Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Bittorrent: Detection Mechanisms

Bittorrent is a Peer to Peer(P2P) protocol used to share files and data in internet. In this article we are going to see what are the different mechanisms which can be used to detect and block Bittorrent communication across network.

Below snapshot shows HTTP request which Bittorrent Client uses to communicate with Bittorrent Servers. In the request we can see different parameters like client id, port number.

We can observe that Bittorrent client uses different User Agent request headers like BTWebClient, Bittorrent etc.

UDP is using Source port as 24615, which is being communicated to Bittorrent Server as HTTP Request.

So we can detect or block Bittorrent based on HTTP Request URI or User-Agent header strings or UDP protocol communication.

Below are few Signatures which we can use to detect Bittorrent.

alert udp any any -> any any ( msg: "Bit Torrent UDP"; content:"41 02"; offset:0; depth:2; content:"38"; offset:13;depth:1; content:"08"; offset:21;depth:1; sid:8888881; rev: 1; )
alert udp any any -> any any ( msg: "Bit Torrent Protocol"; content:"|13|bittorrent|20|protocol";  offset:0; sid:8888882; rev: 1; )
alert udp any any -> any any ( msg: "Bit Torrent UDP Communication"; content:"d1|3a|ad2|3a|id20|3a|"; sid:8888883; rev: 1; )  

Below Signature triggers and alerts when the content is seen in HTTP Request URI
alert tcp any any -> any 80 ( msg: "Bit Torrent: HTTP Request"; content:"info_hash=";  pcre:"/announce\?info_hash=/Ui"; sid:8888884; rev: 1; )

Observed following User-Agent strings as part of HTTP Requests
        User-Agent: BitTorrent/7610(27328)
        User-Agent: BTWebClient/7610(27328)
which can be detected using following Signatures
alert tcp any any -> any 80 ( msg: "Bit Torrent: HTTP User Agent 1"; content:"User-Agent: BitTorrent";  sid:8888885; rev: 1; ) 
alert tcp any any -> any 80 ( msg: "Bit Torrent: HTTP User Agent 2"; content:"User-Agent: BTWebClient";  sid:8888886; rev: 1; ) 

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P.S Signatures given above are neither tested nor fine tuned. Just an 
idea how to detect Bit Torrent communication.


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