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arpalert - ARP traffic monitoring


Arpalert uses ARP protocol monitoring to prevent unauthorized connections on the local network. If an illegal connection is detected, a program or script could be launched, which could be used to send an alert message, for example.


-f config_file Specify the config file. -i interface Comma separated network interfaces listen to. -p pid_file Use this pid file. this file containis a pid number of the arpalert session. If the file exist and his locked, the daemon do not run. -e exec_script Script launched when an alert is send. -D log_level The level logged. The levels are between 0 (emergency) and 7 (debug). If 3 is selected all levels bitween 0 and 3 are logged. -l leases_file This file contain a dump of the mac address in memory (see config file). -m module file Specify a module file to load -d Run as daemon. -F Run in foreground. -v Watch on screen all the option selected (the options specified in config file and the default options) -h The help command line. -w Debug option: print a dump of packets captured. -P Set the interface in promiscuous mode (don't set this if only the arp analyse is used). -V Print version and quit.


The config file contains 3 types of data: integer, string and boolean. The boolean type can take values 'oui', 'true', 'yes', '1' for the true values or 'non', 'no', 'false', '0' for the falses values. user = arpalert Use privileges separation with this user umask = 177 Uses this umask for file creation. chroot dir = /home/thierry/arp_test/ Use this directory for program jail If this option is commented out, the program does not use chroot. The program read the config file and open the syslog socket before the chroot: The kill -HUP does not work with chroot. If the syslog program is restarted, the socket change and the arpalert syslog sys‐ tem can't be connect to the new socket: the logs with syslog are disabled. Prefere to use the log file. The file pathes are relative to the chroot dir (except the config file) log file = /var/log/arpalert.log The program log into this file If this option is commented out, the internal system log is not used. The internal system logs can be used in same time that syslog. log level = 6 The level logged. The levels are between 0 (emergency) and 7 (debug). If 3 is selected all levels between 0 and 3 are logged. use syslog = true If this option is false, the syslog system is disabled maclist file = /etc/arpalert/maclist.allow White list maclist alert file = /etc/arpalert/maclist.deny Black list maclist leases file = /var/lib/arpalert/arpalert.leases Dump file dump inter = 5 Minimun time to wait between two leases dump auth request file = /etc/arpalert/authrq.conf List of authorized request lock file = /var/run/ pid file dump packet = false Only for debugging: this dump packet received on standard output. The syntax "dump paquet" is also avalaible, but is deprecated daemon = false If is set to true, run the program as daemon interface = "" Comma separated network interfaces leisten to. If this value is not specified, the soft select the first interface. catch only arp = TRUE Configure the network for catch only arp request. The detection type "new_mac" is deactived. This mode is used for CPU saving if Arpalert is running on a router mod on detect = "" Module file loaded by arpalert. This module is launched on each valid alert. This system avoids a costly fork/exec mod config = "" This chain is transferred to the init function of module loaded action on detect = "" Script launched on each detection. Parameters are: - mac address of requestor, - ip of requestor, - supp. parm., - ethernet device listening on - type of alert, - optional: ethernet vendor type of alert: 0: IP change 1: Mac address already detected but not in white list 2: Mac address in black list 3: New mac address 4: Unauthorized arp request 5: Abusive number of arp request detected 6: Ethernet mac address different from arp mac address 7: Flood detected 8: New mac address whithout ip address execution timeout = 10 Script execution timeout (seconds) max alert = 20 Maximun simultaneous lanched script dump black list = false Dump the black listed mac address in leases file dump white list = false Dump the white listed mac address in leases file dump new address = true Dump the new mac address in leases file mac timeout = 259200 After this time a mac address is removed from memory (seconds) (default 1 month) max entry = 1000000 After this limit the memory hash is cleaned (protect to arp flood) anti flood interval = 10 This sends only one mismatch alert in this time (in seconds) anti flood global = 50 If the number of arp request in seconds exceeds this value, all alerts are ignored for "anti flood interval" time mac vendor file = "" This file contain the association from mac address to vendor name. This file can be downloaded here: log mac vendor = false Log vendor name alert mac vendor = false Give vendor name to script mod mac vendor = false Give vendor name to module log referenced address, alert on referenced address, mod on referenced address = false Log/launch script/call module if the address is referenced in hash but is not in white list log deny address, alert on deny address, mod on deny address = true Log/launch script/call module if the mac address is in black list log new address, alert on new address, mod on new address = true Log/launch script/call module if the address isn't referenced log mac change, alert on mac change, mod on mac change = true Log/launch script/call module if the mac address is different from the last arp request with the same ip address log ip change, alert on ip change, mod on ip change = true Log/launch script/call module if the ip address is different from the last arp request with the same mac address log unauth request, alert on unauth request, mod on unauth request = true Unauthorized arp request: launch if the request is not authorized in auth file ignore unknown sender = true Don't analyse arp request for unknow hosts (not in white list) ignore self test = true Ignore ARP self test generated by windows dhcp for unauthorized request detection ignore me = true Ignore arp request with mac addresse of the listing interfaces for the authoriza‐ tions checks unauth ignore time method = 2 Select suspend time method: 1: ignore all unauth alerts during "anti flood interval" time 2: ignore only tuple (mac address, ip address) during "anti flood interval" time log request abus, alert on request abus, mod on request abus = true Log/launch script/call module if the number of request per seconds are > "max request" max request = 1000000 Maximun request authorized by second log mac error, alert on mac error, mod on mac error = true Log/launch script/call module if the ethernet mac address is different than the arp mac address (only for requestor) log flood = true, alert on flood = true, mod on flood = true Log/launch script/call module if have too many arp request per seconds log expire mac address = true, alert on expire mac address = true, mod on expire mac address = true Log/launch script/call module if the ethernet mac address expire expire authorized mac addresses = true Allow authorized mac addresses to expire


/etc/arpalert/maclist.allow and /etc/arpalert/maclist.deny: All the line with # as a first caracter are ignored The data on this file take this form <MAC_ADRESS> <IP_ADDRESS> <DEVICE> [<FLAG> <FLAG> <FLAG> ...] The available flags are: ip_change: Ignore ip change alert for this mac address black_listed: Ignore black list alerts for this mac address unauth_rq: Ignore unauthorized requests for this mac address rq_abus: Ignore request abuse for this mac address mac_error: Ignore mac error for this mac address mac_change: Ignore mac change for this mac address mac_expire: Never expire this mac address. Useful if the option "expire authorized mac addresses" is used /etc/arpalert/authrq.conf: All the words after # character are ignored All the blank characters are ignored The authorisations list for one mac address begins by the mac address into brackets All the next values are ip hosts addresses or ip networks addresses (with /xx notion) [<MAC_ADRESS> <DEVICE>] <IP_ADRESS> <IP_ADRESS>/<BITS>


sbin/arpalert: binary file etc/arpalert/arpalert.conf: default config file var/run/ pid file var/state/arpalert.leases: leases file
2006-05-09 ARPALERT(8)
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