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New attack vectors

Published: Monday 2004-05-31.

The Internet crooks resort to new tricks all the time. When it no longer is possible to spam my guest book and all attempts at “fishing” for vulnerable formmail scripts are logged they seem to have resorted to attacking other targets (in addition to the other ones, they never stop). I regularly look through the log for my web server, and found these rather peculiar call list: - - [27/May/2004:13:18:17 +0200]
  "POST /modules/coppermine/themes/default/theme.php HTTP/1.0" 403 241 "-" "Mozilla 4.0 (Linux)" - - [27/May/2004:13:18:18 +0200]
  "POST /modules/4nAlbum/public/displayCategory.php HTTP/1.0" 403 240 "-" "Mozilla 4.0 (Linux)" - - [27/May/2004:13:18:19 +0200]
  "POST /modules/coppermine/include/ HTTP/1.0" 403 237 "-" "Mozilla 4.0 (Linux)" - - [27/May/2004:13:18:20 +0200]
  "POST /index.php HTTP/1.0" 403 207 "-" "Mozilla 4.0 (Linux)" - - [27/May/2004:13:18:21 +0200]
  "POST /modules/My_eGallery/public/displayCategory.php HTTP/1.0" 403 244 "-" "Mozilla 4.0 (Linux)" - - [30/May/2004:12:57:25 +0200]
  "POST /modules/coppermine/themes/default/theme.php HTTP/1.0" 403 241 "-" "Mozilla 4.0 (Linux)" - - [30/May/2004:12:57:27 +0200]
  "POST /modules/4nAlbum/public/displayCategory.php HTTP/1.0" 403 240 "-" "Mozilla 4.0 (Linux)" - - [30/May/2004:12:57:27 +0200]
  "POST /modules/coppermine/include/ HTTP/1.0" 403 237 "-" "Mozilla 4.0 (Linux)" - - [30/May/2004:12:57:28 +0200]
  "POST /index.php HTTP/1.0" 403 207 "-" "Mozilla 4.0 (Linux)" - - [30/May/2004:12:57:30 +0200]
  "POST /modules/My_eGallery/public/displayCategory.php HTTP/1.0" 403 244 "-" "Mozilla 4.0 (Linux)" - - [30/May/2004:12:57:31 +0200]
  "POST /shoutbox/expanded.php HTTP/1.0" 403 219 "-" "Mozilla 4.0 (Linux)"

First of all, Mozilla 4.0 (Linux) isn’t a real web browser identifier, so it is obviously someone trying to attack my web server with some kind of automated tool. Furthermore, none of the addresses they are trying to attack exist, since I neither am using PHP nor the specific implementations they are attacking. The attacks are targeted for a vulnerable version of the photo gallery software Coppermine, as well as other vulnerabilities in 4nalbum, some in My eGallery and some in Shoutbox. One of the security holes was discovered as late as early May, which shows that you have to be alert if you want to avoid break-ins.

One thing I haven’t quite understood is why almost all the attacks of this kind that I receive are from Brazil of all places? Is the concentration of hooligans extra high there, or are their machines more easily cracked, meaning that their machines are used as springboards by others?

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  • Datum: 2004-06-01 08.17.49 CEST
  • Namn: Anders Carlsson
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Jag skulle tro att Brasilien är ett sådant land där många tillgodogör sig kunskaperna, men det finns inget vettigt att använda dem till, så i brist på annat ploppar datanördarna fram som angripare. Sydkorea torde också vara ett typiskt sådant land, även om de kanske har fler riktiga arbetstillfällen inom branschen.

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