[LAD] [ot] - NEED some security advise PLEASE!

Fons Adriaensen fons at kokkinizita.net
Sat Feb 14 23:43:17 UTC 2009

On Sat, Feb 14, 2009 at 11:55:13PM +0100, Julien Claassen wrote:

>   8226 ?        Ss     0:00 sshd: unknown [priv]
>   8227 ?        S      0:00 sshd: unknown [net]

>    Just before that I only saw "sshd [accept]" and "sshd [net]".
>    Shutdown sshd and made new password and restarted sshd. Now it's the same.
>    Can I easily check where it's coming from and what it's doing. I don't see 
> anything besides those two lines. No other strange processes.

Someone is trying a ssh login - usually from the former
east block - and probably trying a list of user names
and passwords. Do (as root) tail -50 /var/log/secure
to see the show.

It happens here all the time. As long as you don't have
any easily guessed user/passwd combinations the danger
is limited, and closing your network connection for a
minute usually makes them go away. Configuring sshd to
allow only dsa authentication is better of course.

Last summer I watched one of them and whois told me
this was coming from a Canadian university. Called
their security, and it turned out this was a 'live'
user (very often its done by malware doing its job
without the system owner being aware) That one won't
try it again I guess...



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