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Re: Signature Lookup Confusion
From: waldo kitty <wkitty42 () windstream net>
Date: Tue, 07 May 2013 13:52:28 -0400

On 5/7/2013 13:24, Josh Bitto wrote:
I'm having a bit of a problem fully grasping how to search up rules that have
been fired.....

2013-05-07T10:14:05-07:00 firewall snort[62223]: [120:8:1] (http_inspect)
INVALID CONTENT-LENGTH OR CHUNK SIZE [Classification: Unknown Traffic]
[Priority: 3] {TCP} ->

Ok so what I understand from the log is that rule 120 fired. Either I need

no sir... rule identifiers are in GID:SID:rev format... only the GID:SID are 
really necessary...

the above says Generator 120 fired its rule with SID 8...

Generator 120 is http_inspect...


these are not "normal" rules like the *.rules files you download... these rules 
are built into the processor...

some caffeine or it's a horrible Tuesday for me to comprehend this, but I'm
just not getting it. The instructions on how to search for the group id and
the sid for some reason are not sticking. Can someone dumb this down for
me....I'm gonna run out and get a pop and hopefully come back to someone who
has awesomely helped me out.

does the above help?

Basically I want to be able to search for explanations on whatever event
happens so I can determine if I need to take action or not.

this is where you might need to break out a pcap viewing tool like wireshark so 
you can look at the content of the network traffic that triggered the rule... 
snort should have saved a pcap for you and this particular entry will likely be 
inside a large pcap containing other saved traffic from other alerts... you use 
the timestamp to determine the proper packet to look at and then work it from 

FWIW: i've someone who is a client on a large Canadian cable network and they 
are getting hit by tons of these... we haven't yet determined why, though...

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