Monday, April 6, 2015

Suricata IDPS - Application layer anomalies protocol detection

Suricata IDS/IPS/NSM also allows you to do application layer anomaly  detection.
I started talking to inliniac about protocol anomaly detection rules one day on the Suricata IRC chat room...which evolved more into a discussion resulting in us updating the rule sets with some examples of how to do that.

Below are a few examples for rules usage:


alert tcp any any -> any ![80,8080] (msg:"SURICATA HTTP not tcp port 80, 8080"; flow:to_server; app-layer-protocol:http; sid:2271001; rev:1;)
The above rule finds http traffic that is not using dest port 80 or 8080.

alert tcp any any -> any 80 (msg:"SURICATA Port 80 but not HTTP"; flow:to_server; app-layer-protocol:!http; sid:2271002; rev:1;)
The above rule is kind of the reverse of the previous one - it will alert if the tcp traffic with destination port 80 is not http.

Here is another example


alert tcp any any -> any 443 (msg:"SURICATA Port 443 but not TLS"; flow:to_server; app-layer-protocol:!tls; sid:2271003; rev:1;)


Detecting HTTP traffic over HTTPS port -

alert http any any -> any 443 (msg:"SURICATA HTTP clear text on port 443"; flow:to_server; app-layer-protocol:http; sid:2271019; rev:1;)

You can find the full ruleset (open source and free to use) with examples for HTTP, HTTPS, TLS, FTP, SMTP, SSH, IMAP, SMB, DCERPC, DNS, MODBUS application layer anomaly  detection  here:

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