Re: x-forwarded-for an IDS capability

2009/5/7 Jason Haar <Jason.Haar@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
On 04/30/2009 10:04 AM, Hellman, Matthew wrote:
I believe that the original poster is trying to deal with the problem of not having the true source IP address for a given IDS alarm specifically because of a forwarding proxy or NAT device on his own network.

As I was the original chap back in 2004 who asked this question, I'd
like to have my 2c worth too :-)

Indeed the issue was that our (snort) IDS was picking up
spyware-infected PCs phoning home through our proxies - and so the IDS
could only tell you the src IP was the proxy - no use at all in itself.

That is the same problem I have.

FYI our proxies lie inside our network - not on the edge (where the IDS

Same again

Well now it's 2009 and we found a different way around it. We installed
snort onto all our proxies :-) Now snort can see the clients.

As far as the X-Forwarded-For comments go - I think that track is a very
bad idea. Everyone running proxies should be taking the opportunity to

Ok maybe I should help out with a flow diagram so you can understand
where I am coming from

-> transparent proxy (x-f-f stamped here)
-> internet_gateway_proxy (headers stripped)
-> internet

The IDS is capturing on the internal leg of the internet_gateway_proxy
hence all http/https IDS alerts have a source ip of the transparent
proxy which means correlation is virtually impossible unless the IDS
can extract the x-f-f and substitute this for the source ip in the


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