[Bro-Dev] notice tags?

Seth Hall seth at icir.org
Thu Jun 2 10:33:33 PDT 2011

On Jun 2, 2011, at 1:25 PM, Vern Paxson wrote:

>> Are notice tags used by anyone?
> They are handy for grepping.  The tag also appears in the conn file
> (as an $addl element), so you can link the two together.

Heh, it actually doesn't right now. :)   

I'll add that back in (notice id in conn.log), I can see it being useful in some cases.  With the record extension stuff, I think I'll be implementing it as a separate field just for notices and it will probably be implemented in the notice script itself.  I never liked that $addl field, it was always hard to figure out what it was for.

Should there be a separate and built in way to generate unique ids?  What bothered me about the tag implementation in the notice script is that it's a bit difficult to figure what's going on due to dealing with non-determinism of the tags because of the data it bases the tags on.  If we had a BiF that just generated unique IDs, we could build all of the determinism in there and wouldn't have to worry about it anymore where we need unique IDs.


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