[Snort-sigs] Documentation for Rule 488 INFO Connection Close d MSG from Port 80

Adams, Samuel (contractor) AdamsS at ...2026...
Sat Dec 20 03:50:01 EST 2003

Curious about your comment, I connected to several "normal" (I have no idea
what normal means in this or really any context) web servers on port 80. 
I attempted to grab a banner with the following command:
get http/1.1

While some returned an informative banner and some did not - without
exception the connections ended with "Connection closed by foreign host." Am
I missing something here? Were you thinking of some other way to telnet to a
web server and grab a banner? Or am I connecting to abnormal web servers? 

-----Original Message-----
From: Brian [mailto:bmc at ...95...]
Sent: Monday, December 15, 2003 2:17 AM
To: Russell Fulton
Cc: snort-sigs at lists.sourceforge.net
Subject: Re: [Snort-sigs] Documentation for Rule 488 INFO Connection
Closed MSG from Port 80

On Mon, Dec 15, 2003 at 08:17:28AM +1300, Russell Fulton wrote:
> On Sun, 2003-12-14 at 17:01, Brian wrote:
> > Sorry, but this is wrong.  I don't have time to explain it now, but
> > trust me.  Normal web servers (even when you use telnet to connect to
> > them) NEVER end the connection with "Connection closed by foreign host".
> Hmm... I agree and this raises the question: isn't the rule
> fundamentally broken since that text will never traverse the network?

No.  My comment was in response to his docs, where he stated that using
telnet to connect to a web server will cause the string to appear.

There are many cases where seeing this string would be bad.  The common
case where I have seen this rule fire is where a web server has been
compromised and a shell has been bound to port 80 and further exploits
are being run through it.


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