[Bro-Dev] mask_addr?

Vern Paxson vern at icir.org
Fri Jul 22 20:23:04 PDT 2011

> I want it to do this (and I think it makes more sense based on the name):
> 	function mask_addr(a: addr, top_bits_to_keep: count): subnet 

Yeah, it predates the introduction of subnets into Bro.

> I'm not sure how the existing function was ever used

It was things like:

	if ( mask_addr(c$id$orig_h, 24) == )
		# Whoops, it's coming from 1.2.3/24 ...

See {backdoor,ftp,scan}.bro (at least, the 1.5 versions :-) for such uses.

> but it seems like it must have been a fairly limited use case.  Does
> that seem reasonable to change what that function does and steal the name?



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