Suricata service Fails: [ERRCODE: SC_WARN_JA3_DISABLED(309)]

Hi,

I notice the IPS service regularly is going down because of the emerging-ja3.rules and with the following error message [ERRCODE: SC_WARN_JA3_DISABLED(309)] - ja3 support is not enabled

Running on IPFire 2.25 (x86_64) - core151 Development Build: master/c69c8200

Installation instructions

  • Installed fresh from latest 150 iso
  • restored rules from 149 backup
  • then “pakfire’d” the latest test build.

So the question is (1) do I enable ja3 or (2) disable the ja3 ruleset ?

Here is log sample showing the sequence of events…

18:37:14 suricata: [ERRCODE: SC_WARN_JA3_DISABLED(309)] - ja3(s) support is not enabled
18:37:14 suricata: [ERRCODE: SC_ERR_INVALID_SIGNATURE(39)] - error parsing signature “alert tls $HO ME_NET any -> $EXTERNAL_NET any (msg:“ET JA3 Hash - Suspected Meterpreter Revers e Shell M1 (set)”; flow:established,to_server; ja3.hash; content:“8916410db85077 a5460817142dcbc8de”; flowbits:set,ET.meterpreter.ja3; flowbits:noalert; classtyp e:command-and-control; sid:2028828; rev:2; metadata:affected_product Windows_XP_ Vista_7_8_10_Server_32_64_Bit, attack_target Client_Endpoint, created_at 2019_10 _15, deployment Perimeter, former_category JA3, malware_family Meterpreter, sign ature_severity Major, updated_at 2019_10_15;)” from file /var/lib/suricata/emerg ing-ja3.rules at line 45
18:37:14 suricata: [ERRCODE: SC_WARN_JA3_DISABLED(309)] - ja3 support is not enabled
18:37:13 suricata: rule reload starting
18:37:13 suricata: all 1 packet processing threads, 2 management threads initialized, engine starte d.
18:37:13 suricata: [ERRCODE: SC_WARN_NO_STATS_LOGGERS(261)] - stats are enabled but no loggers are active
18:37:13 suricata: This is Suricata version 5.0.3 RELEASE running in SYSTEM mode
18:35:26 suricata: [ERRCODE: SC_ERR_INITIALIZATION(45)] - pid file ‘/var/run/suricata.pid’ exists b ut appears stale. Make sure Suricata is not running and then remove /var/run/sur icata.pid. Aborting!
18:35:26 suricata: This is Suricata version 5.0.3 RELEASE running in SYSTEM mode
18:31:48 suricata: rule reload complete

I think JA3 should be enabled, but I am really new to IPfire.
where do you see the

log sample showing the sequence of events…

I was just trying to add JA3 from here

Hi all,

thanks for bringing up missing JA3 support again - I have noticed that a while ago, but eventually forgot about it. To prevent this from happening again, the issue is now filed as bug #12507:

Thanks, and best regards,
Peter Müller

From the web interface go …
Logs > system Logs > Intrusion prevention

Dear Peter,

has the JA3 problem been fixed in Core 151, or it will be fixed in Core 152?

best regards

UT1

Hi,

unfortunately, this neither comes with Core Update 151 nor 152 (the patch was handed in after the merge window for 152 was closed). However, it is staged for Core Update 153.

Thanks for your patience, and best regards,
Peter Müller

Thanks Peter, no problem.

Best regards.

UT1

I’m on Core Update 153 and still seeing something like this:

Log
Total hits for log section suricata January 18, 2021: 6
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1:26:00 suricata: rule reload complete
1:25:27 suricata: [ERRCODE: SC_ERR_INVALID_SIGNATURE(39)] - error parsing signature “drop tls $EXT ERNAL_NET any -> $HOME_NET any (msg:“ET JA3 Hash - Suspected Cobalt Strike Malle able C2 (ja3s) M1”; flow:established,from_server; ja3s.hash; content:“649d6810e8 392f63dc311eecb6b7098b”; tls.cert_subject; content:!“servicebus.windows.net”; fl owbits:isset,ET.cobaltstrike.ja3; classtype:command-and-control; sid:2028832; re v:1; metadata:affected_product Windows_XP_Vista_7_8_10_Server_32_64_Bit, attack_ target Client_Endpoint, created_at 2019_10_15, deployment Perimeter, former_cate gory JA3, malware_family Cobalt_Strike, signature_severity Major, updated_at 201 9_10_15;)” from file /var/lib/suricata/emerging-ja3.rules at line 43
1:25:27 suricata: [ERRCODE: SC_WARN_JA3_DISABLED(309)] - ja3(s) support is not enabled
1:25:27 suricata: [ERRCODE: SC_ERR_INVALID_SIGNATURE(39)] - error parsing signature “alert tls $HO ME_NET any -> $EXTERNAL_NET any (msg:“ET JA3 Hash - Suspected Cobalt Strike Mall eable C2 M1 (set)”; flow:established,to_server; ja3.hash; content:“eb88d0b3e1961 a0562f006e5ce2a0b87”; ja3.string; content:“771,49192-49191-49172-49171”; flowbit s:set,ET.cobaltstrike.ja3; flowbits:noalert; classtype:command-and-control; sid: 2028831; rev:1; metadata:affected_product Windows_XP_Vista_7_8_10_Server_32_64_B it, attack_target Client_Endpoint, created_at 2019_10_15, deployment Perimeter, former_category JA3, malware_family Cobalt_Strike, signature_severity Major, upd ated_at 2019_10_15;)” from file /var/lib/suricata/emerging-ja3.rules at line 41
1:25:27 suricata: [ERRCODE: SC_WARN_JA3_DISABLED(309)] - ja3 support is not enabled
1:25:19 suricata: rule reload starting
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Hi @metafalsevac,

Welcome to the IPFire Community.

The previous patch to enable JA3 is not working in Core Update 153, as you have noticed. A new bug has been raised for this, #12536. The problem is related to a missing crypto library. See the bug for more details:-

https://bugzilla.ipfire.org/show_bug.cgi?id=12536

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Anyone had a chance to check if the JA3 Rules will be working on Core 154?

Hello trish,

currently there is no JA3 support because of the missing crypto library.

As described in the bug report the suricata developers are going to write their crypto engine totaly new which does not require the currently missing library anymore. This is sheduled for the next major suricata version, so until it’s release we still have to wait for JA3.

Best regards,

-Stefan