[Snort-users] RE: VERY simple 'virtual' honeypot

Ashley Thomas athomas at ...3539...
Fri Mar 8 11:20:07 EST 2002

Do you think it is a good idea for an IDS to send out packets
(the fake packets)
I would think that it is best if the IDS remains in the stealth mode
without doing anything "active"

Pls correct me if i am wrong.


On Fri, 8 Mar 2002, Alex Collins wrote:

> > > 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.
> >
> > Better yet have snort spoof a reply (i.e. pretend that a valid port is
> > there). Then the attacker comes back later for more giving you more
> > information and wasting more of their time. Then you get a bit of the best
> > of both worlds. I'm sure snort, portsentry or something similar could
> easily
> > be hacked up to do it. Alternative use port redirects on Linux/OpenBSD to
> > redirect stuff for unused networks to a "legit" server that will reply
> with
> > basic stuff.
> If you could craft a "reply" routine for snort, that could be actioned over
> a combination of packets, you could then define a range of actions that
> would be useful both from the perspective of a "responsive" IDS (e.g. TCP
> resets) and as a honeypot (e.g. acknowledge packets, send back banners)
> logging further packets that are received.
> If this was easily customisable, you could gain information for a wide range
> of systems & services, without needing to have legit honey pots for these.
> Alex Collins
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