May 26, 2018

System for detecting network intruders in real-time

Bro is an open-source, Unix-based Network Intrusion Detection System NIDS that passively monitors network traffic and looks for suspicious activity. Bro detects intrusions by first parsing network traffic to extract its application-level semantics and then executing event-oriented analyzers that compare the activity with patterns deemed troublesome. Its analysis includes detection of specific attacks including those defined by signatures, but also those defined in terms of events and unusual activities e.g., certain hosts connecting to certain services, or patterns of failed connection attempts.

Bro is documented in the USENIX 1998 Security Conference proceedings.

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