[Snort-sigs] Lotus Notes .exe script source download attempt

Joel Esler joel.esler at ...435...
Thu May 18 12:30:01 EDT 2006

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Is it possible you could could provide a pcap of the traffic you are  


On May 18, 2006, at 3:03 PM, Drew Burchett wrote:

> web-misc.rules:alert tcp $EXTERNAL_NET any -> $HOME_NET $HTTP_PORTS  
> (msg:"WEB-MISC Lotus Notes .exe script source download attempt";  
> flow:to_server,established; uricontent:".exe"; content:".exe";  
> content:"."; within:1; reference:bugtraq,6841; classtype:web- 
> application-attack; sid:2067; rev:4;)
> I noticed that this rule was being hit quite a bit on my network  
> lately and decided to look a bit closer since I’m not running any  
> Domino servers and I had a hard time believing I was getting probed  
> that often for that particular vulnerability.  Turns out that the  
> rule is generating a false positive due to the way some new .Net  
> generated ActiveX controls interact with Internet Explorer.  When  
> the ActiveX control is downloaded, IE requests the file  
> iexplore.exe.config from the web server.  This, of course, sets off  
> the Lotus rule, which just looks for .exe in the uricontent and in  
> the content.
> My solution was to write a pass rule in local.rules to allow  
> iexplore.exe.config, but I’d suggest as a permanent fix maybe  
> adding uricontent:[!]”iexplore.exe.config” to the rule.
> Drew Burchett
> United Systems & Software
> http://www.united-systems.com
> Phone:  (270)527-3293
> Fax:     (270)527-3132
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