Disabling Processes

If you’ve already run Setup and want to disable a certain sensor service, you can simply stop the running service and then change the corresponding config value from yes to no to prevent it from restarting the next time the NSM scripts are run.

For example, suppose you access Zeek’s HTTP logs via Kibana, so you want to disable http_agent to prevent those HTTP logs from being duplicated into the Sguil database. You would first stop the running http_agent service:

sudo nsm_sensor_ps-stop --only-http-agent

You would then edit /etc/nsm/$HOSTNAME-$INTERFACE/sensor.conf and change:




to prevent http_agent from restarting the next time the NSM scripts are run. A quick way to do this for all /etc/nsm/*/sensor.conf files on one box is to use the sed command as follows:

sudo sed -i 's|HTTP_AGENT_ENABLED="yes"|HTTP_AGENT_ENABLED="no"|g' /etc/nsm/*/sensor.conf

Sguil Agent

If you use the Sguil client and want to remove the disabled agent from Sguil’s Agent Status tab, then stop sguild, set the sensor’s active field to N in the database, and then restart sguild:

# Stop sguild
sudo so-sguild-stop

# Set active="N", replacing HOSTNAME-INTERFACE-INSTANCE with your actual HOSTNAME, INTERFACE, and INSTANCE
sudo mysql --defaults-file=/etc/mysql/debian.cnf -Dsecurityonion_db -e 'update sensor set active="N" where hostname="HOSTNAME-INTERFACE-INSTANCE";'

# Restart sguild
sudo so-sguild-start


Occasionally, folks ask about disabling Wazuh. Please keep in mind that in addition to providing endpoint visibility from Wazuh agents, the Wazuh server also monitors and protects the Security Onion box itself. For example, suppose that you have an active adversary who is trying to compromise your Security Onion box. Wazuh may see those attempts and engage Active Response to block the attacker’s IP address in the host-based firewall.

If you understand all of this and still want to disable Wazuh, you can do so as follows:

# Stop the running Wazuh processes
sudo so-ossec-stop

# Disable Wazuh
sudo update-rc.d -f ossec-hids-server disable