[Snort-users] [Snort-devel] Serious problems Snort 2.9 with relative content matches using http_inspect preprocessor and http_uri keyword

Bad Horse b4dh0rs3 at ...11827...
Thu Nov 7 08:00:23 EST 2013

My first thought is that since you are looking for 0x3a (ASCII colon) in
the http_uri buffer, this is not being recognized by http_inspect because
the colon is commonly used to deliminate between URLs and ports. Have you
tried using "http_raw_uri" instead of "http_uri"?

-Bad Horse
 The Thoroughbred of SYN

On Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 2:01 PM, L0rd Ch0de1m0rt <l0rdch0de1m0rt at ...11827...>wrote:

> Hello,
> Previously I posted on this list with an email subject of, "distance,
> within, and negated matches".  Today I bring another issue that I am having
> that I believes could be related and is non-trivial and super serious.
> When I analyze it I believe that relative (1 byte?) content matches are
> not being properly applied in the http_uri buffer.  Other buffers for the
> http preprocessor may be affected as well but I have not tested them but I
> won't be suprised if they are also infected by this bug.
> This is an example of the rule Im using:
> alert tcp $HOME_NET any -> $EXTERNAL_NET $HTTP_PORTS (msg:"Dont Cry 4 Me
> Trojanina"; flow:established, to_server; content:"GET"; http_method;
> content:"|2F|"; http_uri; content:"|3A|"; http_uri; distance:1; within:20;)
> Using a simple pcap ("Follow TCP stream" output from Ethereal is here:)
> GET /iused/2/trust/the.http_preprocessor/sad1/cr1090hs:SN-IF-FF- HTTP/1.1
> The rule does not alert even though the Snort output shows that the HTTP
> data is being properly recognized and processed by the http_inspect
> preprocessor. The Snort output shows that the specific GET request is being
> recognized as a HTTP "GET" request.
> When I remove the http_inspect directives, the rule starts to work, this
> is an example:
> alert tcp $HOME_NET any -> $EXTERNAL_NET $HTTP_PORTS (msg:"Dont Cry 4 Me
> Trojanina"; flow:established, to_server; content:"GET"; http_method;
> content:"|2F|"; content:"|3A|"; distance:1; within:20;)
> Is this (still?) a known issue?  I have tested this on multiple different
> versions of Snort 2.9.
> Cheers,
> Lord C.
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