[Snort-users] VERY simple 'virtual' honeypot

Lance Spitzner lance at ...2024...
Thu Mar 7 20:35:04 EST 2002

Most honeypots work on the same concept, a system that has no
production activity.  You deploy a box that has no production
value, any packets going to that box indicate a probe, scan, or
attack.  This helps reduce both false positives and false
negatives.  Exampls of such honeypots include BackOfficer Friendly,
DTK, ManTrap, Specter, and Honeynets.

However, I was just thinking, why bother deploying the box?
Why not create a list of Snort rules that generate an alert
whenever a TCP/SYN packet or UDP packet is sent to an IP
address that has no system?  This could incidate a probe,
scan or attack, the same principles of a honeypot, but
without deploying an actual system.

Of course this does not give you the Data Capture capabilites
of a honeypot, as there is no system for the attacker to
interact with.  However, this could be used to help detect
scanning or probing activity.


Lance Spitzner

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