Rootshell pages hacked

They claim they were running only qmail, apache and ssh, but who knows if
that's true.

I have heard rumours about an ssh exploit but nothing concrete.


I know of some interesting sites that were hacked into "using ssh" recently.
The trick is to attack the SSH *client* machine, and them take advantage of
things like a running ssh-agent and existing authorized_keys files to connect
to the server host using the existing (valid) trust relationship. This isn't
an SSH bug, merely a standard side effect of distributed trust.

It is not a fucking problem in SSH! Jesus christ, people do not listen.
If it had anything to do with ssh, heres what happened. (speculation) A
trusted host was compromised that Kit Knox or another rootshell staff
member used, ssh was trojaned and passwords were snagged, and the intruder
simply walked right in through the front door. Nothing sophisticated,
nothing fancy, no ssh remote exploits.

Well it just might have well been a problem with ssh. People think
ssh is the most secure thing in the world. If you sat down for about
25 minutes or so looking at how simple ssh is, you would be able to
write a simple mod for ssh that saves a db of
username->username@host:password like list.. and even take it one step
further.. if the username the person ssh'd to is root.. have another
attachment for sshd that every once in a while scp'd over your trojen
ssh/sshd... and also every day or so, have the newly trojan'd machine
connect to the 'master' machine on port 22 send the db over.. and wow..
Wait a few months and just think of all the little machines out there
that would be sending you password info.

This trojan took me about 3 days to write, although I never used it
except on myself on my home network, and it was one of the first c
programs I ever wrote. Just think what an expierenced c-coder/hacker
with true intent to harm could do to us all.

Moral.. Don't trust ssh.

            Net Access Corporation

Michael Freeman wrote:

SSh withouth S/KEy or some kind of one time password is useless in case
of any compromyse passwords (except the case when you'd like to restrict
acxcess to the trusted set of hosts). SSH itself do not believe to be a
problem, UNIX one-time passwords are real problem. Another bad problem is
_the same UNIX password for all purposes_ - I can sniff your FTP password
and use it for SSH access (for example).

Very true. Then again, FTP'ing in cleartext is kinda stupid in and of
itself. Why not just FTP thru an SSH tunnel? Or, if you're up for
an adventure (and a not-totally-complete(TM) spec), try the secure file
xfer stuff in SSH2...

Or, for the unix-inclined, scp works rather well under SSH 1.2.x

You can also use some kind of terminal emulator and run zmodem over your
ssh session. Works wonders with newer SecureCRT for instance. Then you
also have resume if your download failes etc.

Moral.. Don't trust ssh.

            Net Access Corporation

Even though he works for me, I don't agree with him.

SSH inherently itself is quite secure, obviously. I use it daily and
encourage our staff to do the same.

The exploit (really, trojan horse) that Ryan describes is something you
can do on your own machine to capture other folks passwords.

This, however, is true in most cases.

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