Rule Category

SERVER-WEBAPP -- Snort has detected traffic exploiting vulnerabilities in web based applications on servers.

Alert Message

SERVER-WEBAPP /etc/motd file access attempt

Rule Explanation

This event is generated when someone attempts to access the /etc/motd file. Impact: Attempted Information Leak Details: Rule checks for an attempt to retrieve the /etc/motd file. Ease of Attack: Simple

What To Look For

Known Usage

No public information

False Positives

No known false positives


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