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Starting in securityonion-setup - 20120912-0ubuntu0securityonion285, running Setup will configure Suricata and Bro to use AF_PACKET. (Snort will continue to use PF_RING for load balancing until Snort 3.0 is released.)


If you want to change the number of AF_PACKET workers after running Setup, you can do the following.


  • Stop sensor processes:
    sudo so-suricata-stop
  • Edit /etc/nsm/$HOSTNAME-$INTERFACE/sensor.conf and change the IDS_LB_PROCS variable to desired number of cores.
  • Start sensor processes:
    sudo so-suricata-start

so-suricata-start automatically copies $IDS_LB_PROCS into suricata.yaml and then Suricata creates the appropriate number of AF_PACKET workers.


For Bro, you would do the following:

  • Stop bro:
    sudo so-bro-stop
  • Edit /opt/bro/etc/node.cfg and change the lb_procs variable to the desired number of cores.
  • Start bro:
    sudo so-bro-start
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