[Zeek-Dev] [EXT] Re: connection $history - 'g' for gap

McMahon, Kevin J kmcmahon at mitre.org
Wed Apr 10 05:59:05 PDT 2019

That could get very messy in the real world.  How about start of first gap, length of first gap, total number of gaps?

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From: anthony kasza <anthony.kasza at gmail.com<mailto:anthony.kasza at gmail.com>>
Date: Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019, 12:18 AM
To: Jim Mellander <jmellander at lbl.gov<mailto:jmellander at lbl.gov>>
Cc: zeek-dev at zeek.org <zeek-dev at zeek.org<mailto:zeek-dev at zeek.org>>, Vern Paxson <vern at corelight.com<mailto:vern at corelight.com>>
Subject: [EXT] Re: [Zeek-Dev] connection $history - 'g' for gap

I like the idea of logging gap ranges for a connection. Could a vector be used to store gap start and gap stop offsets?


On Tue, Apr 9, 2019, 11:01 Jim Mellander <jmellander at lbl.gov<mailto:jmellander at lbl.gov>> wrote:
Thanks.  I was thinking of something a bit different - the total amount of the content gap is useful, but in some cases it might be useful to know where the content gaps occurred, whether in the head of the connection, which likely is impactful for protocol analysis, or in a long tail, where it probably doesn't affect analysis.

Perhaps some tunable setting indicating that "I only care about content gaps in the first 10K (or whatever) of the connection" could address that...

On Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 9:36 AM Justin Azoff <justin at corelight.com<mailto:justin at corelight.com>> wrote:

On Mon, Apr 8, 2019 at 8:13 PM Jim Mellander <jmellander at lbl.gov<mailto:jmellander at lbl.gov>> wrote:
It might be valuable to have some (optional) way of accessing the byte counts consisting the content gap(s).  If the content gap is somewhere in a long tail, but DPD still fails, then the explanation could be something other than a content gap.

On the other hand, maybe you're just thinking about content gaps at the head of a connection before it has been fully analyzed.

This is the missed_bytes field:

missed_bytes: count &log &default = 0 &optional
Indicates the number of bytes missed in content gaps, which is representative of packet loss. A value other than zero will normally cause protocol analysis to fail but some analysis may have been completed prior to the packet loss.

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