[Full-Disclosure] Automated ssh scanning
dufresne at winternet.com
Thu Aug 26 18:00:16 BST 2004
On Thu, 26 Aug 2004, Todd Towles wrote:
> Hey Ron,
> Guest isn't a admin so they let the tool get in. But the real questions
> is, how does it get root access on a fully patched server? It appears to
> use a local exploit to gain root access. This is a problem.
The better question to ask is; on a fully patched *nix system, which
apps are not exploitable to gain elivated privledge. KDE, GNOME, other X
apps are prime targets, as well as things like vi, jed, etc. The smaller
number on a fully installed system is going to be those apps that have
either been audited to the point all overflows have been fixed.
Now, how they gained root is likely in the logs or .history files, if they
have not been removed or truncated in the exploitation. System forensics
is the key to trying to track this down on the server i question and is a
whole area unto itself in systems security.
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