Trojan Horses Plague Open Source

    Date27 Dec 2002
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3247
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    At least three commonly used open source software packages were altered by black-hat (bad-guy) hackers to contain "Trojan horse" code this year. The three most commonly used packages affected were Sendmail, OpenSSH and tcpdump/libpcap. Others to be modified included BitchX, . . . At least three commonly used open source software packages were altered by black-hat (bad-guy) hackers to contain "Trojan horse" code this year. The three most commonly used packages affected were Sendmail, OpenSSH and tcpdump/libpcap. Others to be modified included BitchX, a chat client, and Fragrouter, a network security tool.

    In all of these cases, the unknown cracker gained entry to the relevant download sites and embedded the back door code in the installation packages.

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