Examining the MPAA University Toolkit
I learned about the MPAA University Toolkit at Brian Krebs' always-excellent SecurityFix blog. If you want to know more about the user experience, please check out that post. Here I take a look at the monitoring software, focusing on Snort, operating on this application.
I downloaded the 534 MB peerwatch-1.2-RC5.iso and started it in a VMware Server session. I used ctrl-c and then 'sudo bash' to exit from the initial script presented within X, set a root password, then used 'apt-get ssh install' to install OpenSSH and thus enable root access. From this point forward I accessed the system using OpenSSH remotely to facilitate copying information into this blog post.
First, this looks like Ubuntu (Xubuntu, if you really care) Feisty Fawn, or 7.04.
root@ubuntu:~# uname -a
Linux ubuntu 2.6.20-15-generic #2 SMP Sun Apr 15 07:36:31 UTC 2007
I was most interested in learning about Snort on this toolkit. I saw this version installed.