Snort Signature Information

Rule:
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Sid:
1857
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Summary:
This event is generated when a client is requesting the file "robot.txt"
from a web server.

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Impact:
Information Disclosure. This file may contain data that could provide an
attacker with information that could assist in an attack on the server.

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Detailed Information:
In the early days of the web, when search engines first began indexing
sites, it was often desirable to tell the indexing programs, referred
to as robots, not to index certain parts of a site. A standarized
method of accomplishing this was created; by placing a file called
"robot.txt" or "robots.txt" in the root of your web site which search
engines could read and which would tell them what parts of your site you
did not want indexed. However, this file can also be very valuable to
potential attackers if it contains information such as restricted
directories, cgi-bin locations, etc.

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Affected Systems:
Any web site that uses this method to communicate with robots.

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Attack Scenarios:
An attacker can read the "robot.txt" file and use any sensitive data in
it to profile your site in preparation for an attack.

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Ease of Attack:
Simple. No exploit software required. Any browser can request a copy of
"robot.txt" from the server.

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False Positives:
Many. Most automated search engine indexing programs still request this
file prior to crawling through a web site.

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False Negatives:
None known.

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Corrective Action:
Ensure that your "robot.txt" file, if you need one, does not contain any
sensitive data.

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Contributors:
Sourcefire Vulnerability Research Team
Brian Caswell
Snort documentation contributed by Kevin Peuhkurinen

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Additional References:

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