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Re: hi, need help
From: mojorising <moj0rising () aim com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2008 17:06:54 -0800

Hi, Dhiraj,

I've seen a few similar attacks on Joomla driven sites. Is that what
you're running?

If you are running Joomla (I'm betting so since I've seen this quite a
bit) and you don't have backups, it's quite often the case with the
attacks I'm thinking of that they simply replaced your index.php file.
So what you should do next is get on your server (whichever method you
normally use is fine -- FTP, ssh, host's file manager, etc), navigate
to the directory that belongs to the site that's been defaced, and see
what files are there. If it looks like all your files are present,
you're in luck -- just move (of you want to preserve that particular
evidence of the attack) or delete (probably safest) the index.php file
that has all this "Turkish hacker" business on it (**be very sure you
are moving/ deleting the right things -- check twice**). With that
file gone, just unpack another copy of Joomla and copy the index.php
file from that package to your web server. Your site might actually be
back to normal after that. If so, awesome -- you are very lucky and
your site is back online -- don't waste any time and upgrade your copy
of Joomla to the latest stable version (they have lots of excellent
documentation for this). Also, come up with a reliable backup plan for
your site (if you don't have one already) and put it into action.

Hopefully this helps you, Dhiraj. Please let us know how it goes and
if I'm guessing wrong on what your site is running, maybe you could
provide some more information to the list so we could take a crack
(heh, get it?) at helping you.


2008/11/14 Tim Clewlow <tim () clewlow org>:

We still don't know what kind of website this is. Is it a CMS, ie
joomla or plone or something else, are their any known
vulnerabilities for this, if there are then it should be patched
(upgraded to fixed version) immediately and then restore from
backups. Also, do you have a forum on your site? There have been
vulnerabilities found in many of those. What other add-ons are there
in your website? Do any of those have known vulnerabilities? Have
you made any custom additions involving CGI to your site? Are you
certain this is secure?

Next you need to find out what, if any, other damage was done. Did
the attacker compromise the web server (probably apache), or, look
further down to see if the operating system has been compromised.
This will involve running your file integrity checking system to
make sure nothing has been altered in the system.

If you don't have a file integrity checking system, then make sure
your backups are good, nuke the affected system and reinstall
everything, including a file integrity checking system, eg tripwire.
Set the integrity checker up to a known good state, then plug in the
network cable and resurrect the site. And make sure you do regular

Congratulations, you are now in a much better position to work out
what to do if anything like this ever happens again.

Cheers, Tim.

PS - it never hurts to read lots and lots about system security, you
will learn a ton of stuff about the system in general as well.

Hold on ... Seems like from Dhiraj's chat he don't know much about
security. Everyone is suggesting vuln. assessment, log file analysis
and other techniques which might be new for this guy. Since this guy
don't know much about these things so shouldn't he be simply upgrade
all the software web server etc .. and carry forward to restore from
the backup? I do encourage him to read about security related stuff
but that's another go. IMHO provider might not be able to do
as this sounds like script kiddie attack where they simply change
index page and get a screen shot for their *achievement*.

Dhiraj, since you have asked for method to get your original website
back, the best way would be to restore from the backups or take a
into your directory structure of website. Most of the times, if you
are lucky enough, the hacker simply renames the index (.html, php,
jsp, asp) file to something else and upload some relative images.
on the new index file and moves on. I don't know what platform your
web server was or which OS you were using, but I would go for a full
OS reload after such incident because you never know what the hacker
did, don't forget to update for software regularly. It may save you
some extent from these sort of things. Also, get a paid security
professional if you want an analysis of this incident.


On Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 6:44 PM, Adam Pal <pal_adam () gmx net> wrote:
Hi Mahajan

1) take all evidence you can access yourself
2) contact the provider
3) ask the provider for saving logfiles related to the incident
4) ask the provider for a backup (if you dont have a backup
yourself) of your original page
5) ask the provider to escalate the issue to its security dept.
6) take legal steps having logs as piece of evidence

additional you can inspect the logfiles to determine how the
security breach occured and get way to fix it, otherwise you will
face the same issue again and again.
From this point of view, the information you give is pretty poor
- you dont tell how it is hosted
- you dont tell where it is hosted
- you dont mention what type of service, version etc...
- you dont mention the URL
- you dont mention the timeline
- ...

good luck!
Adam Pal

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Datum: Thu, 13 Nov 2008 14:20:48 +0530
Von: "Dhiraj Mahajan" <dhirajsmahajan () gmail com>
An: security-basics () securityfocus com
Betreff: hi, need help

some hacker has hacked my website. (displaying hacked by turkish
hacker), now wht shld i do to retrieve my
original website. so please guide me how to get rid of tht

The code that never executes at all is the fastest.

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