[Snort-users] Disabled rules still triggering

Willst Mail willstmail at ...11827...
Wed Apr 28 14:19:38 EDT 2010

I have a Snort sensor running and oinkmaster 2.0 on FreeBSD
6.2.  I have some signatures that I disable with oinkmaster, and in
the rules files they show as commented out, but alerts are still being
generated.  Example:

>From oinkmaster.conf:
# Nimda RICHED20.DLL (2010-03-09 wss)
disablesid 1295

>From /usr/local/etc/snort/rules:
# grep "sid:1295;" *
netbios.rules:#alert tcp $EXTERNAL_NET any -> $HOME_NET 139
(msg:"NETBIOS nimda RICHED20.DLL"; flow:to_server,established;
nocase; reference:url,www.f-secure.com/v-descs/nimda.shtml;
classtype:bad-unknown; sid:1295; rev:11;)

This seems to be happening with some (not sure about all) signatures.
I've tried both HUP'ing Snort and doing a full stop and start.

Suppressing it in threshold.conf DOES seem to prevent alerts:
$ grep 1295 /usr/local/etc/snort/threshold.conf
suppress gen_id 1, sig_id 1295
$ grep 1295 /var/log/messages
Apr 28 14:11:45 mysnortsensor snort[92239]: | gen-id=1
sig-id=1295       tracking=none

But I'd rather disable than simply suppress, and the fact that the
commented rule is still being loaded is troubling.  We've been running on this sensor for a couple months, this issue seems to have
started in the past few days, and I don't think I'm seeing it on other
sensors.  We are using the paid signature subscription.

Any ideas or how else to troubleshooting this?  Going to 2.8.6 isn't
an option just yet.

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