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Posted on 2011-03-17
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Hi

On my ubuntu machine there are a couple of enteries here in the /var/log/auth.log file that show access to my server but no IP address (0.0)

And at the same time a new user account was created on the machine.
useradd -u 0 -o -g 0 dev
dev:x:0:0::/home/dev:/bin/sh
(I'm guessing this is a superuser account as it's in the same group as root)

root     pts/1        :0.0             Fri Mar 18 05:43 - 05:43  (00:00)
root     pts/0        :0.0             Fri Mar 18 05:30 - 05:58  (00:28)
root     pts/0        inters24.lnk.tel Thu Mar 17 09:19 - 09:53  (00:34)
root     pts/0        inters24.lnk.tel Wed Mar 16 13:31 - 13:34  (00:03)
root     pts/0        inters24.lnk.tel Wed Mar 16 12:24 - 12:26  (00:02)

Does this mean my machine was hacked and it's time to change passwords and delete this user
Would userdel -r -f dev remove this account without affecting my root account
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I'd change root password if I were you! Also delete the 'dev' user.

Have you installed any new stuff recently on your machine? If you did that might be the reason for the new user, but I think it looks like your machine are hacked! Great you spotted it!

And as always, check that your backups are up'n running so that you can restore them (just in case some important files have been altered).


Regards, Tobias
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by:Cobraiti
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Hi and thanks

root@is-wb02:~# userdel dev.
userdel: user dev. is currently logged in
root@is-wb02:~# userdel -r dev.
userdel: user dev. is currently logged in
root@is-wb02:~# userdel -r dev
userdel: user dev is currently logged in
root@is-wb02:~# deluser dev.
WARNING: You are just about to delete the root account (uid 0)
Usually this is never required as it may render the whole system unusable
If you really want this, call deluser with parameter --force
Stopping now without having performed any action
root@is-wb02:~#

Can I delete this user without causing any damage ?

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Looks like the root user is renamed to dev. Do you still have a root user? Which PID does it have?

If you don't have a root user, rename the dev user to root and change the password (to some loooong password ;)

Regards, Tobias
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