Best Practices

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Security Onion comes with the option to implement what is considered a set of "best practices" during setup. For many users, this is a quick and easy way to ensure you are configuring your deployment to disable any services that you may not need, and that would otherwise duplicate work and data. The Best Practices option not only disables these unnecessary services, but (assuming the appropriate packages are installed) enables Salt by default, to allow for ease of sensor management.

The below sections assume that you already have these services installed, and provide advice on how to disable them in your deployment.

Disable any unnecessary services. First, Snorby should be disabled since it is now considered unmaintained:
https://github.com/Security-Onion-Solutions/security-onion/wiki/DisablingProcesses#disabling-snorby

In addition, most folks will want to disable the following services:

  • prads (prads creates session data and asset data, already provided by Bro)
  • pads_agent (not needed if prads is disabled)
  • sancp_agent (not needed if prads is disabled)
  • argus (argus creates session data, which is already provided by Bro)
  • http_agent (duplicates Bro http.log into Sguil database, which may cause performance issues)

To do so, stop the required service/s:

sudo nsm_sensor_ps-stop --only-prads
sudo nsm_sensor_ps-stop --only-pads-agent
sudo nsm_sensor_ps-stop --only-sancp-agent
sudo nsm_sensor_ps-stop --only-argus
sudo nsm_sensor_ps-stop --only-http-agent

And then disable them so they don't start on reboot:

sudo sed -i 's|PRADS_ENABLED="yes"|PRADS_ENABLED="no"|g' /etc/nsm/*/sensor.conf
sudo sed -i 's|PADS_AGENT_ENABLED="yes"|PADS_AGENT_ENABLED="no"|g' /etc/nsm/*/sensor.conf
sudo sed -i 's|SANCP_AGENT_ENABLED="yes"|SANCP_AGENT_ENABLED="no"|g' /etc/nsm/*/sensor.conf
sudo sed -i 's|ARGUS_ENABLED="yes"|ARGUS_ENABLED="no"|g' /etc/nsm/*/sensor.conf
sudo sed -i 's|HTTP_AGENT_ENABLED="yes"|HTTP_AGENT_ENABLED="no"|g' /etc/nsm/*/sensor.conf

For more information, please see Disabling Processes.