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  1. #1
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    Server Hacked / Weak Pass

    hello all
    I have a server with serverprono that was just compromised last week.
    When I found out about it from my client, I went to see what had happened.
    They first made a dir /.secure/form.html
    and the form.htm was a page they made from bank of america trying to collect cc info.
    I deleted that dir etc. and then I shut down the ftp account for this site.
    My server was unplugged at this point for aup violation and was told I needed to contact abuse threw email. They are telling me they will plug it back in and give me 24hrs to fix the problem.
    What do you guys sugest at this time.
    The clients password was a weak 6 letter common word could this been the problem?
    Thanks

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    If what you had mentioned here is only that happened, it does not seem that your server got hacked. But it could just be a website account that got compromised. Check the account activities to find out how the phishing files were uploaded. You will need to do a thorough checkup on the server and make sure that the server is safe. You may hire someone if you are not sure how to do it.
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  3. #3
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    Sounds like an exploit in a script and a phishing site was put up from a hole through a script on a users site or from the user themself. I'm suprised they pulled the server first and ask questions later. Interesting
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  4. #4
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    what are the steps here to do the checkup, to make sure the server is secure?
    I know I have a lot to learn here.
    Thank you for helping me

  5. #5
    Lizard: what scripts (e.g. phpBB, Mambo, etc.) are installed on the client's account? It is likely there is a backdoor in one of them.

  6. #6
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    tamar, I think just cgi-bin ?

    Thanks

  7. #7
    Hi Lizard,

    Phishing is extremely common today. Im surprised they pull the plugged on you instead of getting a quick resolution by you.

    Usually users with phpbb, mambo, or those upload scripts are most likely to have phishing pages uploaded by a phisher. If you look at the permission as well as the timestamp of the form I am sure you can dig it up through the logs of apache, ftp, and messages logs. But it doesnt look like a whole server will be compromised as phishers usually just find a weakness on customer account and upload their content.
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  8. #8
    cgi-bin is not an application. It is a folder that contains scripts (in most cases).

    But if the ENTIRE user's directory is empty with the exception of a cgi-bin folder (that was also empty) and the server was still compromised, then there's your answer very likely: the weak pass.

    Check the contents of the user's public_html (or www) directory and let us know what's there to verify.

    By the way, how did you determine that the client's password was a weak 6 letter word? Did he tell you?

  9. #9
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    ok they just plugged it back in after a week of downtime.
    I made sure the ftp was disabled on the clients site that was doing the phishing.
    I have found many dirs on that clients site, with /.secure/
    with a form.html, 1 was bank of america 1 was paypal 1 was netzero
    they also put a script this clients /cgi-bin/ dir
    i have removed all this stuff
    any pointers and help would be great thank you

  10. #10
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    tamar: yes my client told me the password when he called to tell me that he has been emailed about this phishing problem.

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    Can you list the contents of his website directory for us?

    Go on the server, cd to his public_html directory, type ls, and paste the results here (or attach a screenshot).

  12. #12
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    tamar:

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  13. #13
    Your client is using Gallery. I'm not sure if that's Coppermine Gallery or Gallery from menalto, but that is VERY likely to be the problem (and the former has been an issue for me in the past, so I'd bet it's Coppermine). I suggest that you get the latest patches immediately and delete all the files.

  14. #14
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    tamar:
    Not sure if I understand what you are saying abuot my client using a Gallery?
    coopermine or gallery from menalto?
    can you explain what patches I will need etc please?
    thanks

  15. #15
    Lizard:

    Go to your client's website:

    http://www.domain.com/gallery

    Determine what software it uses.

    Click on the link on the bottom (which should say "Powered by Coppermine" or "Powered by Gallery" which should take your to one of the links that I am about to provide).

    Then follow the instructions for patching the applications to the latest version.

    Coppermine: http://coppermine-gallery.net/index.php
    Gallery: http://gallery.menalto.com/

    By the way. I hate to be blunt, but as your role being a system administrator (as far as I can tell from what you've written so far), this stuff should be pretty easy to understand. If you are not sure -- even if there is a weak password -- you should enlist in the assistance of a company to secure your server for you. From your recent posts, it appears that the weak password was not the issue but rather that it was weak system administration on your part.

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