[Snort-users] Update to previous e-mail

Matt Kettler mkettler at ...4108...
Mon Nov 3 13:04:10 EST 2003

At 03:10 PM 11/3/2003, Kaplan, Andrew H. wrote:
>alert tcp any any -> [any,] any

Um.. what's the purpose of that? It is functionally the same as:

alert tcp any any -> any any

And that's significantly more legible.

>While these lines were uncommented, I would get an enormous amount of alerts
>from the subnet
>even though subsequent pass rules told snort to let pass any and all ip, tcp,
>and udp traffic on any port.

Did you pass the -o option to snort? If you don't pass -o then all alert 
rules will execute before all pass rules, without regard for what order 
they are placed in the file. Thus, in the default scenario, pass rules do 
absolutely nothing to prevent alerts.

There is ALWAYS a precedence relationship between types of rules in snort.. 
you can never use file locations to cause ordering of different kinds of 

Default is rule order is alert first, pass second, log third. If you use -o 
the order becomes pass, alert, log.  

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