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Old 09. Jul 2009, 08:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Centos WARNING

I haven't as yet tried any other Linux been to busy and waiting a while. I had tried Centos as I have tried many to see if I cold get a Linux working on my machine. However as you have guessed it fell at the first fence. BUt, I had an email this morning from them.....

on Friday evening, July 3rd (UTC) we found a few suspicious files on the
CentOS webserver. Upon investigating we found out that the files had
been put there through Xoops (the CMS runs on) - and that
this was possible due to a an administrative error which has been

As far as we can see there has been no data or binary injected into the
system or taken from the system. The machine hasn't been used as a
source for sending spam (in the widest possible meaning) either.

We have been able to identify the source of the attacks, but have not
been able to find out if the files have been put there through a
compromised user account in the Xoops system.

Although we are fairly sure that there has been no such compromise, we
have enforced a password expiry on all accounts on the system. and - though being on the same machine -
have not been affected by this.

The same is true for repositories and packages. The machines handling those
are nowhere near to and cannot be reached from there, either.

All users having an account on need to acquire a new
password through the "lost password" system of Xoops.

We are terribly sorry for any inconvenience this might cause you and
would like to apologize for that.

On behalf of the CentOS team,

Ralph Angenendt
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