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Re: .exe
From: Jeff Kell <jeff-kell () utc edu>
Date: Sun, 5 May 2013 02:03:46 -0400

On 5/5/2013 1:51 AM, Caleb Jaren wrote:

Try flow:from_server,established; and instead of the string ".exe" try
content:"|4d 5a|"; which is equivalent to the text string "MZ" found
at the beginning of most PE files.

And based on that alone, on any random data stream matching on two bytes
"4d 5a" you're going to get a hit every 64K data packets.  If you're
including SSL/TLS/VPN/etc encrypted traffic you're going to hit.

It's one thing to create a signature to detect a "known thing".  It's
another thing entirely to reduce or eliminate false positives.

The former will gain you points on the "canned" IDS/IPS test suites. 
The latter will gain you points in the real world.

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