From: https://github.com/activecm/rita

RITA is an open source framework for network traffic analysis.

The framework ingests Bro Logs, and currently supports the following analysis features:

Beaconing: Search for signs of beaconing behavior in and out of your network
DNS Tunneling Search for signs of DNS based covert channels
Blacklisted: Query blacklists to search for suspicious domains and hosts
URL Length Analysis: Search for lengthy URLs indicative of malware
Scanning: Search for signs of port scans in your network

We can add RITA to Security Onion to enhance its current capabilities and leverage the great work from the folks at Active Countermeasures. They’ve done a fantastic job of allowing RITA to be easy to integrate with Security Onion.


Please keep in mind we do not officially support RITA, so installation is at your own risk.

Additionally, RITA currently only supports use of Bro logs in TSV format. If you are running the latest version of Security Onion, you will need to switch from JSON to TSV format by following the steps here:



To install RITA on Security Onion:

Download the install script:

wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/activecm/rita/master/install.sh

Run the installer:

sudo bash ./install.sh

Start MongoDB:

sudo service mongod start


You can then import logs with:

rita import /nsm/bro/logs dataset1

Then have RITA analyze the imported data:

rita analyze

To see the most visited URLs:

rita show-most-visited-urls dataset1

To see long connections, type:

rita show-long-connections dataset1

To see beacons, type:

rita show-beacons dataset1

Finally, you can issue an HTML report (viewable in browser) by typing:

rita html-report

See other available commands with:

rita --help


If you don’t want to specify your the path for your Bro logs, you’ll want to change the value for ImportDirectory in /etc/rita/config.yaml to /nsm/bro/logs.

For additional information, see: