[Oisf-users] Problems with rule to detect proxy usage

Duarte Silva duarte.silva at serializing.me
Thu Feb 7 17:53:34 UTC 2013

Hello all,

first of all, follows a disclainer: I'm a newbie at writing Suricata/Snort
rules, so don't expect a smart question :P Next, the problem: I have the
need to detect if someone is using a rogue proxy in my network. I decided
to create an alert for any HTTP request that has a "Via" header different
from the expected one (Via: 1.1 PRX1 or 1.1 PRX2). Follows the rule I have

alert http $HOME_NET any -> $EXTERNAL_NET any (msg:"MYRZ POLICY Rogue proxy
detected";flow:established,to_server; content:"Via|3A|"; http_header;
nocase;  pcre:!"/^Via\x3a 1\.1

This isn't full proof, but it does work. The problem is that Suricata is
also marking request like the following with this rule.

Pragma: playlist-seek-id=762678
Pragma: xClientGUID={3300AD50-2C39-46c0-AE0A-5EB360F56D0B}
Pragma: stream-switch-count=1
Pragma: stream-switch-entry=ffff:1:0
Accept-Language: en-ie, *;q=0.1
Connection: Keep-Alive

Any ideas??

Thanks in advance. Best regards,
Duarte Silva
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