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Creating IPS and application control signatures

IPS and application control signatures allow you to identify types of packets as they pass through your FortiGate. After you create a signature that identifies a certain type of packet, you add the signature to an IPS or application control sensor. Within the sensor you specify the action to be applied to packets that match the signature: block, monitor, allow, or quarantine. You then add the sensor to a firewall policy. When the firewall policy accepts a packet that matches your custom signature, the FortiGate takes the specified action with the packet.

IPS signatures employ a lightweight signature definition language to identify packets. All signatures include a type header (F-SBID) and a series of option/value pairs. You use the option/value pairs to uniquely identify a packet. Each option starts with -- followed by the option name, a space, and usually an option value. Option names are not case sensitive and some options do not need a value. Custom signatures can be up to 1,024 characters long.

Custom signature syntax:

F-SBID( --<option1> [<value1>]; --<option2> [<value2>];...)

IPS signatures include the following option types:

  • Required : All signatures must include --name, --service, and --flow options.
  • Protocol: Options to inspect IP/ICMP/UDP/TCP protocol headers for the value paired with the option.
  • Payload: Options to inspect the packet payload for the value paired with the option.
  • Special: Options to inspect other aspects (such as application control) of the packet for the value paired with the option.

Creating IPS and application control signatures

IPS and application control signatures allow you to identify types of packets as they pass through your FortiGate. After you create a signature that identifies a certain type of packet, you add the signature to an IPS or application control sensor. Within the sensor you specify the action to be applied to packets that match the signature: block, monitor, allow, or quarantine. You then add the sensor to a firewall policy. When the firewall policy accepts a packet that matches your custom signature, the FortiGate takes the specified action with the packet.

IPS signatures employ a lightweight signature definition language to identify packets. All signatures include a type header (F-SBID) and a series of option/value pairs. You use the option/value pairs to uniquely identify a packet. Each option starts with -- followed by the option name, a space, and usually an option value. Option names are not case sensitive and some options do not need a value. Custom signatures can be up to 1,024 characters long.

Custom signature syntax:

F-SBID( --<option1> [<value1>]; --<option2> [<value2>];...)

IPS signatures include the following option types:

  • Required : All signatures must include --name, --service, and --flow options.
  • Protocol: Options to inspect IP/ICMP/UDP/TCP protocol headers for the value paired with the option.
  • Payload: Options to inspect the packet payload for the value paired with the option.
  • Special: Options to inspect other aspects (such as application control) of the packet for the value paired with the option.