[Oisf-users] [Emerging-Sigs] Suricata filemagic issue leading to FN on 2009419 and probably others

Kyle Creyts kyle.creyts at gmail.com
Fri Mar 23 17:55:43 UTC 2012

There is no way to build a new (local) libmagic version in SUSE from
On Mar 23, 2012 1:22 PM, "Victor Julien" <victor at inliniac.net> wrote:

> ET recently started using Suricata's filemagic keyword to determine
> certain file types in HTTP. Martin and I identified a serious issue with
> the concept. The problem is that for the file classification Suricata
> relies on libmagic and it's file definitions. It turns out that there is
> some variance between libmagic versions.
> For example and Window exec we played with, on my system (Ubuntu 11.10,
> libmagic1 5.04-5ubuntu3) returns:
> "PE32 executable for MS Windows (GUI) Intel 80386 32-bit"
> However, on Martin's SUSE install it returns:
> "MS-DOS executable PE  for MS Windows (GUI) Intel 80386 32-bit"
> This made SID 2000419 False Negative for Martin.
> We have tried loading the more recent Ubuntu magic definitions in
> Suricata on the SUSE system, but this failed to work as the format is
> different. So distributing a set of magic definitions with ET is not
> feasible.
> One option would be to have several rules, one for each version of the
> magic definition, but at this point I don't know how many variations
> exist. This is probably a maintenance nightmare anyway.
> Another option would be to make the match more generic, but this may
> still FN with unknown variations and may FP if it's too broad.
> So I think at this point it's best to revert the filemagic rules to
> their originals.
> In the future we may consider distributing libmagic with Suricata, like
> we do with libhtp, so that we know for sure that everyone runs the same
> version. This may not sit well with distributions shipping Suricata though.
> Ideas / comments are welcome.
> --
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