GIXflow is a tool which analyses data received as NetFlow packets and visualise the data in real-time.
Currently GIXflow can
- Listen on IPv4 and IPv6 addresses for NetFlow data
- Decode NetFlow v1, v5, v9, v10 (IPFIX) packets
- Analyse IPv4 and IPv6 flows
- For flows without a src/dst ASN or with an ASN equals 4294967295 (see Junos issue/limitation) do a DNS lookup using one of IP2ASN mapping services Cymru (IPv4&6 support) or Route Views (IPv4 only)
- Convert MaxMind geo data (ip2asn and ip2country databases for IPv4&6 addresses) to a SQLite3 database
- Listen on IPv4 and IPv6 addresses to allow web access with SSL support
- Display real-time graphs
Real-time graphs show
- Total bandwidth of TCP, UDP, ICMP, IPv6 & OTHER traffic
- Packet rate for TCP, UDP, ICMP, IPv6 & OTHER traffic
- Received and processed packets
- Received and processed flows
- Prefix cache size
- Flow queue size
- Sent DNS queries
- Rewrite GIXflow code to use multiprocessing and ØMQ python libraries.
A flowchart draft representing the planned modular design of GIXflow.
- sFlow support
GIXflow code profiling as the current performance is about 15k flows/sec on a host with a single Intel Xeon E3-1245V2@3.40GHz. That can be caused by the GIL (Global Interpreter Lock) and may require rewriting the code to use the multiprocessing instead of the threading package.
- Integrating ExaBGP to import prefixes from a BGP session instead of using DNS based IP2ASN mapping services
- Importing prefixes from MRT dump files
- Replicating flows with added src & dst ASNs to further collectors
- Splitting flows when a processed packet with additional src & dst ASNs would become larger than an allowed MTU
Click to see GIXflow live demo. If the demo would not work it could mean that I am working on it right now.
The first two with MaxMind GeoLite data imported and the last one with IP2ASN mapping enabled.
GIXflow is still in a very early stage and currently is more a proof of concept than a tool which could be used in a production environment.
This product includes GeoLite data created by MaxMind. The GeoLite data is converted and distributed as a SQLite3 database.
This product includes Highcharts charting library by Highsoft. The library is free for students, universities, public schools, non-profit organisations and for developing and testing applications using Highcharts/Highstock. Highsoft software products are not free for commercial use.