[Bro] type conversion

bchen at cs.ucf.edu bchen at cs.ucf.edu
Wed May 4 13:20:13 PDT 2005

Hi Vern,
   I am monitoring the pm_getport event. If a suspicious remote host sends a
reqest to the monitored server and successfully get the port # of a specific
rpc service, I would like to track all incoming traffic to this 
service. I need
the port # of the service for this purpose. I can parse the "addl" 
parameter of
the portmapper request event handler and pull out the port number. I 
hope I can
store this port number into a port variable and this is why I need to 
convert a
string to a port value. If I can't do so, are there other ways to get the port
number? Thank you for your time.


Quoting Vern Paxson <vern at icir.org>:

>>       I have a simple question: how to convert a string to a port? I
>> extract the
>> port information from a string and need to assign it to a port variable. Any
>> suggestion will be appreciated.
> There's no support for that.  You'll need to write a built-in function
> (see src/bro.bif).
> What's the context?  Knowing that would help me in thinking about various
> needs for type conversion in the Bro language.
> 		Vern

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