[Bro-Dev] [JIRA] (BIT-1368) File type identification fixes

Seth Hall (JIRA) jira at bro-tracker.atlassian.net
Fri Apr 3 10:30:00 PDT 2015

Seth Hall created BIT-1368:

             Summary: File type identification fixes
                 Key: BIT-1368
                 URL: https://bro-tracker.atlassian.net/browse/BIT-1368
             Project: Bro Issue Tracker
          Issue Type: Problem
          Components: Bro
    Affects Versions: 2.4
            Reporter: Seth Hall
            Assignee: Seth Hall

I have some changes nearly queued up for 2.4 release in the repository (topic/seth/more-file-type-ident-fixes) in the but a bit more work needs to be done.

There may be one more breaking change to the files api coming in this branch too.  Jon and I discussed some options and I think that creating a new event named file_sniff in place of the file_mime_type event makes sense.  We can put the mime type and more "sniff" originated data in a record on that event so that we can extend it cleanly (and without breaking APIs) in the future.  I think it will look something like this:

type fa_sniff: record {
    ## Depth sniffed.
    depth: count &default=0;
    ## Sniffed mime type if one was discovered.
    mime_type: string &optional;

event file_sniff(f: fa_file, sniff: fa_sniff)
    if ( sniff?$mime_type )
        print sniff$mime_type;

One other thing this branch will address is a performance degradation from certain file signatures interacting with each other poorly.

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