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Re: rewire the server room?
From: Volker Tanger <vtlists () wyae de>
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2006 11:15:43 +0200

Good morning!

On Mon, 3 Apr 2006 17:31:04 +0100
Ade <adrian.bradshaw () gmail com> wrote:

During a recent scan of a subnet, using NMap, 

which version, with which command line switches?

One idea up front: if you used the new 4.x version of nmap scanning for
service and version (-sV) you get the first connect response / server
header on that port printed out (filtered according to protocol).

On a mailserver you might get "220 mail.example.test ESMTP Postfix" when
connecting with telnet - and nmap will thus print something like

        25/tcp  open    smtp    Postfix

...unless the postfix admin changed the greeting message in
/etc/postfix/main.cf from
        smtpd_banner = $myhostname ESMTP Postfix
        smtpd_banner = $myhostname ESMTP Rewire your server room!

in which case you get with NMap

        25/tcp  open    smtp    Rewire your server room!

Some services allow to set the server header by configuration (as with
e.g. Postfix, lighttpd, etc.), some need the change at compile time 
or in the binary with a hex editor.

Another option might be a custom inetd/xinetd running at a port
configured (on port tcp/81) like

        # xinetd.conf:
        service hello
            port            = 81
            socket_type     = stream
            wait            = no
            user            = nobody
            server          = /bin/echo
            server_args     = "Rewire your server room"
            disable         = no

Or the PC is using a simple auth service echoing a static string, a
static ("fake") fingerd, etc.

Maybe it is easiest to investigate on the machine you found that reply
from - and tell us what it was?   ;-)




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