[Dshield] Another web server attack

lucy@lucindrea.com lucy at lucindrea.com
Thu Nov 17 20:52:49 GMT 2005

ya , i've been seeing alot of 404's in my server log for /blog...(several
combos of paths) , now i know what it is.

> I did find out a few things -- the malicious script added Javascript or
> PHP code
> to existing script files that were group/world writable, which when
> executed
> would allow the web site to be used as an anonymizer for the purpose of
> accessing warez and other such undesireable stuff on a server in Russia
> (which
> apparently was a legit box, but had also been co-opted as a warez
> ditribution
> point.)
> The moral of this story:  don't trust file permissions on software
> packages --
> web application code should not be writable by anyone other than the owner
> (which shouldn't be the same user account that the web server process runs
> under.)
> Needless to say, I am going over all the application code I have, and
> tightening
> file permissions to 644, with directory permissions set to 755.
> Cheers,
> -E D Truitt
> http://www.etee2k.net
> Quoting Ed Truitt <ed.truitt at etee2k.net>:
>> Yesterday, the web server that hosts my site got hit - an attack
>> which used the find command to locate directories which were group or
>> world-writable, then added code to any scripts found which, among
>> other things, snagged userid/password pairs and emailed them to
>> Mother Russia.  Main targets were blogging or CMS software (I run
>> both) because they often have weak file permissions.  As/if I find
>> out more I'll post to the list.
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