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Strange " " (space/blank) directories

Posted on 2002-07-15
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Recently I have notices something eating my free disk space.
After some investigation I discovers that is several places there are
subdirectory named " " (space/blank) which contain a  lot of files
and directories from my disk !. Those files and directories are copy
of real files on the disk ( not hard links I check the Inodes).

Each time I found it I use to remove those directorys by:
mv " " /tmp/2delete
rm -r /tmp/2delete

After some time my system crash and won't boot !
The Hosting provider gave me a new clean OS disk.
So I restore all my stuff with success.
(I'm using rsync to copy most of my disk daily to 2nd backup disk).

The point is that this phenomena still happening on a new disk !!!

Why it happen and how can I avoid it ?

I'm using cobalt RAQ4 server (base on 2.2 kernel)
it is dedicated server on hosting company so I'm having console access.

Regards,
Addady
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this looks like a cracked system, for example someone tries to install a RootKit.
Get chckrootkit from http://www.chkrootkit.org/ and test your system. READ THE DOCS BEFORE testing, 'cause you probably need to install your own basic UNIX commands first (cp, ls, pwd, sh, ln, etc.).
If you can setup a fresh new disk, use something like TripWire to track changes on the system.
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