useful *.bro files repository?

Vern Paxson vern at
Wed Feb 12 23:08:48 PST 2003

> I was wondering if there is (or SHOULD BE) a repository of useful *.bro
> policies to use for different cases. Right now I am running with '@load
> mt' and some other @load's which I semi-intelligently selected from the
> policies dir, but I noticed there is a bunch of other fun bro files. Which
> of them are useful and when?

Well, it all depends on (1) your threat model, (2) how much load you can
afford.  I welcome suggestions about ways to organize these (and/or others
that folks want to contribute) and experiences on which to use in what sorts
of contexts.

> Also, I understand that rules.bro is undocumented, but can I get ANY hints
> on its functionality beyond what I can figure from looking at the files
> itself...?

You should hold off on that a bit.  Robin has written a chapter for the
Bro manual that describes the signature-matching, but the code is right
now still somewhat in flux.  (Also note that rules.bro has been renamed
signatures.bro with the next Bro release.)  This should be straightened
out within a few weeks, though, as we're now ramping up at LBL to run with
the signatures operationally.

> BTW, I was also about to ask how to best collect and analyze alerts, but I
> my have an answer to this one. Our product might soon collect Bro alerts
> and report on them (in the context of other security event messages).

Experiences/approaches in this regard will likewise be interesting to hear!


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