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RE: Automated SSH login attempts?
From: "Todd Towles" <toddtowles () brookshires com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2004 07:53:18 -0500

Jan is right - looking at the code might be the only way to know what is
really happening.

We all await your disassembled, debugged and traced code analysis, Jan. =)

-----Original Message-----
From: full-disclosure-admin () lists netsys com
[mailto:full-disclosure-admin () lists netsys com] On Behalf Of Jan Muenther
Sent: Friday, July 30, 2004 6:52 AM
To: Andrew Farmer
Cc: Ali Campbell; full-disclosure () lists netsys com
Subject: Re: [Full-disclosure] Automated SSH login attempts?


Now, if anybody could jump through the hoop and send me the thing or make it
publicly available... all these things are musings, 'it looks as if...' and
'it
seems like...' are not exactly results of an analysis. 

Just tracing tcpdump's output is definitely insufficient. 
If the tool just sends normal TCP packets, then why does it need root
rights, 
which you typically only require for raw sockets to build packets which
can't
be constructed with SOCK_STREAM or SOCK_DGRAM?

I hope you don't run it on your production boxes in the normal userland -
ever
considered the fact it might contain an ELF infector or something?
Now, if I wanted to deploy malware on a Linux box, I'd just come up with a 
mysterious looking tool and let that infect the machines of people who just
run anything they can get a hold of. It's Linux, after all, right? No
viruses,
right?

Do I take it that these things are just trying to log in using some 
guessed password(s) ? Out of interest, do we have any idea what these 
opportunistic passwords might be ?

At least two of them are guest:guest and test:test. I'd guess that 
root:root and admin () admin are on the list too :-)

This things needs to be disassembled, debugged and traced. All else is just
whistling in the dark. Meh. 

Cheers, J.

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