How to Install and Configure AlienVault SIEM (OSSIM)

OSSIM (Open Source Security Information Management) is an open source project by Alienvault which provides the SIEM (Security information and event management) functionality. It provides following SIEM features which are required by security professionals.

  • Event collection
  • Normalization
  • Correlation

OSSIM is a unified platform which is providing the essential security capabilities. Many proven open source security software's are built into the OSSIM platform. It continues to be the fastest way to make the first steps towards unified security visibility.

OSSIM platform support following open source software's/plugins:

  • Apache
  • IIS
  • Syslog
  • Ossec
  • Snare
  • Snort
  • OpenVAS
  • Nessus
  • Nagios
  • Ntop
  • Nmap

OSSIM Installation

Download an iso from AlienVault ( and install it in the VM . In this tutorial, we will install OSSIM on VM instead of physical server which has following specifications

It has two interfaces, one is for the management of server and 2nd is for collecting logs and monitoring of the network devices. The details of the VM are  given below.

Processor :   2 VCPU ,  RAM   : 2 GB , Hard disk Size: 8GB , Management IP : and Asset network  :

When OSSIM VM boots with iso image, it shows following two option at installation wizard.

Main installation options

Highlighted option in above figure is selected which will install OSSIM on this VM. Press enter to start the installation process. Select language, location and keyboard setting in next few steps.

Network Configuration

In this step, configure the network of OSSIM VM. We are using eth0 for the management and rest of the network is connected to eth1. Network configuration for eth0 is shown below.

network configuration

IP address, Netmask

Root User Setting

After network setting, next windows prompt for the password of user root which can access the CLI of OSSIM server. Password of root user must be strong.

root user setting

Time Zone setting

Time zone information is important in logging system and shown below.


After setting time zone, wizard automatically perform the partition step and start installing the base system. This step will take almost 15-20 minute.

Base System installation

Final stage of installation is shown in following figure.

Final stage of Installation process

Following windows prompt after the complete installation of AlienVault OSSIM. We can access the  web interface using following URL:
CLI interface of ossim

Login with user root and password test in CLI of OSSIM server.

login screen

Latest Mozilla firefox browser does not open the link, so use Chrome or IE browser for the access of web interface. Chrome and IE will prompt following windows which says that certificate are not trusted because OSSIM uses self signed certificate.

Certificate Exception of Chrome

After acceptance of above exception, following information required for the administrator of OSSIM server. Fill the required details which are asked in the following figure.

Admininstrator User Information

Following windows will appear after the completion of administration account. Username is admin and password is test@123.

GUI Login Screen

After successful log in into the web interface, following wizard appear for further setting of OSSIM server.


It shows following three options

  1. Monitor Network (Configure  network which is being monitored by the OSSIM server)
  2.  Assets Discovery (Automatic discovery of network devices in the organization )
  3. Collecting logs and monitoring of network nodes

Click on the start button of the above figure  for the configuration of OSSIM server.

After clicking on the 1st option, another windows will  prompt for the network configuration which is shown in the below figure. We  configured eth1 for the log collector and monitoring interface of the OSSIM server.

network configuration

In the 2nd step, OSSIM will perform automatic discovery of  the network assets . select Asset discovery (2) option and following windows will prompt for the  configuration. It supports automatic and manual discovery of assets .

Type of Assets in the OSSIM server are

  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Network device
Assest discovery

After network setting and asset discovery, next step is the deployment of HIDS on windows/linux devices to perform file integrity, monitoring, rootkit detection and  collection of  event logs. Enter username/password of the asset for the deployment of HIDS.

HIDS deployment

Select desired host from the list and click on Deploy button for the HIDS deployment. Again click on  Continue button to start deployment process which is shown in the  figure. This process will take a few minute for the HIDS deployment on selected host.

Option window

Log Management

Following figure showing the configuration of discovered asset for the management of different logs.

log management

Final option of the configuration wizard  is to join OTX (Threat exchanged program of AlienVault). We are not going to sign up for this option. Finish the configuration step by clicking on finish button.

The main dashboard of the OSSIM server is shown below .

Web interface

Web Interface

Web interface of OSSIM server consist of following options on the main GUI.

  • Dashboards
  • Analysis
  • Environments
  • Reports
  • Configuration


It show a comprehensive view of all components of OSSIM server like severity of threat, vulnerabilities in the networks host, deployment status , risk maps and OTX stats. Sub menu of dashboard is shown in the following figure

Dashboard Sub MenuAnalysis

Analysis is very important component of any SIEM device. OSSIM server analyzed the hosts based on their logs. This menu shows the alarms, SIEM (security events),tickets and raw logs. Analysis menu is further divided following sub menu.

Analysis Sub MenuEnvironment

In this menu of OSSIM server, setting are related to the assets of the organization. It shows the assets, group and network, vulnerabilities, netflow and detection settings. Sub menu for all these settings is shown in the figure.

Environment Sub MenuReports

Reporting is an important component of any logging Server. OSSIM server also generates reports which are very useful for the detail investigation of any specific host.


In the configuration meHow to Install and Configure AlienVault SIEM (OSSIM)nu, user can change the setting of OSSIM server such as change the ip address of management interface, add more host for monitoring and logging and add/remove different sensors/plugins. Sub menu for all services is shown below.

configuration submenu

In this article,we explain the installation and configuration process of open source SIEM software which is backed by AlienVault. In our next article, our focus will be on the details of all components of OSSIM.

4 Comments... add one

  1. dear ahmad,
    i need your help to build my ossim. now on my college project, im going to build ID/IPS on ossim. still confuse to configure it in ossim. would you like to gimme some references or sources about my work?
    i hopefully for this time you can help me.


  2. Good evening,
    I have followed the outlined steps above to install OSSIM on hyper v virtual machine running centos 7 but has repeatedly hung or froze after the stage "Finishing installations", please help.


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