[Snort-sigs] sid:13272; rule is not so good

Miso Patel miso.patel at ...2420...
Tue Dec 6 14:46:19 EST 2011

My engineers say rule sid:13272; is not performing good.  Here is it:

misc.rules:alert tcp $EXTERNAL_NET $HTTP_PORTS -> $HOME_NET any
(msg:"MISC Microsoft Windows ShellExecute and IE7 mailto url handling
code execution attempt"; flow:to_client,established;
pcre:"/[^\n]*?[\x25\x22]\x2E(com|bat|cmd|exe)/Ri"; metadata:policy
security-ips drop, service http; reference:bugtraq,25945;
classtype:attempted-user; sid:13272; rev:3;)

They say it is just a 'mailto:' match (which seems common with the web
pages these days) and then a "Regular Expression" which is causing our
sensors to not like it and CPU is consumed.

I know we run a slightly older rules (due to antiquated hardware,
corporate bureaucratic red tape, etc.) but are all these rules so bad?
 My engineers say this is not good and I wonder if we are detecting on
what we need to or if there are dropped packets due to so much bad
rules using CPU and RAM?  Is there a better rule list I can use for my

Thank you.

Miso, CISO

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