NetFlow module

This is a module for receiving NetFlow and IPFIX flow records over UDP. This input supports NetFlow versions 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, as well as IPFIX. For NetFlow versions older than 9, fields are mapped automatically to NetFlow v9.

This module wraps the netflow input to enrich the flow records with geolocation information about the IP endpoints by using Elasticsearch Ingest Node.

Read the quick start to learn how to set up and run modules.

Configure the module

You can further refine the behavior of the netflow module by specifying variable settings in the modules.d/netflow.yml file, or overriding settings at the command line.

Variable settings

Each fileset has separate variable settings for configuring the behavior of the module. If you don’t specify variable settings, the netflow module uses the defaults.

For more information, see Configure variable settings. Also see Override input settings.

When you specify a setting at the command line, remember to prefix the setting with the module name, for example, netflow.log.var.paths instead of log.var.paths.

log fileset settings

The fileset is by default configured to listen for UDP traffic on localhost:2055. For most uses cases you will want to set the netflow_host variable to allow the input bind to all interfaces so that it can receive traffic from network devices.

- module: netflow
  log:
    enabled: true
    var:
      netflow_host: 0.0.0.0
      netflow_port: 2055
var.netflow_host
Address to find to. Defaults to localhost.
var.netflow_port
Port to listen on. Defaults to 2055.
var.max_message_size
The maximum size of the message received over UDP. The default is 10KiB.
var.read_buffer
The size of the read buffer on the UDP socket.
var.timeout
The read and write timeout for socket operations.
var.expiration_timeout
The time before an idle session or unused template is expired. Only applicable to v9 and IPFIX protocols. A value of zero disables expiration.
var.queue_size
The maximum number of packets that can be queued for processing. Use this setting to avoid packet-loss when dealing with occasional bursts of traffic.
var.custom_definitions
A list of paths to field definitions YAML files. These allow to update the NetFlow/IPFIX fields with vendor extensions and to override existing fields. See netflow input for details.
var.detect_sequence_reset
Flag controlling whether Filebeat should monitor sequence numbers in the Netflow packets to detect an Exporting Process reset. See netflow input for details.

Fields

For a description of each field in the module, see the exported fields section.