This plugin provides native NETMAP <https://github.com/luigirizzo/netmap> support for Zeek as a packet source.


Follow NETMAP's instructions to get its kernel module and, potentially, custom drivers installed. Then install this plugin through the Zeek Package Manager:

# zkg install zeek/zeek-netmap

To use NETMAP, Zeek needs read and write access to /dev/netmap. If you give that permission to a user, you can run Zeek as non-root.


Once installed, you can use NETMAP interfaces/ports by prefixing them with either netmap:: or vale:: on the command line. For example, to use NETMAP to monitor interface eth0:

zeek -i netmap::eth0

Netmap does not enable promiscuous mode on interfaces, you'll have to do that yourself. For example, on Linux:

ifconfig eth0 promisc

To use it in production with multiple Zeek processes, use a configuration similar to this in node.cfg:

lb_procs=<number of processes, like 16>
interface=netmap::<interface name, like p2p1>

This will start up Zeek processes sniffing on NETMAP pipes attached to the interface. In order to balance packets from the interface across
those pipes you will need to run the tool named `lb` that is included in the `apps/lb` directory of the NETMAP distribution.

Make sure that you instruct `lb` to split the packets into the same number
of pipes (this should match what you set as lb_procs) that Zeek is configured
to sniff.

Setting up Zeek with Zeek::Netmap Plugin on FreeBSD

On FreeBSD 13+, the netmap tools are available in the latest source code. Simply download the latest source code to get the app under
`/usr/src/tools/tools/netmap`. Navigate to this directory and run make to build all of the tools:

# cd /usr/src/tools/tools/netmap/
# make
Building /usr/obj/usr/src/amd64.amd64/tools/tools/netmap/pkt-gen.o
Building /usr/obj/usr/src/amd64.amd64/tools/tools/netmap/pkt-gen
Building /usr/obj/usr/src/amd64.amd64/tools/tools/netmap/nmreplay.o
Building /usr/obj/usr/src/amd64.amd64/tools/tools/netmap/nmreplay
Building /usr/obj/usr/src/amd64.amd64/tools/tools/netmap/bridge.o
Building /usr/obj/usr/src/amd64.amd64/tools/tools/netmap/bridge
Building /usr/obj/usr/src/amd64.amd64/tools/tools/netmap/lb.o
Building /usr/obj/usr/src/amd64.amd64/tools/tools/netmap/pkt_hash.o
Building /usr/obj/usr/src/amd64.amd64/tools/tools/netmap/lb

You can move the lb binary to wherever you want. In the following example, all of the netmap tools have been moved to /nsm/netmap. Running the following `lb` command line will create a "zeek" interface, connected to interface `em0` with 4 netmap pipes (note this is not a service, the lb binary must be forked to the background or left running, which needs to be fixed):

/nsm/netmap/lb -i em0 -p zeek:4 &

Ensure the `em0` interface is in promiscuous mode before running this. With `lb` running, use the following node.cfg to use 4 zeek processes to match
the 4 netmap pipes:


Then run `zeekctl deploy` and you should be up and running


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