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Oops. Unreal IRC server has a backdoor.

 
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bobthebob1234
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:24 pm    Post subject: Oops. Unreal IRC server has a backdoor. Reply with quote

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Hi all,

This is very embarrassing…

We found out that the Unreal3.2.8.1.tar.gz file on our mirrors has been replaced quite a while ago with a version with a backdoor (trojan) in it.


Source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/linux-infection-proves-windows-malware-monopoly-is-over/2206
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's not great news, but it is one program not "Linux".

The programmers and maintainers of UnrealIRC have just learnt some valuable lessons. There are reasons for MD5 checksums and PGP/GPG signing and using limited accounts with secure access to servers. If these methods aren't implemented then problems can occur. Notice that CVS and pre-compiled versions weren't affected, just a tarball replaced on the main server.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is indeed a rubbish headline. If it was a Firefox or OpenOffice.org binary shipped with Ubuntu, then it would be a big deal. But an IRC server? Something that only 0.001% of people ever use?

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