Bro <-> Snort documentation

Vern Paxson vern at
Sun Jul 13 12:02:48 PDT 2003

> signature kazaa-seen {
> 	ip-proto == tcp
> 	dst-ip == whatever
> 	dst-port == whatever (or omitted, I guess)
> 	payload /.*kazaa regular expression/
> 	eval function_to_execute_when_kazaa_seen
> 	event "kazaa seen"
> }
> The 'eval' & the 'event' are somewhat confusing.  I presume that the
> 'signature_match' event is triggered with the string for action, but
> when is the 'eval' called (before the event, or after), and with what
> args?

The function specified by "eval" is called before the signature is determined
to have triggered.  It's passed in the signature_state just as is
signature_match.  It returns a boolean, which must be T for the signature
to trigger.

For an example, see sig.ex.ssl-worm.bro and policy/ssl-worm.bro.


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