[Snort-users] broke snort. file_data_ports

Michael Scheidell michael.scheidell at ...8144...
Thu Dec 8 04:46:02 EST 2011

didn't we decide YEARS AGO, not to arbitrarily add $VAR' to VRT rules?
thank you for breaking this and waking me up at 4am

Dec  8 03:06:13 scanner2 snort[3457]: FATAL ERROR: 
/etc/snort/rules/web-client.rules(142) ***PortVar Lookup failed on 

oh, and its NOT in the distributed snort.conf file.
scanner2.hackertrap.net# grep FILE_DATA_PORTS *

no, i did NOT enable, as you see, these are in web-client.rules


yes, your block says to add this. p|ortvar FILE_DATA_PORTS 

but, you should have left the mucked up rules in file-identify.rules, 
NOT put them into otherwise active rules.
or, find some way to have a default, in the .rules, like first line 
would be:

portvar FILE_DATA_PORTS? ||[$HTTP_PORTS,110,143]

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