[CentOS] mystery process "unit"

sbeam sbeam at onsetcorps.net
Tue Aug 12 16:08:54 UTC 2008

On Tuesday 12 August 2008 10:16, Rainer Duffner wrote:
> Anything in /tmp ?
> Disable register_globals and allow_url_fopen.
> Set open_basedir for any virtual hosts to the absolute minimum.

allow_url_fopen was enabled on one of many sites. A developer put in an unsafe 
php include(). This allowed the w0rm to run a remote PHP script which used 
exec() to fetch and spawn the shellbot. Pretty standard. But it also did a 
decent job of removing itself from the filesystem. Lucky I noticed the weird 
process this morning, no harm done it seems.

I have mod_security installed now, but I tested a similar attack, and sadly, 
it still succeeds as long as allow_url_fopen is on. But this is not CentOS 


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