eve: configuration options to enable all, none or just a default set of outputs
One issue with upgrading Suricata is that new protocols will not be logged by default as outputs aren't enabled unless they are explicitly added to the
types in the
eve-log configuration section. This is different than the app-layer protocols that usually are enabled by default if not found in the configuration (their are exceptions to this).
It should be easier to enable the default set of outputs without having to list them all and we should use this in our default configuration. This will mean that the recommended by default outputs stays current over upgrades.
The main issue is that YAML (or maybe any configuration format) makes this hard to express.
NOTE: The following is for discussion purposes only at this time.
Magic Keywords¶Introduce magic type names like:
(These could be
__defaults, etc if we're worried about name conflicts.)
Then our default configuration file could look like:
types: - defaults
Which would enable all the outputs except
metadata as these are not currently enabled in the default configuration. This would also be the default set enabled if the output was missing the
Then to use the defaults with netflow the following configuration could be used:
types: - defaults - netflow
and if the configuration for an output needed to be modified:
types: - defaults - dns: # Custom options
DNS being explicitly listed with options would override its inclusion as part of
If only a few specific outputs are desired its easy to explicitly list them, however its harder to express a configuration with
defaults except specific outputs. To address this an
exclude_types field could be added:
types: - defaults exclude_types: - smb - nfs
disable_types is better]
New Default Configuration¶
types: - defaults exclude_types: