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After a very valuable round of testing and feedback from the community  we are pleased to announce the SELKS 4 RC1 availability.

SELKS is both Live and installable Network Security Management ISO based on Debian implementing and focusing on a complete and ready to use Suricata IDS/IPS ecosystem with its own graphic rule manager. Stamus Networks is a proud member of the Open Source community and SELKS is released under GPLv3 license.

This is a the release candidate of a new major branch with an updated storage visualization stack and latest Suricata.

New Features

  • Suricata IDS/IPS/NSM 4.0.x – latest git master Suricata packaged with Hyperscan enabled for extra performance boost. This edition of Suricata besides many improvements and bug fixes also includes extra alert data like for example http body added to the alert json logs wherever available.
  • Elasticsearch 5.5.0  – part of the ELK5 stack upgrade making available a ton of new features and enhancements.
  • Logstash 5.5.0 – performance improvement over 2.x and ES5 compatibility.
  • Kibana 5.5.0 – taking advantage of the latest dashboarding features of ES.
  • Scirius 1.2.2 – bugfixes, better correlation capability with EveBox and introduction of IPS rules support.
  • Evebox – many new features including reporting and comments on the log events.
  • Debian Stretch – All new features, kernel and tools.


Alert event with a comment field.


Verbose HTTP logging


GeoIP heat maps


Supplemental alert data logging



To download SELKS4-RC1:


Usage and logon credentials (OS and web management user)

  • user: selks-user
  • password: selks-user (password in Live mode is live)

The default root password is StamusNetworks

To remotely access the web management interface :

  • – Scirius ruleset management and a central point for all dashboards and EveBox alert and event management.



To upgrade your existing SELKS 3 to SELKS 4 preview, please refer to SELKS-3.0-to-SELKS-4.0-upgrades wiki page.

It is recommended to follow the onscreen instructions and if needed answer “yes” to all changes. At the end of the upgrade you will be asked to enter the interface that you will use for IDS/sniffing. Please enter (eth0 for example) the interface name and reboot when the script is done.

Create your own ISO

To create your own SELKS 4 preview ISO (if your host OS is Jessie):

git clone
git checkout SELKS4-dev
cd /usr/share/live/build/data/debian-cd/ && ln -s squeeze stretch

It will take probably 30-40 min and you should end up with the SELKS.iso under the Stamus-Live-Build folder.

Once installed/upgraded
  • Please feel free to choose the IDS sniffing/listening interface either via the desktop icon Setup-IDS-Interface or via the cmd calling /opt/selks/Scripts/Setup/
  • Any further upgrades are done via a wrapper script located in /opt/selks/Scripts/Setup/
  • Recommended set up for SELKS 4.0RC1 is 2CPUs 5-6Gb RAM
  • If you need to reset/reload all the dashboards  – you can do like so
    • In Scirius on the top left corner drop down menu select System Settings
    • click on the Kibana tab
    • choose Reset SN dashboards

Feedback is welcome

Give us feedback and get help on:

While this test upgrade/installation has been verified and tested and aims at upgrading your current SELKS 3.0 to  SELKS 4.0RC1 please make sure you try it in your test/QA set up first and give us any feedback.

Thank you!

Scirius CE 1.2.0 is for IPS and collaboration

Stamus Networks is proud to announce the availability of Scirius 1.2.0. This release of our Suricata ruleset management interface comes after 4 months of development bringing two new major features: rules transformations to manage IPS and users activity logging to ease collaboration.

Rules transformation

With rules transformations, Scirius can now manage Suricata in IPS mode but also add the filestore option to specific rules allowing the user to transform existing rules coming from feed in rules realizing file extraction.

A signature can be transformed per ruleset to a drop or reject rule as shown in the following capture:

The filestore transformation will trigger file extraction by Suricata in case of alert. This allows user to have file extraction without the need of cloning existing rules.

User activity logging

The second big new feature is user activity logging. It is now possible to comment actions. A team collaboring on the same Scirius can now comment actions such as disabling a rule or adding a threshold.

It is also possible to simply comment on a rule.

All these features are already available in Scirius Enterprise and Amsterdam and will be available in SELKS in the coming days.