[Bro] Lying about DNS yields interesting bro entries

James Lay jlay at slave-tothe-box.net
Tue Feb 2 09:01:45 PST 2016

On 2016-02-02 09:20, Seth Hall wrote:
>> On Feb 1, 2016, at 6:31 PM, James Lay <jlay at slave-tothe-box.net> 
>> wrote:
>> I guess my question is, is this desired behavior?  I see the
>> dns_unmatched_reply, but it seems the first two entries never
>> happened...so should they be there?  Thanks...more of a curious 
>> question
>> more than anything else.
> Which two entries are you referring to?  This looks correct to me.  It
> looks like you saw a stray DNS response message, but there was no
> query.
>   .Seth
> --
> Seth Hall
> International Computer Science Institute
> (Bro) because everyone has a network
> http://www.bro.org/

Hi Seth,

Pretty sure this is me missing something first off.  But to be honest 
all the entries:

2016-02-01T08:48:12-0700  x.x.x.x    420   53      udp 
     dns     -       -       -       SHR     T      F0       d       0    
    0       1       73      (empty)
2016-02-01T08:48:12-0700  x.x.x.x    420   53      udp 
     21365   -       -       -       -       -      2SERVFAIL        F    
    F       F       F       0       -       -       T
2016-02-01T08:48:12-0700  x.x.x.x    420   53      
dns_unmatched_reply     -       F       bro

The above says to me "x.x.x.x sent data to on port 53, and 
got a servfail response, and this was actually an unmatched dns 
response".  But in reality, this is what happened:

2016-02-01T08:48:12-0700    53   x.x.x.x    420      
dns_unmatched_reply     -       F       bro was the id.orig_h, not x.x.x.x, but as I read the first 
three they state that x.x.x.x was the id.orig_h.  But in fact per this 

Feb  1 08:48:12 kernel: [157335.232732] IN=ppp0 OUT= MAC= 
SRC= DST=x.x.x.x LEN=73 TOS=0x00 PREC=0x00 TTL=249 ID=23786 

x.x.x.x did not send any traffic to, even though conn, 
dns, and weird.  As I look at it though, I think it's me needing to get 
over reading left to right with Bro :)  Thanks Seth...hope that makes 


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