[Snort-users] stream4 - zero bytes records

Martin Roesch roesch at ...1935...
Fri May 26 06:30:05 EDT 2006


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Hi Elias,

The number of bytes that are recorded are application layer bytes  
transferred, not total bytes in the packets.  What this typically  
indicates is scanning activity or closed ports rejecting  
connections.  I typically treat logs like this as evidence of scan  
activity or worms looking for openings in your network.

      -Marty

On May 25, 2006, at 10:12 AM, Elias Athanasopoulos wrote:

> Hello!
>
> I am using stream4 with the configuration below:
>
> preprocessor stream4: disable_evasion_alerts, keepstats machine
> preprocessor stream4_reassemble: both, ports:all
>
> However, in the session.log file I have a lot of records *but not all*
> with zero bytes in the Client side, in the Server side or both.
>
> For example:
>
> [*] Session => Start: 05/25/06-17:23:15 End Time: 05/25/06-17:23:15 
> [Server IP:
> 67.70.68.8  port: 63960  pkts: 1  bytes: 0] [Client IP:  
> 147.52.78.17  port: 2213  pkts: 1  bytes: 0]
> [*] Session => Start: 05/25/06-17:23:15 End Time: 05/25/06-17:23:15 
> [Server IP:
> 147.52.136.3  port: 4662  pkts: 2  bytes: 0] [Client IP:  
> 87.90.0.251  port: 27786  pkts: 2  bytes: 0]
> [*] Session => Start: 05/25/06-17:23:15 End Time: 05/25/06-17:23:15 
> [Server IP:
> 147.52.3.67  port: 4662  pkts: 2  bytes: 0] [Client IP:  
> 88.35.43.210  port: 4788  pkts: 2  bytes: 0]
> [*] Session => Start: 05/25/06-17:23:15 End Time: 05/25/06-17:23:15 
> [Server IP:
> 61.123.32.10  port: 13340  pkts: 1  bytes: 0] [Client IP:  
> 147.52.48.227  port: 1634  pkts: 1  bytes: 0]
> [*] Session => Start: 05/25/06-17:23:15 End Time: 05/25/06-17:23:15 
> [Server IP:
> 66.151.150.12  port: 2703  pkts: 4  bytes: 103] [Client IP:  
> 147.52.67.2  port: 47818  pkts: 2  bytes: 17]
> [*] Session => Start: 05/25/06-17:23:15 End Time: 05/25/06-17:23:15 
> [Server IP:
> 147.52.110.2  port: 1433  pkts: 4  bytes: 86] [Client IP:  
> 67.110.178.233  port: 43413  pkts: 5  bytes: 168]
>
> A snorter in #snort told me that there are cases that snort logs 0  
> bytes
> (especially in Web traffic). If this is the case, is there a place  
> that I can
> find the heuristics used by snort (or stream4) for that decision?
>
> PS. Please, 'cc' me as I am not subscribed.
>
> Regards,
> -- 
> Elias Athanasopoulos
> Distributed Computing Systems (DCS)
> Institute of Computer Science (ICS/FORTH)
> Heraklion, Crete
>
> A bug can become a feature by documenting it.
>
>
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Martin Roesch - Founder/CTO, Sourcefire Inc. - +1-410-290-1616
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