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Bugtraq archives for 4th quarter (Oct-Dec) 1998: rootshell hacked via ssh-1.2.26

rootshell hacked via ssh-1.2.26

Felix von Leitner (leitnerMATH.FU-BERLIN.DE)
Thu, 29 Oct 1998 00:14:58 +0100

On the rootshell home page, there is this notice:

   Rootshell Defaced
   10/28/98 8:44AM PDT On Wed Oct 28th at 5:12AM PST the main Rootshell
   page was defaced by a group of crackers. Entry to the machine was made
   via SSH (secure shell) which is an encrypted interface to the machine
   at 04:57AM PST this morning. Rootshell was first informed of this
   incident at 6:00 AM PST and the site was immediately brought offline.
   The site was back up and operational by 8:00AM PST.

They also mention that they used ssh-1.2.26 (the current version) and
their port 22 is not blocked (presumably firewalled away).

Does anyone have any further info?  This should probably leave a _lot_ of
us quite restless tonight...