[ILUG] serious linux worm on the loose

I haven’t seen this hit the mainstream press, or slashdot or anywhere yet. It could be some obvious hole missed while configuring these Red Hat 7.3 boxes but I’m worried. 8 Red Hat 7.3 boxes were broken into and rooted. John doesn’t know how they were cracked, almost missed it but thinks it might be a worm mentioned in Phrack a while back..
I checked my own Red Hat 7.3 boxes and they appear to be fine but given the nature of the worm, it won’t be easy to find without shutting down first.

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As John mentioned in his mail, some were up to date RH7.3 boxes, some weren’t. He doesn’t know how the boxes were infected, although the Phrack article mentions a vulnerability in PHP. Another weblog bemoaned Red Hat for not updating their PHP rpms so that could be related..

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