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Re: Have I been hacked? Shadow file deleted

What type of an install did you do? Full? Did you do yum updates?
Do you run tripwire, or any other auditing tools? Is the machine wide open to the net?
Do you have the firewall turned on?
See anything unusual in any logs, last, who, uptime, lsof, netstat ?

you can also do something like this
[root localhost ~]# cat trip
MHFILE=$HOSTNAME-`date +%Y%m%d-%H%M%S`.md5
SHFILE=$HOSTNAME-`date +%Y%m%d-%H%M%S`.sha1
ZFILE=$HOSTNAME-`date +%Y%m%d-%H%M%S`.zip
FLIST=flist-`date +%Y%m%d-%H%M%S`
/bin/echo "1/4 Building file list . . ."
/usr/bin/find /bin /boot /etc /lib /misc /mnt /net /opt /root /sbin /srv /usr /var -type f > /root/$FLIST
/bin/echo "2/4 MD5 Hashing . . ."
/bin/cat /root/$FLIST | /usr/bin/xargs /usr/bin/md5sum > /root/$MHFILE
/bin/echo "3/4 SHA1 Hashing . . ."
/bin/cat /root/$FLIST | /usr/bin/xargs /usr/bin/sha1sum > /root/$SHFILE
/bin/echo "4/4 Zipping . . ."
/usr/bin/zip /root/$ZFILE $MHFILE $SHFILE $FLIST
/bin/echo "Done"

to create hash sets of a clean installed system
then when you suspect a problem you can see what files have been added, removed or changed

milvertito wrote:

if you're in doubt, re install everything from scratch, it makes a big

-----Original Message----- From: fedora-list-bounces redhat com [mailto:fedora-list-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Scot L. Harris Sent: Friday, September 09, 2005 4:11 PM To: 'For users of Fedora Core releases' Subject: RE: Have I been hacked? Shadow file deleted

On Fri, 2005-09-09 at 10:57, Jose Luis Hime wrote:

Only I have the root password, that I change every time the shadow file is deleted. The passwd file is ok, also.

The shadow has the following permissions:
	-r--------  1 root root 8233 Sep  9 10:01 shadow

No crontab, at or other scheduled jobs.

No suspect process in "ps".

So... the last resort is really to re-install my box.

Can I use the "update" method to fix any problems without destroying my installation? It took me 3 days to complete it!

Thanks in any way!

Are you running anything like phpbb or postnuke or similar type packages? These have had many exploits in the past. You would need to make sure you have these fully patched or don't run them.

If you think the system has actually been compromised you don't really have
any choice but to do a bare metal install.

Have you tried disconnecting the system from the network to see if the
shadow file continues to disappear?  That might isolate the problem to
something running on the system vs. someone doing it from outside the

But if you think the system is compromised your only choice it so reinstall.

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