Incidents
Weird SSH attack last night and this morning (still ongoing) May 07 2008 12:27PM
Gary Baribault (gary baribault net) (6 replies)
Re: Weird SSH attack last night and this morning (still ongoing) May 14 2008 08:25AM
Mick Pollard (lists lunix com au) (1 replies)
Re: Weird SSH attack last night and this morning (still ongoing) May 14 2008 11:05PM
Gary Baribault (gary baribault net) (1 replies)
Re: Weird SSH attack last night and this morning (still ongoing) May 15 2008 09:41PM
Valdis Kletnieks vt edu
Re: Weird SSH attack last night and this morning (still ongoing) May 07 2008 06:01PM
Brent Kearney (brentk birs ca)
RE: Weird SSH attack last night and this morning (still ongoing) May 07 2008 05:53PM
Erin Carroll (amoeba amoebazone com) (1 replies)
Re: Weird SSH attack last night and this morning (still ongoing) May 07 2008 06:17PM
Valdis Kletnieks vt edu
Re: Weird SSH attack last night and this morning (still ongoing) May 07 2008 05:36PM
Blaine Fleming (groups digital-z com)
Re: Weird SSH attack last night and this morning (still ongoing) May 07 2008 05:04PM
Robert Taylor (rjamestaylor gmail com) (1 replies)
RE: Weird SSH attack last night and this morning (still ongoing) May 07 2008 06:15PM
Erin Carroll (amoeba amoebazone com) (1 replies)
Robert,

I agree that this kind of traffic/attack is extremely common. The only
notable thing about this one is the very slow attack interval perceived by
the individual targets. Instead of hammering away at a single target it
looks like a botnet which is cycling through a large list of targets to
spread the attack around and more likely sneak in under the radar. That way
the botnet can leverage its size to run thousands of attacks simultaneously
but limit the risk of alerting the individual targets since each destination
is hit with attempts in a small trickle. This method of attack is not so
common.

It's easy to see or be alerted on the defense side of hundreds or thousands
of failed attempts but a couple an hour from all different IP's? Fairly easy
to imagine this slipping past most automated defense or threshold-based
protections alerts for organizations. Fail2ban, denyhosts, and other ways of
automating response need the threshold to be reached to blackhole/null the
attacker source. This attack pattern seems explicitly designed to bypass
those types of controls which is what makes it interesting.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Taylor [mailto:rjamestaylor (at) gmail (dot) com [email concealed]]
Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2008 10:04 AM
To: Gary Baribault
Cc: incidents (at) securityfocus (dot) com [email concealed]
Subject: Re: Weird SSH attack last night and this morning (still ongoing)

It's extremely common to have these scans.

http://robotterror.com/site/wiki/mitigating_brute_force_password_attacks
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That's a link to my blog. I'm a Linux System Admin at a major hosting
company; this is something I see nightly. Usually, though, I see hits
on the order of thousands per hour before I get worried.

On May 7, 2008, at 7:27 AM, Gary Baribault wrote:

> I don't know what is going on last night and this morning ... I have
> three Linux servers facing the Internet, two on cable modems and
> another on a static IP/commercial connection and this last one is a
> gateway to a Web/FTP/SMTP/Pop3/NTP Linux based system.
>
> I have DenyHosts installed on all three and have blocked about 75
> attempts .. from known compromised adresses .. The log shows
> (obviously) that there where even more attempts from adresses that
> are unknown to DenyHosts but there was only one login attemps per
> adress and it was with the Root account .. which is obviously
> blocked in my sshd config ..
>
> Of the three machines, one of them only had about 10 attempts, but
> the other two had about 200 attempts .. all of them with only 1 try
> with the user Root ..
>
> Is any one else seing this? or am I being targeted? This is still
> going on now .. and it started arround 10:00 last night GMT+4
>
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Re: Weird SSH attack last night and this morning (still ongoing) May 07 2008 06:23PM
Robert Taylor (rjamestaylor gmail com) (1 replies)
RE: Weird SSH attack last night and this morning (still ongoing) May 07 2008 06:27PM
Erin Carroll (amoeba amoebazone com)


 

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