Detecting modem usage on network : snort or something else

Can a IDS like snort detect dial-out/dial-in modem usage on a PC in a network?  I've been browsing the snort rules, but don't see anything specific to give me the absolute "yes or no" the suites need

I was told I needed a control server to do this, but, naturally, their is no budget.

If not possible with snort, what solutions are there to detect modem usage?
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chris_calabreseCommented:
If the modem is hung on the machine making the dial-up connection, then no network traffic is involved, and a network IDS wouldn't see anything that would indicate the modem connection.

On the other hand, a network IDS _should_ be able to pick up something like a PC making a call to an MS RAS server. I don't think there are any Snort rules floating around to do this, but you could certainly craft your own.

Meanwhile, have you considered doing an audit of the phone lines to make sure there are no modems attached anywhere? This is pretty easy to do by calling all the phone numbers in your organization and listening for modem tones. There are even software packages (both free and commercial) that can do this for you.
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jlevieCommented:
Chris has a good idea, but it only works if the modems are configured for auto-answer. A mode with auto-answer disabled that is only used for outgoing connections can only be found by physical examination.
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xssassCommented:
Try tcpdump. You can make it listen on the interface the modem is on... when trafic is registered, there was a modem connection...

Hope this helps
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Marketing_InsistsAuthor Commented:
Going with Chris' answer.  I think our security auditors were being purposefully vague when they said they had a “device to detect modems”.  We have lots of modems, but only 1 was on the hook somehow and that's how I got busted.  War-Dialer it is.

They can’t be all that sophisticated if all they do is scan my network with CyberKit.

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Marketing_InsistsAuthor Commented:
...going off topic a bit

>They can’t be all that sophisticated if all
>they do is scan my network with CyberKit.

correction, being a newbie with Snort, I didn't realize the CyberKit2.2 sig was, in fact, the nachi worm.

Oh well, back to those TPS reports.  

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