Feb 172016
 

This is a silly script but you would be surprised how many times a day I have to do this and no matter how many times I type the command, I always get it wrong (or more than likely I forget to escape something).  Its also interesting to note that the scripts I find silly are usually the ones that are the most popular on this site….so here it is.

Basically, if you copy and paste this script into a file and run it, it will give you the exact date and time in the sed command to run to search all lines in a log file from the previous hour to now and save it to another file.

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Nov 182013
 

Openx has been a pain in my ass for some time now (5 years).  Even if you have the latest most up to date software release, you will still get append and prepend infections.  I’m not sure if it comes from client browsers when they log in or some other reason.  What I can assure you is that the file system in which openx resides is as secure as it can be while leaving openx functional (all files are owned by a different user than the web server process and are only readable by the web server.  All directories, except two, are also owned by a different process than the web server and are read only….while two have to be writable by the web server process.  The lamp stack is also up to date.).  Anyways, even with these restrictions, clean code, clean db, limited plugins, and even checked the meta data of all image files for backdoors (I first learned about this technique in approx 2010 but here is an article from 2011 detailing this – PHP Code into JPEG Metadata: From hide to unhide ) we still get an occasional append/prepend infection.

How to stop it?  This is pretty easy, I simply wrote a script that checks for append/prepend problems, logs if clean, logs and alerts if infected, and also disinfects.  This only works, if the append and prepend is NOT being used in your ads.

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Apr 182013
 

Some of the posts I am seeing on the internet regarding the wordpress password crack via botnet is pretty funny as various people offer suggestions to fix the problem.  The quickest fix is simple and although it protects the wp-admin page, it wont protect you from the inbound traffic or sql injection.

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Jan 182012
 

 

I usually don’t disable apache, php, nginx headers because to me that is just security through obscurity.

My thoughts are this…..

  1. if someone doesn’t know what version of software you are running and they decide to hack your domain or server, they will simply throw every public exploit at it that exists for said product or even simply “fingerprint” it for the correct version
  2. It makes my life easier because I can also query for those headers if for some reason I don’t remember the version of software (which saves me from logging in to the server or using other methods that might take longer – efficiency is key!)
  3. skiddies are going to throw everything at it anyways

On the flipside…..

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Aug 242011
 

Thought I would share this quick fix ref CVE-2011-3192 with the POC available here:
http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2011/Aug/175

First, if you are an apache admin, get this fixed ASAP. I was able to take down a small test server with 7 http get requests.

Login to the server and run this command to see if you have mod_headers installed:

locate mod_headers

If you see mod_headers.so in that list, you can continue to Configuring Apache.  Otherwise go to Compiling Mod_Headers

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