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[ScreenOS] How to tune HTTP:EXPLOIT:BRUTE-FORCE parameters



Article ID: KB28323 KB Last Updated: 05 Mar 2017Version: 2.0

When HTTP:EXPLOIT:BRUTE-FORCE attacks are detected too often, the administrator can tune the relevant parameter to increase the threshold. This article provides two methods for doing this.


HTTP:EXPLOIT:BRUTE-FORCE attacks are seen a lot of times. Administrator may need to increase the threshold.



The relevant parameter can be tuned either through CLI or through NSM, which can bring down the alerts/triggers for HTTP:EXPLOIT:BRUTE-FORCE attack. The value is set to 5 by default and can be increased to a higher number appropriately.

NOTE: When the parameter threshold is increased, it allows for that many number of login attempts. There is a security risk associated with increased number of login attempts, and potential success. Users should weigh the pros and cons before increasing this value.

NOTE 2:  In SA-IDP and ISG-IDP, this config is not persistent after reboot.

To tune through NSM:

SA-IDP: Double click on the device, go to sensor settings --> click on tab “protocol thresholds and Configuration”, expand HTTP and increase the value of parameter “Maximum number of login failures per-minute”.

ISG-IDP: Double click on the device in NSM client, under Security --> IDP SM settings --> Protocol Thresholds and Configuration tab

SRX-IDP: Double click on the SRX device in NSM client, go to Configuration --> Security --> IDP --> Sensor configuration --> Detector --> Protocol Name, now add a protocol for HTTP and then inside HTTP window add a “tunable-name” for sc_http_failed_logins tunable-value and set it to 10. Then push the config onto the SRX.

To tune through CLI:

SA-IDP (example sets the parameter to 10):

[root@IDP-75-151 ~]# scio const -p http set sc_http_failed_logins 10
scio: setting sc_http_failed_logins to 0xa


exec sm # ksh "scio const -p http set sc_http_failed_logins 10"


set security idp sensor-configuration detector protocol-name HTTP tunable-name sc_http_failed_logins tunable-value 10
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