Getting the data I want

carter at carter at
Wed Aug 18 20:15:13 EDT 2010

Hey Paul,
Sorry for the delayed response.
You can use just rasort().  

   rasort -m bytes saddr daddr -s bytes saddr daddr -r file - net ( and

If you want traffic between these two networks, use "and".

 If you have any problems, send more email.


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From: Paul Schmehl <pschmehl_lists at>
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Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2010 10:23:45 
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Subject: [ARGUS] Getting the data I want

I want to get the following from a day's worth of argus data.  We store "raw" 
argus files in 4 hour increments, gzipped, which is around 10GB per day right 
now.  I want to get the following data from these files:

search the entire day for anything related to connections two specific networks 
and sort it by total bytes, then saddr, then daddr.

Is this possible?

Right now I'm trying this (obfuscated for privacy):

ra -s stime -s bytes -s saddr -s daddr -R /var/data/nsm/argus/2010-08-16/ - net or net | rasort -m bytes saddr daddr > 

Is this going to get me what I want?  I don't want packet data, just header 
information that shows me total bytes per host connecting to any one of a 
number of hosts on two different foreign networks.  (Foreign == not ours.)

I'd like to see the following:

Start time | Total bytes (highest to lowest) | Saddr | Daddr

I'm still trying to get a clue about argus, as you can see.

Paul Schmehl, Senior Infosec Analyst
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