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Intrusion Detection System Snort. What is Snort? Free and Open Source Intrusion Detection System Monitor network traffic Scan for protocol anomalies Scan.

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1 Intrusion Detection System Snort

2 What is Snort? Free and Open Source Intrusion Detection System Monitor network traffic Scan for protocol anomalies Scan for packet payload signatures that represent potential attacks, worms, and unusual activities Monitoring consoles available Can be configured as an IPS

3 Where should it be placed? Snort Tap Placement Natural Choke Points Areas where the network topology creates a single traffic path Artificial Choke Points Exist due to logical topology of the network Intranet Trust/Un-trust Zone Boundaries Similar to Natural Choke Points but are intra- network

4 How does it work? Snort Rules Primarily a signature based detection engine Example: alert tcp $TELNET_SERVERS 23 -> $EXTERNAL_NET any (msg:"TELNET root login"; flow:from_server,established; content:"login|3A| root"; classtype:suspicious-login; sid:719; rev:7;) While indicative of attacks, leaks, and protocol violations, false positives are generated

5 How to monitor? BASE (Basic Analysis and Security Engine) Number of unique alerts Alerts ordered by category Today’s alert Most frequent src/dest ports

6 BASE – Main Screen

7 BASE – Policy Violations

8 Worm Propagation Analysis Example Multiple Layers of Antivirus checkers in place: workstations, servers, -stores, and gateways Most active updating checkers gets new signatures every 15 minutes On September 2005, 3 bagle variants were released quickly AV companies alerted us, but workstations were affected Which of the 5000 workstations were affected?

9 Worm Propagation Analysis Example alert tcp any any -> any any (msg:"Potential Bagle Propagation"; content:"osa6.gif"; classtype:policy- violation; sid: ; rev:3;)

10 Conclusion Snort provides another tool in the toolkit and can help provide information about exactly who’s talking to who on the network “Security is a process, not a product”


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