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Ubuntu Installation from GIT

In this document will be explained how to install and use the most recent code of Suricata on Ubuntu. Installing from GIT on other operating systems is basically the same, except that some commands are Ubuntu-specific (like sudo and apt-get). In case you are using another operating system, you should replace those commands by your operating-specific commands.

Pre-installation requirements

Before you can build Suricata for your system, run the following command to ensure that you have everything you need for the installation.

sudo apt-get -y install libpcre3 libpcre3-dbg libpcre3-dev \
build-essential autoconf automake libtool libpcap-dev libnet1-dev \
libyaml-0-2 libyaml-dev pkg-config zlib1g zlib1g-dev libcap-ng-dev libcap-ng0 \
make libmagic-dev libjansson-dev
sudo apt-get install git-core

Depending on the current status of your system, it may take a while to complete this process.

HTP
HTP is bundled with Suricata and installed automatically. If you need to install HTP manually for other reasons, instructions can be found at HTP library installation.

IPS
By default, Suricata works as an IDS. If you want to use it as a IDS and IPS program, enter:

sudo apt-get -y install libnetfilter-queue-dev libnetfilter-queue1 libnfnetlink-dev libnfnetlink0

Suricata

First, it is convenient to create a directory for Suricata. Name it 'suricata' for example. Open the terminal and enter:

mkdir suricata

Followed by:

cd suricata

Next, enter the following line in the terminal:

git clone git://phalanx.openinfosecfoundation.org/oisf.git
cd oisf
git clone https://github.com/OISF/libhtp.git -b 0.5.x

Followed by:

./autogen.sh

To configure, please enter:

./configure

To compile, please enter:

make

To install Suricata, enter:

sudo make install
sudo ldconfig

Auto setup

You can also use the available auto setup features of Suricata:

ex:

./configure && make && make install-conf

make install-conf
would do the regular "make install" and then it would automatically create/setup all the necessary directories and suricata.yaml for you.

./configure && make && make install-rules

make install-rules
would do the regular "make install" and then it would automatically download and set up the latest ruleset from Emerging Threats available for Suricata
./configure && make && make install-full

make install-full
would combine everything mentioned above (install-conf and install-rules) - and will present you with a ready to run (configured and set up) Suricata

Please continue with Basic Setup.

In case you have already made a map for the most recent code, downloaded the code into that map, and want to download recent code again, please enter:

cd suricata/oisf

next, enter:

git pull

After that, you start again at running autogen.