[Snort-users] simple rule to alert when visiting a website

Rob Dixon rob.l.dixon at ...11827...
Tue Nov 17 11:25:06 EST 2009

Hi Mary,

There are some setup guides and other documentation @snort.org that cover
this subject.

There are a few ways to do this.

You could simply use a content match to look for "ebay.com", but this would
also trigger for any site that has that text.(false positives)

You could set a variable in the snort.conf and call it $ebay_servers and put
ebays net block in there? Then write a simple rules to match the headers
only. (more efficient)

Alert tcp any any -> ebay_servers any (msg:"Warning - EBAY Activity";)
something like that?

Or, use squid in passive mode.

Sounds like fun, good luck!


On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 10:49 AM, mary andrews <maryandrews22 at ...11827...>wrote:

> Forgive us, but we are evaluating the software and we are now learning it
> too,
> OK, I suppose you can call us newbies.
> we are trying to write simple rules, we have had some success so far,
> a little at a time, we are now trying to write a small rule to alert if
> someone
> is visiting a specific site, say www.ebay.com
> so far we have this in a file called testing.rules.
> # testing.rules
> alert icmp any any -> any any (msg:"$$$$$TESTING rule$$$$$"; sid:1000001;)
>  its rudimentary, we know, but its working ok. before we uncomment the
> config and include
> a bigger set of rules, we want to regresstion test them in their simplest
> form.
> if someone replies, and since I am not 100% sure how this list works yet,
> could you please copy me here? maryandrews22 at ...11827...
> many thanks,
> m
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