Wrong file names?

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I'm at this step: 'Configuring Snort, the Heart of the Windows Intrusion Detection System (WinIDS)'.

At this point there are two commands, the point of which seems to be to clear the blacklist and whitelist files that are included with Snort. Here's the first one:

'type NUL > d:\winids\snort\rules\black_list.rules'

This actually creates a *new* file called 'black_list.rules', with no content (size zero).

I think perhaps the intention was to clear the contents of the existing file, which is actually named 'blacklist.rules'.

I don't see 'white_list.rules' or 'whitelist.rules', so the other command just creates an empty 'white_list.rules'.

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That is correct. Those two files are used by the Reputation preprocessor. Both files needs to exist or there will be a fatal error.


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