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This first edition of SELKS 4 is available from Stamus Networks thanks to a great and helpful feedback from our open source community - Thank you! This new major release features a version jump for all the main software stacks. Suricata switches from 3.2 to 4.0, Elastic stack is ugpraded from 2.5 to 5.5 and even Debian is now Stretch, the latest stable release.

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

This is a major new release featuring all components upgrade and of course latest Suricata.

New Features

  • Suricata IDS/IPS/NSM 4.0.x - latest Suricata packaged with Hyperscan enabled for extra performance boost. The latest edition of Suricata among many fixes and improvements includes:
    • extra alert data like for example http body added to the alert json logs wherever available
    • protocol renegociation which means STARTTLS and CONNECT support
  • Major upgrade from Elasticsearch/Kibana/Logtsash (ELK) 2.x to the ELK 5 stack making available a ton of new features and enhancements.
  • Scirius 1.2.4 - bugfixes, better correlation capability with EveBox and introduction of IPS rules support.
  • Evebox - many new features including reporting and comments on the log events.
  • Debian Stretch - All new OS features, kernel and tools.

As always - as a Stamus Networks extra sauce the latest stable kernel (4.12.8 at the time of this writing) is available for install if you wish.


To download SELKS 4:

  • SELKS with desktop: Torrent, HTTP (MD5sum: 70783e4d441932103c3410c0b778b401)
  • SELKS without desktop: Torrent, HTTP (MD5sum: 335e31cd2b3a864f432c7d57efe007cd)


To remotely access the web management interface :

  • https://your.selks.IP.here/ - Scirius ruleset management and a central point for all dashboards and EveBox alert and event management.

Usage and logon credentials (OS and web management user)

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

The default root password is StamusNetworks

Visual tour

Some visuals to give you a glimpse of the things you can do with SELKS.

Scirius - ruleset manager and dashboard central management console.

Scirius - rule availability by ruleset information.

Scirius- "google" search your rules

Dashboards - mail attachments

Dashboards - mail application supplemental info

Dashboards - DNS geoip heat map

Dashboards - VLAN supplemental info

Dashboards - availability of full events correlation via EveBox and Scirius

Dashboards - extra http data for better visibility.

Dashboards - ssh data available for drill/break downs as well.

Dashboards - dns events at a glance

Dashboards - alert supplemental log information.

EveBox reporting

Dashboards - valuable break down of alert data information.

Dashboards - break down of http user agents that have generated alerts

EveBox - alert comments availability.




Upgrade from SELKS 3

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

Create your own ISO

SELKS 4 is available for download ready to use (as explained at the beginning of the article).

However - if you want to you can create and/or customize your own SELKS 4 ISO

Once installed
  • Please refer to Initial Setup section of the documentation
  • Keep your SELKS up to date
  • Recommended initial set up for SELKS 4.0 is 2CPUs 5-6Gb RAM
  • If you need to reset/reload all the dashboards  - you can do like so
    • In Scirius on the top left corner drop down menu select System Settings
    • click on the Kibana tab
    • choose Reset SN dashboards

Feedback is welcome

Any feedback as always is greatly appreciated! :)

Give us feedback and get help on:

Thank you!

Peter Manev

Peter Manev is the co-founder and chief strategy officer (CSO) at Stamus Networks. He is a member of the executive team at Open Network Security Foundation (OISF). Peter has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, including enterprise-level IT security practice. He is a passionate user, developer, and explorer of innovative open-source security software, and he is responsible for training as well as quality assurance and testing on the development team of Suricata – the open-source threat detection engine. Peter is a regular speaker and educator on open-source security, threat hunting, and network security at conferences and live-fire cyber exercises, such as Crossed Swords, DeepSec, Troopers, DefCon, RSA, Suricon, SharkFest, and others. Peter resides in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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