[Snort-sigs] SSH brute force attack sig

Matt Jonkman matt at ...2436...
Wed Jul 6 11:03:45 EDT 2005

alert tcp $EXTERNAL_NET any -> $HOME_NET 22 (msg: "BLEEDING-EDGE
Potential SSH Scan"; flags: S; flowbits: set,ssh.brute.attempt;
threshold: type threshold, track by_src, count 5, seconds 120;
classtype: suspicious-login; sid: 2001219; rev:10; )

We've tweaked this one to be near perfect. We are setting the
ssh.brute.attempt, but the other sigs that used to use it were removed.
So we could take that out, but it'll surely be useful somewhere down the

This is in the SCAN ruleset on bleeding.

Let us know how the threshold in this one affects your net, being larger
than average.


Paul Schmehl wrote:
> Does anyone have one?
> I put together a very simple one to catch *outgoing* evil, but I'm
> wondering if anyone has packet captures that would help with content
> definitions.
> Here's the rule I wrote:
> # New rule for catching ssh brute-force attacks
> alert tcp $HOME_NET any -> any 22 (msg:"SSH Brute-Force attack";
> threshold: type both, track by_src, count 2000, seconds 60;
> classtype:trojan-activity; sid:1000281; rev:2;)
> It's catching some legitimate sessions, so I'l probably need to raise
> the threshold more, but I'm wondering if there's a packet capture that
> has something unique the rule could trigger on.
> Paul Schmehl (pauls at ...1311...)
> Adjunct Information Security Officer
> University of Texas at Dallas
> AVIEN Founding Member
> http://www.utdallas.edu/ir/security/
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