Note: This page is quite old and is likely out of date. My opinions may have also changed dramatically since this was written. It is here as a reference until I get around to updating it.

Suricata might be a better option and has packages for Fedora 15.

Useful software that can complement an IDS/IPS: OpenFPC, Snorby


Alright this is frustrating, Fedora 15 doesn’t have snort packages so we’re compiling from source. Here’s what we need to do:

Download snort & daq source (both available on

Extract them

Install the following fedora packages and their dependencies:

yum bison flex make gcc libpcap libpcap-devel libdnet libdnet-devel zlib \
  zlib-devel mysql mysql-devel -y

cd into the daq directory

./configure && make && make install

Create the file /etc/ with the following contents: /usr/local/lib/daq

cd into the snort source directory

./configure --with-mysql --enable-dynamicplugin && make && make install
mkdir -p /etc/snort/rules
mkdir -p /var/log/snort
cd etc/
cp * /etc/snort/