[OT] Hackers break into Linux kernel home

reeyarn reeyarn at gmail.com
Fri Sep 2 08:21:24 UTC 2011

What does it mean? Is Ubuntu also affected? How to prevent being attacked?

On Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 2:08 PM, Basil Chupin <blchupin at iinet.net.au> wrote:

> *MULTIPLE SERVERS* that are part of the Linux kernel.org infrastructure
> were affected during a recent intrusion where attackers managed to gain
> root access and plant Trojan scripts.
> According to an email sent out to the community
> <http://pastebin.com/i4LFsQPW>  by kernel.org chief administrator John
> Hawley, known as warthog9, the incident started with the compromise of a
> server referred to as Hera. The personal colocated machine of Linux
> developer H Peter Anvin (HPA) and additional kernel.org systems were
> also affected.
> "Upon some investigation there are a couple of kernel.org boxes,
> specifically hera and odin1, with potential pre-cursors on demeter2,
> zeus1 and zeus2, that have been hit by this," Hawley wrote.
> The intrusion was discovered on 28 August and according to preliminary
> findings attackers gained access by using a set of compromised
> credentials. They then elevated their privileges to root by exploiting a
> zero-day vulnerability that the kernel.org administrators have yet to
> identify.
> [Full story:]
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