Posts Tagged ‘Mikrotik’

Nagios or Icinga plugin for Mikrotik software and firmware version

When upgrading the software (RouterOS) on Mikrotik devices, you should usually also make sure the firmware (RouterBoot) is upgraded to the same level. In the devices’ various management interfaces including command line, the OS will tell you that there are outstanding firmware patches if you ask it, like this: /system routerboard print routerboard: yes current-firmware: […]

Live visualizing Mikrotik firewall traffic with Logstalgia

Previously I’ve written about visualizing firewall activity. Revitalizing a fireplot graphing tool gives a nice day-to-day overview, but after being reminded of Logstalgia in this Imgur post I wanted to give live visualization a shot. Logstalgia is a neat tool for visualizing activity, by feeding it log files or live feeds. It’s originally designed for […]

Geomapping network traffic

Did you ever wonder where your network traffic goes (and originates from)? With the SiLK suite and optionally some JavaScript map classes it’s quite easy to find out. SiLK is a tool quite equal to Cisco‘s NetFlow, and SiLK does indeed accept NetFlow output from a router. Just like NetFlow tools, SiLK stores network traffic […]

VIsualizing firewall activity

Inspired by the efforts of a previous Redpill Linpro colleague, Espen Grøndahl, I’ve revived (or rather re-invented) his project “Fireplot”. By analyzing and filtering firewall logs, Fireplot graphs attempts to access blocked firewall ports, visualizing unexpected and unwanted activity towards my network. The Y axis is logarithmic, since activity towards lower ports is often more […]

Streaming pcap to a dummy interface

In an earlier article, I described how to stream captured network traffic to a remote host for IDS analysis with Snort. Mikrotik units can stream captured traffic elsewhere using the TaZmen Sniffer Protocol (TZSP). tcpdump and Wireshark natively decode this protocol, but unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be supported by any other of the large […]

Mobile entertainment center

Our three kids very seldom agree which TV program or movie to watch. Allowing for less discussion when screen time is granted, I’ve set up a mobile entertainment center where each kid may watch the movie of their choice – this may be used during long drives, on trains or buses, and everywhere else where […]

CRS serial console with kermit

For those still inclined to use kermit for serial console access, these are the commands for connecting to a MikroTik CRS125 with default settings: # kermit C-Kermit 8.0.211, 10 Apr 2004, for Linux Copyright (C) 1985, 2004, Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York. Type ? or HELP for help. (/root/) C-Kermit>set […]

IDS with MikroTik and Snort

UPDATE: For more flexible streaming, and for not having to hack your Snort init scripts, you might want to consider this article as well. Now back to the scheduled program. Port mirroring on a strategically positioned switch can be the best setup for an IDS sensor. If that’s not an option, RouterOS-based MikroTik devices support […]

MikroTik configuration revision control with rancid

The config revision control tool rancid (Really Awesome New Cisco confIg Differ, but not at all limited to Cisco devices) has proven extremely useful. Rancid notifies you if there’s been some changes to a device, and since it’s Subversion backed it’s easy to extract full configurations in case you need it. Rancid has been supporting […]

Securely managing multiple Mikrotik units with dsh

dsh is a nice Unix/Linux tool for managing multiple systems efficiently, and I’m using it both at home and at work. In some distributions dsh has been replaced by pdsh, but no worries, pdsh is dsh compatible. Since all MikroTik devices running RouterOS might be managed over SSH, why not use dsh to manage these […]