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A few preliminary log analysis thoughts

Published: 2006-09-09
Last Updated: 2006-09-10 01:20:53 UTC
by Jim Clausing (Version: 1)
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As promised, below are a few of my own favorite resources on log analysis.  Probably the top folks in the industry today working on the log analysis problem are Tina Bird, Marcus Ranum, and Anton Chuvakin.  I've had the privilege of attending talks/classes by each of them at SANS conferences, I hope they'll be teaching more of them in the near future.

Resources

The log analysis mailing list - http://lists.shmoo.com/mailman/listinfo/loganalysis
The log analysis web site created by Marcus Ranum and Tina Bird - http://www.loganalysis.org/
SEC (Simple Event Correlator), which I once described to SANS instructor David Hoelzer as "swatch on steroids" - http://kodu.neti.ee/~risto/sec/ and the SEC rules being collected by the Bleeding Snort project at http://www.bleedingsnort.com/sec/ (thanx to Matt Jonkman for reminding me of this).
Marcus Ranum's nbs tool - http://www.ranum.com/security/computer_security/code/nbs.tar
Logwatch - http://www.logwatch.org

As promised, I'll share our reader's suggestions sometime next week.
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Jim Clausing, jclausing --at-- isc dot sans dot org
Keywords: analysis logs
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Log Analysis tips?

Published: 2006-09-09
Last Updated: 2006-09-09 18:22:59 UTC
by Jim Clausing (Version: 1)
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Gang, the Storm Center list is relatively slow today (we don't use the q word because bad things happen when someone says that :) ), so I thought I'd ask for thoughts from readers on one of the topics I'm most interested in, and that is log analysis.  Log analysis was mentioned in some of our tips of the day last month, most notably Swa's final tip of the day for the month, but I wanted to hear what our readers look for, what tools you use, etc.  I'll collect them and post a summary early next week (so that those who don't read this over the weekend have an opportunity to contribute).  I'll also give some of own favorites in another story this evening (US-time).  Use the contact form to send me your suggestions and thanx in advance.

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Jim Clausing, handler on duty
Keywords: analysis logs
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New feature at isc.sans.org

Published: 2006-09-09
Last Updated: 2006-09-09 18:18:23 UTC
by Jim Clausing (Version: 1)
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We've received a few e-mails on how to find all the tip of the day stories we did in August.  Obviously, you could just look at all the diaries from August and pick out the ones with "Tip of the Day" in the subject, but we've added a feature to the website to make it even easier than that.  Swa linked to it in his wrap up of last month's tips of the day, but we've added a feature that allows us to add tags to diary stories and we've used that on all the tips of the day from August.  So, if you're trying to find them try this URL http://isc.sans.org/alldiaries.php?tag=ToD.

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Jim Clausing, handler on duty
Keywords: feature tag
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