[thelist] failure notice (& CF TIP)

John Best john.best at simplytrading.com
Wed Sep 19 10:17:53 CDT 2001

As a little note..removing root.exe is possibly not sufficient.

As root.exe allows people access to your system you will also need to 
have a good poke around and ensure that nothing has been added/changed.
(in an ideal world you would rebuild from safe backups, apply patches
and then reconnect)

Things hackers may do include
1.) Add additional backdoors/trojans.
2.) set registry keys to run code when the computer boots-starting a
rogue service or something.
3.) add users/ elevate users privalages.

I have no idea how one goes around convining yourself that it's all

Sorry to be such a dampner, but a false sense of security is very

John Best

ps....I read a book and it scared me.

> Hi Dan!
> If one has that file, does it mean that the server *has* been 
> infected by a
> worm, or is it that the file is a security loophole?
> I ask because root.exe is on our Win 2000 server, but as that 
> is sitting
> behind what I consider to be a *very* secure firewall I find 
> it hard to
> believe that anyone has compromised our box.
> Having found the file, is there anything else in particular I 
> should be
> looking for?
> .steve
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> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Daniel J. Cody [mailto:djc at starkmedia.com]
> > Sent: den 19 september 2001 16:06
> > To: thelist at lists.evolt.org
> > Subject: Re: [thelist] failure notice (& CF TIP)
> > 
> > 
> > One more tip while people are tossing them about about virii 
> > and windows..
> > 
> > Search your IIS server for a file called root.exe and delete 
> > it - if you 
> > have it you've been compromised. *NO* patches from MS delete 
> > this file.
> > 
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