[CentOS] dictonary attacks

PA razor at meganet.net
Wed Nov 10 18:10:31 EST 2010


Hi hoping someone can help me a little with this one.

 

I have 2 mail servers, the incoming mail server runs dovecot and the
outgoing mail server runs postfix with sasl.

 

Lately I noticed a lot of spammers are running dictionary attacks on my
incoming server and then using that user/password for sasl on the outgoing
server.

The weird thing is I never see on the logs the guessed username/password. I
always see the ones they can't guess.

 

For example:

Looking at the logs  I see the following dictionary attack from
94.242.206.37

 

Nov 10 03:04:38 pop dovecot: pop3-login: Disconnected: rip=94.242.206.37,
lip=209.213.66.10

Nov 10 03:04:38 pop dovecot: auth(default): client in: AUTH     1
PLAIN   service=POP3    lip=209.213.66.10       rip=94.242.206.37
resp=<hidden>

Nov 10 03:04:38 pop dovecot: auth(default): shadow(aarhus,94.242.206.37):
lookup

Nov 10 03:04:38 pop dovecot: auth(default): client in: AUTH     1
PLAIN   service=POP3    lip=209.213.66.10       rip=94.242.206.37
resp=<hidden>

Nov 10 03:04:38 pop dovecot: auth(default): shadow(abaft,94.242.206.37):
lookup

Nov 10 03:04:38 pop dovecot: auth(default): shadow(abaft,94.242.206.37):
unknown user

Nov 10 03:04:38 pop dovecot: auth(default): client in: AUTH     1
PLAIN   service=POP3    lip=209.213.66.10       rip=94.242.206.37
resp=<hidden>

Nov 10 03:04:38 pop dovecot: auth(default): shadow(aarhus,94.242.206.37):
unknown user

Nov 10 03:04:38 pop dovecot: auth(default): client in: AUTH     1
PLAIN   service=POP3    lip=209.213.66.10       rip=94.242.206.37
resp=<hidden>

Nov 10 03:04:38 pop dovecot: auth(default): shadow(aaron,94.242.206.37):
lookup

Nov 10 03:04:38 pop dovecot: auth(default): shadow(aaron,94.242.206.37):
unknown user

Nov 10 03:04:38 pop dovecot: auth(default): client in: AUTH     1
PLAIN   service=POP3    lip=209.213.66.10       rip=94.242.206.37
resp=<hidden>

Nov 10 03:04:38 pop dovecot: auth(default): shadow(ababa,94.242.206.37):
lookup

..... And so on..

 

Then that ip gets banned by fail2ban

 

[root at pop ~]# grep 94.242.206.37 /var/log/fail2ban.log

2010-11-10 03:04:42,416 fail2ban.actions: WARNING [dovecot] Ban
94.242.206.37

 

 

However on my outgoing mail server that ip is already sending out all sorts
of spam with the sasl username of Paramus. 

This username Paramus never shows up on the dovecot dictionary attack log,
as a matter of fact the user Paramus is nowhere to be found on the dovecot
log at all and I have logs going back months. 

 

/var/log/maillog:Nov 10 02:46:16 mrelay3 postfix/smtpd[27776]: 3B64928015:
client=unknown[94.242.206.37], sasl_method=LOGIN, sasl_username=paramus

/var/log/maillog:Nov 10 02:47:54 mrelay3 postfix/smtpd[27776]: 247AB28016:
client=unknown[94.242.206.37], sasl_method=LOGIN, sasl_username=paramus

/var/log/maillog:Nov 10 02:48:00 mrelay3 postfix/smtpd[27785]: 87DE128016:
client=unknown[94.242.206.37], sasl_method=LOGIN, sasl_username=paramus

/var/log/maillog:Nov 10 02:56:00 mrelay3 postfix/smtpd[27792]: 9728628015:
client=unknown[94.242.206.37], sasl_method=LOGIN, sasl_username=paramus

/var/log/maillog:Nov 10 03:05:38 mrelay3 postfix/smtpd[27808]: D529F28015:
client=unknown[94.242.206.37], sasl_method=LOGIN, sasl_username=paramus

/var/log/maillog:Nov 10 03:06:00 mrelay3 postfix/smtpd[27808]: DDF7C2801B:
client=unknown[94.242.206.37], sasl_method=LOGIN, sasl_username=Paramus

 

 

Does anyone have any idea what could of happened here. I mean if the
user/passwd was already harvested by  94.242.206.37  why would they bother
to start another dict. attack. 

 

I'm just not sure how they guess the username/password as its not on any
logs that goes back months and I don't have a dovecot fail record for that
user on the logs. This is the case all the time for me and it happens with
other ips.

 

Any help would be appreciated.

 

paul

 

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