[Bro] dropped packets

sangdrax8 sangdrax8 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 4 08:02:06 PST 2014

I hate to ask about dropped packets again, as I feel it is a re-occurring
question... but I can't seem to figure out if this is a configuration issue
or just not enough hardware.  I see people asking about massive pipes, but
I am not looking at a very large pipe here.  using broctl's capstats, I
kpps .3
mbps .6

The node that is dropping is a physical machine that doesn't appear to have
issues with memory or CPU.  There are 2 bro processes in top, and both
generally are at or under 20% CPU utilization.  The box keeps a load
average around .30, which generally would not make me believe it was over

An example notice:

1393944936.832292 - - - - - - - - - PacketFilter::Dropped_Packets 11
packets dropped after filtering, 207913 received, 207913 on link - - - - -
ids-1 Notice::ACTION_LOG 3600.000000 F - - - - -

I was having issues with missed bytes, but that was resolved by turning off
offload settings on my nic.  I rarely see any missed bytes now.

I have tried adjusting some settings, but I saw no improvements.

sysctl -w net.core.rmem_max=8388608
sysctl -w net.core.wmem_max=8388608
sysctl -w net.core.rmem_default=65536
sysctl -w net.core.wmem_default=65536
sysctl -w net.ipv4.tcp_rmem='4096 87380 8388608'
sysctl -w net.ipv4.tcp_wmem='4096 65536 8388608'
sysctl -w net.ipv4.tcp_mem='8388608 8388608 8388608'
sysctl -w net.ipv4.route.flush=1

I would appreciate any suggestions/comments.
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