Posts tagged: Linux

Sep 01 2011

Linux Source Code Repository Compromised

Linux PenguinThe website – home to the Linux project and the primary repository for the Linux kernel source code – sports a warning notifying its users of a security breach that resulted in the compromise of several servers in its infrastructure.

The discovery was made on August 28th, but according to the current results of the investigation mounted by the site’s team, the break-in seems to date back to August 12 or even earlier.

The attackers are thought to have gained root access on a server via a compromised user credential, and to have escalated their privileges from there. How did they managed to do that, it is still unknown.

After having done that, they proceeded to modify files belonging to ssh (openssh, openssh-server and openssh-clients) and add a Trojan to the system start up scripts so that it would run every time the machine was rebooted.

Luckily for everyone, the Linux kernel source code is unlikely to have been tampered with.

The 448 users of the site have been notified of the breach and have been advised to change their login credentials and SSH keys.

According to the notice, US and Europe authorities have been notified about the breach and asked to help with the investigation. The administrators have, in the meantime, proceeded to take the servers offline and reinstall them, and to make a thorough analysis of the code within Git (the distributed revision control system) in order to make absolutely sure that nothing was modified.

Feb 02 2011

NiX – Linux Brute Forcer

NiX Brute Forcer is a tool that uses brute force in parallel to log into a system without having authentication credentials beforehand. This tool is intended to demonstrate the importance of choosing strong passwords. The goal of NiX is to support a variety of services that allow remote authentication such as: MySQL, SSH, FTP, IMAP. It is based on NiX Proxy Checker.


  • Basic Authorization & FORM support in both standard and HTTPS (SSL) mode
  • HTTP/SOCKS 4 and 5 proxy support
  • FORM auto-detection & Manual FORM input configuration.
  • It is multi-threaded
  • Wordlist shuffling via macros
  • Auto-removal of dead or unreliable proxy and when site protection mechanism blocks the proxy
  • Integrated proxy randomization to defeat certain protection mechanisms
  • With Success and Failure Keys results are 99% accurate
  • Advanced coding and timeout settings makes it outperform any other brute forcer

Download: NIX_BruteForce.bz2

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Feb 20 2009

BackTrack 4 Beta

Backtrack 4

The Remote Exploit Development Team has just announced BackTrack 4 Beta.

BackTrack is the most top rated linux live distribution focused on penetration testing. With no installation whatsoever, the analysis platform is started directly from the CD-Rom and is fully accessible within minutes.

Currently BackTrack consists of more than 300 different up-to-date tools which are logically structured according to the work flow of security professionals. This structure allows even newcomers to find the related tools to a certain task to be accomplished.

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