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Snort Configuration Tips

Disabling Rules By ID

One should be able to disable rules by adding the rule ID to the file: "threshold.conf" (located in the snort rules directory). For example, adding the following to the end of the file: "threshold.conf" should disable the: "http_inspect: DOUBLE DECODING ATTACK" and "http_inspect: OVERSIZE REQUEST-URI DIRECTORY" rules:

suppress gen_id 119, sig_id 2 # disable http_inspect: DOUBLE DECODING ATTACK alerts
suppress gen_id 119, sig_id 15 # disable http_inspect: OVERSIZE REQUEST-URI DIRECTORY alerts

NOTE: The file: "threshold.conf" is not loaded by default. So, you will also need to modify your snort configuration file(s). Search for: "threshold.conf" in the "snort.conf" file(s) and uncomment and modify it as shown below:

# Include any thresholding or suppression commands. See threshold.conf in the
# <snort src>/etc directory for details. Commands don't necessarily need to be
# contained in this conf, but a separate conf makes it easier to maintain them.
# Note for Windows users:  You are advised to make this an absolute path,
# such as:  c:\snort\etc\threshold.conf
# Uncomment if needed.
include $RULE_PATH/threshold.conf


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