Blocking Attacks in Real Time

Table of contents:

Problem

You want to block an attack in real time.

Solution

There are two possible solutions. If you wish to terminate a particular connection, you should use the session termination as described in the Recipe 2.27 recipe. If, however, you wish to prevent the attacker from trying again, you should use the inline IDS described in the Recipe 7.4 recipe.

Discussion

Active response, or intrusion prevention, varies in popularity. You should seriously consider the potential implications of its use, as it can be turned against you to produce a denial of service attack.

A malicious attacker can easily spoof an attack from what would normally be a legitimate IP addressfor example, that of a regular customer. This would then be automatically excluded by the firewall, cutting off the legitimate user. This feature, while potentially very useful, can also be very dangerous. Please use with care.

See Also

Recipe 7.9

Beale, Jay. Snort 2.1 Intrusion Detection. Rockland, MA: Syngress, 2004.

Suppressing Rules

Installing Snort from Source on Unix

Logging to a File Quickly

How to Build Rules

Detecting Stateless Attacks and Stream Reassembly

Managing Snort Sensors

Generating Statistical Output from Snort Logs

Monitoring Network Performance

Index



Snort Cookbook
Snort Cookbook
ISBN: 0596007914
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Year: 2006
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