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Purdy (2383)

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Bleh - not feeling creative right now. You can check me out on PerlMonks [].

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Monday February 04, 2002
09:15 AM

Latest FTP attack...

[ #2638 ]
As I'm also a sysadmin (scary thought...), I constantly watch our logs ... here's the latest hack attempt:

Feb 3 07:25:18 www proftpd[27289]: {our ip address} ([]) - FTP session opened.
Feb 3 07:26:59 www PAM_pwdb[27289]: get passwd; pwdb: request not recognized
Feb 3 07:27:00 www proftpd[27289]: {our ip address} ([]) - PAM(ftp): Authentication service cannot retrieve authentication info..
Feb 3 07:27:39 www proftpd[27289]: {our ip address} ([]) - FTP session closed.

I really need to shutdown FTP ... thankfully, I don't have anonymous ftp setup - that would be even worse. Just need to figure out how to get the graphics folks, who use Macs, a secure (and easy) way to transfer files...


Update: You know, I was thinking this yesterday (maybe Saturday) as a reference point/analogy ... a hacker obtaining root access is like a chess opponent getting their rook into your back corner ... NOT good.

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  • NiftyTelnet for Mac will let you do scp. It works for a techie like me; not sure how easy other folks would find it.

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers