dionaea initial development was funded by the Honeynet Project <> as part of the Honeynets Summer of Code during 2009. The development process is as open as possible; you can browse <> the source online and subscribe to RSS updates <> and submit bugs or patches <>.

Compiling & Installation



Some packages are provided by the apt-tree, so you don’t have to install everything from source

aptitude install libudns-dev libglib2.0-dev libssl-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev \
libreadline-dev libsqlite3-dev python-dev \
libtool automake autoconf build-essential \
subversion git-core \
flex bison \

tar xfz ...

The remaining dependencies have to be installed from source, we will install all dependencies to /opt/dionaea here, so make sure the directory exists, and you are allowed to write it.

libglib (debian <= etch)

If your lack a recent glib, better update your operating system.

liblcfg (all)

git clone git:// liblcfg cd liblcfg/code autoreconf -vi ./configure –prefix=/opt/dionaea make install cd .. cd ..

libemu (all)

git clone git:// libemu cd libemu autoreconf -vi ./configure –prefix=/opt/dionaea make install cd ..

libnl (linux && optional)

In case you use Ubuntu, libnl3 may be available in apt,

apt-get install libnl-3-dev libnl-genl-3-dev libnl-nf-3-dev libnl-route-3-dev

else install it from git.

git clone git:// cd libnl autoreconf -vi export LDFLAGS=-Wl,-rpath,/opt/dionaea/lib ./configure –prefix=/opt/dionaea make make install cd ..

libev (all)

wget tar xfz libev-4.04.tar.gz cd libev-4.04 ./configure –prefix=/opt/dionaea make install cd ..

Python 3.2

Before installing Python, we will install required dependencies


Should be available for every distribution.

sqlite > 3.3

Should be available for every distribution. If your distributions sqlite version is < 3.3 and does not support triggers, you are doomed, please let me know, I’ll write about how broken pythons build scripts are, and document how to to compile it with a user- provided - more recent - sqlite version.


wget tar xfz Python-3.2.2.tgz cd Python-3.2.2/ ./configure –enable-shared –prefix=/opt/dionaea –with-computed-gotos

–enable-ipv6 LDFLAGS=”-Wl,-rpath=/opt/dionaea/lib/ -L/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/”

make make install

Cython (all)

We have to use cython >= 0.15 as previous releases do not support Python3.2 __hash__’s Py_Hash_type for x86.

wget tar xfz Cython-0.15.tar.gz cd Cython-0.15 /opt/dionaea/bin/python3 install cd ..

udns (!ubuntu)

udns does not use autotools to build.

wget tar xfz udns_0.0.9.tar.gz cd udns-0.0.9/ ./configure make shared

There is no make install, so we copy the header to our include directory.

cp udns.h /opt/dionaea/include/

and the lib to our library directory.

cp .so /opt/dionaea/lib/

cd /opt/dionaea/lib ln -s cd - cd ..

libcurl (all)

Grabbing curl from your distributions maintainer should work, if you run a decent distribution. If not consider upgrading your operating system.

libpcap (most)

To honor the effort, we rely on libpcap 1.1.1. Most distros ship older versions, therefore it is likely you have to install it from source.

wget tar xfz libpcap-1.1.1.tar.gz cd libpcap-1.1.1 ./configure –prefix=/opt/dionaea make make install cd ..

OpenSSL (optional)

WARNING: doing this, requires all dependencies to be compiled using the same ssl version, so you have to link curl and python to your own openssl build too If you experience problems with tls connections, install your OpenSSL >= 0.9.8l/1.0.0-beta2, or fall back to cvs for now.

cvs -d co openssl cd openssl ./Configure shared –prefix=/opt/dionaea linux-x86_64 make SHARED_LDFLAGS=-Wl,-rpath,/opt/dionaea/lib make install

Compiling dionaea

git clone git:// dionaea

then ..

cd dionaea autoreconf -vi ./configure –with-lcfg-include=/opt/dionaea/include/

–with-lcfg-lib=/opt/dionaea/lib/ –with-python=/opt/dionaea/bin/python3.2 –with-cython-dir=/opt/dionaea/bin –with-udns-include=/opt/dionaea/include/ –with-udns-lib=/opt/dionaea/lib/ –with-emu-include=/opt/dionaea/include/ –with-emu-lib=/opt/dionaea/lib/ –with-gc-include=/usr/include/gc –with-ev-include=/opt/dionaea/include –with-ev-lib=/opt/dionaea/lib –with-nl-include=/opt/dionaea/include –with-nl-lib=/opt/dionaea/lib/ –with-curl-config=/usr/bin/ –with-pcap-include=/opt/dionaea/include –with-pcap-lib=/opt/dionaea/lib/

make make install

Update dionaea

Most updates boil down to a

git pull; make clean install

But, you always want to make sure your config file is up to date, you can use

/opt/dionaea/etc/dionaea# diff dionaea.conf dionaea.conf.dist