What benefits do packet-based network IDS have over signature-based IDS?
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Packet-based IDS use rules that define protocols, not a static vulnerability signature. Where as you could create a new vulnerability and get around signatures, the same is not true for packet-based IDS.Here's an example in real simple terms:
When police use radar guns on the highways, they don't care if you are a truck, motorcycle or car (packet-based). Thus, you are simply a packet carrying some sort of information. But a truck weight station looks for trucks (signatures) of so many axles, thus the truck fits a pattern or signature. The radar gun would look at trucks, cars and all vehicles, but the weight station would only stop trucks.
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