[CentOS] an actual hacked machine, in a preserved state

Rudi Ahlers Rudi at SoftDux.com
Tue Jan 3 09:14:41 UTC 2012

On Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 11:08 AM, Leonard den Ottolander
<leonard at den.ottolander.nl> wrote:
> Hello Craig,
> On Mon, 2012-01-02 at 01:04 -0700, Craig White wrote:
>> Very often, a single user with a
>> weak password has his account cracked and then a hacker can get a copy
>> of /etc/shadow and brute force the root password.
> This is incorrect. The whole reasoning behind /etc/shadow is to hide the
> actual hashes from normal system users. /etc/shadow is chown root.root
> and chmod 0400. Without root access /etc/shadow is not accessible.
> Regards,
> Leonard.
> --
> mount -t life -o ro /dev/dna /genetic/research

So, explain this then:

How does something like c99shell allow a local user (not root) to read
the /etc/shadow file?

Kind Regards
Rudi Ahlers

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