Need urgent help regarding security

ray at ray at
Wed Nov 16 17:48:39 PST 2005

At 05:25 PM 11/16/2005 -0800, Mark Jayson Alvarez wrote:
| Good Day!
| I think we have a serious problem. One of our old
| server running FreeBSD 4.9 have been compromised and
| is now connected to an ircd server..
| However, we still haven't brought the server down in
| an attempt to track the intruder down. Right now we
| are clueless as to what we need to do..
| Most of our servers are running legacy operating
| systems(old versions mostly freebsd) Also, that
| particular server is running - ProFTPD Version 1.2.4
| which someone have suggested to have a known
| vulnerability..
| I really need all the help I can get as the
| administration of those servers where just transferred
| to us by former admins. The server is used for ftp.
| Thanks..

Hi Mark,

  Good luck tracking them.  The IP# is out of Canada if that helps any.	CA	CANADA		ONTARIO	WAWA	UNDERNET-IRC

  Looks like it is coming from another IRC network - although I am no IRC
expert.  Someone is probably using your machine to exchange software or run a
bot network or something along those lines.  Who knows.

  Try doing a ps -aux and see if something like eggdrop or some IRC bot is
running on there (assuming you still have the root password).  You might even be
able to figure out if you are hosting an IRC room :-)  Maybe everyone from the
FreeBSD hacker list can meet there and party :-) Just kidding.

Anyway, tracking them is probably a waste of time, unless some valuable
corporate information has been stolen.  The best bet is to just wipe the machine
and start over, unless you need something on there that you can't backup, etc.
In cases like these, unless you are running something that has built check sums
of all your system files, it's difficult to work back wards and know for sure
you have returned everything back to a secure status.  Best just to start at
square 1 and work forward.

In the future, you might consider running a fire wall, such as ipf - or putting
the server on a non-public IP# behind a router that acts as a fire wall - then
only allow traffic in (and out) on ports you really need.  If you run ipf, you
might also block out going traffic on ports such as 21, 6666-6669, etc. so that
anything that does get into the machine can't "phone home".

If your root password has been changed on you, you'll need to boot into single
user mode and change the password back.  You might also check files like
/etc/rc.local or the like to see if something is setup to auto load at boot,
such as an IRC server, or IRC bot, etc.

Anyway, just some ideas off hand.  

good luck!


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