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Troubleshooting Snort Rule Updates¶
MD5 Signature Mismatch¶
Periodically, Sourcefire redesigns their site or updates the engine and rules, and the snort package needs an update to accommodate this change. Removing and then installing the snort package again is required to restore proper functionality, assuming the package has been updated to match the upstream rule format.
Rule problems can almost always be solved by waiting 20-30 minutes and then trying the download again. Failing that, uninstall the package completely and then reinstall the package to ensure the snort binaries are the latest/correct ones.
If the /tmp slice is small, either because the firewall is running NanoBSD or a full install with /tmp on a RAM disk, current rulesets can easily fill the slice up and cause numerous rule-related errors.
If there is sufficient RAM, increase the size of /tmp using the options on System > Advanced, Miscellaneous tab.