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A simple ZMQ app to connect to Threat Bus and ingest indicators as Suricata rules via `suricatasc`

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Suricata Threat Bus App

Threat Bus is a publish-subscribe broker for threat intelligence. It is expected that applications register themselves at the bus. Since Suricata can't do that on it's own (yet) this app works as a bridge application in the meantime.

It receives indicators from Threat Bus and picks up all those where the STIX-2 pattern_type equals "suricata". The suricata rules from those IoCs are then forwarded to Suricata using a pre-configured rules file and then reloaded via suricatasc.

Make sure to run this app on the same host as your Suricata installation. Make also sure that this app (e.g., user running this app) has the correct permissions to use the suricatasc command line utility and can read/write the rules file.

Received rule updates are not applied instantaneously to minimize load on Suricata. Instead, users must configure the reload_interval (seconds) in the config file to enable periodic reloads for Suricata to pick up rule changes.

Quick Start

You can configure the app via a YAML configuration file. See config.yaml.example for an example config file. Rename the example to config.yaml before starting.

Alternatively, configure the app via environment variables, similarly to Threat Bus, or pass a path to configuration file via -c /path/to/config.yaml.

Install suricata-threatbus in a virtualenv and start:

python -m venv venv
source venv/bin/activate
make dev-mode

You first need to configure the rules_file option in the config file. See also below for configuring your local Suricata installation to work with this app.

Suricata Preparation

This app maintains a file with Suricata rules. The app writes to it and Suricata reads from it. You need to make this file known to your Suricata installation by adding it to the rules configuration section in the suricata.yaml config file. Suricata won't pick up rule changes if you skip this step.

Here is an example snippet to add to your Suricata config file:



default-rule-path: /var/lib/suricata/rules

  - suricata.rules
  - threatbus.rules         # !! managed by suricata-threatbus


In this example, we configure Suricata to read additional rules from a file called threatbus.rules, located in the default rule path /var/lib/suricata/rules.

You need to provide the path of your custom rule file to this app, so it can modify the file contents when new indicators arrive. See also the rules_file config option in the config.yaml.example file.

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