[Snort-users] Can snort be smarter?

Jason Haar Jason.Haar at ...294...
Mon Jul 1 14:46:14 EDT 2002

There's a thread over in Security-Focus-IDS ("Crying wolf:") where people
are bemoaning the amount of false-positives that IDSes generate. 

One thing missing from Snort would be the ability for it to recognise the
difference between (say) a CodeRed attempt against an IIS and an Apache

With stateful packet reassembly, would it be possible to match on the return
packets in the same rule? e.g.

content: "/script.exe?"; content: "Server: Microsoft-IIS"

That way you'd only get an alert on application-specific attacks when
they're against that particular application.

I realise that some would still want to know about ALL attacks - but that
could be dealt with by  the above rule being an "alert", followed by the
same rule without the "Server: Microsoft-IIS" bit being a "log".

Apparently this is a feature NFR has.


Jason Haar
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