I have set up an free evaluation Confluence Server on my local host and have configured "snort.conf" to point to my localhost as "HOME_NET" environment variable.

I tried to test the ICMP rule by running "ping localhost" and I immediately see output in /var/log/snort/alert file. So I know the ICMP rule works correctly.

However, I cannot get any of the "web-attacks.rules" to work. For example, how do I test this rule?

alert tcp $EXTERNAL_NET any -> $HTTP_SERVERS any (msg:"WEB-ATTACKS uname -a command attempt"; flow:to_server,established; content:"uname%20-a"; nocase; classtype:web-application-a

ttack; sid:1331; rev:5;)

I would appreciate all / any advise in testing any of the "web-attacks.rules". In fact, if someone could point me to a test script that triggers all the "web-attacks.rules" that would be ideal.



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Usually people use a web application firewall to detect/prevent these attacks. mod_security is an open source WAF.

Any web application vulnerability scanner should do the trick. Skipfish and wapiti are both open source web application vulnerability scanners.

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