[Snort-users] how to create testing data files??

waldo kitty wkitty42 at ...14940...
Tue Aug 17 14:57:28 EDT 2010

On 8/16/2010 10:30, Ryan Jordan wrote:
>> [quote] Note that Snort will not try to determine whether the files under that
>> directory are really pcap files or not. [/quote]
> This means that your directory better have pcap files in it, because
> Snort's going to try and load them as pcaps! :)  Perhaps this is
> something we can make a little more clear.

i would say so because i read it that snort wouldn't care in this case if they 
are pcaps or plain text/binary files... i mean, heck, "i" just want to create a 
file of "aaaaABCxEFGaaaa" and feed it to snort to see if that rule fires based 
on that string ;)

> When I'm testing rules or things I've developed, I typically use Scapy
> to craft pcaps. At one point, I used the following setup for more
> rapid (but less repeatable!) testing:
> Get 2 hosts. I used my workstation and a VM. On one end, named
> "foobar", run netcat in listen mode:
> [ryan at ...14967...]$ nc -l -p 5555
> On the other end, connect with netcat:
> [ryan at ...14968...]$ nc foobar 5555
> On the client's end, I ran Snort with my rules to test. I used a BPF
> to get only this traffic:
> [ryan at ...14968...]$ snort -c testing.conf -i eth0 -F my_bpf.txt -A cmg -k none
> The contents of my BPF:
> [ryan at ...14968...]$ cat my_bpf.txt
> host foobar and port 5555
> Finally, I can just type stuff into my netcat window and watch the
> alerts pop up in my Snort window.
> I found this to be useful when I was debugging some pattern matcher
> weirdness in the Sensitive Data preprocessor. This approach is less
> useful if you want to save your tests and script them up to be run
> later -- pcaps are great for this.
> You'll also run into trouble if you want to test a more complex
> protocol than raw text over TCP, but we'll save that for another day.
> :)

thanks for that... i'm sure it will be helpful to some... sadly, though, it made 
my eyes cross and i had to use sandpaper on them to be able to write this :? 
getting old too soon and too fast :(

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