[CentOS] Strange kernel messages

James B. Byrne byrnejb at harte-lyne.ca
Mon Feb 22 21:35:25 UTC 2010


My logwatch reported this in this mornings report:


--------------------- Kernel Begin ------------------------

 WARNING:  Kernel Errors Present
    usb 3-1: can't read configurations, error -71 ...:  1 Time(s)
    usb 3-1: can't set config #1, error -71 ...:  8 Time(s)
    usb 3-1: can't set config #1, error -84 ...:  66 Time(s)
    usb 3-1: device descriptor read/all, error -71 ...:  3 Time(s)
    usb 3-1: device descriptor read/all, error -84 ...:  1 Time(s)
    usb 3-1: device not accepting address 120, error -71 ...:  1
Time(s)
    usb 3-1: device not accepting address 122, error -71 ...:  1
Time(s)
    usb 3-1: device not accepting address 14, error -71 ...:  1 Time(s)
    usb 3-1: device not accepting address 21, error -71 ...:  1 Time(s)
    usb 3-1: device not accepting address 39, error -71 ...:  1 Time(s)
    usb 3-1: device not accepting address 50, error -71 ...:  1 Time(s)
    usb 3-1: device not accepting address 51, error -71 ...:  1 Time(s)
    usb 3-1: device not accepting address 57, error -71 ...:  1 Time(s)
    usb 3-1: device not accepting address 58, error -71 ...:  1 Time(s)
    usb 3-1: device not accepting address 68, error -71 ...:  1 Time(s)
    usb 3-1: device not accepting address 7, error -71 ...:  1 Time(s)
    usb 3-1: device not accepting address 78, error -71 ...:  1 Time(s)
    usb 3-1: string descriptor 0 read error: -71 ...:  2 Time(s)

 ---------------------- Kernel End -------------------------

I have never seen this sort of thing before.  The reporting host is
my desktop PC and the office was closed yesterday so I cannot see
anyone pushing things in or out of any of the usb ports.

I had a persistent penetration attempt yesterday as well. Could the
two be related?



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