[Snort-users] "portscans" that only hit one host, one time?

Cloppert, Michael Michael.Cloppert at ...5884...
Fri Aug 9 10:34:01 EDT 2002

WHY oh why am I getting traffic logged as a "portscan" when such traffic
only comes from one source, and only happens once or twice?!  For example,
going through my portscan.log file, grepping for a particular SOURCE
address, I see:

Aug  9 11:48:39 -> xxx.yyy.zzz.66:443 NOACK *2U*PRS*
Aug  9 11:48:46 -> xxx.yyy.zzz.66:443 SYN ******S*

This is the ONLY place in my portscan.log that this source IP appears, and
it isn't nearly the 4 ports in 3 second limit set in my snort.conf!  Does
anyone have any idea why my logs are cluttered with these false positives?
For reference, associated snort.conf lines are:

preprocessor stream4: disable_evasion_alerts, noalerts, ttl_limit 175
preprocessor stream4_reassemble: clientonly, noalerts
preprocessor portscan: $HOME_NET 4 3 portscan.log
preprocessor portscan-ignorehosts: $DNS_SERVERS
preprocessor frag2

If anyone has any ideas, I'd be greatly appreciative.  Thanks!


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