The newly released Ubuntu Lucid 10.04 LTS looks like a good platform for running an IDS on. It’s up to date and has long term support. Here is how to compile and install Suricata 0.8.2 on it.
Install the following packages needed to build Suricata: libpcre3-dev libpcap-dev libyaml-dev zlib1g-dev.
apt-get install libpcre3-dev libpcap-dev libyaml-dev zlib1g-dev
Download Suricata 0.8.2 here
Extract the suricata-0.8.2.tar.gz file as follows:
tar xzvf suricata-0.8.2.tar.gz
Enter the extracted directory suricata-0.8.2.
Note that you may get a warning about libnet 1.1 that is missing. You can ignore that, it’s only used in IPS/inline mode currently.
If “./configure” was succesful, run “make”
If “make” was succesful, run “sudo make install”
Except for Suricata itself, the build process installed “libhtp”. For that to work properly, run “ldconfig”.
Run “suricata -V” and it should report version 0.8.2.
To use Suricata in IDS mode, pass -i to the command line. Example
suricata -c /etc/suricata/suricata.yaml -i eth0