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The Hail Mary Cloud and the Lessons Learned 99

Posted by timothy
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badger.foo writes "Against ridiculous odds and even after gaining some media focus, the botnet dubbed The Hail Mary Cloud apparently succeeded in staying under the radar and kept compromising Linux machines for several years. This article sums up the known facts about the botnet and suggests some practical measures to keep your servers safe."
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The Hail Mary Cloud and the Lessons Learned

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  • by icebike (68054) on Saturday October 05, 2013 @03:26PM (#45046303)

    Not to mention several routers use admin and support ssh connections.

    Router software virtually never gets updated.

  • by foobar bazbot (3352433) on Saturday October 05, 2013 @03:34PM (#45046355)

    low-intensity bruteforcing is not dangerous - therefore it does not matter that fail2ban doesn't help. Basically, all fail2ban does is turning a fast bruteforce attack into a low-intensity one anyway.

    Yes, of course -- what's dangerous is not the low intensity attack itself, but that they command enough bots to make low-intensity attacks have a reasonable chance of success against lousy passwords. And that's only dangerous in combination with the fact that you're permitting users to have lousy passwords.

    Tricky passwords is enough - they can't guess them in a lifetime with a low-intensity attack.

    Amen, brother. That's absolutely enough -- if you enforce it.

    The main reason I suggested key-based auth first is because some fools' idea of "make sure users use strong passwords" is to force users to change their passwords frequently, and tell them to use strong passwords (e.g. not derived from a single english word), and maybe enforce silly requirements such as "must have at least one letter and one numeral"; this inevitably results in "password1" the first month, "password2" the next month, and so on.

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