[Snort-sigs] BOTNET-CNC Possible host infection - excessive DNS queries for .eu

Joel Esler jesler at ...435...
Mon Mar 12 11:27:07 EDT 2012

On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 11:21 AM, Community Signatures <lists at ...3397...
> wrote:

> On 03/12/12 10:14, Martin Holste wrote:
> > The sig, as written, will false like crazy on any medium or large
> > sized network because it does not take into account DNS servers or
> > SMTP servers (or spam gateways) which do a lot of DNS lookups.
> I dunno, "detection_filter:track by_src, count 100, seconds 10;" -- even
> in this high volume networks I would tend to agree that 10
> queries/second is suspicious when 100 after 10 seconds is reached.
We've had one report of a false positive on a rule similar to this as a
result of Chrome doing pre-fetching on certain sites (.ru, not .eu) so I am
sure it could happen.  If there are 100 external links NOT with the same
domain name on a single page.

This is an indicator of compromise.  In the new rule category system:


Joel Esler
Senior Research Engineer, VRT
OpenSource Community Manager
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