[Snort-users] Flow-portscan oddity

Douglas McCrea dmccrea at ...10965...
Tue Apr 13 08:57:05 EDT 2004


I've posted the same findings a few times to this list with little
response. You can use Portscan2 until someone fixes this. I've never
really gotten a satisfactory answer except, "yeah, it's your fault-
check the docs." or "Yeah, we know about some problems." But there has
never been a public acknowledgement that flow-portscan doesn't work or a
timeframe when a fix could be expected. Flow-portscan doesn't work for
me or anyone else I know. The lack of responses is most likely due to
nobody else getting this to work either.

-Doug

-----Original Message-----
From: Kreimendahl, Chad J [mailto:Chad.Kreimendahl at ...4716...] 
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2004 11:22 AM
To: Martin Roesch; Guillaume Arcas
Cc: Snort Users
Subject: RE: [Snort-users] Flow-portscan oddity


Yes, everyone says this... And I've checked it out many times over, and
adjusted my numbers accordingly... And yet... Not a single alert.   I've
tried the different alert modes, different output methods... Very small
numbers on requirements.

But it seems to me that the default setup, by my reading of the doc
file... If I were to scan a system on that network across all 65535
ports in the span of 15 seconds, that there should be at least 1 (ONE)
alert.  But when I do the same thing across 30 machines on the same
network and all 65k ports in the span of a few minutes, nothing as well.
So it seems to me that there is either something wrong with either or
both of the documentation and the preprocessor.

If it comes down to it, I have copies of the 20 or so different configs
I've run. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Martin Roesch [mailto:roesch at ...1935...]
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2004 8:56 AM
To: Guillaume Arcas
Cc: Snort Users
Subject: Re: [Snort-users] Flow-portscan oddity

Check out README.flow-portscan in the doc directory of your snort
distro.

      -Marty

On Apr 13, 2004, at 2:31 AM, Guillaume Arcas wrote:

> Kreimendahl, Chad J a dit :
>>
>> Using the default configuration for flow and flow portscan... And 
>> testing it on an external interface... We're seeing absolutely no 
>> alerts triggered.  I've attempted using many output mechanisms, 
>> hoping that it
>> wasn't the method we were using, and the results are the same.   I'm
>> 100% positive there were several scans happening on this same 
>> interface, as I ran portscan2 at the same time with a different 
>> snort, on the same
>> interface.   Many noisy ugly alerts from portscan2... Nothing from
>> flow-portscan.
>
> Same for me...
>
> Is there anywhere out of the code itself some documentation about this

> plugin and its configuration ?
>
>
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