Root exploit for FreeBSD

Dag-Erling Smørgrav des at
Fri Dec 11 13:22:41 UTC 2009

$witch <a.spinella at> writes:
> but i look in syslogs of some FreeBSD internet server and there is a
> great evidence that some "botnets" are (again) tryng simple
> combination of  uid/pwd.
> starting from Dec  8 01:00:34 (CET) hundreds of zombies are looking
> for a valid username.

Starting from Dec 8?  This has been going on for years, and it is not
targeted at FreeBSD; they attack anything that runs an SSH server.  Of
course, on current OpenSSH versions, it will get them nowhere, because
there is no partial confirmation, so they have to guess at the user
*and* the password, instead of first searching for an existing user and
*then* guessing at the password.

(on certain OSes - but not FreeBSD - running certain older OpenSSH
versions, you could figure out if the user existed, even if you didn't
have thee right password)

Dag-Erling Smørgrav - des at

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