view. The alerts in the Alert Detail list for that category disappear. The alerts for that category appear in the Alert Detail list. If the arrow points right. However. The Health Monitor page appears. the appliance list for that status shows in the lower table. Version 4. To run all health modules for the appliance: Access: Maint/Admin/ Any Analyst except Restricted 1. 2.

1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 551 . In the Appliance column of the appliance list. Version 4. 4. then refresh the page by clicking the sensor name. The status bar indicates the progress of the tests. then the Health Monitor Appliance page refreshes. You can also wait for the page to refresh again automatically. The Health Monitor Appliance page appears. you can also run a health module test on demand to collect up-to-date health information for that module. the first refresh that automatically occurs may not reflect the data from the manually-run tests.Reviewing Health Status Using Appliance Health Monitors Chapter 16 3.9. wait a few seconds. However. Running a Specific Health Module Requires: DC/MDC Health module tests run automatically at the policy run time interval you configure when you create a health policy. Click Run All Modules. If the value has not changed for a module that you just ran manually. click the name of the appliance for which you want to view details in the health monitor toolbar. IMPORTANT! When you manually run health modules.

The Health Monitor page appears. click Run. 5. then refresh the page by clicking the sensor name. Version 4. If the arrow points right. the first refresh that automatically occurs may not reflect the data from the manually-run tests. the appliance list for that status shows in the lower table.Reviewing Health Status Using Appliance Health Monitors Chapter 16 To run a specific health module: Access: Maint/Admin/ Any Analyst except Restricted 1. click the name of the appliance for which you want to view details in the health monitor toolbar. the appliance list is hidden. The status bar indicates the progress of the test. To expand the appliance list to show appliances with a particular status. IMPORTANT! When you manually run health modules. The Alert Detail list expands to list the health alerts for the selected appliance for that status category. then the Health Monitor Appliance page refreshes.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 552 . The Health Monitor Appliance page appears. 2. TIP! If the arrow in the row for a status level points down. In the Module Status Summary graph of the Health Monitor Appliance page. 4. If the value has not changed for a module that you just manually ran. click the color for the health alert status category you want to view. wait a few seconds. 3. click the arrow in that status row. You can also wait for the page to refresh automatically again.9. In the Appliance column of the appliance list. In the Alert Detail row for the alert for which you want to view a list of events. Select Operations > Monitoring > Health.

In the Appliance column of the appliance list. The Alert Detail list expands to list the health alerts for the selected appliance for that status category. click the arrow in that status row. 2. 3.Reviewing Health Status Using Appliance Health Monitors Chapter 16 Generating Health Module Alert Graphs Requires: DC/MDC You can graph the results over a period of time of a particular health test for a specific appliance. Version 4. The Health Monitor Appliance page appears. TIP! If the arrow in the row for a status level points down. the appliance list for that status shows in the lower table. The Health Monitor page appears. Select Operations > Monitoring > Health. 4. If the arrow points right. click the color for the health alert status category you want to view. click the name of the appliance for which you want to view details in the health monitor toolbar. To expand the appliance list to show appliances with a particular status.9. the appliance list is hidden. To generate a health module alert graph: Access: Maint/Admin/ Any Analyst except Restricted 1.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 553 . In the Module Status Summary graph of the Health Monitor Appliance page.

In the Alert Detail row for the alert for which you want to view a list of events. A graph appears. you may need to adjust the time range. If the arrow points right. the appliance list is hidden. TIP! If no events appear. To expand the appliance list to show appliances with a particular status.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 554 . Generating Appliance Troubleshooting Files Requires: DC/MDC In some cases. showing the status of the event over time.9. 2. Sourcefire Support may ask you to generate troubleshooting files to help them diagnose the problem. Select Operations > Monitoring > Health. the appliance list for that status shows in the lower table. click the arrow in that status row.Reviewing Health Status Using Appliance Health Monitors Chapter 16 5. Version 4. click Graph. if you have a problem with your appliance. The Alert Detail section below the graph lists all health alerts for the selected appliance. TIP! If the arrow in the row for a status level points down. See Setting Event Time Constraints in the Analyst Guide for more information. To generate appliance troubleshooting files: Access: Maint/Admin/ Any Analyst except Restricted 1. The Health Monitor page appears.

Save the files to a location on your computer. 5. Send the generated files to technical support to assist in troubleshooting your system. 4. 9. The Task Status page appears.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 555 . Select Operations > Monitoring > Task Status. In the Appliance column of the appliance list. A File Download dialog box appears. The Health Monitor Appliance page appears. Click the folder for the file generation job entry to expand the entry. and can search for specific events. These event views allow you to search and view event data and to easily access other information that may be related to the events you are investigating. Many functions that you can perform on the health event view pages are constant across all event view pages. 7. 6. Version 4. 8. Working with Health Events The Defense Center provides fully customizable event views that allow you to quickly and easily analyze the health status events gathered by the health monitor. The file generation task is added to the task status queue. See Understanding Health Event Views on page 556 for more information about these common procedures. From the Operations > Monitoring > Health menu. Select Click to retrieve generated files. click the name of the appliance for which you want to view details in the health monitor toolbar.9. you can view health events. Click Generate Troubleshooting Files and confirm that you want to generate the files.Reviewing Health Status Working with Health Events Chapter 16 3.

see the following topics: • • • • Viewing All Health Events on page 556 Viewing Health Events by Module and Appliance on page 557 Working with the Health Events Table View on page 559 Searching for Health Events on page 563 Viewing All Health Events Requires: DC/MDC The Table View of Health Events page provides a list of all health events on the selected appliance. you can more effectively configure alerting for health events.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 556 . see Understanding Health Modules on page 485. see Understanding Health Modules on page 485. If you understand what conditions each health module tests for. Viewing Health Events on page 556 describes how to access and use the Event View page. Understanding Health Event Views The Defense Center health monitor logs health events. you retrieve all health events for all managed appliances. see the following sections: • • • Viewing Health Events on page 556 Understanding the Health Events Table on page 561 Searching for Health Events on page 563 Viewing Health Events You can view the appliance health data collected by your health monitor in several ways. For more information about viewing and searching for health events. For a description of the health modules that generated the events that you may see on this page. which you can see on the Health Event View page.Reviewing Health Status Working with Health Events Chapter 16 See the following sections for more information about viewing events: • • • Understanding Health Event Views on page 556 describes the types of events that RNA generates. Version 4. When you access health events from the Health Monitor page on your Defense Center. Searching for Health Events on page 563 describes how to search for specific events using the Event Search page.9. For more information on the different types of health modules that generate health events. For more information.

click Health Events. The bookmarked view retrieves events within the time range you are currently viewing. The Events page appears. To view the health events for a specific module: Access: Maint/Admin/ Any Analyst except Restricted 1. 2. you may need to adjust the time range. the appliance list for that status shows in the lower table.Reviewing Health Status Working with Health Events Chapter 16 To view all health events on all managed appliances: Access: Maint/Admin/ Any Analyst except Restricted 1. If no events appear. containing all health events. TIP! You can bookmark this view to allow you to return to the page in the health events workflow containing the Health Events table of events. 2. the appliance list is hidden. In the toolbar. For more information. The Health Monitor page appears.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 557 . To expand the appliance list to show appliances with a particular status. The Health Monitor page appears. Viewing Health Events by Module and Appliance Requires: DC/MDC You can query for events generated by a specific health module on a specific appliance. click the arrow in that status row. see Setting Event Time Constraints in the Analyst Guide. but you can then modify the time range to update the table with more recent information if needed. Select Operations > Monitoring > Health. If the arrow points right. TIP! If the arrow in the row for a status level points down. Select Operations > Monitoring > Health. See Setting Event Time Constraints in the Analyst Guide for more information. Version 4.9.

4. The Health Monitor Appliance page appears. click the name of the appliance for which you want to view details in the health monitor toolbar.Reviewing Health Status Working with Health Events Chapter 16 3. In the Module Status Summary graph of the Health Monitor Appliance page. containing query results for a query with the name of the appliance and the name of the selected health alert module as constraints. click the color for the health alert status category you want to view. The Health Events page appears. click Events. you may need to adjust the time range. In the Alert Detail row for the alert for which you want to view a list of events. 5. 6.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 558 . See Setting Event Time Constraints in the Analyst Guide for more information. The Alert Detail list expands to list the health alerts for the selected appliance for that status category.9. expand Search Constraints and click the Module Name constraint to remove it. If you want to view all health events for the selected appliance. If no events appear. In the Appliance column of the appliance list. Version 4.

click Delete All. change what columns display in the table of events. provide a name for the bookmark and click Save. To delete all the events in the current constrained view. click Report Designer. click Bookmark This Page.. Note that events that were generated outside the appliance's configured time window (whether global or event-specific) may appear in an event view if you constrain the event view by time.Reviewing Health Status Working with Health Events Chapter 16 Working with the Health Events Table View Requires: DC/MDC The Health Event View Functions table describes each action you can perform from the Event View page. See Generating Reports from Event Views on page 235 for more information. Health Event View Functions To. find more information in Navigating to Other Pages in the Workflow in the Analyst Guide.. find more information in Setting Event Time Constraints in the Analyst Guide. click View Bookmarks. then confirm you want to delete all the events. select the check box next to the events you want to delete and click Delete. See Using Bookmarks in the Analyst Guide for more information. find more information in Understanding the Health Events Table on page 561.. or constrain the events that appear delete health events find more information in Sorting Drill-down Workflow Pages in the Analyst Guide.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 559 .9. learn more about the contents of the columns that appear in the Health event view modify the time and date range for events listed in the Health table view You can. navigate through event view pages navigate to other event tables to view associated events bookmark the current page so that you can quickly return to it navigate to the bookmark management page generate a report based on data in the table view Version 4. sort the events that appear. See Using Bookmarks in the Analyst Guide for more information. This can occur even if you configured a sliding time window for the appliance. from any event view. select Analysis & Reporting > Bookmarks or. find more information in Navigating between Workflows in the Analyst Guide..

select another health events workflow You can. • If NFE temperature exceeds 99 degrees Fahrenheit. health status for the Hardware Alarms module changes to red and the message details include a reference to the NFE card presence. click Workflows or select from the Workflows dropdown list in the toolbar. health status for the Hardware Alarms module changes to red and the message details include a reference to the NFE temperature.Reviewing Health Status Working with Health Events Chapter 16 Health Event View Functions (Continued) To. click the status icon in the Status column for an event with that status. view the details associated with a single health event view event details for multiple health events view event details for all events in the view view all events of a particular status Interpreting Hardware Alert Details for 3D9900 Sensors For 3D9900 sensor models. select the check box next to the rows that correspond with the events you want to view details for and then click View. health status for the Hardware Alarms module changes to red and the message details include a reference to the daemon. click the down arrow link on the left side of the event. • If NFE temperature exceeds 89 degrees Fahrenheit. NFE Platform daemon If the NFE Platform daemon goes down.. NFE temperature Version 4. The triggering condition can be found in the message detail for the alert.. hardware alarms generate in response to the events described in the Conditions Monitored for 3D9900 Sensors table. See Selecting Workflows in the Analyst Guide for more information. health status for the Hardware Alarms module changes to yellow and the message details include a reference to the NFE temperature.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 560 ..9. click View All. Conditions Monitored for 3D9900 Sensors Condition Monitored NFE card presence Causes of Yellow or Red Error Conditions If NFE hardware is detected that is not valid for the appliance..

health status for the Hardware Alarms module changes to yellow and the message details include a reference to the daemon. If the Rulesd daemon goes down. health status for the Hardware Alarms module changes to red and the message details include a reference to the daemon. health status for the Hardware Alarms module changes to red and the message details include a reference to the daemon. which monitor a variety of aspects. The Health Monitor modules you choose to enable Version 4. If the Ftwo daemon goes down. health status for the Hardware Alarms module changes to red and the message details include a reference to the LBIM presence. health status for the Hardware Alarms module changes to red and the message details include a reference to the daemon. including hardware and software status.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 561 . If the nfm_ipfragd daemon goes down. If the Scmd daemon goes down. You create and apply health policies to your appliances. health status for the Hardware Alarms module changes to red and the message details include a reference to the daemon. health status for the Hardware Alarms module changes to red and the message details include a reference to the daemon. If the Load-Balancing Interface Module (LBIM) switch assembly is not present or not communicating. If the Psls daemon goes down.Reviewing Health Status Working with Health Events Chapter 16 Conditions Monitored for 3D9900 Sensors (Continued) Condition Monitored NFE Message daemon Causes of Yellow or Red Error Conditions If the NFE Message daemon goes down. NFE TCAM daemon LBIM presence Scmd daemon Psls daemon Ftwo daemon Rulesd (host rules) daemon nfm_ipfragd (host frag) daemon Understanding the Health Events Table You can use the Defense Center’s health monitor to determine the status of critical functionality within the Sourcefire 3D System.9. If the NFE TCAM daemon goes down. health status for the Hardware Alarms module changes to red and the message details include a reference to the daemon.

The timestamp for the health event. The value (number of units) of the result obtained by the health test that generated the event. You can use the asterisk (*) to create wildcard searches. The appliance where the health event was reported. Status Sensor The status (Critical. For example. if the Defense Center generates a health event when a sensor it is monitoring is using 80 percent or more of its CPU resources. Test Name Time Description Value To display the table view of health events: Access: Maint/Admin/ Any Analyst except Restricted 1. Green. For a list of health modules. the value could be a number from 80 to 100. Health Event Fields Field Module Name Description The name of the health module that generated the event. The description of the health module that generated the event. The fields in the health events table are described in the Health Event Fields table. For example. Select Operations > Monitoring > Health.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 562 . Units The units descriptor for the result. see the Health Modules table on page 485. For more information on health monitoring. or Disabled) reported for the appliance. health events generated when a process was unable to execute are labeled Unable to Execute.9. The Health Monitor page appears. the units is a percentage sign (%). if the Defense Center generates a health event whenever a sensor it is monitoring is using 80 percent or more of its CPU resources. The name of the test. Version 4. a health event is generated. This is typically the same as the module name. Yellow. see Monitoring the System on page 463. For example.Reviewing Health Status Working with Health Events Chapter 16 in your health policy run various tests to determine appliance health status. When the health status meets criteria that you specify.

Value Version 4. you retrieve events where the appliance CPU was running at 15% utilization at the time the test ran. click Health Events. The table view appears. there are a number of options you can configure. For example.Reviewing Health Status Working with Health Events Chapter 16 2. On the toolbar.9. and re-use event searches.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 563 . type CPU. Searching for Health Events Requires: DC/MDC You can use Event Search to search for specific network discovery events. Health Event Search Criteria Search Field Module Name Description Specify the name of the module which generated the health events you want to view. You can use an asterisk (*) in this field to create wildcard searches. When creating new searches or modifying default searches. Specify the value (number of units) of the result obtained by the health test for the events you want to view. For example. click Workflows. For example. On the Select Workflow page. save. you could enter Unable to Execute to view any health events where a process was unable to execute. You can create. For information on working with health events. if you specify a value of 15 and type CPU in the Units field. Description Specify the description of the events you want to view. to view events that measure CPU performance. TIP! If you are using a custom workflow that does not include the table view of health events. see Working with Health Events on page 555. click Health Events. The Health Event Search Criteria table describes each search criterion you can specify. The search should retrieve applicable CPU Usage and CPU temperature events.

Appliance Specify the name of appliance. 2. Optionally. if you want to save the search. Select Analysis & Reporting > Searches > Health Events. You can use an asterisk (*) in this field to create wildcard searches. because the Disk Usage module has a “%” label in the Units field (and no additional text).1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 564 . Version 4. See Health Event Search Criteria on page 563 for more information about the values you can enter for search criteria. enter a name for the search in the Name field. Valid status levels are Critical. The Search page appears. if you type % in the Units field. Normal. Enter your search criteria. type Critical to retrieve all health events that indicate a critical status. Error. one is created automatically when you save the search. For example. and Disabled. For example. you retrieve all events for any modules that contain text followed by a “%” sign in the Units field. Warning. However. you retrieve all events for the Disk Usage modules. 3. Status Specify the status for the health events that you want to view. If you do not enter a name. To run and save health event searches: Access: Any Analyst except Restricted/ Admin 1.9.Reviewing Health Status Working with Health Events Chapter 16 Health Event Search Criteria (Continued) Search Field Units Description Specify the units descriptor for the result obtained by the health test for the events you want to view. if you type *% in the Units field.

disable the Save As Private check box. if you want to save the search so that other users can access it. Loading a Saved Search in the Analyst Guide Deleting a Saved Search in the Analyst Guide For more information about searching. Click Save as New Search to save the search criteria. You have the following options: • Click Search to execute the search. Otherwise. To use a different workflow. including a custom workflow. TIP! If you want to save a search as a restriction for restricted data users. you must save it as a private search.Reviewing Health Status Working with Health Events Chapter 16 4. 5. Optionally. constrained by the current time range. leave the check box selected to save the search as private.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 565 . For information on specifying a different default workflow. so that you can run it at a later time. The search is saved and associated with your user account (if you selected Save As Private). see the following sections: • • Version 4. Your search results appear in the default health events workflow. use the Workflows menu on the toolbar. see Configuring Event View Settings on page 27.9. • • Click Save if you are modifying an existing search and want to save your changes.

The appliances that are a part of the Sourcefire 3D System generate an audit record for each user interaction with the web interface.9. and also record system status messages in the system log. You can easily delete and report on audit information. and filter audit log messages based on any item in the audit view. see Working with Event Reports on page 232. For more information. Version 4. Managing Audit Records Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor Defense Centers and 3D Sensors log read-only auditing information for user activity. Audit logs are presented in a standard event view that allows you to view. sort. The following sections provide more information about the monitoring features that the system provides: • • Managing Audit Records on page 566 describes how to view and manage system audit information. which contains system status messages.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 566 . Viewing the System Log on page 578 describes how to view the system log.Auditing the System Chapter 17 Administrator Guide You can audit activity on your system in two ways. TIP! Defense Centers and 3D Sensors with IPS also provide full-featured reporting features that allow you to generate reports for almost any type of data accessible in an event view. including auditing data.

This can occur even if you configured a sliding time window for the appliance... The predefined workflow includes a single table view of events.1 Sourcefire 3D System Administrator Guide 567 . The Audit Log Actions table below describes some of the specific actions you can perform on an audit log workflow page. see Creating Custom Workflows in the Analyst Guide. When the number of audit log entries exceeds 100. you can manipulate the view depending on the information you are looking for. You can also create a custom workflow that displays only the information that matches your specific needs. For more information.000.Auditing the System Managing Audit Records Chapter 17 The audit log stores a maximum of 100. sort and constrain events on the current workflow page navigate within the current workflow page find more information in Sorting Table View Pages and Changing Their Layout in the Analyst Guide. see the following sections: • • • • Viewing Audit Records on page 567 Suppressing Audit Records on page 570 Understanding the Audit Log Table on page 574 Searching Audit Records on page 575 Viewing Audit Records Requires: DC/MDC or 3D Sensor You can use the appliance to view a table of audit records. the appliance prunes the oldest records from the database to reduce the number to 100..000. Audit Log Actions To. Then. For information on creating a custom workflow.9. Note that events that were generated outside the appliance's configured time window (whether global or event-specific) may appear in an event view if you constrain the event view by time. learn more about the contents of the columns in the table modify the time range used when viewing audit records You can. find more information at Setting Event Time Constraints in the Analyst Guide. find more information in Navigating to Other Pages in the Workflow in the Analyst Guide.. Version 4.000 entries. find more information in Understanding the Audit Log Table on page 574.

. see Constraining Events in the Analyst Guide. constraining on a specific value Click a value within a row. see Constraining Events in the Analyst Guide. Clicking a value within a row in a table view constrains the table view and does not drill down to the next page. click the appropriate page link at the top left of the workflow page. select the checkboxes next to the events you want to view on the next workflow page.Auditing the System Managing Audit Records Chapter 17 Audit Log Actions (Continued) To.. For more information. • To drill down to the next workflow page constraining on some events. • To drill down to the next workflow page keeping the current constraints. Note that clicking a value within a row in a table view constrains the table view and does not drill down to the next page. For more information.9. click a value within a row. keeping the current constraints drill down to the next page in the workflow Y