[Snort-sigs] Matching the beginning or end of a (preprocessor) content buffer

Joel Esler jesler at ...435...
Thu Nov 8 15:38:07 EST 2012

We are looking at this Mike, we think this is an interesting idea,

However, implementing a pcre like "pcre:"/bad\.pdf$/";"  shouldn't have that much of an impact.

Joel Esler
Senior Research Engineer, VRT
OpenSource Community Manager

On Nov 7, 2012, at 4:22 PM, Mike Cox <mike.cox52 at ...2420...> wrote:

> AFIK, it isn't possible to do this without a PCRE but I though I'd
> ask: is is possible to tell a preprocessor content buffer (like
> http_uri) to match at the end (or beginning) of the buffer without
> using a PCRE?
> For example, let's say I want to match the URI 'bad.pdf".  I know this
> will be at the end of the URI (and thus the end of the http_uri
> buffer) and I want to match that specifically so I don't also get
> alerts on things like "/bad.pdfoobar/index.aspx".
> Normally I'd just do this:
> content:"/bad.pdf"; http_uri;
> But I know that this will be at the end of the URI buffer and I don't
> want to do a PCRE as well to ensure this due to performance concerns.
> It seems like this ability would be moderately easy to build into the
> engine and computationally trivial as far as performance goes.  Maybe
> have something like, "http_uri:end", "http_uri:beginning",
> "http_uri:beginning,end", http_cookie:end", etc. or have special
> characters (that would otherwise have to be escaped) to indicate that
> you want to match on the beginning or end of the buffer.
> Just a thought since you guys are re-writing the http-inspect
> preprocessor :)  Joel, feel free to send to snort-dev, I don't think
> I'm on that list.
> Thanks!
> -Mike Cox
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