[Snort-users] False Positives

Kent Freeman kfreeman at ...2939...
Wed Aug 28 12:41:03 EDT 2002

Greetings fellow Snorters;

I have been experiencing a lot of false positives, and need a little help.

The false positives are being generated by this "porn virgin" ruleset:

alert tcp $EXTERNAL_NET $HTTP_PORTS -> $HOME_NET any (msg:"PORN virgin";
content:"virgin"; nocase; flags:A+; classtype:kickass-porn; sid:1796;

The problem is that whenever a packet with the word "Virginia" traverses my
network, it is logged as an alert.

What is the best method to prevent this?

Add a rule to local.rules like this:

pass tcp $EXTERNAL_NET $HTTP_PORTS -> $HOME_NET any; content:"Virginia";
flags:A+; classtype:false-positive-porn; sid:1796;

Is there a way to add a second content section to the existing rule?

Does Snort support regular expressions in the rules (not, if, or, else,

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Kent Freeman

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