[Snort-sigs] Sig help (Tumblr redirect)

Will Metcalf william.metcalf at ...2420...
Tue Jul 3 18:11:37 EDT 2012

If there are no relative matches/modifiers, the pattern does not get
truncated, and the pattern has nocase, why is "only" not automatically
applied to the pattern?  What is the point of snort ever checking the
pattern twice under these conditions?  Am I missing something there?



On Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 12:01 PM, Patrick Mullen <pmullen at ...435...> wrote:
> James,
> While it wouldn't be comprehensive coverage, I don't see a reason why
> your rule wouldn't be a good way to catch a bunch of these spam
> messages if it's a common theme.
> Since you asked, there are two things I would do to improve the rule.
> One is a performance improvement, the other is a readability
> improvement.
> The readability improvement is that your content match is all ascii
> data so it's much easier to see what's going on if you use the actual
> ascii rather than the hex code in your rule.  It gets loaded the same
> way into the rule engine so there is no performance difference for
> using either method.
> content:"='://e'|3b|"  (Note I did still have to convert the semicolon
> to make the rules parser's life easier)
> The performance change is a huge boost by using fast_pattern:only on
> the content match.  Doing so implies nocase but here it doesn't matter
> and you actually specify it in your rule.  What this directive does is
> put the content match into the fast pattern matcher but removes it
> from the list of checks once evaluating the rule itself, effectively
> making it so the content match is only checked once.  Note you can
> only do fast_pattern:only if case sensitivity is not important and the
> match is location independent meaning it is not relative to anything
> and nothing is relative to it.
> content:"='://e'|3b|"; fast_pattern:only;
> The resulting rule is the following --
> Tumblr spam redirect"; flow:from_server; file_data;
> content:"='://e'|3b|"; fast_pattern:only; metadata:policy security-ips
> drop, service http; classtype:bad-unknown; sid:10000014; rev:1;)
> Hope this helps!
> Thanks,
> ~Patrick
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> Patrick Mullen
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