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alert tcp $HOME_NET any -> $EXTERNAL_NET 80 (msg:"Get2 method"; flow: to_server, established; dsize: >20; sid:1000006; priority: 15)

Snort does not generate any alert, whereas when I write the following rule:

alert tcp $HOME_NET any -> $EXTERNAL_NET 80 (msg:"Get1 method"; flow: to_server, established; dsize: <20; sid:1000005; priority: 15)

it does generate alert

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As Snort manual is claiming:

The dsize keyword is used to test the packet payload size. This may be used to check for abnormally sized packets that might cause buffer overflows.

This example looks for a dsize that is between 300 and 400 bytes.

dsize:300<>400;

So, this setup is causing the generation and the not-generation of the alert.

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    I think the OP is running only one version the alert, not both at once.
    – schroeder
    Oct 15, 2015 at 18:09
  • @Schroeder I believe the point made by nick is that the dsize condition is not being satisfied when it is configured to be "dsize: >20". The implication is that the testing done by the OP does not provoke any packet with payload size greater than 20 bytes.
    – D.H.
    Jul 12, 2016 at 11:47

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