Sendmail gets the message from hackers

    Date10 Oct 2002
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3029
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Online vandals hacked into the primary download server for Sendmail.org and replaced key software with a Trojan horse, a Sendmail development team member said Wednesday. The apparent attack on Sendmail didn't leave a back door in the popular open-source e-mail software . . . Online vandals hacked into the primary download server for Sendmail.org and replaced key software with a Trojan horse, a Sendmail development team member said Wednesday. The apparent attack on Sendmail didn't leave a back door in the popular open-source e-mail software package, as previously believed, but compromised the download software on the Sendmail consortium's primary server so that every tenth request for source code would receive a modified copy in reply.

    "The exploited code that we see is not in our (development) tree at all," said Eric Allman, chief technology officer of Sendmail Inc., which sells a version of the open-source e-mail server program, and a member of the Sendmail Consortium, the development group for the software. "It seemed to be going to the (Sendmail) host, but it was delivering a corrupted file that wasn't on our server anywhere."

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