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Tuesday, December 16, 2003

  ZKmem

I hate script kiddies.

I hate script kiddies.

I hate script kiddies.

I just spent most of a week puzzling over some odd behavior on a Linux server and finally figuring out today that the simplest possible explanation was an exploit... it was an exploit. It was one heck of a good one, too, replicating itself three different ways, hiding under different uids and names, overwiting init....

Advice to redhat users - install the latest kernel updates and the latest ssh - there's a malignant virus out there called "zkmem"... more after I get some sleep and an email off to CERT.

I hate script kiddies.

I hate script kiddies.

I hate script kiddies.

Despite appearences my job here is NOT to do network security. This stuff gives me nightmares.
 
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