Root exploit for FreeBSD

Svein Skogen (Listmail Account) svein-listmail at
Fri Dec 11 14:00:28 UTC 2009

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Dag-Erling Smørgrav wrote:
> $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)

The easiest way of brute-forcing access to a FreeBSD server includes
locating the sysadmin and applying the common desk drawer. It's that simple.


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