[Snort-sigs] CVE-2012-5076 and CVE-2012-1723 Rules

Y M snort at ...3751...
Mon Nov 26 14:14:13 EST 2012

Miso, I use both, VRT and ET in my production systems. Pesonally, they both complement each other for greater coverability. But this comes at the cost of managing the rules, responding to alerts; while eliminating alerts of the same threat being fired by two different rulesets, in a timely fashion. Although this is doable, but it takes a lot of time, tracking and engineering of the rulesets. All the comparisons I have seen between the VRT and ET rulesets have been largely subjective. Also which rules are being enabled out of the box is important but overlooked. On the surface, ET rules might fire far more since the majority of rules in a .rules file are enabled out of the box, on the other hand, VRT rules have the majority of them disabled as the "policy" employed when deploying the rules governs which rules are enabled. This is evident when running both rules (separately) through PulledPork. For almost a month, I have been watching how and when both teams update their rules. Release dates of updated rules by both teams happen at almost identical dates, give or take two or three days for both. This is not the case when using the Registered ruleset of the VRT team as it is almost a month behind the Subscriber ruleset, which is currently being discussed by Joel and Nathan in previous emails. My approach to this is completely different. The selection of which rules (.rules) to include is largely dependant on the environment and systems you run, network traffic, where your sensors are placed in the network, which rules can cover more of a particular threat, and your response methodology. I try to utilize the best of both worlds and this is an on-going process that require close attention as much as possible given that resources permit.
Thanks. YMDate: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 12:11:05 -0600
Subject: Re: [Snort-sigs] CVE-2012-5076 and CVE-2012-1723 Rules
From: miso.patel at ...2420...
To: snort at ...3751...
CC: jesler at ...435...; lists at ...3397...; snort-sigs at lists.sourceforge.net


My engineers indicate that the "ET" rules are best for protecting against the latest threats (because there are many improvements daily).  And they say that the VT ruleset is good but they are as if the anti-virus solutions. Very late and sometimes never ("quotes").

I like to akin to defense in depth so I use the ET for super protection and then the use of the VRT to make happy the auditors :) 


-Miso, CISO

On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 11:52 AM, Y M <snort at ...3751...> wrote:

My intention of adding the ET ruleset was never driven for a comparison sake. The website I was checking clearly had similar behavior/symptoms of exploit methods based on Java and/or Adobe and I was not aware that the AV already detected them at the time. My intention was if this is a new exploit that's not yet covered by VRT/ET, I would gather as much information and forward them to the community. However, once I saw the AV complaining about it, I thought to share it anyway for further improvements as it may benefit someone.

If the specifics that I was testing with can add some help, like the blackhole website, pcaps or any other information I have, please let me know so I can forward them.

 Joel and Nathan, thank you both for the wonderful attitude and news about the community ruleset.

Subject: Re: [Snort-sigs] CVE-2012-5076 and CVE-2012-1723 Rules
From: jesler at ...435...
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 10:14:20 -0500

CC: snort at ...3751...; snort-sigs at lists.sourceforge.net
To: lists at ...3397...

On Nov 26, 2012, at 10:00 AM, "lists at ...3397..." <lists at ...3397...> wrote:

On 11/25/2012 07:34 PM, Joel Esler wrote:> I'll take a look and see what we can

do to improve any coverage we are missing,

blackhole, especially v2, is a pain.

Joel, on the ET side and based on my network analysis, I am seeing very good

methods for combating some of this.  I would like for us to work more on this,

any more news regarding a community focused ruleset without delay between

registered users and subscribers?

We cover blackholev2 in much the same way.  Eoin's rules started our coverage with bhekv2 and we've made modifications along the way, and added a ton ourselves.  They have worked very well.  I watch exploit kits pretty regularly to make sure we improve coverage for these.  I just wrote protection for 3 other exploit kits this weekend and they should be shipped soon after testing.

As far as the community ruleset, the tl;dr is yes.
Longer:We were going to get this done in Q2 of this year, but with the massive ClamAV transition that took place this was placed on the back burner.  Now that we have recovered much of our cycles and reorganized the organization a bit to deal with the changes, we are now moving forward on it again.  There was some legal license work to do with the legal team that I had to get knocked out first, which involves writing provisions into the VRT license for the community ruleset (and some other beneficial changes!) along with making it simpler to read.  I'm due to provide my followup comments to the legal team this week about it, and then our DIE team can get working on the actual coding of the ruleset.  The way we have decided to do it is beneficial for everyone.  Registered, Subscriber, OEM, etc.  It'll involve a bit of coding, but it shouldn't be an issue.

On 11/25/2012 04:26 AM, Snort Troubleshooting wrote:

I went ahead and downloaded ET (open-source) rules and stuck them in there.
Then I browsed to the blackhole website again, and Snort fired on two ET

Rules, namely, sid:2015724, and sid:2015725.
You've just stumbled across some idiosyncratic differences between the VRT and

ET rulesets.  This has been discussed in the past but myself being a participant

in the ET ruleset I can say that as compared to VRT, ET/we are more focused on

the exploit kit and permutations of the exploit kits as a community and have

great coverage based on community input.

As I said above, we have some fantastic coverage for exploit kits (in exploit-kit.rules) and we adapt it to change the situations that pop up when needed.

Joel Esler
Senior Research Engineer, VRT

OpenSource Community Manager


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