SiLK Release 3.16.0, 2017-Jun-29

Changelog

  • rwstats
    • When the primary value is a distinct count, compute the number of distinct items across all bins and print each bin's percentage of the total distinct count.
    • Fix bugs that may occur when computing distinct counts and not all distinct counts fit into memory.
  • rwuniq
    • Fix bugs that may occur when computing distinct counts and not all distinct counts fit into memory.
  • flowrate plug-in
    • Change how the flowrate plug-in handles flow records whose duration is zero in order to fix bizarre looking output in rwstats. The plug-in now assumes each of these flow records has a duration of 400 microseconds (0.4 milliseconds).
    • Add the --flowrate-zero-duration switch which allows the user to set the duration that the plug-in uses for flow records whose given duration is zero.
  • rwrandomizeip
    • Read flow records from the standard input if the number of non-switch arguments is zero.
    • Write the flow records to the standard output if the number of non-switch arguments is zero or one.
  • rwswapbytes
    • Read flow records from the standard input if the number of non-switch arguments is zero.
    • Write the flow records to the standard output if the number of non-switch arguments is zero or one.
  • rwflowpack, flowcap
    • Change processing of NetFlow v9 records so that, when SiLK is compiled against libfixbuf 1.8.0, the OUT_BYTES and OUT_PKTS values are used when the IN_BYTES and IN_PKTS values are 0.
  • flowcap
    • Print the probe definitions to the log file when the log-level is set to debug.
  • rwflowpack, rwflowappend, flowcap, rwsender, rwreceiver, rwpollexec
    • Change how daemons invoke subprocesses in order to avoid creating subprocesses that deadlock and never complete.
    • Modify start-up scripts to be more in line with the rules in the Linux Standard Base.
  • Plug-ins
    • Add manual pages for the cutmatch, conficker-c, and app-mismatch plug-ins.
    • No longer install the uniq-distproto plug-in since its functionality is available as --values=distinct:protocol.

SiLK Release 4.0.0_beta4, 2017-Jun-29

Changelog

  • SiLK 4.x is beta software.
    • The applications have been lightly tested. Some applications may change in incompatible ways in future releases.
    • The analysis tools in SiLK 4.x are largely compatible with those in SiLK 3.x, though SiLK 4.x removes command line switches that were marked as deprecated in SiLK 3.x.
    • The configuration of rwflowpack has radically changed from SiLK 3.x. The flowcap and rwflowappend tools no longer exist.
    • Replacing a SiLK 3.x installation with SiLK 4.x is not recommended without substantial testing first.
  • SiLK Flow files support Sidecar data
    • Allow SiLK Flow files to augment the traditional SiLK Flow record with "sidecar" data. Sidecar data is represented as a Lua table of key-value pairs.
    • When writing a file where the SiLK Flow records have sidecar fields, only sidecar fields that are described in the file's header are written to the file.
    • Note: SiLK Flow files created by SiLK 4.x cannot be read by releases of SiLK prior to 3.10.0.
    • Note: SiLK Flow files that contain sidecar fields cannot be read by any release of SiLK 3.
  • rwfilter
    • Add a --lua-file switch to specify a file of Lua code to use when partitioning data into pass and fail destinations. The Lua file must use register_filter() to specifying the partition function.
    • Add a --lua-expression switch to specify a Lua expression to use when partitioning data into pass and fail destinations.
    • Remove the --input-pipe switch. Users may specify the path to the named pipe on the command line or use the argument "-" to tell rwfilter to read from the standard input.
  • rwcut
    • Add support for printing sidecar fields.
    • Add a --lua-file switch to load Lua code that adds or manipulates the sidecar fields on the records.
    • Remove fields 22, 23, 24, 25, sTime+msec, eTime+msec, dur+msec, and icmpTypeCode. Users must use sTime, eTime, duration, iType, and iCode instead.
    • Remove the --integer-ips and --zero-pad-ips switches. Users must use the --ip-format switch instead.
    • Remove the --epoch-time and --legacy-timestamps switches. Users must use the --timestamp-format switch instead.
    • Remove the --icmp-type-and-code switch. Users must use the iType and iCode fields instead.
  • rwstats
    • Add support for using sidecar fields in the grouping key.
    • Add a --lua-file switch to load Lua code that adds or manipulates the sidecar fields on the records.
    • Remove fields 22, 23, 24, 25, sTime+msec, eTime+msec, dur+msec, and icmpTypeCode. Users must use sTime, eTime, duration, iType, and iCode instead.
    • Remove the --integer-ips and --zero-pad-ips switches. Users must use the --ip-format switch instead.
    • Remove the --epoch-time and --legacy-timestamps switches. Users must use the --timestamp-format switch instead.
    • Remove the legacy switches:--legacy-help, --sip, --dip, --sport, --dport, --protocol, --icmp, --flows, --packets, and --bytes. Users must use the --fields and --values switches instead.
  • rwuniq
    • Add support for using sidecar fields in the grouping key.
    • Add a --lua-file switch to load Lua code that adds or manipulates the sidecar fields on the records.
    • Remove fields 22, 23, 24, 25, sTime+msec, eTime+msec, dur+msec, and icmpTypeCode. Users must use sTime, eTime, duration, iType, and iCode instead.
    • Remove the --integer-ips and --zero-pad-ips switches. Users must use the --ip-format switch instead.
    • Remove the --epoch-time and --legacy-timestamps switches. Users must use the --timestamp-format switch instead.
  • rwsort
    • Add support for using sidecar fields in the sorting key.
    • Remove fields 22, 23, 24, 25, sTime+msec, eTime+msec, dur+msec, and icmpTypeCode. Users must use sTime, eTime, duration, iType, and iCode instead.
    • Remove the --input-pipe switch. Users may specify the path to the named pipe on the command line.
  • rwgroup
    • Add support for using sidecar fields in the grouping key.
    • Remove fields 22, 23, 24, 25, sTime+msec, eTime+msec, dur+msec, and icmpTypeCode. Users must use sTime, eTime, duration, iType, and iCode instead.
  • rwfileinfo
    • Add support for printing sidecar fields present in a file.
    • Add support for printing the IPFIX templates in an IPFIX file.
  • rwsilk2ipfix
    • Add support for exporting SiLK sidecar fields in the IPFIX output.
    • Add a switch --no-sidecar to prevent export of the sidecar fields.
  • rwcat
    • Add a --no-sidecar switch to prevent copying the sidecar fields from the input file(s) to the output file.
  • rwcount
    • Remove the --epoch-time and --legacy-timestamps switches. Users must use the --timestamp-format switch instead.
    • Remove the --start-epoch and --end-epoch switches. Users must use --start-time and --end-time instead.
  • rwaddrcount
    • Remove the --integer-ips and --zero-pad-ips switches. Users must use the --ip-format switch instead.
    • Remove the --legacy-timestamps switch. Users must use the --timestamp-format switch instead.
    • Remove the switches --byte-min, --byte-max, --packet-min, --packet-max, --rec-min, and --rec-max. Users must instead use --min-bytes, --max-bytes, --min-packets, --max-packets, --min-records, and --max-records, respectively.
  • rwsetcat
    • Remove the --integer-ips and --zero-pad-ips switches. Users must use the --ip-format switch instead.
  • rwpmapcat
    • Remove the --integer-ips and --zero-pad-ips switches. Users must use the --ip-format switch instead.
  • rwpmaplookup
    • Remove the --integer-ips and --zero-pad-ips switches. Users must use the --ip-format switch instead.
  • rwtuc
    • Remove fields 22, 23, 24, 25, sTime+msec, eTime+msec, and dur+msec. Users must use sTime, eTime, and duration instead.
    • Remove the switches --stime+msec, --etime+msec, and --duration+msec. Users must use --stime, --etime, and --duration instead.
  • rwrecgenerator
    • Remove the --integer-ips and --zero-pad-ips switches. Users must use the --ip-format switch instead.
    • Remove the --epoch-time switch. Users must use the --timestamp-format switch instead.
  • mapsid
    • Remove mapsid. Users must use rwsiteinfo instead.
  • rwip2cc
    • Remove rwip2cc. Users must use rwpmaplookup instead.
  • rwflowpack
    • Change how rwflowpack is configured and invoked: A Lua configuration file replaces the command line switches and the sensor.conf file.
    • Incorporate the functionality previously found in flowcap and rwflowappend.
  • flowcap
    • Remove flowcap. Users must use rwflowpack instead.
  • rwflowappend
    • Remove rwflowappend. Users must use rwflowpack instead.
  • sensor.conf
    • Remove sensor.conf. Users must use rwflowpack's Lua configuration file instead.
  • rwguess
    • Remove rwguess. Uses must use rwpdu2silk and rwstats instead.
  • Building
    • Remove ability to build without IPFIX support and require libfixbuf-1.7.0 or later.
    • For optional PySiLK support, require Python 2.6 or later.
    • Use IPset file formats 4 and 5 by default unless the --enable-ipset-compatibility switch is provided to configure.
    • Merge the libsilk-thrd library into libsilk.

SiLK Release 3.15.0, 2017-Mar-24

Changelog

  • rwaggbag
    • Create a new tool similar to rwbag: a tool to bin SiLK Flow records using a key and counter that support multiple fields and store the results in a binary Aggregate Bag file.
  • rwaggbagbuild
    • Create a new tool to create an Aggregate Bag file from text.
  • rwaggbagcat
    • Create a new tool to print the contents of an Aggregate Bag file as text.
  • rwaggbagtool
    • Create a new tool to manipulate binary Aggregate Bag files and create a new Aggregate Bag file.
  • flowkey
    • Add a new plug-in that uses the same algorithm as YAF to compute a 32-bit flow key hash.
  • rwpmapcat
    • Add the --output-path switch to specify the output file.
    • POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY. Note that the shortest unique prefix for the --output-type switch is now "--output-t".
  • rwfileinfo
    • Add the --xargs switch to read input file names from a file.
  • rwsetcat
    • Add the --output-path switch to specify the output file.
    • Do not use the the pager when the output contains only the count of the number of IPs in a singe IPset.
  • rwsiteinfo
    • Add the --output-path switch to specify the output file.
  • rwtuc
    • Add the --xargs switch to read input file names from a file.
    • Allow multiple fields in the input to be ignored.
    • At shutdown, print the number of input lines that were not parsed unless --verbose is given or an error occurs.
    • Remove the --bad-input-lines file when it is empty (in accordance with the manual page).
    • Fix a bug that treated white space after the final delimiter as another field.
    • Fix issues in parsing the title line when --fields is given.
  • rwbagcat
    • Add the --site-config-file switch to select the silk.conf file.
    • Do not invoke the pager when --print-statistics is the only output and a destination argument is given to the switch.
  • rwip2cc
    • Do not use the pager when the --output-path switch is given.
  • rwscanquery
    • Fix a bug that prevented use of the SQLite database driver on a case-sensitive file system and caused "make check" to fail.
  • Building
    • Fix a compilation error in rwsiteinfo on Ubuntu.
    • Remove support for fixbuf releases prior to libfixbuf-1.7.0.

SiLK Release 3.14.0, 2016-Nov-17

Changelog

  • IPset changes
    • Add a new file format, record-version=5, for IPsets containing IPv6 addresses that should be more compact than record-version=4. Unless the default file format is changed at configure time, the new format must be explicitly requested using --record-version switch or via the SILK_IPSET_RECORD_VERSION environment variable.
    • Fix a bug when working with IPsets that contain IPv6 addresses and have more than 44,739,242 internal nodes. The bug may cause the tool to crash or to loop endlessly.
    • Reduce how quickly memory grows when building an IPset that contains IPv6 addresses.
    • Perform additional integrity checks when reading an IPset file from disk.
  • rwsetbuild
    • Fix a bug introduced in SiLK-3.11.0 that may occur when computing the intersection or difference of an IPv4 IPset with an IPv6 IPset that is in record-version=4 format. Addresses in the ::ffff:0:0/96 netblock of the IPv6 IPset were ignored when the IPset contained clusters of addresses less then ::ffff:0:0.
  • rwsetcat
    • Allow computing the count of IP addresses in an IPset without loading the IPset into memory.
  • rwbag
    • Fix a bug when creating a bag whose key is attributes that causes the bag to appear to have duplicate keys.
  • rwfileinfo
    • Rename the title of the compression field. The title was changed unintentionally in SiLK 3.12.2 and caused iSiLK to fail.
  • rwstats, rwuniq
    • Do not limit the maximum hash table size to a 32-bit value on a 64-bit platform.
  • flowcap, rwflowpack
    • In the sensor.conf file, add support for a quirk to handle NetFlow v9 records generated by a SonicWall device where the router up-time is reported in seconds instead of milliseconds.
  • Building
    • Add a configure switch, --enable-ipset-compatibility, that allows changing the default IPset file format written by SiLK. The argument is the version of SiLK with which IPsets are to be compatible. The IPset file format changes at 3.7.0 and 3.14.0.

SiLK Release 3.13.0, 2016-Sep-29

Changelog

  • Change across all tools
    • Add support for compressing files with "Snappy" compression when the Snappy library and header are found during configuration.
    • Add support for the SILK_COMPRESSION_METHOD environment variable that provides a default value for the --compression-method switch.
  • rwcount
    • Do not limit the maximum array size to a 32-bit value on 64-bit platforms.
  • rwsettool
    • Add a --symmetric-difference switch to compute the set of IP addresses that occur in only one of two input IPsets.
  • rwfileinfo
    • Disable printing of the record count when the file's compression method is not available.
  • rwfilter, rwfglob
    • Fix a file-selection bug where a --start-date specified in epoch seconds that fell on a day boundary would return files for that entire day instead of for that single hour.
  • PySiLK
    • Fix memory leaks.
    • Fix a bug in the silk.site.repository_iter() where an epoch-based start-date value that fell on a day boundary would return files for that entire day instead of for that single hour.
  • rwsender
    • Change the log messages that are written when scanning the incoming and processing directories.

SiLK Release 3.12.2, 2016-Jun-23

Changelog

  • rwgeoip2ccmap
    • Restore support for binary input that was removed in SiLK 3.12.0.
  • rwbagcat
    • Sort the output using the value of each key's counter when the --sort-counters switch is given.
  • rwbag
    • Copy the invocation history and the notes from the source files to the output file(s).
  • rwbagtool
    • When inverting a bag, set the key-type of the output to the counter-type of the input. Previously it was set to custom.
  • rwfileinfo
    • Add a --help-fields switch.
    • Expand the description of rwfileinfo's output on the manual page.
  • rwfilter, rwfglob, rwsiteinfo
    • Fix an unexpected fatal error that would occur when the silk.conf file contained a class that did not contain any types. Check the validity of the silk.conf file and report such errors.
  • rwipfix2silk
    • Write additional log messages when --log-destination is specified.
  • rwpdu2silk
    • Write additional log messages when --log-destination is specified.
  • rwflowpack
    • Change when record counts are reported in the log file: Report the number of records written to each output file only when the files are flushed.
    • Fix a bug processing the reverse side a YAF bi-flow that stored the egressInterface in both the input and output fields.
    • Fix a bug processing a bi-flow record that reversed the vlan interfaces on the forward record.
  • flowcap
    • Fix a bug when processing the reverse side a YAF bi-flow that stored the egressInterface in both the input and output fields.
    • Fix a bug processing a bi-flow record that reversed the vlan interfaces on the forward record.
  • rwflowappend
    • Add locking of incremental files to prevent multiple rwflowappend invocations from processing the same file.

SiLK Release 3.12.1, 2016-May-5

Changelog

  • rwbagcat
    • Fix a bug where the pager was not invoked when displaying keys as IPs or integers.
  • rwflowpack, flowcap
    • Make substantial changes to the handling of IPFIX and NetFlow v9 records to decrease per-record processing time.

SiLK Release 3.12.0, 2016-Mar-31

Changelog

  • rwbag
    • Add a new switch --bag-file that replaces the numerous bag creation switches that previously existed. Deprecate the previous bag creation switches.
    • Expand the list of keys that rwbag supports (e.g., start-time, sensor, TCP flags).
    • Add support for creating a bag that contains country codes.
    • Add support for creating a bag whose key is derived from a prefix map that maps either IP-addresses or protocol-port pairs.
    • Add a header to the Bag file that stores the command line used to create the file.
  • rwbagcat
    • POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY. Display a key whose type represents a time using a human-readable timestamp. Using --key-format=epoch displays the integer value.
    • POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY. Display a key whose type represents a SiLK sensor using the the sensor name. Using --key-format=decimal displays the integer value.
    • POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY. Display a key whose type represents TCP flags using the standard FSRPAUEC letters. Using --key-format=decimal displays the integer value.
    • POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY. Display a key whose type represents SiLK attributes using the standard TCFS letters. Use --key-format=decimal to display the integer value.
    • Display a key whose type represents a country code using the two letter abbreviation.
    • Require a prefix map to be specified via the --pmap-file switch when attempting to display a key whose type represents a mapping from a prefix map. Require the type of the prefix map to match the key-type specified in the Bag.
    • Allow the --key-format switch to accept time-formatting and timezone arguments when printing a key that represents a time. Exit with an error when a time-format is used on a Bag whose key-type is neither a time nor 'custom'.
    • POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY. Exit with an error when a --key-format for an IP address is used on a Bag whose key-type is neither an IP address nor 'custom'.
    • POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY. Exit with an error when the --network-structure switch is used on a Bag whose key-type is neither an IP address nor 'custom'.
    • POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY. Exit with an error when the --mask-ips switch is using on a Bag whose key-type is neither an IP address nor 'custom'.
  • rwbagbuild
    • Add support for creating a bag that contains country codes.
    • Add support for creating a bag whose key is derived from a prefix map that maps either IP-addresses or protocol-port pairs.
    • When mapping from a protocol-port pair to a prefix map value, allow the delimiter between the protocol and port to be different than that between the port and the counter.
    • Add a header to the Bag file that stores the command line used to create the file.
  • rwgeoip2ccmap
    • Use the first line of input to determine whether to create an IPv4 or IPv6 country code map.
    • Add a header to the Bag file that stores the command line used to create the file.
    • Modify the tool to more closely follow other SiLK tools.
    • POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY. Do not read the binary form of the Legacy GeoIP country code map. Only accept the comma separated value form.
  • rwstats
    • Allow the --count switch to accept an argument of 0 which indicates that it should print all bins.
    • Allow the --percentage switch to accept a floating point value.
  • rwsort
    • Do not limit the maximum sort-buffer size to a 32-bit value on 64-bit platforms.
  • rwdedupe
    • Do not limit the maximum sort-buffer size to a 32-bit value on 64-bit platforms.
  • rwcombine
    • Do not limit the maximum sort-buffer size to a 32-bit value on 64-bit platforms.
  • rwpmapbuild
    • Add a header to the prefix map file that stores the command line used to create the file.
  • rwsilk2ipfix
    • Use multiple IPFIX templates when converting SiLK flow records.
    • Add a --single-template switch to mimic the previous behavior.
  • rwbagtool
    • Fix an issue where the --compression-method switch was not applied to the IPset created by --coverset.
  • rwflowpack, flowcap
    • Fix a call to abort() that would occur when processing IPFIX records and a byte-count or packet-count of zero occurred in an unexpected place.
    • Fix a bug that prevented creating a TCP IPFIX listener and a UDP IPFIX listener on the same port number.
  • rwsender
    • Attempt to resend any file that is not transferred unless the file is explicitly rejected by the rwreceiver.
    • Add the --send-attempts switch that allows setting the number of attempts that are made to transfer a file.
    • If sending a file fails and another attempt is to be made, append the file's name onto the back of the send queue.
    • Allow setting of the --send-attempts switch from the configuration file and system initialization script.
    • Fix a memory leak that may occur when rwsender is processing a file for an rwreceiver and their network connection ends.
    • Support partial reads of a message header when GnuTLS is used.
    • Log the GnuTLS error message that causes a connection to close.
  • rwreceiver
    • Support partial reads of a message header when GnuTLS is used.
    • Log the GnuTLS error message that causes a connection to close.
  • Building
    • Fix several "make check" failures on OS X when System Integrity Protection is enabled.
    • Remove use of pthread_atfork that preventing compilation on some systems.

SiLK Release 3.11.0.1, 2015-Oct-8

Changelog

  • Building
    • Fix linking issue on Ubuntu when PySiLK support is enabled.

SiLK Release 3.11.0, 2015-Sep-30

Changelog

  • rwsiteinfo
    • Add new fields repo-start-date, repo-end-date that report the time range for files in the SiLK repository.
    • Add new fields repo-file-count that reports the number of files in the SiLK repository.
    • Add --help-fields switch to print a description of the fields that can be used in the --fields switch.
  • PySiLK
    • Add support for the "with" statement on SilkFile objects.
  • rwbagtool
    • Add the --ipset-record-version switch to allow users to specify the format of IPset files written by the --coverset switch.
  • rwaddrcount, rwcut, rwrecgenerator, rwstats, rwuniq
    • Add support for the SILK_IP_FORMAT environment variable that provides a default value for the --ip-format switch.
    • Add support for the SILK_TIMESTAMP_FORMAT environment variable that provides a default value for the --timestamp-format switch.
  • rwcount
    • Add support for the SILK_TIMESTAMP_FORMAT environment variable that provides a default value for the --timestamp-format switch.
  • rwpmapcat, rwpmaplookup
    • Add support for the SILK_IP_FORMAT environment variable that provides a default value for the --ip-format switch.
  • rwsetcat
    • Add support for the SILK_IP_FORMAT environment variable that provides a default value for the --ip-format switch.
    • Allowing printing of IPset contents without reading the IPset into memory.
    • Fix a bug when printing individual IP addresses of a block in an IPv6 IPset when the (numeric) prefix of the block is 64 or less.
  • rwsettool
    • Avoid reading an IPset into memory when possible.
  • rwbagbuild
    • Provide better support for whitespace delimiters, and be more forgiving of whitespace on each line.
    • Print an error and exit when the --delimiter is set to the empty string.
  • rwsetbuild
    • Print an error and exit when the --ip-ranges delimiter is set to the comment character('#'), newline, or the empty string.
  • rwflowpack, flowcap
    • When receiving a "flow deleted" firewall event from the Cisco ASA having a byte count of 0, change the byte count to 1 and store the flow record. Previously these records were ignored.
    • Allow the ICMP Type and Code to be read from the icmpTypeCodeIPv4 information element (IE), from the icmpTypeIPv4 and icmpCodeIPv4 IEs, or from the IPv6 versions of those IEs.
    • Change the init.d start-up scripts to support having the IPFIX and NetFlow v9 templates appear in the daemon's log file.
    • Fix a bug where records containing flow-denied events generated by some Cisco ASA routers were incorrectly ignored due to having "no forward/reverse octets".
  • Building
    • Have the PySiLK plug-in that is available in some applications be compiled into those applications. Previously the plug-in was loaded dynamically.
    • Change a compile-time check of the contents of the libfixbuf information model to a run-time check.
    • Fix a failure of "make check" on 32-bit systems related to LZO compression.
    • Fix a few "make check" failures when using IPv6 addresses.
    • Make many internal and some library-visible changes to libsilk.
    • Remove support for fixbuf releases prior to libfixbuf-1.6.0.

SiLK Release 3.10.2, 2015-May-21

Changelog

  • rwcut, rwstats, rwuniq
    • Change the printing of IPs when the --ip-format is 'force-ipv6' so that a single 16-bit 0 field is not shortened (RFC5952).
    • Fix a display bug of narrow IP columns when the --ip-format was 'force-ipv6' and the --ipv6-policy was 'asv4' or 'ignore'.
  • rwsetcat, rwbagcat
    • Change the printing of IPs when the --ip-format is 'force-ipv6' so that a single 16-bit 0 field is not shortened (RFC5952).
    • Fix a bug in the output of --network-structure when reading an IPv4 IPset or Bag file and the --ip-format was 'force-ipv6' where the net block prefix was not adjusted for the move into IPv6.
    • Fix a bug in the output of --network-structure=v4:... when reading an IPv6 IPset or Bag file that produced net blocks counts that were incorrect and sometimes impossibly large.
    • Fix a display bug of a narrow IP column when processing an IPv4 IPset or Bag file and the --ip-format was 'force-ipv6'.
  • rwpmapcat
    • Change the printing of IPs when the --ip-format is 'force-ipv6' so that a single 16-bit 0 field is not shortened (RFC5952).
    • Fix a bug in the default output when reading an IPv4 prefix map file and the --ip-format was 'force-ipv6' where the net block prefix was not adjusted for the move into IPv6.
    • Fix a display bug of narrow IP columns when processing an IPv4 prefix map file and the --ip-format was 'force-ipv6'.
  • rwpmaplookup
    • Change the printing of IPs when the --ip-format is 'force-ipv6' so that a single 16-bit 0 field is not shortened (RFC5952).
    • Print the IP address columns as IPv6 when processing an IPv6 prefix map file. Previously, the output for an IPv6 prefix map was presented as IPv4 when the query used an IPv4 address.
    • Fix a bug in the display of the block column when reading an IPv4 prefix map file and the --ip-format was 'force-ipv6' where the net block prefix was not adjusted for the move into IPv6.
    • Fix a display bug of narrow IP columns when processing an IPv4 prefix map file and the --ip-format was 'force-ipv6'.
  • rwipfix2silk
    • Add a --log-flags switch to enable additional messages.
  • rwscanquery
    • Fix small bugs in the time parts of the generated SQL queries.
  • rwgeoip2ccmap
    • Document that only the Legacy version of the MaxMind GeoIP database is supported.
  • rwflowpack, flowcap
    • Add support for additional time information elements on incoming IPFIX and NetFlow v9 records and change how time is computed.
    • Fix an issue where an empty sensor.conf file gave the user a confusing error message.
    • Fix a bug where the log message about missing timestamps on an IPFIX record was being printed even though the log-flags setting did not include 'record-timestamps'.
  • Building
    • Remove support for fixbuf releases prior to libfixbuf-1.4.0.

SiLK Release 3.10.1, 2015-Feb-26

Changelog

  • rwstats and rwuniq
    • Change how rwstats and rwuniq use temporary files when distinct counts are being computed to fix the issue where the tool would sometimes exit with "Error merging values from temporary file".
    • Use compression when writing to temporary files.
  • rwsort, rwcombine, and rwdedupe
    • Use compression when writing to temporary files.
  • rwappend
    • Fix a bug that could cause rwappend to remove /dev/null when run as root.
  • flowcap
    • Allow accept-from-host in sensor.conf to take multiple arguments.
  • rwflowpack
    • Allow accept-from-host in sensor.conf to take multiple arguments.
    • Fix a potential crash when using --input-mode=respool and rwflowpack runs out of file descriptors.
  • Building
    • Fix a bug in the "Requires:" line of the generated silk.spec file when multiple optional dependencies are not available.
    • Do not install rwscanquery when configure fails to find Perl's DBI module.

SiLK Release 3.10.0, 2014-Dec-18

Changelog

  • rwfilter
    • Fix a bug that prevented rwfilter, when running with multiple threads, from responding to Control-C and most other signals.
    • Document how rwfilter handles times in epoch seconds and do not print warnings when epoch times are used.
  • rwsetmember
    • Fix a bug where, when --count is not given, intersections of IPv4 CIDR blocks sized /17 to /26 and IPv4 IPsets are not found.
  • PySiLK
    • Fix a bug where the IPSet.isdisjoint() operator may report False when it should report True.
    • Fix a potential read of uninitialized memory when using IPSet.cidr_iter() over an IPv4 IPset. The read could occur after removing IPs such that a /16 becomes empty.
  • rwcount
    • POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY: Change how the time for the final bin is calculated when --end-time is used without --start-time. The output now could possibly include one additional bin.
    • POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY: Change how the time for the final bin is calculated when the --start-time value is specified to a higher precision than the --end-time value. The output now could possibly include additional bins.
  • rwtuc
    • Fix a bug where records whose start time was greater than the end time were not rejected.
    • Fix a bug where records whose computed duration was out of range were not rejected.
    • Truncate fractional seconds at milliseconds resolution instead of rounding.
  • rwipfix2silk
    • Provide a way to suppress warnings generated by libfixbuf: setting the environment variable SILK_LIBFIXBUF_SUPPRESS_WARNINGS to 1 disables all warnings from libfixbuf.
    • Add support for reading the timestamp from IPFIX records that use flowStartNanoseconds and flowEndNanoseconds.
    • Fix a bug when decoding the IPFIX elements flowStartMicroseconds and flowEndMicroseconds where the wrong epoch was being used.
  • rwpdu2silk
    • Add a --log-flags switch to allow specifying the type of messages that are written to the log.
  • rwflowpack
    • Add support for categorizing flow records using an IPset.
    • Provide a way to suppress warnings generated by libfixbuf: setting the environment variable SILK_LIBFIXBUF_SUPPRESS_WARNINGS to 1 disables all warnings from libfixbuf.
    • Add a new log-flags value to sensor.conf: record-timestamps logs a message for each record describing which timestamps fields in the incoming data were used to set the SiLK Flow's time fields.
    • Change the default set of log-flags in sensor.conf: The default set of log-flags is now specified by the keyword "default", and the default no longer include "firewall-event" messages.
    • Fix a bug when parsing the sensor.conf file where "none" was not considered a valid value for quirks.
    • Add support for reading the timestamp from IPFIX records that use flowStartNanoseconds and flowEndNanoseconds.
    • Fix a bug when decoding the IPFIX elements flowStartMicroseconds and flowEndMicroseconds where the wrong epoch was being used.
    • Fix potential reads and writes of freed memory when rwflowpack is configured to poll a directory for files.
  • flowcap
    • Provide a way to suppress warnings generated by libfixbuf: setting the environment variable SILK_LIBFIXBUF_SUPPRESS_WARNINGS to 1 disables all warnings from libfixbuf.
    • Change the default set of log-flags in sensor.conf: The default set of log-flags is now specified by the keyword "default", and the default no longer include "firewall-event" messages.
    • Fix a bug when parsing the sensor.conf file where "none" was not considered a valid value for quirks.
    • Add support for reading the timestamp from IPFIX records that use flowStartNanoseconds and flowEndNanoseconds.
    • Fix a bug when decoding the IPFIX elements flowStartMicroseconds and flowEndMicroseconds where the wrong epoch was being used.
  • rwflowappend
    • Add a THREADS variable to rwflowappend.conf to allow setting the number of threads that the daemon uses.
    • Fix potential reads and writes of freed memory when rwflowappend is configured to use multiple threads.
  • rwpollexec
    • When no --archive-directory is specified, do not log a message about being unable to remove a non-existent file; instead, assume the user's command has moved or deleted the file.
  • configuration and building
    • Do not build static libraries by default. Users must specify the --enable-static switch to configure for static libraries.
    • Fix a bug in the configure script regarding IPFIX (libfixbuf) support where the LIBFIXBUF_LIBS and LIBFIXBUF_CFLAGS variables were not taking precedence over pkg-config when determining whether libfixbuf was available.
    • Require autoconf 2.64 or later to rebuild the configure script and Makefile.in files.

SiLK Release 3.9.0, 2014-Sep-25

Changelog

  • rwcombine
    • Create a new tool, rwcombine, that combines multiple flow records denoting a long-lived network connection into a single flow record.
  • rwmatch
    • Support most standard SiLK fields in the --relate switch.
    • Allow the --relate switch to accept symbolic field names.
    • Add support for IPv6 flow records.
  • flowcap, rwflowpack
    • Add support for collecting sFlow v5 records on a UDP port. (Requires libfixbuf-1.6.0 or later.)
  • PySiLK
    • Add ability to set the compression method when writing IPset and Bag files.
  • rwstats
    • Fix an issue when using the attributes field as a key that caused there to be two bins for each unique attributes value.
  • rwuniq
    • Fix an issue when using the attributes field as a key that caused there to be two bins for each unique attributes value.
  • rwsetbuild
    • Fix a bug where the IPv6 wildcard "x:x:x:x:x:x:x:x" was being treated as the single IP "::" instead of as all of IPv6 space.
  • rwsetmember
    • Fix a bug where the IPv6 wildcard "x:x:x:x:x:x:x:x" was being treated as the single IP "::" instead of as all of IPv6 space.
    • Improve performance when the --count switch is not specified.
  • rwsettool
    • Improve performance in the --mask and --intersect operations.
    • Fix a bug where rwsettool would report an error and not produce output when using the --sample switch with an IPv6 IPset.
  • rwdedupe
    • Fix a bug when processing IPv6 input when the --ignore-fields switch or one of the delta switches was provided that caused rwdedupe to treat all records as IPv4 records.
  • rwswapbytes
    • Fix a bug where the --swap switch failed to swap the byte order of a big endian input file.
  • rwsender, rwreceiver
    • Make an internal change regarding the initialization of GnuTLS.
  • Building
    • Remove support for fixbuf releases prior to libfixbuf-1.3.0.

SiLK Release 3.8.3, 2014-Jul-31

Changelog

  • rwstats and rwuniq
    • Fix a bug when --fields contained "dPort" followed by "icmpTypeCode" that caused the "dPort" field to display as 0.
    • Fix a potential bug when computing the distinct count of a one-byte field when the application is using temporary files.
  • rwpackchecker
    • No longer treat IPv6 flow records as IPv4.
  • rwipfix2silk, rwflowpack, flowcap
    • Make the libflowsource library more tolerant of anticipated changes to libfixbuf: Use explicit values for IE lengths.
  • rwguess
    • Deprecate rwguess for removal in SiLK 4.0.0 as its functionality can be duplicated by rwpdu2silk and rwuniq.
  • configure and building
    • Fix bugs that would occur when the user specified a "name transformation" to configure (e.g., --program-suffix): Perl and Python scripts that called other SiLK tools used the non-transformed tool name; daemon control scripts used the non-transformed daemon name.
    • Require automake 1.12 or later to rebuild the Makefile.in files.
    • Have make rules be quiet when --enable-silent-rules is given.

SiLK Release 3.8.2, 2014-Apr-24

Changelog

  • rwflowappend enhancement
    • Add support for multiple threads reading incremental files and writing to the repository.
  • rwipfix2silk enhancement
    • Print to the log file the IPFIX templates that are read when the SILK_IPFIX_PRINT_TEMPLATES environment variable is set. (Requires libfixbuf-1.4.0 or later.)
  • rwflowpack, flowcap enhancement
    • Print to the log file the IPFIX and NetFlow v9 templates that are received when the SILK_IPFIX_PRINT_TEMPLATES environment variable is set. (Requires libfixbuf-1.4.0 or later.)
    • Fix a bug in the error message regarding a flow's duration where the duration field and limit were displayed with different units.
    • Disable some low-level debugging messages that remained actived in SiLK 3.8.1.
  • rwpcut fixes
    • Fix a fatal error when the --fields switch was not specified.
    • Fix an issue where rwpcut could hang when processing a large pcap file.
    • Fix a bug where protocols greater than 127 were printed as a negative value.
    • Fix bugs that prevented rwpcut working with Python 3.x.
  • Building
    • Fix a configure test that was failing to detect the presence of read/write pthread locks on some operating systems.
    • Include the name of the Python interpreter in the RPM silk.spec file.

SiLK Release 3.8.1, 2014-Jan-30

Changelog

  • PySiLK changes
    • Add a get_configuration() method that returns a dictionary describing how SiLK was configured.
    • Fix a bug in silk.site.repository_iter() that caused the first file to be skipped.
    • Improve error handling in silk.site.repository_full_iter() and silk.site.repository_silkfile_iter().
  • rwcut enhancement
    • Add --help-fields switch to print a description of the fields that can be used in the --fields switch.
    • Add new fields iType and iCode that contain the ICMP Type and ICMP Code value, respectively. The icmpTypeCode field is deprecated.
    • Deprecate the --icmp-type-code switch for removal in SiLK 4.0.
  • rwstats, rwuniq enhancement
    • Add --help-fields switch to print a description of the fields that can be used in the --fields and --values switches.
    • Add new fields iType and iCode that contain the ICMP Type and ICMP Code value, respectively. The icmpTypeCode field is deprecated.
    • INCOMPATIBILITY: Specifying --values=distinct:icmpTypeCode is no longer supported. As long as the input is limited to ICMP records, using --values=distinct:dPort provides an equivalent result.
  • rwsort enhancement
    • Add --help-fields switch to print a description of the fields that can be used in the --fields switch.
    • Add new fields iType and iCode that contain the ICMP Type and ICMP Code value, respectively. The icmpTypeCode field is deprecated.
    • INCOMPATIBILITY: The iType and iCode fields pay attention to whether the record is ICMP, unlike the icmpTypeCode field. Results of --fields=icmpTypeCode will differ between SiLK 3.8.0 and 3.8.1.
  • rwgroup enhancement
    • Add --help-fields switch to print a description of the fields that can be used in the --id-fields and --delta-field switches.
    • Add new fields iType and iCode that contain the ICMP Type and ICMP Code value, respectively. The icmpTypeCode field is deprecated.
    • INCOMPATIBILITY: The iType and iCode fields pay attention to whether the record is ICMP, unlike the icmpTypeCode field. Results of --id-fields=icmpTypeCode will differ between SiLK 3.8.0 and 3.8.1.
    • INCOMPATIBILITY: The --delta-field switch no longer accepts icmpTypeCode. As long as the input is limited to ICMP records, using --delta-field=dPort will provide an equivalent result.
  • rwrecgenerator enhancement
    • Make textual output switches consistent with rwcut.
    • Deprecate old-style switches.
  • rwsetbuild bug fix
    • Change parsing of (textual) IPv6 address to be more strict (e.g., fix a bug that treated embedded whitespace as a colon).
  • rwbagbuild bug fix
    • Change parsing of (textual) IPv6 address to be more strict (e.g., fix a bug that treated embedded whitespace as a colon).
  • rwsettool bug fix
    • Fix potential memory leak when intersecting IPsets.
  • flowcap, rwflowpack changes
    • Add a missing-ips quirk which allows processing of IPFIX or NetFlow v9 records that do not have IP addresses. This change allows one to work-around the change made in SiLK 3.8.0.
    • Add a firewall-event log-flag which causes messages about ignored firewall-event flow records to be logged.
    • Fix a bug that could cause records received before the second receipt of the template to be ignored when using libfixbuf-1.4.0.
  • These features are deprecated and will be removed in SiLK 4.0.
    • The --integer-ips switch in rwaddrcount, rwcut, rwpmapcat, rwpmaplookup, rwrecgenerator, rwsetcat, rwstats, and rwuniq. Replace with --ip-format=decimal.
    • The --zero-pad-ips switch in rwaddrcount, rwcut, rwpmapcat, rwpmaplookup, rwrecgenerator, rwsetcat, rwstats, and rwuniq. Replace with --ip-format=zero-padded.
    • The --epoch-time switch in rwcut, rwrecgenerator, rwstats, and rwuniq. Replace with --timestamp-format=epoch.
    • The --icmp-type-and-code switch in rwcut. Replace with the iType and iCode arguments to the --fields switch.
    • The --input-pipe switch in rwfilter and rwsort. Replace by specifying "stdin" or "-" as a command line argument to read from the standard input.
    • The --integer-keys switch in rwbagcat. Replace with --key-format=decimal.
    • The --zero-pad-ips switch in rwbagcat. Replace with --key-format=zero-padded.
    • The --legacy-timestamps switch in rwcount, rwcut, rwstats, and rwuniq. Replace with --timestamp-format=m/d/y.
    • The stime+msec, dur+msec, and etime+msec fields in rwcut. Replace with the stime, dur, and etime fields, respectively.
    • In rwaddrcount, the --byte-min, --byte-max, --packet-min, --packet-max, --rec-min, and --rec-max switches. Replace with the --min-bytes, --max-bytes, --min-packets, --max-packets, --min-records, and --max-records, respectively.
    • In rwstats, the --sip, --dip, --sport, --dport, --protocol, --icmp, --flow, --packets, and --bytes switches. Replace with the --fields and --values switches with the appropriate argument.
    • In rwtuc, the --stime+msec, --etime+msec, and --duration+msec switches. Replace with --stime, --etime, and --duration.
    • The mapsid tool. Replace with rwsiteinfo.
    • The rwip2cc tool. Replace with rwpmaplookup.
  • Source directory changes
    • Move header files next to the files they support and out of the src/include/silk directory.
    • Move source files for the libsilk-thrd library into the src/libsilk directory.

SiLK Release 3.8.0, 2013-Nov-21

Changelog

  • rwpmaplookup enhancement
    • Add field values to print the underlying range within the prefix map that contains the key: start-block prints the IP that begins the range, end-block prints IP that ends the range, and block prints the range in CIDR notation.
    • Fix display bugs related to column widths.
  • rwpmapcat enhancement
    • Add switch --country-codes to have rwpmapcat print the contents of the default country code mapping file or of the specified mapping file.
    • Print the two-letter country code when --country-codes is given.
    • Add switch --address-types to have rwpmapcat print the contents of the default address types mapping file or of the specified mapping file.
  • rwcount changes
    • Allow the --load-scheme switch to accept either names or numbers as its argument.
    • Provide a better explanation of the --load-scheme switch in the manual page.
    • Add new switches --start-time and --end-time that replace the --start-epoch and --end-epoch switches. The old names continue to be supported but are deprecated.
  • PySiLK enhancement
    • Add the IPSet.add_range() method.
    • Do a better job reporting the error when a PySiLK plug-in fails to set the bin_bytes value when calling register_field.
  • rwpdu2silk enhancement
    • Add the --log-destination switch.
  • rwipfix2silk change
    • Change the output produced by rwipfix2silk --print-statistics.
  • rwfilter change
    • Note that the --input-pipe switch is deprecated and will be removed in the next major release of SiLK.
  • rwsort change
    • Note that the --input-pipe switch is deprecated and will be removed in the next major release of SiLK.
  • rwflowpack, flowcap changes
    • Add support for a quirks keyword in the sensor.conf file as a way to specify particular (quirky) handling of incoming records.
    • Add a zero-packets quirk to have SiLK handle flow incoming flow records that have a packet count of 0.
    • Add a firewall-event quirk to handle records that contain firewallEvent or NF_F_FW_EVENT information elements, such as those produced by the Cisco ASA.
    • Pack all records that contain firewallEvent information elements when the firewall-event quirk is not set. Previous releases of SiLK would drop all of these records.
    • Ignore IPFIX and NetFlow v9 records whose templates do not contain at least one of sourceIPv4Address, sourceIPv6Address, destinationIPv4Address, or destinationIPv6Address.
    • Log values from NetFlow v9 Options records that contain the samplingAlgorithm or flowSamplerMode information elements.
    • When collecting NetFlow v5, write a log message when the first packet is received from any host other than the accept-from-host.
    • When collecting NetFlow v5, write a log message when a packet is first rejected due to NetFlow v5 header issues. Previously, the log message was only printed once a valid packet was received.
    • Have flowcap exit with an error when the sensor.conf file contains any probes that use directory polling.
    • Have rwflowpack exit with an error when its input-mode is stream and the sensor.conf file contains only read-from-file probes.
  • Building
    • Add support for libfixbuf-1.4.0. Its use is highly recommended.
    • Remove support for fixbuf releases prior to libfixbuf-1.2.0.
    • Remove the --enable-asa-zero-packet-hack switch from configure as the quirks keyword in sensor.conf now handles this behavior.
    • Remove libskipfix as a separate library and merge its functionality into libflowsource.
    • Reduce automake requirement to 1.11 and add 1.14 compatibility.

SiLK Release 3.7.2, 2013-Aug-15

Changelog

  • PySiLK changes
    • Add IPSet.is_ipv6() and IPSet.convert() methods.
    • Fix a bug when saving an IPv6-IPset that contains only IPv4 addresses.
  • IPset bug fixes
    • Fix bugs when computing the union or intersection of an IPv4-IPset and an IPv6-IPset that contains only IPv4 addresses.
  • rwfilter bug fixes
    • Fix a spurious warning when loading an IPset.
    • Fix a memory issue during shutdown when an argument to one of the --*cidr switches (--scidr, --dcidr, etc) is mistyped.
  • rwflowpack, flowcap bug fixes
    • Fix a bug where the daemon failed to read TCP flags contained in a SubTemplateMultiList when reading IPFIX data over the network.
    • Fix a memory leak when receiving IPFIX data containing a SubTemplateList or a SubTemplateMultiList.

SiLK Release 3.7.1, 2013-Jun-20

Changelog

  • rwpmaplookup enhancement
    • Add --ipset-files switch that supports using IPsets to query prefix maps.
  • rwdedupe bug fix
    • Fix a crash that would occur when using --xargs with an empty list of files.
  • rwsort bug fix
    • Create a valid SiLK Flow file when using --xargs with an empty list of files.
  • rwcut bug fix
    • Print the title line when using --xargs with an empty list of files.
  • rwrecgenerator bug fix
    • Fix a bug when using --sensor-prefix-map that would set either the source or destination address to a random value.
  • Building
    • Fix a small issue in the silk.spec file when the dist RPM macro was not defined.

SiLK Release 3.7.0, 2013-May-30

Changelog

  • IPset changes
    • Add a new file format for IPsets that requires less disk at the cost of slower start-up time. The format must be explicitly requested using --record-version=4.
    • Add support for the SILK_IPSET_RECORD_VERSION environment variable that, when set, is used as the default value for the --record-version switch.
    • In rwsetcat, allow the --network-structure switch to work on IPsets that contain IPv6 addresses.
    • In rwsetcat, when the --network-structure switch includes 'T' in its argument, print the total even when the IPset is empty.
    • Add a new --ip-format switch to rwsetcat that determines how IP addresses are printed. The --integer-ips and --zero-pad-ips switches are deprecated.
    • Have rwsetcat --count-ips return the exact count of IPs for IPsets containing IPv6 addresses. Previously the returned value could be less than the exact count due to lack of precision.
    • Improve the efficiency of the CIDR-block iterator for some in-core representations of IPsets.
    • Do a better job of reporting errors caused by problems reading or writing IPset files.
  • Bag changes
    • In rwbagcat, allow the --network-structure switch to work on Bags that use IPv6 addresses as keys.
    • In rwbagcat, when the --network-structure switch includes 'T' in its argument, print the total even when the Bag is empty.
    • Add a new --key-format switch to rwbagcat that determines how keys are printed. The --integer-keys and --zero-pad-ips switches are deprecated.
    • Change the data structure used in memory to represent Bags containing IPv6 addresses. This structure can hold more entries at the cost of slower access.
    • Do a better job of reporting errors caused by problems reading or writing Bag files.
  • rwfilter enhancements
    • Add switch --any-index to match either the SNMP input or SNMP output interface.
    • Add switch --any-cc to match either the country code of the source address or of the destination address.
  • rwaddrcount, rwcut, rwpmapcat, rwpmaplookup, rwstats, rwuniq change
    • Add a new --ip-format switch that determines how IP addresses are printed. The --integer-ips and --zero-pad-ips switches are deprecated.
  • rwflowpack changes
    • Create a manual page for each packing-logic plug-in.
    • Fix a bug that caused attempted use of the --packing-logic switch to always report an error.
    • Log additional information when an out-of-sequence NetFlow v5 packet is received.
  • flowcap change
    • Log additional information when an out-of-sequence NetFlow v5 packet is received.
  • libskipfix change
    • Change processing of bidirectional records to use the reverse TCP flags if those elements are present in the template. In SiLK-3.6, those elements were ignored when their value was 0.
  • rwreceiver bug fix
    • Fix a bug in the init.d script.

SiLK Release 3.6.1, 2013-Apr-23

Changelog

  • rwflowpack bug fix
    • Fix a bug that caused the --pack-interfaces switch to be ignored.

SiLK Release 3.6.0, 2013-Apr-11

Changelog

  • IPset changes
    • Change the library to use the SiLK-2.x representation of IPsets when the IPset contains only IPv4 addresses.
    • Continue to use the SiLK-3.x representation for IPsets containing IPv6 addresses.
    • Change the tools that write IPsets to use the SiLK-2.x format for IPv4 IPsets and the SiLK-3.x representation for IPv6 IPsets.
    • Add '0' as an argument to --record-version meaning 'default', which is the SiLK-2.x file format for IPv4-only IPsets and the SiLK-3.x format for IPsets containing IPv6 addresses.
    • Accept '3' an an argument to --record-version to force writing an IPv4 IPset in the SiLK-3.x format.
  • PySiLK changes
    • Add methods RWRec.is_icmp(), RWRec.is_ipv6(), RWRec.to_ipv4(), RWRec.to_ipv6().
    • Recognize an RWRec containing an IPv6 address and having a protocol of 58 as ICMPv6.
    • Limit the range of times that RWRec.stime, RWRec.duration, and RWRec.etime support.
    • Document the IPSet.isdisjoint() function.
    • Fix a bug in IPSet.isdisjoint() when comparing an IPv4 IPset with an IPv6 IPset.
    • Fix a bug when setting RWRec.timeout_killed, RWRec.timeout_started, and RWRec.uniform_packets.
    • Fix a bug that allowed setting arbitrary attributes on an RWRec.
    • Reflect changes to RWRec.initial_flags or RWRec.session_flags in RWRec.tcpflags and vice versa.
    • Clear RWRec.initial_flags and RWRec.session_flags when changing RWRec.protocol to a value other than TCP.
    • Throw an error when attempting to set RWRec.initial_flags or RWRec.session_flags on an RWRec where the protocol is not TCP.
    • Do not treat True and False as numbers.
    • Throw ValueError instead of OverflowError in many methods.
    • Update documentation.
  • rwtuc changes
    • Add support for parsing ICMP type and ICMP code fields.
    • Add a --no-titles switch to parse the first line of input as record values when --fields is specified.
    • Fix a bug that effectively ignored the --attributes switch.
    • Allow attributes to be set regardless of presence of initialFlags and sessionFlags.
    • Ensure initialFlags and sessionFlags are 0 for non-TCP records.
    • Have initialFlags and sessionFlags take precedence over flags.
    • Describe restrictions on field combination in the manual page.
  • rwpmapbuild enhancement
    • Add the --mode switch which sets the type of input.
  • rwrecgenerator
    • New tool
    • Use a pseudo-random number generator to create SiLK Flow records that can be used to test SiLK applications.
  • rwdedupe enhancement
    • Add support for writing annotations into the header of the output file (i.e., support for --note-add, --note-file-add).
    • Copy annotations and invocation history from the headers of the input files to the header of the output file.
  • rwuniq bug fix
    • Fix an issue when using multiple key fields that included icmpTypeCode but did not include dPort. The bug would cause non-ICMP records that were were identical in all key fields but whose dPort fields were different to be put into different bins.
  • rwstats bug fix
    • Fix an issue when using multiple key fields that included icmpTypeCode but did not include dPort. The bug would cause non-ICMP records that were were identical in all key fields but whose dPort fields were different to be put into different bins.
  • rwflowpack changes
    • Add a new output-mode "incremental-files" which is similar to the "sending" output-mode except it leaves the incremental files in the incremental-directory.
    • Create incremental files as a pair of files: a 0-byte placeholder file and a dot-file where records are initially written.
    • POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY: If incremental files from a previous releases of SiLK are in the incremental-directory when this release of rwflowpack is started in the sending output-mode, the files will not be moved to the sender-directory.
    • Deprecate the "sending" output-mode, but continue to accept it for backwards compatibility.
    • Keep the list of incremental files in memory instead of reading the file names from the directory. Do not hold the global write lock while moving incremental files to their final destination.
    • Change the rwflowpack.conf file and associated init.d script for compatibility with the above change.
    • Fix a potential race condition between opening a file and getting the write lock on the file.
    • Add support for reading TCP flags in a subTemplateMultiList as exported in IPFIX records created by yaf-2.0.
    • Add support for logging number of missing NetFlow v9 packets (requires libfixbuf-1.3.0 or later).
    • Write messages to the log file for IPFIX/NetFlow v9 records that are ignored--for example, records that represent firewall events.
    • Accept NF_F_FWD_FLOW_DELTA_BYTES and NF_F_REV_FLOW_DELTA_BYTES as volume values for NetFlow v9 flow records.
    • Accept initiatorOctets, initiatorPackets, responderOctets, and responderPackets as volume values for IPFIX flow records.
    • When reading IPFIX data, ignore initialTCPFlags and unionTCPFlags when the protocol is not TCP.
    • Fix a bug where rwflowpack would abort if the first IPFIX/NetFlow v9 record it received contained an unknown options template.
    • Fix a bug where a disconnect by a UDP IPFIX/NetFlow v9 connection was not handled correctly and could cause memory corruption.
    • Fix a bug where future-dated records could be created when the NetFlow v9 sysUptime rolled over.
    • Make small changes to log messages.
    • Add the --log-post-rotate switch to control post-processing of the previous day's log file.
    • POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY. Exit with an error when the argument to --post-command contains any unknown '%'-conversions.
    • Update documentation.
  • flowcap enhancement
    • Add support for reading TCP flags in a subTemplateMultiList as exported in IPFIX records created by yaf-2.0.
    • Add support for logging number of missing NetFlow v9 packets (requires libfixbuf-1.3.0 or later).
    • Write messages to the log file for IPFIX/NetFlow v9 records that are ignored--for example, records that represent firewall events.
    • Accept NF_F_FWD_FLOW_DELTA_BYTES and NF_F_REV_FLOW_DELTA_BYTES as volume values for NetFlow v9 flow records.
    • Accept initiatorOctets, initiatorPackets, responderOctets, and responderPackets as volume values for IPFIX flow records.
    • When reading IPFIX data, ignore initialTCPFlags and unionTCPFlags when the protocol is not TCP.
    • Fix a bug where flowcap would abort if the first IPFIX/NetFlow v9 record it received contained an unknown options template.
    • Fix a bug where a disconnect by a UDP IPFIX/NetFlow v9 connection was not handled correctly and could cause memory corruption.
    • Fix a bug where future-dated records could be created when the NetFlow v9 sysUptime rolled over.
    • Make small changes to log messages.
    • Add the --log-post-rotate switch to control post-processing of the previous day's log file.
  • rwreceiver changes
    • Add ability to monitor disk usage when either --freespace-minimum or --space-maximum-percent is specified.
    • Add the --unique-duplicates switch to create a complete copy of files (as opposed to using hard links) when creating duplicates via the --duplicate-destination switch.
    • Fix a potential bug in TLS connections where attempting to read more data than was available would close a valid connection.
    • Fix a potential deadlock when disk space is exhausted.
    • Add the --log-post-rotate switch to control post-processing of the previous day's log file.
    • Make small changes to log messages.
    • POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY. Exit with an error when the argument to --post-command contains any unknown '%'-conversions.
  • rwsender change
    • Add the --unique-local-copies switch to create a complete copy of files (as opposed to using hard links) when creating duplicates of the incoming files via the --local-directory switch.
    • Add the --log-post-rotate switch to control post-processing of the previous day's log file.
    • Make small changes to log messages.
  • rwflowappend changes
    • Truncate the repository file to the size it had when it was opened if there is a write error while appending an incremental file to the repository file.
    • Add the --log-post-rotate switch to control post-processing of the previous day's log file.
    • POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY. Exit with an error when the argument to --post-command or --hour-file-command contains any unknown '%'-conversions.
  • rwpollexec changes
    • Fix an issue where the stdout and stderr from the command would not appear in the log file after the log file had been rotated.
    • Add the --log-post-rotate switch to control post-processing of the previous day's log file.
    • POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY. Exit with an error when the argument to --command contains any unknown '%'-conversions.
  • libsilk change
    • When reading SiLK Flow records, ensure that the initialFlags and sessionFlags values are 0 for records that are not TCP, ignoring any value stored in the file.
    • When writing SiLK Flow records, always store the attributes value (if the file format supports it). Previously, some very old file formats only stored attributes when the protocol was TCP.
    • POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY. Exit with an error when the path-format in silk.conf contains any unknown '%'-conversions.
  • Building changes
    • Require automake 1.12 or later to rebuild the Makefile.in files.
    • Remove the --disable-silk3-ipsets switch from configure.

SiLK Release 3.5.1, 2012-Dec-20

Changelog

  • IPset bug fix
    • Fix a bug that made it impossible to save very large IPset files.
  • rwsiteinfo changes
    • Change the output to print rows that have some empty fields. For example, previously --fields=sensor,class would print a sensor only if it was assigned to a class. Now all sensors are printed.
    • Treat the default-class field as all other fields are handled.
    • Fix a bug where restrictions specified by --flowtypes, --classes, --types, and --sensors were not being applied across all fields.
  • PySiLK bug fix
    • Fix a bug in reporting the cardinality of IPSets that contain more than 2^63-1 addresses.
  • rwfilter bug fix
    • Fix a bug during parsing the silk.conf file that prevented putting a sensorgroup into another sensorgroup.
    • Alter error messages printed when the parsing of silk.conf fails.
  • rwsender, rwreceiver bug fixes
    • Fix a bug when reading data that could cause rwsender or rwreceiver to close a valid connection.
    • Fix a crash that could occur on the server-side when the server rejects a client due to the client having an invalid identifier.
    • Slow how quickly a client reconnects to a server when the server rejects the client due to unrecognized identifier.

SiLK Release 3.5.0, 2012-Nov-1

Changelog

  • Country Codes enhancement
    • Modify the country code library so it supports IPv6 addresses.
    • Add new --v6-csv-input switch to rwgeoip2ccmap to support building a country code prefix map that contains IPv6 addresses.
    • NOTE: Previous releases of SiLK are unable to read the IPv6 country code file.
  • rwflowappend change
    • POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY: Modify rwflowappend to use the packed file information in a file's header instead of relying on the name of the file. The file name will only be checked if the file does not contain the necessary header.
  • rwreceiver, rwsender bug fix
    • Fix a bug when reading data that could cause rwsender or rwreceiver to close a valid connection.
  • rwfilter bug fix
    • Fix a bug where two binary streams could be written to the standard output by using "stdout" for one and "-" for the other.
    • Fix a bug where --pass-destination or --fail-destination could be used without partitioning rules when --all-destination was given.
  • rwcut bug fix
    • Fix a bug where the --num-recs switch was not being handled properly when there were multiple input files.
  • rwstats bug fix
    • Fix a bug that prevented counting distinct values originating from a plug-in when the key contained a field from a plug-in.
  • rwuniq bug fix
    • Fix a bug that prevented counting distinct values originating from a plug-in when the key contained a field from a plug-in.
  • rwpmatch bug fix
    • Fix a bug where "stdin" and "-" were treated as separate input streams instead of as aliases.
  • libsilk bug fixes
    • Fix a bug in LZO decompression on 32 bit platforms that could cause memory corruption.
    • When parsing silk.conf, ensure that the names of classes, types, and sensors are of legal length and do not contain invalid characters.
  • PySiLK change
    • Throw an exception when an attempt is make to pickle or unpickle silk objects. Previously, attempts to pickle or unpickle these objects could cause the application to crash.

SiLK Release 3.4.1, 2012-Sep-27

Changelog

  • rwcut enhancement
    • Add new --tail-recs switch to print some number of records at the end of a file or an input stream.
  • rwflowpack, flowcap bug fix
    • Fix an issue where receiving incorrect data from a previously rejected UDP client could cause the application to exit.
  • silk.magic
    • Include a sample "magic" file for use with the UNIX file utility. The file is installed in share/silk/silk.magic.

SiLK Release 3.4.0, 2012-Sep-13

Changelog

  • Change across all tools
    • Modify processing of some ICMP SiLK Flow records. ICMP type and code are normally encoded in the destination port. Due to a bug when processing IPFIX bi-flow ICMP records, the type and code were sometimes stored in the source port. SiLK-3.4.0 attempts to fix this bad encoding. However, this change removes a previous work-around designed to fix issues with SiLK Flow records collected prior to SiLK-0.8.0 that originated as NetFlow v5 PDUs from some types of Cisco routers.
  • rwsetcat change
    • Print the IPset file name when either --print-statistics or --count-ips is used and multiple files appear on command line.
    • Add new switch --print-filenames which can explicitly enable or suppress printing of the IPset file name.
  • rwsetmember change
    • Process all files specified on the command line despite being unable to read some files.
  • rwscan change
    • Provide new --trw-internal-set switch that implements the behavior of the --trw-sip-set switch, and mark the latter as deprecated.
    • Generate an error when multiple internal IPsets are specified.
  • rwpmaplookup changes
    • Change the width of the column that contains the value (i.e., the label) from 20 characters to width of the longest label.
    • Fix a display issue where labels longer than 45 characters were being truncated.
  • rwuniq bug fixes
    • Fix a bug where the --bin-time value was not being applied to the eTime field unless the key fields included sTime and dur as well.
    • Fix a crash that could occur when using more than eight fields and some the fields were defined by plug-ins.
    • Fix a display issue where prefix map labels longer than 128 characters were being truncated.
  • rwstats bug fixes
    • Fix a bug where the --bin-time value was not being applied to the eTime field unless the key fields included sTime and dur as well.
    • Fix a crash that could occur when using more than eight fields and some the fields were defined by plug-ins.
    • Fix a display issue where prefix map labels longer than 128 characters were being truncated.
  • rwcut bug fix
    • Fix a display issue where prefix map labels longer than 128 characters were being truncated.
  • rwipfix2silk bug fix
    • Fix a bug when processing IPFIX bi-flow ICMP records that caused the Type and Code to be recorded incorrectly.
  • rwflowpack, flowcap changes
    • Allow multiple NetFlow v9 or IPFIX-over-UDP sources to connect to the same source port. (Requires libfixbuf-1.2.0 or later.)
    • Require libfixbuf-1.1.0 or newer for supporting collection of NetFlow v9 flow records.
    • Add the --no-chdir switch which prevents the daemon from changing directory to / on start-up.
    • Change how statistics received from yaf are logged, and include additional statistics in the log message.
    • Suppress printing of yaf statistics until a statistics message is received.
    • Fix a bug when processing IPFIX bi-flow ICMP records that caused the Type and Code to be recorded incorrectly.
  • rwreceiver, rwsender changes
    • Add the --no-chdir switch which prevents the daemon from changing directory to / on start-up.
  • rwflowappend change
    • Add the --no-chdir switch which prevents the daemon from changing directory to / on start-up.
  • rwpollexec change
    • Add the --no-chdir switch which prevents the daemon from changing directory to / on start-up.
  • Building
    • Add new configure switch --disable-silk3-ipsets. When specified, SiLK is built with the IPset code as it existed in SiLK-2 (which means IPsets will be unable to store IPv6 addresses). Use of this switch may give worse or better performance depending on the types of IPsets used.
    • Add new configure switch --enable-asa-zero-packet-hack to work around a bug in the NetFlow9 template used by Cisco ASA routers wherein the template is missing a packetTotalCount field, causing rwflowpack to treat these flows as having 0 packets. When the switch is specified, SiLK sets the packet count to 1 for flow records having a source IP, a byte count, but no packet count. In addition, if SiLK is compiled without IPv6 support, the hack causes rwflowpack to a use fully-expanded file format to store IPv4 flow records collected from netflow-v9 probes.

SiLK Release 3.3.4, 2012-Aug-1

Changelog

  • rwscanquery bug fix
    • Fix a bug where rwscanquery would attempt to create a file whose name started and ended with a quote character.
  • rwsender changes
    • Fix an issue where rwsender may hang or crash while it attempts to exit after encountering an unexpected condition.
    • Properly handle the case where a message is only partially written to a socket.
    • Make some internal changes to how GnuTLS connections are handled.
    • Make changes to some log messages.
  • rwreceiver changes
    • Make some internal changes to how GnuTLS connections are handled.
    • Make changes in how rwreceiver reads messages so that when data is available, rwreceiver reads all of the data.
    • Make changes to some log messages.

SiLK Release 3.3.3, 2012-Jul-19

Changelog

  • flowcap, rwflowappend, rwflowpack, rwpollexec, rwreceiver, rwsender
    • Fix an issue with log file locking that may cause an application to hang or crash when it attempts to rotate the daily log file.

SiLK Release 3.3.2, 2012-Jul-12

Changelog

  • IPset bug fix
    • Fix a bug in the libsilk function that performs IPset difference. The bug could cause rwsettool to create a corrupt IPset file which is unreadable by other applications.
  • Bag bug fixes
    • Fix a bug in the Bag iterator function when using a key that was smaller than four octets. The bug caused the iterator to visit the entries in the bag multiple times.
    • Fix a bug in the Bag iterator function when iterating over an empty Bag where the key was one octet. The bug caused the application to crash.
  • rwsetcat change
    • Modify --print-statistics so output is generated when the IPset is empty. Previously, no output was generated.
  • rwsettool change
    • Do not copy the invocation history from the input IPset files to the output IPset file.

SiLK Release 3.3.0, 2012-Jun-14

Changelog

  • IPset bug fixes
    • Important Bug Fixes.
    • Fix bugs in the libsilk functions that perform IPset union, intersect, and difference operations. These bugs could cause IPset applications (e.g., rwsettool) to produce incorrect output or to exit unexpectedly.
    • Modify the skIPSetIterateBind() and skIPSetWalk() functions to use the ipv6-policy parameter.
  • rwstats bug fixes
    • Fix bugs that could cause an expected exit when rwstats was unable to hold all of its data in memory.
    • Fix a bug in computing --values=distinct:KEY when the KEY is an IP address field and rwstats is processing IPv6 flow records.
  • rwuniq bug fixes
    • Fix bugs that could cause an expected exit when rwuniq was unable to hold all of its data in memory.
    • Fix a bug in computing --values=distinct:KEY when the KEY is an IP address field and rwuniq is processing IPv6 flow records.
  • rwsort changes
    • Internal changes that may speed merging of temporary files.
    • Print an error message when rwsort fails to write records to a temporary file.
  • rwdedupe bug fix
    • Print an error message when rwdedupe fails to write records to a temporary file.
  • rwflowpack changes
    • POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY: The internal identifiers for probe types have changed. All packing logic plug-ins must be recompiled.
    • When --pack-interfaces is specified, use the smallest file format that is large enough to hold the additional fields.
    • Fix a potential crash and/or deadlock when reading NetFlow v5 PDUs over the network.
    • Modify the log messages produced by libfixbuf to follow the format of other rwflowpack log messages.
  • rwscanquery changes
    • Allow use of both --daddress and --dipset for the scanset report.
    • Perform more robust parsing of IP addresses specified by the --saddress switch.
    • Write verbose output to standard error instead of to standard out.
    • Fix a bug in date parsing where the value specified by --end-date was sometimes ignored.
  • flowcap changes
    • Print a log message that specifies the number of packets received when closing an empty file. Previously, the message was only printed when closing a file that contained records.
    • Add a log message documenting the number of flow records processed and ignored when closing files based on IPFIX or NetFlow v9 probes.
    • Fix a deadlock that would occur during shutdown after certain fatal error conditions were detected.
    • Fix a potential crash and/or deadlock when reading NetFlow v5 PDUs over the network.
    • Modify the log messages produced by libfixbuf to follow the format of other flowcap log messages.
  • rwsender, rwreceiver bug fix
    • Fix a bug where the application would exit when it was unable to create a socket with the first address returned by getaddrinfo.

SiLK Release 3.2.1, 2012-Apr-26

Changelog

  • rwscanquery
    • Add support for querying a SQLite database.
    • Improvements to the manual page.
    • Update rwscan manual page with description of SQLite support.
  • rwflowpack, flowcap bug fixes
    • Be more robust in handling error codes from libfixbuf.
    • Fix an issue that prevented shutdown on some BSD OSes.
  • rwsender, rwreceiver bug fix
    • Fix an issue that prevented shutdown on some BSD OSes.
  • rwpollexec bug fix
    • Fix an issue that prevented shutdown on some BSD OSes.
  • rwsettool bug fix
    • Modify rwsettool to exit with status 1 when it is unable to read any IPset file. Previously, rwsettool when only exit with status 1 when it was unable to read the first IPset file.

SiLK Release 3.2.0, 2012-Mar-20

Changelog

  • PySiLK bug fixes
    • Fix a bug when coercing IPv6 bags to a have a 4 byte key.
    • Add the documented but unimplemented key_type argument to Bag_load(), and fix bugs in the deprecated Bag.load_ipaddr() and Bag.load_integer() functions.
    • Fix an issue where some functions in the silk.site module failed to call init_site(), contrary to the documented behavior.
    • Fix a bug that prevented use of silk.site.sensor_description().
    • Improvements to the manual page.
  • rwfglob changes
    • Fix a bug where the --no-file-names switch did nothing.
    • Add a --no-block-check switch to suppress checking the block count of the files.
  • rwreceiver bug fix
    • Handle the case where rwreceiver attempts to receive files with the same name from multiple rwsender processes simultaneously.
    • Stop transferring the current file when a critical error occurs.
  • rwgeoip2ccmap change
    • Update the country code array used when parsing binary MaxMind data to be consistent with GeoIP C API 1.4.8 of 2011-06-24.
  • Building
    • Fix a minor bug in generating the names of manual pages.
    • Support a static packing logic file when building an RPM.

SiLK Release 3.1.0, 2012-Feb-15

Changelog

  • rwset enhancement
    • Add support for the --ipv6-policy switch.
  • rwbag enhancement
    • Add support for the --ipv6-policy switch.
  • rwipfix2silk change
    • Ignore IPFIX records that have a packet or byte count of zero.
  • rwsender, rwreceiver enhancement
    • Add support for GnuTLS 3.x.
    • Fix a potential deadlock during shutdown.
  • flowcap changes
    • Ignore return codes from libfixbuf that indicate it received a NetFlow v9 element it did not understand.
    • Ignore IPFIX records that have a packet or byte count of zero.
    • Fix an issue when multiple NetFlow v5 sources attempted to listen on the same port.
    • Improvements and changes to log messages.
  • rwflowpack changes
    • Allow for categorizing flow records solely based on VLAN tags. To support this change, the sensor.conf file allows multiple blocks for the same sensor to use the same probe.
    • Fix an issue when processing IPFIX files where the file was never closed. This could cause rwflowpack to exit unexpectedly once it ran out of file handles.
    • Fix a crash that would occur at start-up when a NetFlow v5 reader failed to bind to a port.
    • Ignore return codes from libfixbuf that indicate it received a NetFlow v9 element it did not understand.
    • Ignore IPFIX records that have a packet or byte count of zero.
    • Fix an issue of having multiple NetFlow v5 sources listen on the same port.
    • Improvements and changes to log messages.
  • rwflowappend change
    • Use advisory write locks on files in the repository to avoid conflicts when multiple rwflowappend processes attempt to write to the same hourly file.
    • The new switch --no-file-locking can be used to disable these advisory locks.
  • rwpollexec change
    • On systems where "/bin/sh -c" does not use exec, attempt to find a shell that does use exec.
  • rwfilter change
    • rwfilter now exits with status 0 if there is a problem opening or reading an input flow file. Previously, its exit status was 1.
  • PySiLK changes
    • Add a constant containing the maximum bag counter value.
    • Fix a bug in Bag.clear().
  • rwfileinfo bug fix
    • Fix an issue when processing a compressed file containing a corrupted compressed block that caused rwfileinfo to report fewer valid records than actually existed.
  • rwpdedupe bug fix
    • Fix fatal error.
  • rwpmaplookup bug fix
    • Fix a fatal error that would occur if the --map-file was invalid.
  • Building
    • Modify the expected result of some tests run with "make check" when standard input is not a terminal.
    • Fix a configuration issue when testing for Python on Ubuntu.

SiLK Release 3.0.0, 2011-Sep-30

Changelog

  • IPsets support IPv6 addresses
    • In a mixed IPv4 and IPv6 environment, IPv4 addresses are stored in the ::ffff:0:0/96 prefix.
    • rwset and rwsetbuild create IPsets that contain IPv6 addresses.
    • rwsettool manipulates IPsets containing IPv6 addresses.
    • rwsetcat prints IPsets containing IPv6 addresses, though the --network-structure only supports IPv4 currently.
    • INCOMPATIBILITY: By default, rwset, rwsetbuild, and rwsettool create IPsets that are incompatible with SiLK-2.x unless the --record-version=2 switch is specified.
    • INCOMPATIBILITY: The legacy IPset tools rwsetunion and rwsetintersect have been removed. Use rwsettool instead.
  • rwset enhancement
    • The newly added --any-set switch creates a IPset containing both the source and destination IP addresses on the SiLK Flow records.
  • rwsetcat change
    • The --cidr-blocks switch now accepts an optional argument.
  • Bags support IPv6 addresses
    • In a mixed IPv4 and IPv6 environment, IPv4 addresses are stored in the ::ffff:0:0/96 prefix.
    • rwbag and rwbagbuild create bags that contain IPv6 addresses.
    • rwbagtool manipulates IPsets containing IPv6 addresses.
    • rwbagcat prints bags containing IPv6 addresses, though the --network-structure only supports IPv4 currently.
    • Bag files now record the type of the key and counter when the Bag is created.
    • Bag files that contain IPv4 addresses are readable by SiLK-2.x.
    • INCOMPATIBILITY: The maximum counter value supported by bag files has been reduced by 1, to 2^64 - 2.
  • rwbagbuild change
    • The new --key-type and --counter-type switches allow the type of the key and counter to be specified when the bag is created.
  • rwbag changes
    • rwbag no longer stops processing records when an overflow occurs for a particular key. Instead, rwbag sets that key's counter to the maximum value and continues.
    • INCOMPATIBILITY: Deprecated switches (e.g., --sf-file) have been removed, as well as the --legacy-help switch.
  • rwbagcat change
    • INCOMPATIBILITY: The --stats and --tree-stats switches have been removed and replaced by the new switch --print-statistics.
  • Prefix maps support IPv6 addresses
    • rwpmapbuild creates prefix maps that contain IPv6 addresses.
    • rwpmapcat prints prefix maps that contain IPv6 addresses.
  • rwpmapbuild enhancements
    • There is better support for prefix maps that use numbers as labels.
    • Performance is hugely improved when building very large prefix maps.
    • The new --dry-run switch checks the syntax of the file without building the prefix map.
    • The new --ignore-errors switch causes rwpmapbuild to write the output despite errors in the input.
  • rwpmaplookup
    • New tool
    • rwpmaplookup finds information about specific IP address(es) or protocol/port pair(s) in a binary prefix map file and prints the result as text.
    • This tool is an expanded version of rwip2cc, which is now deprecated.
  • rwsiteinfo
    • New tool
    • rwsiteinfo prints information about the sensors, classes, and types specified in the silk.conf site configure file.
    • This tool is an expanded version of mapsid, which is now deprecated.
  • int-ext-fields.so
    • New plug-in for rwcut, rwgroup, rwsort, rwstats, and rwuniq.
    • The int-ext-fields plug-in defines fields (int-ip, ext-ip, int-port, ext-port) which can be used to print, sort by, or group by the internal or external IP or port. This plug-in is useful when a single flow file contains flows in multiple directions.
  • PySiLK enhancements
    • Support for Python 3.x has been added.
    • Support for Python 2.4 and 2.5 is now considered frozen.
    • There are numerous changes to support the IPv6 capability in IPsets and bags.
    • The silk.site class has many changes, especially regarding the reading of the silk.conf file.
    • Three new methods in silk.site class---repository_iter(), repository_silkfile_iter(), and repository_full_iter()---are provided to iterate over files in the data repository. Their use is recommended over the FGlob class.
    • INCOMPATIBILITY: The key_type attribute on Bag objects has been removed.
    • INCOMPATIBILITY: When creating PySiLK plug-ins, any filters must be registered by calling register_filter(). Previously, PySiLK would automatically register a filter.
    • INCOMPATIBILITY: When creating PySiLK plug-ins, fields must be registered with register_field(). The legacy method register_plugin_field() has been removed.
  • Changes across many analysis tools
    • Almost all analysis tools now accept the --xargs switch to read the list of names of files to process from the standard input or a file.
    • A new switch --timestamp-format provides more control over how timestamps are printed. The --epoch-time and --legacy-timestamp switches are now deprecated.
    • A new value for 'attribute' is available. The attribute 'S' is set when the flow generator notices that all packets in the flow are the same size.
    • The key field 'dur' has been renamed to 'duration'. Most uses will be unaffected by this change, but there is a POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY if a user-defined plug-in defines a key field named 'duration' or with a similar prefix.
    • Binary output to a pipe is no longer compressed by default, which provides increased throughput when piping data between SiLK applications.
    • Almost all tools support the SILK_CLOBBER environment variable. When this variable is set, SiLK allows new output files to overwrite existing files.
    • INCOMPATIBILITY: When the --no-columns switch is specified, fields containing TCP flags and attributes are printed without embedded spaces.
    • INCOMPATIBILITY: The --dynamic-library switch has been removed, as well as support for the old dynlib API. Applications must use the --plugin switch and skplugin API.
    • Tools affected by one or more of these changes are rwaddrcount, rwbag, rwbagbuild, rwbagcat, rwbagtool, rwcat, rwcount, rwcut, rwdedupe, rwfilter, rwgroup, rwip2cc, rwipaexport, rwipfix2silk, rwmatch, rwnetmask, rwpackchecker, rwptoflow, rwrandomizeip, rwscan, rwset, rwsetbuild, rwsettool, rwsilk2ipfix, rwsort, rwsplit, rwstats, rwtotal, rwtuc, rwuniq
  • rwcount enhancements
    • New --load-scheme=5 computes the maximum possible values for each bin, as if the entire flow record had occurred in that bin.
    • New --load-scheme=6 computes the minimum possible values for each bin, as if the entire flow record had occurred in some other bin, for records that span multiple bins.
  • rwuniq enhancements
    • Support added for counting the number of distinct values of almost any field.
    • The value 'flows' is now provided as an alias for 'records'.
  • rwstats enhancements
    • Support added for counting the number of distinct values of almost any field.
    • The key 'dur' has been renamed to 'duration'.
    • The value 'flows' is now provided as an alias for 'records'.
    • INCOMPATIBILITY: Deprecated switches (e.g., --sip-topn) have been removed.
  • rwresolve enhancements
    • Support has been added for IPv6 addresses.
    • rwresolve defaults to using the C-ares asynchronous resolving library, if that library was found during compilation.
  • rwfilter changes
    • Better support when writing to a pipe and a file or another pipe simultaneously. Specifically, rwfilter used to exit when any pipe stopped receiving data. Now, rwfilter will finish writing the output to the file or other pipe when one pipe closes.
    • INCOMPATIBILITY: The deprecated --ipport-* and --ippair-* switches have been removed. Use the --tuple-* family of switches instead.
    • INCOMPATIBILITY: The argument to --xargs is now optional. As a result, any use of "--xargs <file>" must be changed to --xargs=<file>.
  • rwcat enhancements
    • Support for putting annotations in the header of the output file has been added (i.e., support for --note-add, --note-file-add).
  • rwmatch enhancement
    • Support for putting annotations in the header of the output file has been added (i.e., support for --note-add, --note-file-add).
    • Support for setting the compression of the output file.
  • rwfileinfo enhancements
    • New --field=16 prints information about an IPset file.
    • New --field=17 prints information about a bag file.
  • rwsort change
    • Internal changes that may affect the order of records that have the same key.
  • rwpdu2silk
    • New tool
    • rwpdu2silk reads files containing NetFlow v5 records and writes a stream of SiLK Flow records.
  • rwipfix2silk, rwsilk2ipfix change
    • These tools are only built when the configure script finds libfixbuf-1.0.0 or later.
  • Deprecated tools
    • rwip2cc is deprecated. Use rwpmaplookup instead.
    • mapsid is deprecated. Use rwsiteinfo instead.
  • rwflowpack, flowcap enhancements
    • rwflowpack and flowcap only support IPFIX (and NetFlow v9) when libfixbuf-1.0.0 or later is available.
    • A single IPFIX probe listening on a TCP port will accept connections from multiple IPFIX clients.
    • An IPFIX probe can specify the name or address of a single host that is allowed to connect.
    • Multiple IPFIX probes can listen on the same TCP port. Listening on a single UDP port for multiple IPFIX probes is not permitted.
    • rwflowpack and flowcap properly handle status messages from yaf and write a message to the log file.
    • rwflowpack and flowcap support listening for flow records on IPv6 addresses.
    • The sensor.conf file accepts a host name as a valid address to listen as or to accept a connection from.
    • INCOMPATIBILITY: Parsing of the sensor.conf file is more strict. Some statements that previous versions of SiLK used to ignore will now cause errors.
    • rwflowpack now writes log messages about missing NetFlow v5 records when reading PDUs from a file.
  • rwsender, rwreceiver enhancements
    • rwsender and rwreceiver support communicating over IPv6 addresses.
    • When running in server mode, rwsender and rwreceiver support binding to a particular IP address on multi-homed machines.
  • Numerous changes to C functions in libraries.
    • Support for dynlib API has been removed. Use the skplugin API instead.
    • The iochecks.h header has been deleted.
    • Functions for skipaddr_t have been moved into skipaddr.h, which you may need to include.
    • The bag API has been largely rewritten, and the old API is deprecated.
    • Many deprecated functions have been removed.
    • Many additional changes.

SiLK Release 2.5.0, 2012-Jun-28

Changelog

  • rwflowpack change
    • Modify the log messages produced by libfixbuf to follow the format of other rwflowpack log messages.
    • Modify NetFlow v9 support to require libfixbuf-1.1.0.
  • flowcap change
    • Modify the log messages produced by libfixbuf to follow the format of other rwflowpack log messages.
    • Modify NetFlow v9 support to require libfixbuf-1.1.0.
  • Building
    • Add new configure switch --enable-asa-zero-packet-hack to work around a bug in the NetFlow9 template used by Cisco ASA routers wherein the template is missing a packetTotalCount field, causing rwflowpack to treat these flows as having 0 packets. When the switch is specified, SiLK sets the packet count to 1 for flow records having a source IP, a byte count, but no packet count. In addition, if SiLK is compiled without IPv6 support, the hack causes rwflowpack to a use fully-expanded file format to store IPv4 flow records collected from netflow-v9 probes.

SiLK Release 2.4.7, 2012-Feb-15

Changelog

  • rwfilter enhancement
    • Better support when writing to a pipe and a file or another pipe simultaneously. Specifically, rwfilter used to exit when any pipe stopped receiving data. Now, rwfilter will finish writing the output to the file or other pipe when one pipe closes.
  • rwset bug fix
    • Ignore IPv6 flow records.
  • rwipfix2silk changes
    • Ignore IPFIX records that have a packet or byte count of zero.
    • Fix an issue where rwipfix2silk did not free the memory for the current input file before opening the next file.
  • rwgeoip2ccmap bug fixes
    • Provide better error messages when the user provides the wrong input switch to the program.
    • When processing binary input, tell the user about any unrecognized values.
    • Verify that the resulting prefix map is valid before writing the map to the output.
  • rwpmapbuild enhancement
    • Performance is hugely improved when building very large prefix maps.
  • rwfileinfo bug fix
    • Fix an issue when processing a compressed file containing a corrupted compressed block that caused rwfileinfo to report fewer valid records than actually existed.
  • rwflowpack bug fix
    • Fix an issue when processing IPFIX files where the file was never closed. This could cause rwflowpack to exit unexpectedly once it ran out of file handles.
    • Ignore return codes from libfixbuf that indicate it received a NetFlow v9 element it did not understand.
    • Ignore IPFIX records that have a packet or byte count of zero.
    • Ignore IPFIX records from yaf marked as "udp-uniflow".
  • flowcap bug fix
    • Ignore return codes from libfixbuf that indicate it received a NetFlow v9 element it did not understand.
    • Ignore IPFIX records that have a packet or byte count of zero.
    • Ignore IPFIX records from yaf marked as "udp-uniflow".
  • PySiLK change
    • Add a constant containing the maximum bag counter value.
  • rwpdedupe bug fix
    • Fix fatal error.
  • Building
    • Modify the expected result of some tests run with "make check" when standard input is not a terminal.
    • Fix a configuration issue when testing for Python on Ubuntu.
  • rwsetunion, rwsetintersect
    • Mark these applications as deprecated. Use rwsettool instead.

SiLK Release 2.4.5, 2011-Feb-25

Changelog

  • flowcap, rwflowpack
    • Modify NetFlow v5 collection to handle changes in sequence number due to router reboots and sequence number roll-overs.
    • Change how missing NetFlow records are reported.
    • Fix potential deadlock that can occur when buffer holding packets to process fills to capacity.
  • rwflowpack
    • For netflow-v5 probes, always use the 'log-flags' setting from sensor.conf regardless of source of the records.
  • rwbag
    • Stop processing input once memory is exhausted.
  • rwfilter
    • Manual page enhancements.

SiLK Release 2.4.4, 2011-Jan-13

Changelog

  • rwcut, rwuniq, rwstats
    • Add a new --integer-tcp-flags switch that prints the TCP flag fields as an integer value instead of characters.
  • rwtuc
    • Provide the --verbose and --stop-on-error switches that report why a field failed to parse.
  • rwfilter, ipafilter.so
    • Fix a bug where the ipafilter.so plug-in prevented rwfilter from using multiple threads, even when ipafilter was not active.
  • rwp2yaf2silk
    • Add a --version switch.
  • Manual page updates in several tools.
  • Configuring/Building
    • Have "make" create Perl and Python scripts from .in files using the paths to Perl and Python found by configure.

SiLK Release 2.4.2, 2010-Dec-1

Changelog

  • rwfilter, ipafilter.so
    • Fix an issue where rwfilter attempted to initialize ipafilter on every invocation, even when IPA-related switches were not given. This prevented rwfilter from running when SiLK was built with IPA support but run-time support for IPA was not configured.
  • flowcap
    • Fix bug in start-up script that passed wrong value to the --clock-time switch.
    • Internal changes.

SiLK Release 2.4.1, 2010-Nov-11

Changelog

  • PySiLK
    • Fix bug in IPv4Addr.mask_prefix() when prefix was 32.
  • rwpmapcat
    • Fix bug where final newline would not be printed for some types of output.
  • rwfileinfo
    • Fix floating point exception when attempting to print record counts for very old SiLK files.
  • rwpollexec
    • Fix unexpected exit that would occur when rwpollexec was run without an archive-directory.
    • Modify rwpollexec so it no longer exits when there is a problem archiving a file or moving it to the error-directory.
  • Configuring/Building
    • Fix issue that prevented building with static packing logic.

SiLK Release 2.4.0, 2010-Sep-30

Changelog

  • rwuniq
    • Change the hashing function used internally. This may affect the order in which bins are printed for unsorted output.
    • Fix a bug in --sorted-output that caused the sort order to always consider start-time and plug-in fields after all other fields, regardless of order they appeared in the --fields switch.
    • Fix a bug when --fields contained start-time, end-time, and duration that caused the output to appear to contain two identically keyed bins.
    • Remove limit on number of temporary files rwuniq may open.
    • WARNING: These changes will affect the output of rwuniq.
  • rwstats
    • Remove limit on number of temporary files rwstats may open.
    • Fix a bug when --fields contained start-time, end-time, and duration that caused the output to appear to contain two identically keyed bins.
  • rwsort
    • Remove limit on number of temporary files rwsort may open.
  • rwtuc
    • Fix a bug in the time parsing code that would be triggered when the time was given as seconds since the UNIX epoch and the field included trailing whitespace.
  • rwcut
    • Fix a bug where --all-fields would fail unless rwcut found the mapping files for country code and address type.
  • rwipaexport, rwipaimport
    • Modified to require libipa-0.5.0.
  • ipafilter.so
    • New plug-in for rwfilter that supports partitioning flow records based on IPA data.
  • PySiLK
    • Minor bug fixes in site initialization.
    • Other minor enhancements.
  • rwpollexec
    • New daemon that monitors a directory for files and invokes a user-supplied command on each file.
  • rwflowpack
    • Add new input mode, respool, that takes SiLK Flow files as input and puts the records into a data repository, maintaining the sensor and class/type values on the original records.
    • Fix a bug when using multiple IPFIX directory-based probes.
  • flowcap
    • Add the --clock-time switch that allows flowcap to expire files at predictable wall-clock times.
  • rwsender, rwreceiver
    • Add a check to determine if the timestamps on the TLS certificates provided on the command line are valid. Have the application write a log message and exit if the certificates are not valid.
    • Explicitly check the timestamps of the TLS certificates received from the other side of the connection in order to provide a better log message when expired certificates are received.
    • Fix issues in handling of simultaneous connections that could cause the process to hang.
    • Fix issues during shutdown that could cause the process to hang.
  • libsilk
    • Fix an issue when reading compressed files that caused the uncompress function to be called more times than was necessary.
  • Configuring/Building/C API
    • Add an SK_ prefix to all CPP macros generated by autoconf to avoid conflicts with other packages that use autoconf.
    • Change some features previously supported by plug-ins to be part of libsilk instead. This affects country code (ccfilter), address type (addrtype), and prefix map (pmapfilter) support.

SiLK Release 2.3.1, 2010-May-11

Changelog

  • rwflowpack
    • Fix a bug in expiring flows from the stream cache that could cause rwflowpack to deadlock or to exit unexpectedly.
  • rwscan
    • Ignore additional flags when checking status of SYN flag.
  • rwsort
    • Fix a bug in the handling presorted input that would occur if rwsort ran out of file descriptors.
  • rwstats
    • Fix a bug in the handling presorted input that would occur if rwstats ran out of file descriptors.
    • Fix a bug in merging temporary files when no distinct fields had been specified.
  • rwuniq
    • Fix a bug in the handling presorted input that would occur if rwuniq ran out of file descriptors.
    • Fix a bug in merging temporary files when no distinct fields had been specified.

SiLK Release 2.3.0, 2010-Apr-29

Changelog

  • rwfileinfo
    • Determining the number of records in a file is much faster.
  • silk.conf
    • The sensor command now allows an optional textual description. To use this feature, the file's version must be set to 2.
  • mapsid
    • New --print-descriptions switch prints the description of the sensors (as set in the silk.conf file).
  • rwflowpack
    • Added a --flat-archive switch that prevents rwflowpack from creating subdirectories below the --archive-directory.
    • The default size of the --file-cache, which determines the number of open files to use for writing, is now 128. The file cache will now close files and remove them from the cache after a period of inactivity. Improve performance of the file cache when attempting to write to more files than will fit into the cache.
    • Improve performance when many poll-directory probes are defined, and fix an issue that could lead to too many open files.
    • In the sensor.conf file, multiple probes may specified within a single sensor block.
    • Modified NetFlow v9 support to require libfixbuf-1.0.0.
  • rwflowappend
    • Added a --flat-archive switch that prevents rwflowappend from creating subdirectories below the --archive-directory.
  • rwreceiver
    • Fix a bug in handling the --post-command.

SiLK Release 2.2.0, 2010-Mar-17

Changelog

  • PySiLK
    • Country code support is now available from PySiLK. Use init_country_code() to initialize, and the IPAddr.country_code() method to return the country code.
    • IPAddr() is replaced by IPv4Addr() and IPv6Addr() which both inherit from an IPAddr() object that will never be instantiated. IPAddr() is now a constructor for IPv4Addr() and IPv6Addr().
    • INCOMPATIBILITY: The IPAddr() constructor no longer accepts an integer as an argument. You must use IPv4Addr() or IPv6Addr().
    • INCOMPATIBILITY: The IPAddr.to_ipv4() and IPAddr.to_ipv6() methods now return new IPv4Addr and IPv6Addr objects, respectively, and no longer modify the exiting IPAddr.
    • New methods on IPAddr objects: mask(), mask_prefix(), octets().
    • New method IPAddr.is_ipv6() should be used in place of IPAddr.isipv6() which is now deprecated.
    • INCOMPATIBILITY: The deprecated IPAddr.ipv6() method has been removed. Use IPAddr.is_ipv6() instead.
    • Bug fixes in plug-in support.
  • rwfilter
    • New --scidr, --not-scidr, --dcidr, etc switches support partitioning by comma separated list of IPs and/or CIDR blocks.
  • rwreceiver
    • Add new --duplicate-destination switch that copies received files to an additional directory. The switch may be repeated.
    • Uses finer grained locking which should improve throughput when receiving from multiple rwsenders.
  • rwsender
    • Add new --local-directory switch that copies incoming files to a local directory (i.e., "send" to the local host). The switch may be repeated.
  • rwflowpack
    • Add new --post-archive-command that specifies a command to run on an input file once rwflowpack has processed the file and moved the file to the archive directory.
  • rwflowappend
    • Add new --reject-hours-past and --reject-hours-future switches that allow rwflowappend to reject files whose records are outside a time window (based on the current time).
  • flowcap
    • Modify log message to report number of missing records when closing a file.
    • Additional log messages added when using --log-level=debug.
  • rwstats
    • Fix a crash that would occur when using --presorted-input on files that contained no records.
  • rwresolve
    • Fix a bug that would occur if the fields were not monotonically increasing.
  • num2dot
    • Fix a bug that resulted in a newline not being printed when converting the final column and there was no final delimiter.
  • Prefix Maps
    • Fix a bug on big-endian 64bit machines where a prefix map file would appear to have no entries.
  • rwscanquery
    • Fix a long-standing bug were rwscanquery used an old name for the rwsetcat command.
  • Configuring/Building/C API
    • Provide simplified APIs in C for creating new fields for rwcut, rwgroup, rwsort, rwstats, and rwuniq via plug-ins. These APIs are similar to those available in PySiLK.
    • New silk_config program can be used to determine the headers and libraries needed to link a program against the SiLK libraries.
    • The hashlib_* functions are now part of libsilk and are no longer in a separate library (libhash).

SiLK Release 2.1.0, 2009-Oct-28

Changelog

  • PySiLK
    • New register_switch() function allows user to create a command line switch that can be used when PySiLK is running as a plug-in.
    • Provide new functions to simplify the registering of fields when working with common data types.
  • rwflowpack
    • In the sensor.conf file, provide a way for the administrator to give a name to a list of IPs or interface values.
    • When reading IPFIX, allow the VLAN identifiers to be stored in the SiLK Flow records in place of the SNMP interface numbers.
    • Allow rwflowpack to discard records (as opposed to packing them) when the records have an IP address or an interface value that matches a list specified by the administrator.
  • rwipfix2silk
    • When reading IPFIX, allow the VLAN identifiers to be stored in the SiLK Flow records in place of the SNMP interface numbers.
  • flowcap
    • When reading IPFIX, allow the VLAN identifiers to be stored in the SiLK Flow records in place of the SNMP interface numbers.
  • rwfilter
    • Add --max-fail switch for consistency with --max-pass.
    • New 'app-mismatch' plug-in will pass flows when the application determined by the flow generator does not match either the source or destination port.
    • Fix a bug when running with multiple threads.
  • rwcut
    • Fix bug where --end-rec-num was being ignored when no other limiting switches were present.
  • rwreceiver
    • Fix a potential deadlock that could occur when an rwsender suddenly becomes unavailable.
  • Building/Installation
    • Fix an issue where we attempted to install rwp2yaf2silk twice.

SiLK Release 2.0.0, 2009-Aug-20

Changelog

  • Prefix Maps
    • Add a map-name keyword to rwpmapbuild which allows a MAPNAME to be specified in the prefix map file.
    • Modify --pmap-file switch to allow an optional MAPNAME: to appear before the file name.
    • Allow rwfilter to use multiple prefix maps in a single invocation: For each MAPNAME, switches --pmap-src-MAPNAME, --pmap-dst-MAPNAME, and --pmap-any-MAPNAME are generated to partition the SiLK Flow records.
    • Allow rwcut, rwgroup, rwsort, rwstats, and rwuniq to use multiple prefix maps in a single invocation: For each MAPNAME, new src-MAPNAME and dst-MAPNAME fields are available.
    • NOTE: The prefix map code is fully backward compatible with previous releases of SiLK.
  • rwuniq
    • Add --values switch that specifies the volumes (aggregate values) that rwuniq should compute. Value columns will be printed in the order they appear in this list.
    • Allow the user to define new aggregate fields by loading plug-ins written in PySiLK or C.
    • Fix issue where IPv4 addresses were being printed as IPv6 by default.
    • Fix a possible bug when sorted output is requested.
    • WARNING: There is a slight difference in the names of the columns that contain the counts of distinct IPs.
  • rwstats
    • Add support for an arbitrary key. The --fields switch specifies the fields that rwstats should as the key. It supports the same fields as rwuniq.
    • Add support for computing multiple volumes. The --values switch specifies the volumes (aggregate values) that rwstats should compute. Value columns will be printed in the order they appear in this list. The first value column will be used as the basis for computing the top-N or bottom-N.
    • Add support for country codes, for generating fields from prefix maps, and for defining fields by loading PySiLK or C plug-ins.
    • Add support for defining new aggregate fields by loading plug-ins written in PySiLK or C.
    • Add support for IPv6 (when enabled at compile time).
    • Add numerous switches to specify the form of the output (--epoch-time, --integer-senors, etc).
    • NOTE: rwstats continues to support the same switches, but many switches are now deprecated.
    • WARNING: There are some differences in the headers and column titles that rwstats generates, and columns may have different widths.
  • rwgroup
    • Add support for the same fields as rwcut.
    • Add support for country codes, for generating fields from prefix maps, and for defining fields by loading PySiLK or C plug-ins.
    • Add support for IPv6 (when enabled at compile time).
    • Allow the user to specify the initial ID to write into the next hop IP field via the --group-offset switch.
    • Add support for the --output-path and --copy-input switches.
    • WARNING: When the --delta-field refers to the source or destination IP address, the --delta-value switch is now taken to be the number of least significant bits to mask off prior to comparing the records.
  • rwcompare
    • New tool to determine whether two SiLK Flow files contain the same records in the same order (in the spirit of UNIX cmp).
  • PySiLK
    • Add Bag support (creating, reading, and writing).
    • Add Prefix map support (read-only).
    • Add operators to IPAddr objects for converting to IPv4 or IPv6.
    • Add operator to IPAddr objects for returning a string that is fully expanded and padded with 0's.
    • Modified the API for creating fields when PySiLK is used as a plug-in: register_field() replaces register_plugin_field(). The previous API is supported but deprecated.
    • Provide new register_filter() function for rwfilter plug-ins.
    • WARNING: The str() method on TCPFlags objects no longer pads the value with spaces. Use the new padded() method on TCPFlags objects to get the old string presentation.
  • General Changes
    • Make the field names case insensitive in rwcut, rwdedupe, rwgroup, rwsort, rwstats, rwtuc, and rwuniq.
    • Provide a new --plugin switch for loading C plug-ins. The --dynamic-library switch on rwcut, rwfilter, rwflowpack, rwgroup, rwptoflow, rwsort, rwstats, and rwuniq is available but deprecated.
    • Allow the SILK_COUNTRY_CODES environment variable to name the location of the country code (ccfilter.so) mapping file to use.
    • Allow the SILK_ADDRESS_TYPES environment variable to name the location of the address types (addrtype.so) mapping file to use.
    • Treat protocol 58 as ICMPv6 when SiLK is compiled with IPv6 support. The rwfilter --icmp-type and --icmp-code will match ICMPv6, and the icmpTypeCode field (rwcut, rwgroup, rwsort, rwstats, rwuniq) will decode the ICMPv6 type and code.
    • Add annotation support (the --note-add family of switches) to rwgroup, rwipaexport, rwipfix2silk, rwnetmask, rwptoflow, rwsort, rwsplit, rwswapbytes, and rwtuc.
    • Allow specification of the compression method to use for the output files created by rwgroup, rwipaexport, rwnetmask and rwsplit.
  • rwnetmask
    • Add support for IPv6 via the --6sip-prefix-length, --6dip-prefix-length, and --6nhip-prefix-length switches.
    • Add new --4sip-prefix-length, --4dip-prefix-length, and --4nhip-prefix-length switches for consistency. For backward compatibility, alias the existing --sip-prefix-length, etc, switches to these IPv4 names.
    • Add support for the --ipv6-policy switch.
  • rwbagcat
    • Enhance the --network-structure switch to allow arbitrary CIDR blocks. You can now print information about any CIDR block size.
    • Add --mask-set switch to print the intersection of the Bag and the IPset. With --zero-counts, prints a counter value for every IP in the IPset.
  • rwbagtool
    • Modify the --subtract operator to no longer treat negative counters as an error; instead the key is not included in the result.
    • Modify the --divide operator to no longer treat values less than 1 as an error; instead the key is not included in the result.
    • Add the --scalar-multiply operator which takes a positive scalar argument and multiplies every counter in the Bag by that value.
    • Add the --minimize operator which creates a Bag that contains, for each key in the input Bags, the smallest counter. A missing key is treated as if its counter is 0.
    • Add the --maximize operator which creates a Bag that contains, for each key in the input Bags, the largest counter.
    • Add the --compare operator to compares the contents of two Bags.
    • WARNING: Remove the deprecated --output-file switch. Use --output-path instead.
  • rwpmapcat
    • Add --left-justify-labels switch that causes the labels to be left justified instead of right justified.
    • Allow the map to read to simply be specified on the command line; that is, no longer require the use of the --map-file switch.
  • rwsetbuild
    • No longer require the file name arguments. rwsetbuild writes to the standard output when only one file is specified; additionally, it reads from the standard input when no files are specified.
  • rwsetcat
    • Enhance the --network-structure switch to allow arbitrary CIDR blocks. You can now print information about any CIDR block size.
  • rwsplit
    • Allow the user to specify value used to initialize the pseudo-random number generator via the new --seed switch.
  • rwcat
    • Add --byte-order switch to allows the user to set the byte order of the output file.
    • Add --ipv4-output switch to allows the user to force the output to be SiLK's default IPv4 format.
  • rwfilter
    • Modify the --flags-all, --flags-initial, and --flags-session switches to allow a comma separated list of HIGH/MASK flag pairs.
    • Modify the --attributes switch to allow a comma separated list of HIGH/MASK attribute pairs.
  • rwscan
    • Fix a bug in the Bayesian Logistic Regression (BLR) method that may have caused it to miss some scans.
  • rwflowpack
    • The "flowcap" input mode (which allowed rwflowpack to connect to a flowcap running in server-mode) has been removed. Use rwsender/rwreceiver to transfer files instead.
    • Add support for processing files created by yaf.
    • Add support for processing SiLK flow files.
    • Add the --verify-sensor-config switch which causes rwflowpack to exit after checking the syntax of the sensor.conf file.
  • flowcap
    • The "server-mode" (which allowed rwflowpack to contact flowcap) has been removed. Use rwsender/rwreceiver to transfer files.
    • Add the --verify-sensor-config switch which causes flowcap to exit after checking the syntax of the sensor.conf file.
  • rwsender, receiver
    • Fix bugs related to using TLS.
    • Make daemons more robust with respect to sudden loss of connectivity to their peer(s).
    • Better handle duplicate files and partially transferred files.
    • Fix a race condition in rwsender when attempting to transfer a file to multiple rwreceivers.
    • Add --error-directory switch to rwsender. rwsender will move to this directory any files that failed to transfer. The --error-directory switch is required.
  • C-Code changes
    • Header files have been moved from src/include to src/include/silk and files should use #include <silk/foo.h> for file foo.h.
    • Rewrite the API to plug-ins. The old API is still supported, but it is deprecated and will be removed in a future release.
    • Provide a new API to IPsets.
    • Many additional changes.

SiLK Release 1.1.9, 2009-Apr-22

Changelog

  • rwflowpack
    • Modify internal buffering of unprocessed records. This should greatly reduce the memory usage.
  • flowcap
    • Allow the compression method to be set at run-time, but continue to default to the "best" compression method available.
    • Modify internal buffering of unprocessed records. This should greatly reduce the memory usage.
  • rwdedupe
    • Fix a bug that caused one record not to be written to the output.
    • Modify the sort key so that the --delta-fields have the lowest priority.
  • rwrandomizeip
    • Fix a bug and potential crash on Solaris.
  • rwpackchecker
    • Fix minor bugs in output and exit status.
  • rwsender/rwreceiver
    • Fix a crash that could occur due to a thread synchronization error.
  • silk.spec
    • Fix an issue where the daemon control scripts would look in the wrong location for their conf files.
    • Fix a bug in the pre-uninstall section.
  • daemon control scripts
    • Address potential shell quoting issues.

SiLK Release 1.1.8, 2009-Mar-19

Changelog

  • rwflowpack
    • Allow the packing logic to use the ingressInterface and egressInterface values in data from IPFIX probes.
    • Fix crash that would occur when multiple probes were configured to listen on the same port.
  • rwsender/rwreceiver
    • Add a feature to close connections that have been completely silent for two keep-alive cycles.
    • Fix a bug that prevented keep-alive messages from being sent.
  • rwipfix2silk
    • Fix a bug that prevented rwipfix2silk from handling multiple input files.

SiLK Release 1.1.7, 2009-Mar-9

Changelog

  • rwresolve
    • Add support for the ADNS library to speed IP to host mapping.
    • Add support for a name cache to avoid querying DNS repeatedly for the same IP.
  • rwfilter
    • Any support for --pmap-any-address and --pmap-any-port-proto.
    • Fix a bug that caused threaded rwfilter to always exit with a non-zero status.
  • rwsort
    • Add a --reverse switch that causes the records to be sorted from largest key to smallest.
  • flowrate.so
    • Add switches to the flowrate.so plug-in to estimate the payload bytes of a flow and the payload bytes per second.
  • cutmatch.so
    • Fix a bug that prevented the cutmatch.so plug-in from registering its field name with rwcut.
  • Cygwin compatibility
    • Fix issues that prevented compilation of some packing tools.
    • Fix a bug in use of getaddrinfo.

SiLK Release 1.1.6, 2009-Feb-17

Changelog

  • PySiLK
    • Add support for a new SILK_PYTHON_TRACEBACK environment variable. When set, errors in the Python code will be reported to the user.
    • FUNCTIONAL CHANGE: IPSet.add(), IPSet.discard(), and IPSet.remove() now accept only a single IPAddr or a single IP Address string. (They used to support IPWildcards).
    • Fix bugs in RWRec when handling certain dates and time-ranges from Python.
    • In the register_plugin_field() function, change the name of the 'field_len' parameter to 'text_len', but allow 'field_len' for backwards compatibility.
    • The silk.plugin module is now available outside of PySiLK plug-ins, allowing the use of register_plugin_field() from library code.
    • Deprecate IPAddr.ipv6() in favor of IPAddr.isipv6().
    • Update and expand documentation.
  • rwcount
    • Fix fatal error in --load-scheme=0 when used with --end-epoch.
  • rwip2cc
    • Fix minor bug in output when --address is specified.
  • rwpmapbuild
    • Fix a bug that prevented --input-file=stdin from working.
  • flowcap
    • Fix a bug that prevented processing of NetFlow v9 data.
  • rwflowpack
    • When any write error occurs, force rwflowpack to shutdown.
    • Change how shutdown is initiated and the order in which structures are destroyed to avoid fatal memory errors.
  • rwflowappend
    • Do not exit when attempting to open an invalid incremental file; instead, move the invalid file to the error-directory, log an error, and continue to run.
    • Fix a bug where the --hour-file-command was not being invoked.
    • Fix an issue on Mac OS X where rwflowappend would not respond to signals once the --post-command/--hour-file-command had run.
  • rwreceiver
    • Fix an issue on Mac OS X where rwreceiver would not respond to signals once the --post-command had run.
  • Support systems that do not provide getaddrinfo.

SiLK Release 1.1.3, 2008-Nov-21

Changelog

  • rwsender
    • Greatly reduce the memory requirement of rwsender by memory-mapping the files as they are sent. Previously, the files were read into RAM, causing the rwsender process to have a large memory footprint.
  • rwfilter
    • Fix a bug in parsing the user's times when SiLK was configured with --enable-localtime and Daylight Savings Time is active.
  • flowrate.so
    • Provide a manual page for the flowrate plug-in.
  • rwuniq
    • Fix a bug that prevented the use of PySiLK from within rwuniq.
  • rwreceiver
    • Fix a memory error when using the --post-command.
  • rwflowappend
    • Fix a memory error when using the --post-command.
  • Plug-in support
    • Force SiLK plug-ins to have an ".so" suffix, to better support systems that use a different suffix for shared objects.
  • Minor fixes to manual pages and --help output.

SiLK Release 1.1.2, 2008-Sep-18

Changelog

  • rwuniq
    • New --sort-output switch causes rwuniq to present its output in sorted order, where the sort-key is the --fields value.
  • rwflowpack
    • SiLK now supports collection of NetFlow v9 when linked with libfixbuf-0.8.0.
    • Writing of records by rwflowpack has been greatly enhanced by using finer-grained locking and using pthread read/write locks on systems that support them.
    • New --error-directory switch allows rwflowpack to continue processing files in spite of an invalid input flow file. Previously, an invalid input file would cause rwflowpack to exit. rwflowpack will still exit unless the --error-directory is set.
    • New --file-cache-size switch allows the user to control the number of output files that rwflowpack has open simultaneously.
    • Fixed some issues that occurred when reading data from IPFIX and NetFlow-v9 probes when the UDP protocol was used.
    • rwflowpack now provides more logging messages, especially when run with --log-level=debug.
    • Fixed a potential crash during shutdown when using PDU Directory polling.
  • rwreceiver
    • New --post-command switch causes rwreceiver to invoke the specified command on each file once the file has been received.
  • rwpmapcat
    • Enhanced the output to print Protocol/Port Prefix Maps as ranges of protocol/port pairs.
  • rwpmapbuild
    • Fix a bug in reading Protocol/Port Prefix Maps where the file was not marked as containing protocol/port pairs.
  • pmapfilter.so
    • Fix a crash on some operating systems caused by failure to allocate enough memory for the Prefix Map.

SiLK Release 1.1.1, 2008-Aug-8

Changelog

  • rwip2cc
    • POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY. When reading the IP input from a file, the default output is now two columns: the IP and the country code. The output for a single IP is unchanged.
    • Use the new --print-ips switch to force whether IPs should be printed.
    • Additional switches have been added to control the format of the columns.
  • rwfilter
    • New --flowtype switch allows selection of data from multiple class/type pair, including data from different classes.
    • Support for the --tuple-* switch is now compiled into rwfilter instead of being supported by a plug-in.
    • Fix a crash that would occur when a class in silk.conf listed no default types.
  • flowrate.so
    • A new plugin exists to filter, display, sort, and bin by packets-per-second, bytes-per-second, and bytes-per-packet. The flowrate.so plugin must be explicitly loaded in the application.
  • rwflowpack
    • Add capability to watch directories for NetFlow v5 files, where each directory is associated with a probe.
    • Fix a bug in parsing the sensors from sensor.conf that causes later *-probes statements to overwrite the previous probes.
  • flowcap
    • Fix crash that occurred when flowcap was called with no arguments.
  • rwpmapbuild
    • Fix a bug that prevented parsing of protocol/port pairs.
  • rwbagtool, rwsettool
    • Fix a bug where the --note-strip switch was configured to require an argument.
  • rwflowappend
    • Fix a bug where the default data format was network byte order instead of native byte order.
  • PySiLK Configuration
    • Fix an issue that prevented the PySiLK code from being relocated during installation.
    • Add a library whose absence prevented configuration on OpenBSD.
    • Fix a bug in the Makefile that preventing compilation when BSD make was used.
  • Several tools
    • Fix a crash that would occur when attempting to read SiLK flows from a non-flow file.

SiLK Release 1.1.0, 2008-Jul-9

Changelog

  • PySiLK
    • Change the default install location for PySiLK so it is now installed with other Python modules. Use the configure script's --with-python-prefix switch to change the install location.
    • Extend the PySiLK capability to support user-defined fields in rwsort and rwuniq.
    • Change the way the user defines PySiLK fields for rwcut. POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY.
    • Fix a reference counting bug that led to a memory leak.
    • Improve the checks for Python that occur during configuration.
  • rwuniq
    • Enhance to handle the issue of fast memory being exhausted. rwuniq will use temporary files to allow it to process more bins than will fit in memory.
    • Fix an issue where rwuniq would not correctly process multiple input files when the --presorted-input switch was given.
  • rwtotal
    • Add the ability to print only bins that meet minimum and/or maximum thresholds for bytes, packets, and/or record counts.
  • rwaddrcount
    • Provide new --min-* and --max-* switches as aliases to the existing --rec-min, --rec-max, etc switches.
  • rwsort
    • Modify so that the maximum buffer size is approached gradually, making its memory usage more closely reflect only what it needs.
    • Add the --print-filenames switch for consistency with other tools.
  • rwdedupe
    • Modify so that the maximum buffer size is approached gradually, making its memory usage more closely reflect only what it needs.
  • rwfilter
    • Fix a bug that caused the --sensors switch not to accept a numeric range of sensors.
  • rwsender
    • Improve performance by reducing the amount of memory that must be copied when reading files.
    • Improve the logging. The log now includes the time it took to send a file.
  • rwreceiver
    • Improve the logging.
  • rwflowappend
    • Fix issue where rwflowappend would exit if the final record in an incremental file was invalid.
  • rwflowpack
    • Enhance the sensor.conf syntax and packing logic so that all flow records collected from a particular probe can be labeled as traveling between two networks. This allows all flows seen by that probe to be labeled as incoming, for example.
    • In sensor.conf, rename the netflow probe to netflow-v5, but allow netflow as an alias for netflow-v5 for compatibility.
  • flowcap
    • In sensor.conf, rename the netflow probe to netflow-v5, but allow netflow as an alias for netflow-v5 for compatibility.

SiLK Release 1.0.1, 2008-May-1

Changelog

  • rwcut
    • Extended the PySiLK capability to support user-defined columns in rwcut.
  • rwmatch
    • Enhancements to allow both sides of the conversation to be included in the output.
  • cutmatch.so
    • A new plug-in to print the values that rwmatch writes into the next-hop IP field.
  • rwbagtool
    • Allow "--output" to be an abbreviation for "--output-path".
  • rwsender
    • Allow the block size used when sending files to rwreceiver to be specified on the command line.
  • rwuniq
    • Fix bug that prevented the upper bound of the --bytes, --packets, --flows, etc switches from being parsed.
  • rwptoflow
    • Fix bug that would result in the bytes value being incorrect (the value was not being byte-swapped).
  • flowcap, rwflowpack, rwflowappend, rwreceiver, rwsender
    • Fix a fatal bug in the start-up of daemons that occurred when logging was set to "syslog" or "none".
  • Additional minor bug fixes

SiLK Release 1.0.0, 2008-Mar-31

Changelog

  • rwfilter can support filtering using expressions written in Python, and it is possible to manipulate SiLK Flow records from within Python. This feature requires Python 2.4 or later, and you must specify --with-python when you run configure. See the "PySiLK: SiLK in Python" language reference documentation, and the --python-expr and --python-file switches on rwfilter.
  • Preliminary support for IPv6 addresses can be included. Use the --enable-ipv6 switch on the configure script to include IPv6 support in SiLK. When IPv6 is present, rwfilter provides a --ip-version switch to filter on IPv4 and/or IPv6 addresses, and the tools rwuniq and rwcut provide a --ipv6-policy switch (and SILK_IPV6_POLICY environment variable) that controls the display of IPv6 addresses.
  • rwfilter now supports threads. Performance is greatly improved for queries that look at many files but return few records. Use the --threads switch on rwfilter or the SILK_RWFILTER_THREADS environment variable to control the number of threads. By default, rwfilter will use a single thread. Our testing has found that performance peaks around four threads per CPU, but performance will vary depending on the type of query and the number of records returned.
  • There are new binary SiLK file formats, and the format of every SiLK file has changed. SiLK-1.0.0 can read files created by earlier versions of SiLK; however, releases prior to SiLK-1.0.0 will not be able to read SiLK-1.0.0 files. Binary SiLK files now contain additional information in their headers, including the version of SiLK that produced the file.
  • Delimited textual output has changed in almost all tools. Note this is a POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY and may break scripts. A new --no-final-delimiter switch prevents printing of the final delimiter in the textual output of rwaddrcount, rwbagcat, rwcount, rwcut, rwpmapcat, rwsetcat, rwstats, rwtotal, rwuniq. In addition, the --delimited switch now enables --no-final-delimiter, making it easier for the output to be parsed by other tools. If you need to maintain compatibility with earlier versions of SiLK, replace --delimited=X with --no-columns --column-sep=X.
  • Arbitrary notes (annotations) can be added to the headers of some SiLK files. Use the --note-add=TEXT to add a note, or --note-file-add=FILE to add text from a file. The rwfileinfo tool will view the notes. Notes are supported by rwbag, rwbagbuild, rwbagtool, rwcat, rwfilter, rwset, rwsetbuild, rwsettool.
  • Site information is completely determined at run-time. The rules that rwflowpack uses to categorize flows are now controlled by a run-time plug-in that rwflowpack loads. The name of the plug-in must be passed to rwflowpack via the --packing-logic switch, or set in the silk.conf file.
  • The sensor.conf file used by rwflowpack and flowcap has a completely different syntax. See the Installation Handbook and the rwflowpack(8) and sensor.conf(5) manual pages. The update-sensor-conf script converts the old syntax to the new.
  • A new rwidsquery tool is provided. rwidsquery takes a Snort alert log or rule file and invokes rwfilter with the appropriate arguments to find the SiLK flow records that match the input file.
  • Bugs have been fixed in processing times on Solaris when the machine's timezone was not UTC.
  • Configuring SiLK to use legacy timestamps by default is no longer supported. The --legacy-timestamps switch is still supported on the applications.
  • When looking for support files (such as country_codes.pmap), tools will look in $SILK_PATH/share/silk/ and $SILK_PATH/share/, but they no longer look in $SILK_PATH/.
  • buildset, readset, setintersect, rwset-union
    • These symbolic links to rwsetbuild, rwsetcat, rwsetintersect, and rwsetunion are no longer created.
  • rwaddrcount
    • See discussion of --no-final-delimiter above.
  • rwbag
    • See discussion of --note-add above.
  • rwbagbuild
    • The --output switch has been renamed to --output-path.
    • See discussion of --note-add above.
  • rwbagcat
    • The --output switch has been renamed to --output-path.
    • See discussion of --no-final-delimiter above.
  • rwbagtool
    • See discussion of --note-add above.
    • The --output-file switch is deprecated. Use --output-path instead.
  • rwcat
    • See discussion of --note-add above.
  • rwcount
    • Enhancement to support millisecond-sized bins. Specify a fractional value to the --bin-size switch: --bin-size=0.500.
    • As a side effect of this millisecond capability, the output from the default load scheme (--load-scheme=4, splitting a flow by its active time) will now divide flows across each millisecond that the flow is active. This results in slightly different output.
    • New --end-epoch switch allows user to control the final bin to print.
    • The --delimiter switch has been removed. Use the --column-separator switch instead. (Note that the --delimited switch still exists).
    • See also discussion of --no-final-delimiter above.
  • rwcut
    • A new --all-fields switch causes all possible fields to be printed.
    • New --ipv6-policy switch controls how IPv6 flows are handled.
    • See also discussion of --no-final-delimiter above.
  • rwdedupe
    • The --identical-fields switch has been renamed to --ignore-fields, and --sort-buffer-size has been renamed to --buffer-size.
  • rwfileinfo
    • Output has changed to reflect new SiLK binary file headers.
  • rwfilter
    • New --python-expr and --python-file switches.
    • New --threads switch.
    • See discussion of --note-add above.
    • New tuple.so plug-in filters flow records based on any subset of the five-tuple {source-ip, destination-ip, source-port, destination-port, protocol}. The --ippair-any and --ipport-any switches are deprecated.
    • The --ippair-any and --ipport-any switches no longer work for files that use only TAB characters between the two columns of input. Change the TAB characters to spaces.
    • New --ip-version switch when IPv6 support is enabled.
    • Fix an issue where an error writing to the file system was not being correctly reported.
    • Fix a bug that caused the --site-config-file switch to be ignored.
  • rwmatch
    • New --unmatched switch allows unmatched records to be written to the output.
    • New --symmetric-delta switch allows either input file to contain the initiating flow.
  • rwpmapbuild
    • See discussion of --note-add above.
    • rwpmapbuild has been rewritten as a C application.
  • rwpmapcat
    • See discussion of --no-final-delimiter above.
  • rwnetmask
    • Enhancement so that it takes file names from the command line and produces a file as output.
    • Renamed switches to be more consistent with other tools but leave the old names for compatibility.
  • rwscan
    • Existing output files are no longer overwritten.
    • Printing of each file name processed, thread creation, etc. is now only done when the user specifies --verbose-progress on the command line.
    • New --verbose-results prints information about each IP.
    • New switches allow setting the parameters used by the TWR algorithm.
    • New --integer-ips switch to print IPs as integers.
    • In the printed output, headers and output records now end with a delimiter by default. This can be turned off with --no-final-delimiter.
    • The --scandb switch enables --no-final-delimiter.
    • The --output-file switch has been renamed to --output-path.
    • Improved manual page.
  • rwset: POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY.
    • Running rwset with no arguments will no longer produce an IPset. The IPset(s) to create MUST now be specified with the --sip, --dip, and/or --nhip switches.
    • See discussion of --note-add above.
  • rwsetbuild
    • See discussion of --note-add above.
  • rwsetcat
    • See discussion of --no-final-delimiter above.
  • rwsettool
    • See discussion of --note-add above.
  • rwstats
    • See discussion of --no-final-delimiter above.
  • rwtotal
    • See discussion of --no-final-delimiter above.
  • rwuniq: POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY.
    • The --threshold switch is no longer supported. Use the --flows switch instead.
    • The output from rwuniq may appear in a different order due from previous releases due to changes in the internal hash table.
    • The --sip-distinct and --dip-distinct switches are handled more efficiently for sparse IPs.
    • New --ipv6-policy switch controls how IPv6 flows are handled.
    • See discussion of --no-final-delimiter above.
  • Summary of changes that may break old scripts or usage patterns
    • See the discussion of --no-final-delimiter above.
    • rwbagbuild: The --output switch has been renamed to --output-path. Since --output is a legal abbreviation of --output-path, no end-user effects should be seen.
    • rwbagtool: The --output switch has been renamed to --output-path. Since --output is a legal abbreviation of --output-path, no end-user effects should be seen.
    • rwcount: The --delimiter switch has been removed. Use the --column-separator switch instead. (Note that the --delimited switch still exists).
    • rwdedupe: The --identical-fields switch has been renamed to --ignore-fields, and --sort-buffer-size has been renamed to --buffer-size.
    • rwtotal: The --delimiter switch has been removed. Use the --column-separator switch instead. (Note that the --delimited switch still exists).
    • rwuniq: The --threshold switch is no longer supported. Use the --flows switch instead.
  • For programmers
    • The IP address is now an abstract object.
    • All access to the fields of an rwRec should occur through the rwRec* wrappers.
    • Time is now represented as an sktime_t (a signed 64bit integer), representing milliseconds since the UNIX epoch.
    • There have been many changes to the library functions.
  • The following incompatible changes exist in the packing tools
    • The sensor.conf syntax is completely different.
    • rwflowpack: When processing PDU-files as input, you need to use --input-mode=pdufile instead of --input-mode=file.
    • rwflowpack: The --fc-address and --fc-port switches have been removed; use --flowcap-address and --flowcap-port instead.
    • flowcap: The --sensors switch has been removed. The --probes switch offers similar functionality, but takes the names of probes, not sensors.

SiLK Release 0.11.9, 2008-Jan-17

Changelog

  • rwfilter
    • Provide a mechanism to log statistics about the commands that were run and the number of files and records involved.
  • flowcap, rwflowpack
    • Fix occasional crashes when collecting flows from IPFIX sensors. To collect flows from an IPFIX sensor, libfixbuf-0.7.2 or greater is now required.
  • rwstats
    • Fix a bug in the output generated by the --overall-stats switch where the maximum would not be displayed correctly when the input consisted of a single flow.
  • rwsender, rwreceiver
    • Fix a bug that was causing frequent retries and disconnects between rwsender and rwreceiver.
  • rwaddrcount, rwcount, rwcut, rwtotal
    • Fix a bug where --output-path=/dev/null would send the textual output to stdout.
  • rwtuc
    • Do not create the "bad-input-lines" file when all of the input is successfully processed.
  • rwdedupe
    • New tool to remove duplicate SiLK Flow records from a file.
  • libippair.so
    • New plug-in for rwfilter to partition flow records based on the source and destination IPs as a pair.
  • rwsort
    • New --presorted-input switch allows rwsort to process previously sorted files (rwsort will merge-sort the files).
  • rwsetbuild
    • Now supports input having an IP range on each line when the --ip-ranges switch is specified.
  • rwsettool
    • Added a new --mask operation so a user can see which IP blocks contain an IP address.

SiLK Release 0.11.7, 2007-Sep-6

Changelog

  • rwsender, rwreceiver
    • rwsender and rwreceiver can encrypt their communication if the GnuTLS library is found when SiLK is configured.
  • rwnetmask
    • Always write the SiLK headers to the output file so that files with no data are still valid SiLK files.
  • rwrandomizeip
    • Always write the SiLK headers to the output file so that files with no data are still valid SiLK files.
  • rwswapbytes
    • Always write the SiLK headers to the output file so that files with no data are still valid SiLK files.
  • rwsender
    • Fix a bug where rwsender was not properly closing files, leading rwsender to eventually run out of file descriptors.
    • Fix a bug that causes rwsender to crash when it loses the connection to an rwreceiver during the transfer of a file.
  • rwflowpack
    • Fix a bug in reading flowcap files on 64bit platforms that caused the records in the file to be ignored.
  • rwscanquery
    • Require that the location of the output file be specified with the --output-path switch.
  • rwcut, rwuniq
    • Fix several issues in rwcut and rwuniq when dealing with prefix map (pmap) files that had dictionary items longer than 63 characters. A new --pmap-column-width switch is available to limit the number of characters that are printed.
  • rwfilter
    • Fix a bug where the --icmp-type and --icmp-code were not filtering out non-ICMP traffic.
  • rwscan
    • Fix a bug by closing the output after all worker threads have joined. This fixes the problem of missing output and double free() errors.
  • rwcut
    • Fix a bug where the --copy-input switch was not copying its input.
    • Fix a bug where, when displaying the end-time and the milliseconds value was larger than 1000, rwcut was not properly incrementing the seconds value.
  • rwset
    • Fix misplaced text in the rwset man page.

SiLK Release 0.11.2, 2007-Jun-14

Changelog

  • rwfilter
    • Fix a bug that occurred during parsing of the --sensors switch when only numeric sensors were specified.
    • Fix a double close() of the --print-statistics stream.
  • rwbagcat
    • Recognize when the user explicitly sets 'minkey' to 0, which fixes a bug.
  • rwsetcat
    • Add the switch --ip-ranges to allow printing the IPset as a list of IP-ranges.
  • rwsort
    • Add the switch --sort-buffer-size to support setting the maximum amount of RAM rwsort tries to allocate for the buffer used to hold the SiLK Flow records prior to sorting.
  • rwfglob
    • Add the switch --no-file-names to suppress printing of file names.
    • Add the switch --no-summary to suppress printing of the number of files found.
  • rwscanquery
    • Make the queries more efficient.
    • Make the --start-date switch more closely match the behavior of rwfilter.
  • rwgeoip2ccmap
    • Append the string '-input' to the names of the options to match the manual page.
  • Building
    • Add the 'pmap-example.txt' file that was missing from the SiLK-0.11.1 release.
    • In the src/libskipfix and src/rwipa directories, make certain the CFLAGS found during configuration are passed to CC when building.

SiLK Release 0.11.1, 2007-May-17

Changelog

This release has many changes from the previous SiLK-0.10.5 Release.

End user features, enhancements, and bug fixes:

  • New scan detection system: rwscan and rwscanquery
    • rwscan reads SiLK Flow data and uses a hybrid of Threshold Random Walk and Bayesian Logistic Regression to detect scanning activity. rwscan output textual records describing the scan. If these are inserted into a relational database, rwscanquery can be used to query for the scanning activity. rwscanquery can query Oracle, Postgres, or MySQL databases.
  • New tools for IPFIX support
    • rwsilk2ipfix converts SiLK Flow records to an IPFIX format.
    • rwipfix2silk converts IPFIX flow records to the SiLK format.
    • These tools can be used in place of the rwp2yaf2silk script.
    • Support for these tools requires that libfixbuf-0.6.0 be installed prior to building SiLK.
  • New tools for IP storage
    • rwipaexport takes IP addresses from an IP Address Association (IPA) catalog and creates a SiLK IPset, Bag, or Prefix Map (pmap).
    • rwipaimport enters the IP addresses from a SiLK IPset, Bag, or Prefix Map into an IPA catalog.
    • Support for these tools requires that libipa-0.2.0 be installed prior to building SiLK.
  • Additional new tools
    • rwsplit divides a SiLK Flow file into smaller files based on the number of flows, bytes, packets, or unique IPs. It also provides the ability to sample the input.
    • rwsettool provides the functionality of rwsetintersect and rwsetunion and additional functions such as set difference and sampling of an IPset. The rwsetintersect and rwsetunion tools are deprecated.
    • rwsetmember determines if a (textual) IP is a member of an IPset. Determining this in previous releases of SiLK required filtering the output of rwsetcat or creating an IPset containing a single IP.
    • rwpmapcat prints the contents of a Prefix Map (pmap) file.
  • rwfilter enhancements and bug fixes
    • Allow the parameter to the --flags-all, --flags-init, and --flags-session switches to be a list of HIGH/MASK pairs separated by commas, e.g., --flags-all=S/S,A/A.
    • Do not print statistics or create output files when the --dry-run switch is specified.
    • Fix a file corruption issue that would occur when processing multiple files if the first input file was not successfully opened: the output file would be generated without a SiLK header.
    • Exit with a non-zero exit status if the class, type, or sensor values are invalid.
    • Fix a bug in processing the --start-date and --end-date switches when local timezone support was enabled and the local timezone was east of UTC.
  • rwbag enhancements and bug fixes
    • rwbag now supports creating Bags whose key is the sensor ID, next hop IP, input interface or output interface.
    • Allow rwbag to act like UNIX tee(1) by adding the --copy-input switch. This switch sends all SiLK Flow input to the specified file, stream, or named pipe.
    • Print errors as human readable text, not error codes
    • Fix a bug with releasing memory multiple times when rwbag ran out of memory.
  • rwrandomizeip enhancement
    • Allow the user to restrict the set of IPs that are modified via two command line arguments: --dont-change-set and --only-change-set. Both switches take an IPset; the first switch prevents the IP from being changed; the second causes only the listed IPs to be changed.
  • mapsid enhancement
    • The --print-classes switch will print the class(es) to which each sensor belongs.
  • rwcount enhancement and changes
    • Implement the --output-path switch which directs rwcount to write its output to the specified location.
    • Allow rwcount to act like UNIX tee(1) by adding the --copy-input switch. This switch sends all SiLK Flow input to the specified file, stream, or named pipe.
    • The column widths have changed slightly
  • rwaddrcount enhancement
    • Implement the --output-path and --copy-input switches as described for rwcount.
  • rwcut enhancement
    • Implement the --output-path and --copy-input switches as described for rwcount.
  • rwstats enhancement
    • Implement the --output-path and --copy-input switches as described for rwcount.
  • rwset enhancement
    • Implement the --copy-input switch as described for rwcount.
  • rwtotal enhancement
    • Implement the --output-path switch as described for rwcount.
  • rwuniq enhancement
    • Implement the --output-path switch as described for rwcount.
  • rwsetcat bug fix
    • Fix bug where the $PAGER was not being used.
  • rwbagcat bug fixes
    • Do not print a warning message when attempting to print an empty Bag or when the min/max limits caused no entries to be printed.
    • Fix bug where the $PAGER was not being used.
    • Print errors as human readable text, not error codes
  • rwbagtool bug fix
    • Print errors as human readable text, not error codes
  • rwcat bug fix
    • Modify rwcat so it will always print the SiLK header to a file, even when no records are present
  • rwappend enhancement and bug fix
    • New --print-statistics switch causes the number of records processed to be printed to the standard error.
    • Output change: Modified rwappend so it only prints the number of records processed when --print-statistics is given.
    • Fix a problem that occurred when SiLK was compiled with compression enabled by default and the applications were processing SiLK files produced by releases of SiLK prior to 0.10.5: the application would exit with the error message "Operation not permitted on compressed file" and no output would be generated.
  • rwswapbytes bug fix
    • See compression-related bug fix for rwappend
  • rwnetmask bug fix
    • See compression-related bug fix for rwappend

Administration and configuration changes:

  • New "silk.conf" file removes the requirement that sensors be defined at compile-time.
    • The sensors, classes, and types are now defined at run-time through the use of a "silk.conf" text file. This file should be installed in the SILK_DATA_ROOTDIR directory.
    • The run-time configuration allows a single installation of the analysis tools to query multiple data sets; simply set the SILK_DATA_ROOTDIR environment variable to the location of the data.
    • The location of this file can also be specified by setting the SILK_CONFIG_FILE environment variable to its location, or by using the --site-config-file switch on most SiLK applications.
    • The packer (rwflowpack) still requires certain classes and types to be defined, and it cannot use new classes and types without modifying C code. This restriction will go away in a future release.
  • Major changes to the build system.
    • The build system now uses all aspects of the GNU Autotools chain including 'automake' and 'libtool'.
    • The tools can now be built with shared library support, reducing the size of the binaries and allowing the kernel to use a single copy of libsilk when multiple SiLK tools are running.
    • Note that the use of shared libraries means the binaries can no longer easily be relocated; instead you should run "make install" again with the new location.
    • The SiLK headers are now copied to the install target directory
    • GNU make is no longer required to build the tools.
  • New packing rules are used by default.
    • The default site has changed from "generic" to "twoway". The twoway site allows flow records to be categorized and stored as internal-to-internal (int2int) and external-to-external (ext2ext). In addition, the "out" type is no longer everything that is not "in". The files created by the generic site are forward compatible with the twoway site; however, if you wish to continue using your current packing rules, run configure with the --enable-silk-site=generic switch. See the SiLK Installation Handbook for details.
  • New transfer daemons: rwsender and rwreceiver
    • These are meant to replace the direct connectivity between flowcap and rwflowpack. These daemons allow the flowcap files to be sent to multiple rwflowpack processes.
    • In addition, they allow rwflowpack to process data on one system and send small files containing SiLK Flow records (called "incremental files") to another system (where the rwflowappend daemon is running) for analysis.
  • New packing tool: rwflowappend
    • rwflowappend appends SiLK Flow records contained in "incremental files" to hourly files.
  • Changes to flowcap and rwflowpack
    • The flowcap and rwflowpack tools have been modified to work with the new rwsender and rwreceiver, though they can also be used in legacy mode. With the transport removed from flowcap, flowcap files can now be sent to multiple locations.
  • IPFIX flow collection enhancement
    • Previous releases of SiLK (rwflowpack and flowcap) could only read IPFIX streams generated by YAF. With this release, SiLK can read flows from any IPFIX-compliant generator.
  • Remove zlib requirement in rwflowpack
    • Allow rwflowpack to be built even if zlib is not available. However, rwflowpack will not be able to read files of NetFlow PDUs when zlib is not present.
  • New packing tool: rwpackchecker
    • rwpackchecker performs a basic integrity check of a packed SiLK file.

SiLK Release 0.10.5, 2006-Dec-12

Changelog

  • Data file version number bump
    • Fix a forward compatibility issue in SiLK between releases prior to 0.10.0 and releases 0.10.0 through 0.10.4 when data compression is enabled (either via the --enable-output-compression switch to 'configure' or the --compression-method switch to various applications). Versions of SiLK prior to 0.10.0 did not check the value of the 'compression' byte in the header; when reading a SiLK file from 0.10.0 with compression enabled, these versions will silently attempt to read the data section without uncompressing it, leading to incorrect output.

      The issue is resolved in SiLK 0.10.5 by incrementing the version number of every SiLK file format that supports compression of the data section of the file (IPsets, Bags, and the output from rwfilter, rwcat, rwsort, rwflowpack, and rwptoflow).

      We recommend using the "silk-version-bump-0-10-5" script included with the distribution to increment the version number of files created with releases of SiLK prior to 0.10.5 that have compression enabled. The script will only modify SiLK files that have compression enabled; it will not modify non-SiLK files nor SiLK files that do no have compression enabled.
  • rwcount change
    • IMPORTANT. The default binning mode (load-scheme) has changed. The former scheme put each flow's entire volume into the first second of the flow. The new scheme evenly divides the volume across each second of the flow's duration, which should help reduce "spikiness" in the data. Any scripts that rely on the former method should have "--load-scheme=1" added explicitly to rwcount's invocation.
  • rwuniq enhancement and bug fix
    • New flag "--presorted-input" makes rwuniq assume that the data has been sorted with rwsort using the same set of "--fields". This reduces rwuniq's memory requirement and allows it to work like it's UNIX counterpart 'uniq'.
    • Fix a memory fault that could occur when using the --sip-distinct and/or --dip-distinct switches on large data sets.
  • rwfilter changes
    • rwfilter will continue to process even if there is a problem with an input file.
    • rwfilter will now process multiple RWFILTER input files, though it prints a warning that file history is being lost.
    • rwfilter supports time filtering (via the --stime and --etime switches) to the millisecond.
  • New script rwp2yaf2silk
    • rwp2yaf2silk converts a file of pcap data to SiLK Flow data; the script requires that the SiLK tool 'rwtuc' is installed and that the tools 'yaf' and 'yafscii' (http://tools.netsa.cert.org/yaf/) are installed.
  • rwbagcat bug fix
    • Make certain the --bin-ips=linear switch properly handles Bag entries where the count is greater than 4294967295. These entries are now attributed to the maximum key unless the --maxcount value is used to filter out those entries.
    • When printing the output from --bin-ips=decimal, properly print the key when its value is greater than 4294967295.
    • Set the output column width to 20 to maintain the columnar output when the value is very large.
    • Support values larger than 4294967295 in the --mincount and --maxcount switches.
  • rwbagtool bug fix
    • Fix a bug in the --invert switch which resulted in incorrect results in the output. This would occur when the value was larger than the current key.
    • Make certain the --invert switch properly handles Bag entries where the count is greater than 4294967295. These entries are now attributed to the maximum key unless the --maxcount value is used to filter out those entries.
    • Allow the --invert switch to support multiple Bag files by adding the Bags (making the switch consistent with the --coverset, --intersect, and --compliment-intersect switches). This fixes an assertion that would cause the program to abort.
    • Support values larger than 4294967295 in the --mincount and --maxcount switches.
  • rwflowpack input check
    • When processing NetFlow data from a file, rwflowpack now checks that the input data is in NetFlow v5 format. Previously, the version check was not made and the file would be processed as if it contained NetFlow v5 data.
  • rwpmatch enhancement and bug fix
    • Provide --ports-compare and --msec-compare switches to have rwpmatch compare port data and compare times down to the millisecond.
    • Fix a bug that caused rwpmatch to assume every packet would have a corresponding flow.
    • Be more diligent about testing the length and type of packets we read.
  • rwtuc change
    • Always print the SiLK header to the output, even when records were read from the input.
  • flowcap fixes
    • Fix a bug in flowcap that caused it to process data from only the final sensor listed in the sensor-configuration file.
    • Fix bugs in the flowcap control script.
  • File relocation
    • The man page sensorconf.5 has been renamed sensor.conf.5.
    • The source POD for man pages has moved from src/APP/doc/APP.pod to src/APP/APP.pod.

SiLK Release 0.10.3, 2006-Nov-15

Changelog

  • Fix a major bug in rwbagbuild that caused rwbagbuild to ignore every other line of its input.
  • Fix a bug in the prefix map (pmap) support that caused rwsort to crash when attempting to sort using fields defined in a pmap.
  • Fix syntax errors in the rwfpd script that runs rwflowpack. These errors were invoked when the compression was not set or when the name of the script included a sensor-name suffix.
  • Add a --no-file-locking switch to rwflowpack. With this switch, rwflowpack will not attempt to get a write lock when writing flows to data files. This switch is required for rwflowpack use file systems that do not support file locking. During normal operation multiple rwflowpacks should never attempt to write to the same file; the use of advisory locks is not strictly necessary, but it provides protection during unusual circumstances.
  • Modify rwflowpack so that when it encounters a disk error (unable to open file, obtain a lock, write the flow, etc) when trying to write a flow, it stops processing flows for that probe. If all probes encounter disk errors, rwflowpack will exit.
  • Fix a bug related to the sensor.conf file; the growth factor for an array was too small which caused rwflowpack to abort.
  • Fix a bug in parsing time ranges when fractional seconds were present.
  • Ensure that compressing flows with the LZO compressor always produces the same binary output by clearing the temporary buffer that is passed into LZO.
  • Fix a communication issue between flowcap and rwflowpack: on slow and noisy networks, the ACK which rwflowpack sends to flowcap indicating that it has received a file could be lost. Since flowcap never received the ACK, it would resend the same file to rwflowpack thinking the first attempt had failed. rwflowpack would store both files, resulting in duplicate flows in the packed data. rwflowpack now stores the name of the most recent file it received. If it receives a file with the same name, the second file is ignored.

SiLK Release 0.10.0, 2006-Oct-6

Changelog

  • There is a new Analysts' Handbook: Using SiLK for Network Traffic Analysis. This document provides a tutorial on learning the SiLK tools and describes doing analysis with the tools. The manual pages that used to be in that document have been moved into a separate document: The SiLK Reference Guide.
  • The SiLK packing tools now support reading IPFIX records generated by the YAF Flow Sensor (http://tools.netsa.cert.org/yaf/). YAF must be installed prior to configuring SiLK.
  • When used with YAF, SiLK supports additional fields for dealing with TCP data: The flags on the first packet on the flow are stored separately from the flags on the other packets in the flow. In addition, when a TCP session is broken into multiple flows, the flows are specially marked.
  • SiLK now supports using an external compression library to further compress the "data" section of files, while leaving the "header" of the file uncompressed. This compression is available on SiLK Flow files, as well as IPsets and Bags. The supported compression methods are "none", "zlib", and "lzo1x", subject to library availability. Most tools allow one to specify the compression. The default compression is set when the 'configure' script is run (--enable-output-compression).
  • The logging library has been rewritten, and now supports syslog(3). Logging messages can also be written to the standard error. "Legacy" logging is still supported (SiLK can still write its log files in a directory and rotate the files), but note that the format of log messages has changed. Also, rwflowpack will no longer automatically include the value passed to --sensor-name switch as part of the log file name and PID file name. (The rwfpd init script works around this; see the SiLK Installation Handbook.)
  • For people upgrading from previous releases, note that the list of sensors has been moved from silk_site_generic.h to generic_sensors.h. Also note that the macros around the sensor list have changed; please edit carefully. See the SiLK Installation Handbook.
  • A new library, libsksetbag, contains the functions to manipulate IPsets and Bags. libiptree has been removed; use libsksetbag instead.
  • Additional manual pages have been added.
  • Additional changes
    • rwptoflow: does a better job of checking the validity of its input; has plug-in support; new switches allow it to produce "pass" and "fail" streams of pcap data and/or print statistics.
    • rwsort: when it receives no input, it now produces a SiLK Flow file with no readers (only a header). Previously it would produce a completely empty file.
    • rwfileinfo: output changed to include new compression method.
    • flowcap: add a switch to manually set the ack timeout, which is useful on slow networks.

SiLK Release 0.9.10, 2006-Aug-23

Changelog

  • Critical bug fix
    • Fix a byte-swapping bug in FT_RWWWW V3 records. When converting an rwRec from or to this format and where the conversion included a byte-swap, the record would be corrupted. As long as all SiLK data was handled in the machine's native byte order, the bug would not manifest itself (the initial read of the NetFlow data was/is handled correctly, so data on little endian (not network byte order) machines is correct so long as it has always remained on little endian machines).

      The bug corrupted data, resulting in any of these behaviors: the source and destination ports could be swapped, the service (web-side) port could be incorrect, the TCP flags could be incorrect, the packet and byte counts could be high (64 times higher than they should be), and the millisecond times could be wrong.
  • Potential Incompatibilities
    • When using SiLK flow records in contexts that do not use the millisecond field, truncate the millisecond value instead of rounding.
    • rwbagcat, rwbagtool, rwcat: When file names are listed on the command line, do not attempt to read data from the standard input unless the user explicitly uses "stdin" as the name of an input file. This change is required to allow the tools to work with cron(1).
    • rwflowpack (sensor.conf): Allow a comma to occur between the IP addresses in an ipblock list. This means that a comma cannot occur within the wildcard IP address, but it is believed few people were using this functionality.
    • rwflowpack: minor log message changes; changed the log rotation hour to 00:00; modified the umask() of log files
  • New feature: Address Type Plug-in (libaddrtype.so)
    • Support for partitioning by or displaying the address type requires libaddrtype.so to exist in the $SILK_PATH/lib directory and the "address_types.pmap" file to exist in the $SILK_PATH/share/silk or $SILK_PATH/share directory.
    • To create this binary "address_types.pmap" file, first list CIDR blocks in a text file (my-ips.txt) and label each as "non-routable", "internal" or "external" (any address that is not listed in the file is considered "external"), and then run the commands:

      rwpmapbuild -i my-ips.txt -o address_types.pmap

      For the best results with the pmap code, the CIDR blocks should be as large as possible. One one to convert a list of IPs (ips.txt) into a list of large CIDR blocks (cidr.txt) is to run:

      rwsetbuild ips.txt stdout | rwsetcat --cidr > cidr.txt
    • For more information, see the rwpmapbuild man page and the man pages of rwfilter, rwcut, rwsort, and rwuniq.
  • New feature: Prefix Map Plug-in (libpmapfilter.so)
    • Experimental creation and use of the user's own prefix maps (pmaps) for partitioning (rwfilter), sorting (rwsort), counting (rwuniq), and display (rwcut, rwuniq) is provided. The interface is still considered experimental and is subject to change.
    • The rwpmapbuild tool reads a text file and builds a pmap file that can be used by the tools. This file can relate IPs or Port/Protocol pairs to some attribute (this is how the country code and addrtype pmaps work).
    • For details, see the rwpmapbuild and libpmapfilter man pages.
  • New feature: Record Partitioning via IP-Port Pairs (libipport.so)
    • The --ipport-any switch to rwfilter (provided by the libipport.so plug-in) will pass a record if its source IP and port or its destination IP and port are listed in the named text file.
    • To use this plug-in, one creates a text file where each line contains a single IP address (either in dotted-decimal notation or as an integer), whitespace, and a list of ports of interest for that IP. The port list can be a single number (80), a range of numbers ("6000-6100"), or comma-separated list of numbers and ranges ("6000-6100,80"). The file may also contain blank lines and comments; comments begin with the "#" character and continue to the end of the line.
    • Support in rwfilter for partitioning records by IP-port pairs requires libipport.so to exist in the $SILK_PATH/lib directory.
  • Improved sorting
    • rwsort now supports getting fields from run-time plug-ins, like rwcut and rwuniq.
    • When merging multiple temp-files, rwsort now attempts to open them all and merge them in one step, considerably reducing the I/O overhead of the merge sort.
  • Better support for ICMP data
    • rwfilter: new switches allow for filtering by the ICMP type and code (--icmp-type, --icmp-code)
    • rwcut, rwsort, rwuniq: A new "icmpTypeCode" value to the --fields switch is allowed. When this value is present, the ICMP type and code will be used as part of the key when sorting (rwsort) and counting (rwuniq), and it will be displayed (by rwcut and rwuniq) in separate columns labeled 'iType' and 'iCode' (which in columnar output will shorted to 'iTy' and 'iCo'). The --icmp-type-and-code switch on rwcut is still maintained for backwards compatibility, but its use is deprecated.
    • rwstats: Supports using the ICMP type and code as a key with the --icmp switch.
  • Configuration and Build System Changes
    • In preparation of using the GNU Autotools, we've made major changes to build and configure system that bring us more in-line with the Autotools. Note that the 'release', 'debug', and 'profile' targets have gone away. Use the --enable-debugging and --disable-optimization switches to configure for a fully debuggable binary. See configure --help to see the full list of new options.
  • Miscellaneous Improvements
    • rwcount: Add a new value to the --load-scheme switch that will weigh the values assigned to each bin by the number of seconds the flow spent in the bin.
    • rwfilter: new switch to filter on a negative next-hop IP (--not-next-hop-id)
    • rwfilter: Filtering by IPsets is now supported directly in the application itself. Previously, this was handled by a plug-in.
    • flowcap: There is a new version of the flowcap file format, 5. Version 5 is identical to version 3, save for the fact that the input and output interface fields have been expanded to 16 bits.
    • rwcut, rwsort, rwuniq: Provide numerical identifiers for fields (--fields switch) that hadn't had any previously.
  • Bug fixes
    • rwgroup: Fix several bugs, the majority of which have to do with the interaction between summarization and other actions.
    • rwflowpack: Use fseeko() to fix an issue when writing large files on Solaris.
    • rwfilter: Fix a crash that would occur when using a combination of the switches --dynamic-library --pass for certain dynamic libraries
    • rwmatch: Several bug fixes.
    • rwstats: Fix a bug that would cause rwstats to crash when attempting to compute the top-N when no records were read as input.
    • rwtuc: Fix a bug that occurred when the user provided the --fields switch and a title line was present
    • rwuniq: Fix a display bug by using the width of the value (versus the title) for setting width of columns that we get from plug-ins.
    • rwuniq: Zero out the record prior to output to avoid getting random data values in the millisecond fields. These random values were affecting the values in the time fields.
    • libflowsource: Fix a bug that prevented it from building when used with certain parser generators.

SiLK Release 0.9.5, 2006-May-8

Changelog

  • New packing support: flowcap
    • The flowcap daemon allows the collection of flow data and the packing and storage of this flow data to occur on separate machines.
    • To use flowcap, the LZO real-time data compression library must be installed. If configure does not find the LZO library, flowcap will not be built.
    • Compilation and use of flowcap is optional.
  • Improvements and significant changes to rwflowpack
    • Splitting by IP address: Instead of using your router's SNMP interfaces to split traffic into inbound and outbound, rwflowpack can now split data by CIDR block.
    • rwflowpack now requires configuration via a separate sensor.conf file.
    • Many of rwflowpack's arguments have changed.
    • rwflowpack's control script, rwfpd, has been split into two parts.
  • New local timezone support: Pass the --enable-localtime switch to the configure script to use the local timezone in time input and output. Without this switch, the tools will use UTC. (Data files continue to be stored in UTC.)
  • Format of printed timestamps has changed, the new format is 2006/05/08T15:36:53.123. To enable the previous format by default, pass the --enable-legacy-timestamp switch to configure. The printed timestamp format can be set per invocation via the --legacy-timestamps switch.
  • The tools that handle IPset files have been renamed. The old names are still supported for this release.
    • rwsetbuild replaces buildset.
    • rwsetcat replaces readset.
    • rwsetintersect replaces setintersect.
    • rwsetunion replaces rwset-union.
  • New tool rwtuc: the text utility converter does the reverse of rwcut---it reads textual input and generates binary SiLK flow data from it.
  • Manual pages are now included. Additional improvements to the documentation.
  • Improvements to rwuniq
    • Supports computing counts of unique source or destination IPs for small input sets; the memory requirements to support these counts can grow quickly.
    • Can be used with run-time plug-ins.
  • Improvements to rwbagtool: Less memory is used during merging of multiple Bag files, and some recursive routines have been rewritten to reduce memory and increase speed.
  • Changes to rwsetcat and rwbagcat: The output of the --network-structure switch has changed.
  • For tools that produce textual output, columnar output and column separator can be controlled separately. These tools all support the --delimited switch; the former --delimiter switch which some tools supported is deprecated.
  • Improvements to rwappend: Now supports "appending" to a nonexistent file. Restrictions on the types of files that rwappend supported have been removed.
  • Configuration for multiple sites is easier, though the choice of which site to build for must still be made when you run the configure script.
  • Significant rearrangement of the source code tree.

SiLK Release 0.8.2, 2005-Nov-29

Changelog

  • Fix bug where the pthreads library was not being linked into rwflowpack.
  • Note: Options to configure script have changed. configure now does a better job (hopefully) of testing for libraries.
  • Most tools will now invoke a pager to page the output. Use the SILK_PAGER environment variable to override PAGER, or the --pager switch to override SILK_PAGER. Setting SILK_PAGER to the empty string will disable paging.
  • Duplicate packet detection removed from rwptoflow; use rwpdedupe to remove duplicate packets.
  • Bug fixes in rwptoflow.
  • Bug fixes in rwbagcat.
  • Bug fixes in statistics output of readset.
  • Some column headers have changed; test any supporting scripts you may have.
  • rwset can now build multiple sets in a single pass. Use the --sip-file, --dip-file, and --nhip-file switches to create the IP set files.
  • rwsort now supports the same fields as rwcut and rwuniq.
  • rwuniq can now bin the start-time and end-time with the --bin-time switch.
  • rwstats largely rewritten. New switches (though legacy switches are still supported); added support to rwstats for computing top-N lists based on packet counts or byte counts.
  • readset will now read a binary IP set from stdin.
  • Fix compilation problems on RedHat64.

SiLK Release 0.8.1, 2005-Sep-28

Changelog

  • Bug Fix: Allow tools so write output to /dev/null.

SiLK Release 0.8, 2005-Sep-26

Changelog

  • New packet-support tools
    • rwptoflow: Create a single-packet SiLK flow record for every record in a tcpdump file.
    • rwpmatch: Use a SiLK Flow file to filter the contents of a tcpdump file.
    • rwpcut: Output a tcpdump dump file as ASCII.
  • New tool rwgroup: Groups multiple records together with a common tag.
  • New tool rwmatch: Matches records from two files together into a common stream.
  • New pipe-lining tool rwnetmask: Masks off lower bits of the source and/or destination addresses allowing one to aggregate output by CIDR block.
  • Support for 16bit SNMP interfaces: Packing and file output formats support the full 16bits of SNMP interface values as exported in NetFlow v5.
  • Support for 65535 sensors: Sensor ID is now processed and stored in a 16 bit integer.
  • Millisecond time support: Millisecond precision for start time, end time, and duration in the file output formats. Limited application support to access this field.
  • New country-code support: Allow filtering and cutting by an IP's physical location.
  • Enhancements to rwfilter
    • New --print-volume-statistic switch gives bytes, packet, and flow counts for the passed and failed streams.
    • New --any-address and --any-ipset switches allows matching source or destination IP addresses.
    • New --nhip-set switch allows matching next-hop IP address.
    • New --active-time switch allows printing flows that were active at a particular time.
    • New --flags-all switch to allow (yet) another way to specify TCP flags.
    • Allow filtering over class and type when reading a file generated by a previous run of rwfilter.
  • Enhancements to rwsort
    • Remove the previous 50 million record limit by using temporary disk files when RAM is exceeded.
    • Enable sorting based on elapsed time.
  • Enhancements to rwuniq
    • In addition to flow counts, optionally keep totals of bytes and packets, as well as the time range over which the key was active.
    • On out-of-memory, print the bins as counted so far.
  • Enhancements to rwcount
    • When --start-epoch is given, use that time as the edge of a bin. This lets you view traffic in 24 hour bins that runs from noon to noon, for example.
    • Be more memory stingy by not creating bins for records that occur before the --start-epoch.
    • Accepting flows in any time order (previously assumed flows were close to time-sorted order).
    • Allow --start-epoch switch to take a time string like rwfilter accepts.
    • Print file names when --print-files is given.
    • Add final delimiter to each line of output.
  • Enhancements to rwaddrcount: Allow sorting of output records by IP address.
  • Enhancements to rwcat: New --xargs switch to allowing reading a list of file names; this allows rwcat to accept output from the UNIX find command.
  • Enhancements to readset: Added switches to print details about the structure of the IPs in the IPset.

SiLK Release 0.7, 2005-Jan-3

Changelog

  • Critical Update. This version fixes a bug that prevents one from querying data for the new year. Any data you collected is correct; it's just that the tools prevented you querying this data.

SiLK Release 0.6, 2004-Nov-30

Changelog

  • New binary file format (Bag) that maps IP address to a count of bytes, packets, or flows.
  • Tools are included for manipulating these files: rwbag*
  • Course filtering (fglob) support removed from all tools except rwfilter.
  • New rwflowpack options; previous rwfpd scripts are incompatible with the rwflowpack from this release.
  • Additional documentation in analysis handbook and the installation handbook.

SiLK Release 0.5, 2004-Apr-27

Changelog

  • Added support to rwflowpack for accepting incoming flows from multiple interfaces.
  • Fixed bugs in rwswapbytes and rwrandomizeip utilities.

SiLK Release 0.4, 2004-Mar-19

Changelog

  • Critical Update. Public releases of the SiLK Tool Suite prior to this release (SiLK-0.3 and earlier) contained a bug that affected the packing of web records. This bug caused the source and destination ports for web records to be swapped, e.g., web connections from your network to sourceforge.net would show the sourceforge.net web service on a high port and have your client machine on port 80.
  • This SiLK-0.4 release fixes that bug, and we've provided a Perl script, rwpatchwww.pl, that will repair files you've packed with previous versions. The rwpatchwww.pl script will also migrate your all of your packed files to Version 2 of the SiLK file format. Release SiLK-0.4 of the SiLK Tools will read files packed either in Version 1 or Version 2 format.

SiLK Release 0.3, 2004-Feb-6

Changelog

  • Added the rwfpd script that was accidentally omitted from the SiLK-0.2 release.
  • Other minor fixes.

SiLK Release 0.2, 2004-Jan-28

Changelog

  • Critical Update. This version fixes major bugs in the initial release of rwflowpack, including a problem that cause the system to produce corrupted packed data files.

SiLK Release 0.1, 2003-Dec-22

Changelog

  • Initial public "preview" of the SiLK Analysis Suite and Packing System.