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Many of you have reported some problems logging in to or downloading rules from Snort.org recently. The recurring problem the site is experiencing is related to the volume of downloads of VRT rules update files we're seeing recently. We've got two initiatives under way to solve this problem relatively soon.
You may be asking your self "how can I help". In the short term the best thing each of you can do is look at your Oinkmaster.conf and update it to download rules files no more than once or twice per day. As you all know the VRT releases rules updates, on average about every two weeks and at most weekly. We're seeing many sensors downloading rules files every minute. One Oinkcode has downloaded the same rules file 22,000 times in a single day.
We know that having the most up to date rules is very important to everyone, that said downloading the file every minute is a bit excessive. If everyone could reduce their download frequency to something a bit more reasonable, it will make the site and rules updates much more accessible to everyone until we move to the new site.
Thanks for you help.
Snort Community Manager