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Rule:

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Sid:
2273

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Summary:
This event is generated when an attempt is made to gain access to an
IMAP server using brute force methods.

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Impact:
Attempted remote access.  
This event may indicate that an attacker is attempting to guess username 
and password combinations. Alternately, it may indicate that an authorized 
user has entered an incorrect username and password combination a number 
of times.

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Detailed Information:
An IMAP server will issue an error message after a failed login attempt.  
This may be an indication of an attacker attempting brute force guessing 
of username and password combinations.  It is also possible that an authorized 
user has incorrectly entered a legitimate username and password combination.  

This event will be generated after a number of failed attempts, in this
case thirty attempted logins in thirty seconds.

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Affected Systems:
IMAP servers.

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Attack Scenarios:
An attacker may attempt to guess username and password combinations.

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Ease of Attack:
Simple

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False Positives:
This event may be triggered by a failed IMAP login attempt from a remote user.

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False Negatives:
None known.

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Corrective Action:
Investigate the host for signs of compromise.

Check mail logs for repeated failed attempts to login using 
one or more usernames.

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Contributors:
Sourcefire Vulnerability Research Team
Brian Caswell <bmc@sourcefire.com>
Nigel Houghton <nigel.houghton@sourcefire.com>

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Additional References:

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