Re: Internet VIRUS alert

Rick Adams (rick@seismo.CSS.GOV)
Thu, 3 Nov 88 10:59:11 EST

Please install this patch from Berkeley if you are running sendmail.


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Guys, if you could post this to whatever appropriate newsgroups,
as soon as possible, we'd appreciate it.



Subject: Fixes for the virus
Index: usr.lib/sendmail/src/srvrsmtp.c 4BSD

        There's a virus running around; the salient facts. A bug in
        sendmail has been used to introduce a virus into a lot of
        Internet UNIX systems. It has not been observed to damage the
        host system, however, it's incredibly virulent, attempting to
        introduce itself to every system it can find. It appears to
        use rsh, broken passwords, and sendmail to introduce itself
        into the target systems. It affects only VAXen and Suns, as
        far as we know.

        There are three changes that we believe will immunize your
        system. They are attached.

        Thanks to the Experimental Computing Facility, Center for
        Disease Control for their assistance. (It's pretty late,
        and they certainly deserved some thanks, somewhere!)

        First, either recompile or patch sendmail to disallow the `debug'
        option. If you have source, recompile sendmail after first
        applying the following patch to the module svrsmtp.c:

                *** /tmp/d22039 Thu Nov 3 02:26:20 1988
                --- srvrsmtp.c Thu Nov 3 01:21:04 1988
                *** 85,92 ****
                        "onex", CMDONEX,
                  # ifdef DEBUG
                        "showq", CMDDBGQSHOW,
                - "debug", CMDDBGDEBUG,
                  # endif DEBUG
                  # ifdef WIZ
                        "kill", CMDDBGKILL,
                  # endif WIZ
                --- 85,94 ----
                        "onex", CMDONEX,
                  # ifdef DEBUG
                        "showq", CMDDBGQSHOW,
                  # endif DEBUG
                + # ifdef notdef
                + "debug", CMDDBGDEBUG,
                + # endif notdef
                  # ifdef WIZ
                        "kill", CMDDBGKILL,
                  # endif WIZ

        Then, reinstall sendmail, refreeze the configuration file,
        using the command "/usr/lib/sendmail -bz", kill any running
        sendmail's, using the ps(1) command and the kill(1) command,
        and restart your sendmail. To find out how sendmail is
        execed on your system, use grep(1) to find the sendmail start
        line in either the files /etc/rc or /etc/rc.local

        If you don't have source, apply the following patch to your
        sendmail binary. SAVE A COPY OF IT FIRST, IN CASE YOU MESS
        UP! This is mildly tricky -- note, some versions of strings(1),
        which we're going to use to find the offset of the string
        "debug" in the binary print out the offsets in octal, not
        decimal. Run the following shell line to decide how your
        version of strings(1) works:

                /bin/echo 'abcd' | /usr/ucb/strings -o

        Note, make sure the eight control 'G's are preserved in this
        line. If this command results in something like:

                0000008 abcd

        your strings(1) command prints out locations in decimal, else
        it's octal.

        The patch script for sendmail. NOTE, YOUR OFFSETS MAY VARY!!
        This script assumes that your strings(1) command prints out
        the offsets in decimal.

                Script started on Thu Nov 3 02:08:14 1988
                okeeffe:tmp {2} strings -o -a /usr/lib/sendmail | egrep debug
                0096972 debug
                okeeffe:tmp {3} adb -w /usr/lib/sendmail
                ?m 0 0xffffffff 0
                radix=10 base ten
                96972: debug
                96972?w 0
                96972: 25701 = 0
                okeeffe:tmp {4} ^D
                script done on Thu Nov 3 02:09:31 1988

        If your strings(1) command prints out the offsets in octal,
        change the line "0t10$d" to "0t8$d".

        After you've fixed sendmail, move both /bin/cc and /bin/ld to
        something else. (The virus uses the cc and the ld commands
        to rebuild itself to run on your system.)

        Finally, kill any processes on your system that don't belong there.
        Suspicious ones have "(sh)" or "xNNNNNNN" where the N's are random
        digits, as the command name on the ps(1) output line.

        One more thing, if you find files in /tmp or /usr/tmp that
        have names like "xNNNNNN,l1.c", or "xNNNNNN,sun3.o", or
        "xNNNNNNN,vax.o" where the N's are random digits, you've been

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