rulecat - A Suricata rule update tool

Synopsis

idstools-rulecat [OPTIONS]

Description

idstools-ruleset aims to be a simple to use rule download and management tool for Suricata. It can also be used for Snort when no SO rule stub generation is required.

Options

-h, --help

Show help.

-v, --verbose

Be more verbose.

-t <directory>, --temp-dir=<directory>

Temporary working directory (default: /var/tmp/idstools-rulecat). This is where downloaded files will be stored.

--suricata=<path>

The path to the Suricata program used to determine which version of the ET pro rules to download if not explicitly set in a --url argument.

--suricata-version <version>

Set the Suricata version to a specific version instead of checking the version of Suricata on the path.

--force

Force remote rule files to be downloaded if they otherwise wouldn’t be due to just recently downloaded, or the remote checksum matching the cached copy.

-o, --output

The directory where rule individual rules files will be written to. One of -o or --merged is required.

--merged=<filename>

Write a single file containing all rules. This can be used in addition to -o or instead of -o.

--yaml-fragment=<filename.yaml>

Output a fragment of YAML containing the rule-files section will all downloaded rule files listed for inclusion in your suricata.yaml.

--url=<url>

A URL to download rules from. This option can be used multiple times.

--local=<filename or directory>

A path to a filename or directory of local rule files to include. May be specified multiple times and should not include files in the output path.

--sid-msg-map=<filename>

Output a v1 style sid-msg.map file.

--sid-msg-map-2=<filename>

Output a v2 style sid-msg.map file.

--disable=<disable.conf>

Specify the configuration file for disabling rules.

--enable=<enable.conf>

Specify the configuration file for enabling rules.

--modify=<modify.conf>

Specify the configuration file for rule modifications.

--drop=<drop.conf>

Specify the configuration file for rules to change to drop.

--ignore=<filename>

Filenames to ignore. This only deals with the base filename for now such as emering-deleted.rules, NOT rules/emerging-deleted.rules.

This argument may be specified multiple times.

Alternatively the group matcher may be used in the file passed to --disable.

--etopen

Download the ET open ruleset. This is the default if --url or --etpro are not provided.

If one of etpro or --url is also specified, this option will at the ET open URL to the list of remote ruleset to be downloaded.

--etpro=<code>

Download the ET pro ruleset using the provided code.

-q, --quiet

Run quietly. Only warning and error message will be displayed.

--dump-sample-configs

Output sample configuration files for the --disable, --enable, --modify and --threshold-in commands.

--threshold-in=<threshold.conf.in>

Specify the threshold.conf input template.

--threshold-out=<threshold.conf>

Specify the name of the processed threshold.conf to output.

--post-hook=<command>

A command to run after the rules have been updated; will not run if not change to the output files was made. For example:

--post-hook=sudo kill -USR2 $(cat /var/run/suricata.pid)

will tell Suricata to reload its rules.

-V, --version

Display the version of idstools-rulecat.

Examples

Download ET Open rules for the version of Suricata found on the path, saving the rules in /etc/suricata/rules:

idstools-rulecat -o /etc/suricata/rules

Download ET Pro rules for the version of Suricata found on the path, saving the rules in /etc/suricata/rules:

idstools-rulecat --etpro XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX -o /etc/suricata/rules

Download ET open rules plus an additional rule files and save the rules in /etc/suricata/rules:

idstools-rulecat --etopen \
    --url https://sslbl.abuse.ch/blacklist/sslblacklist.rules \
    -o /etc/suricata/rules

Configuration File

Command line arguments can be put in a file, one per line and used as a configuration file. By default, idstools-rulecat will look for a file in the current directory named rulecat.conf.

Example configuration file:

--suricata=/usr/sbin/suricata
--merged=rules/merged.rules
--disable=disable.conf
--enable=enable.conf
--modify=modify.conf
--post-hook=sudo kill -USR2 $(cat /var/run/suricata.pid)
--etpro=XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
--url=https://sslbl.abuse.ch/blacklist/sslblacklist.rules

If rulecat.conf is in the current directory it will be used just by calling idstools-rulecat with no arguments. Otherwise you can point idstools-rulecat at a configuration with the command idstools-rulecat @/path/to/rulecat.conf.

Example Configuration Files

Example Configuration to Enable Rules (–enable)

# idstools-rulecat - enable.conf

# Example of enabling a rule by signature ID (gid is optional).
# 1:2019401
# 2019401

# Example of enabling a rule by regular expression.
# - All regular expression matches are case insensitive.
# re:hearbleed
# re:MS(0[7-9]|10)-\d+

Example Configuration to Enable Disable (–disable)

# idstools - disable.conf

# Example of disabling a rule by signature ID (gid is optional).
# 1:2019401
# 2019401

# Example of disabling a rule by regular expression.
# - All regular expression matches are case insensitive.
# re:hearbleed
# re:MS(0[7-9]|10)-\d+

Example Configuration to convert Rules to Drop (–drop)

# idstools-rulecat - drop.conf
#
# Rules matching specifiers in this file will be converted to drop rules.
#
# Examples:
#
# 1:2019401
# 2019401
#
# re:heartbleed
# re:MS(0[7-9]|10)-\d+

Example Configuration to modify Rules (–modify)

# idstools-rulecat - modify.conf

# Format: <sid> "<from>" "<to>"

# Example changing the seconds for rule 2019401 to 3600.
#2019401 "seconds \d+" "seconds 3600"

# Change all trojan-activity rules to drop. Its better to setup a
# drop.conf for this, but this does show the use of back references.
#re:classtype:trojan-activity "(alert)(.*)" "drop\\2"