I got this wordpress login bruteforcing rule from https://rules.emergingthreats.net/open/snort-2.9.0/rules/emerging-web_server.rules

alert tcp $EXTERNAL_NET any -> $HTTP_SERVERS $HTTP_PORTS (msg:"ET WEB_SERVER Wordpress Login Bruteforcing Detected"; flow:to_server,established; content:"/wp-login.php"; nocase; fast_pattern; http_uri; content:"POST"; http_method; content:"log|3d|"; http_client_body; content:"pwd|3d|"; http_client_body; threshold: type both, track by_src, count 5, seconds 60; classtype:attempted-recon; sid:2014020; rev:3;)

When I change it from 'alert' to 'reject', I am not able to login. (It says connection is reset) I don't quite understand what the rule means. (what I understand is when logging, it looks for log or 3d in post/get method. Look for client_body pwd 3d. attempted-recon means, it's someone "probing" the server)

Only one user is able to login to wordpress, when the 'reject' is used. Three other users has "ERR_CONNECTION_RESET" in Chrome.

Update for extra info

The following rules are working fine and they don't prevent users to login:


reject tcp $EXTERNAL_NET any -> $HTTP_SERVERS $HTTP_PORTS (msg:"WORDPRESS wp-login.php redirect_to credentials stealing attempt"; flow:to_server,established; uricontent:"/wp-login.php"; nocase; uricontent:"redirect_to"; pcre:"/redirect_to=(ht|f)tps?://iU"; classtype:web-application-attack; sid:4000003; rev:1;)


reject tcp $EXTERNAL_NET any -> $HTTP_SERVERS $HTTP_PORTS (msg:"Wordpress Brute Force Login"; flow:to_server,established;content:"POST"; nocase; http_method; uricontent:"/wp-login.php"; nocase; content:!"wp-submit"; nocase; classtype:web-application-attack; sid:90000100; rev:1;)

The server is running within university network and staff tried to login within the network and blocked. I tried to login and blocked as well. So will that be the rule's problem?


I'm fairly sure snort applies those sorts of rules on a per-IP basis, so my initial guess would be that you've got some sort of reverse proxy between the Internet and Snort, and so it's seeing all requests coming from the same IP, sees a lot of attempts to login coming from a single IP, and freaks out thinking that someone's trying to brute force account passwords.

  • See update above. – kenpeter Aug 7 '15 at 1:25

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