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OSSIM cyrillic chars

This is the instruction how to make OSSIM properly display Russian text on the screen and when you export to csv. Usefull for ossec-agent on Russian Windows and for database type connectors for MSSQL databases.

And script. See instruction.txt for details

#! /usr/bin/python
# -*- coding: latin1 -*-
# Author Eugene Sokolov
# use with OSSIM
# this script add "encoding" param for each plugin in /etc/ossim/agent/config.cfg
# I call this script in d_start() section in both
# /etc/init.d/ossim-server and /etc/init.d/ossim-agent
# for check and reconfig encoding before start plagins.
import sys
import subprocess
cfg_path = '/etc/ossim/agent/config.cfg'
new_cfg_path = '/var/local/config.tmp'
encoding_exceptions = {'wmi-monitor':'utf8'}
my_encoding = 'cp1251'
with open (cfg_path,'r') as f:
conf =
start_flag = False
continue_flag = True
need_update = False
for line in conf.splitlines():
if start_flag and continue_flag :
if not '=' in out_lines[-1]:
continue_flag = False
elif not '|' in out_lines[-1]:
key = out_lines[-1].split('=')[0]
need_update = True
if key in encoding_exceptions:
out_lines[-1] = out_lines[-1] + '|' + encoding_exceptions[key]
out_lines[-1] = out_lines[-1] + '|' + my_encoding
if '[plugins]' in out_lines[-1]:
start_flag = True
if need_update :
with open(new_cfg_path,'w') as f:
for line in out_lines:
f.write(line + '\n')
cmd = '/bin/cp -f /etc/ossim/agent/config.cfg /etc/ossim/agent/config.cfg.myreconfig.bak'
p = subprocess.Popen (cmd, shell=True)
p_stutus = p.wait()
cmd = '/bin/cp -f /var/local/config.tmp /etc/ossim/agent/config.cfg'
p = subprocess.Popen (cmd, shell=True)
p_stutus = p.wait()
0. Add locale to system. use command
#dpkg-reconfigure locales
from console for generate ru_RU.cp1251 and UTF-8 locales (missing by deafault in OS)
1. modify /etc/mysql/my.cnf
collation-server = utf8_unicode_ci
init-connect='SET collation_connection = utf8_unicode_ci'
init_connect='SET NAMES utf8'
character-set-server = utf8
2.0 For OSSIM version 5 it is no longer necessary to modify the file
Enough to specify the encoding wich an agent has to work in file
/etc/ossim/agent/config.cfg. Like so:
If you omit encoding, OSSIM will use latin1
But ...
every time you change the server configuration through the menu, or when you do any upgrade
the encoding informaition from /etc/ossim/agent/config.cfg will be lost
and you must edit this file manualy and then run /etc/init.d/ossim-agent restart
Oooops ...
What can we do?
I changed scripts /etc/init.d/ossim-server and /etc/init.d/ossim-agent.
To both scripts in section d_start() I added (as first line)
This is my own script wich write "encoding" param in /etc/ossim/agent/config.cfg
Becouse each ossim-reconfig command execute at end of work ossim-server restart and ossim-agent restart
this script allways run and restore "right" encoding.
4. For reading cyrillic characters in MSSQL databases with database type plugins
you must change freetds.conf in /etc/freetds
By default FreeTDS configured for use ASCII encoding.
Modify the [global] section of freetds.conf file.
tds version = 7.0
client charset = UTF-8
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