Snorby for Snort


Compiling ImageMagick

Snorby requires a version that the yum repos do not (predictably) have.
Your best option is to compile from the source (or from an


yum -y groupinstall "Development Tools"
wget -O - | tar -xzvf -
cd ImageMagick-6.6.9
make install

Installation Log

# Install Git & Development Libs
yum -y install git gcc gcc-c++ curl-devel httpd-devel \
               apr-devel apr-util-devel zlib-devel \
               libxml2 libxml2-devel libxslt \
               libxslt-devel expat-devel gettext-devel \
               mysql-devel readline-devel

# Compile and Install Ruby
tar -xvzf ruby-1.9.2-p0.tar.gz 
cd ruby-1.9.2-p0 
make && make install
cd ..
rm -rf ruby-1.9.2-p0*

# Get Snorby 2
cd /opt
git clone git://
cd snorby/
git pull

# Some required gems
gem install rails mysql

# Install the Gem Bundler (yum for Ruby)
gem install bundler
cd /opt/snorby
bundle install

# Symlink to Apache site root
ln -s /opt/snorby/public /var/www/html/snorby

# Install Passenger (Ruby Server)
gem install passenger ‚Äď-no-rdoc ‚Äď-no-ri

# PDF export support
tar -xjvf wkhtmltopdf-0.9.9-static-amd64.tar.bz2
mv wkhtmltopdf-amd64 /usr/local/bin/wkhtmltopdf
# Now edit /opt/snorby/config/snorby_config.yml to match the location of this file

Preparing Apache

# Start the extremely friendly Passenger Apache Module Installer

Now add this to /etc/httpd/conf.d/passenger.conf:

LoadModule passenger_module /usr/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems/passenger-3.0.7/ext/apache2/  
PassengerRoot /usr/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems/passenger-3.0.7  
PassengerRuby /usr/local/bin/ruby

Now add this to /opt/snorby/public/.htaccess:

RailsBaseURI /snorby  
PassengerAppRoot /opt/snorby

Preparing MySQL

Edit /opt/snorby/config/database.yml to match your MySQL connection

Initialize Snorby

Go to /opt/snorby and set up the databases:

rake snorby:setup RAILS_ENV=production

Reconfiguring MySQL

You can now remove root from the database config. Create a user (I
called mine “snorby”) and a password with full privileges to the
“snorby” database.


EZPrint error

" (at rails3) is not checked out.   
 Please run bundle install (Bundler::GitError)" 

This has been documented.
Go to the Snorby root and do this:

cd /opt/snorby  
bundle pack  
bundle install --path vender/cache

Take note that it’s vender and not vendor. I’m guessing this was
a developer typo.

undefined method [] for nil:NilClass

[root@example snorby]# rake snorby:setup RAILS_ENV=production  
(in /opt/snorby)  
rake aborted!  
 undefined method []' for nil:NilClass 

This went away after I actually indented config/database.yml properly.

Worker doesn’t start via Web Interface

# Install the correct yum package  
yum -y install readline-devel  
# Download, extract Ruby and head into the readline folder  
tar -xvzf ruby-1.9.2-p0.tar.gz   
cd ruby-1.9.2-p0/ext/readline  
# Now compile and install it  
ruby extconf.rb  
make install

When you go to /opt/snorby and pull up the Rails console, you
shouldn’t have any errors:

[root@example snorby]# rails c  
Loading development environment (Rails 3.0.5)  

You can manually start the worker using these commands:

Snorby::Worker.stop      # Stop The Snorby Worker  
Snorby::Worker.start     # Start The Snorby Worker  
Snorby::Worker.restart   # Restart The Snorby Worker

If you have Rails installed, the application should automagically start
the worker threads.