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Subversion 1.5 on Fedora 9

jls(~) % sudo yum install subversion
Loaded plugins: refresh-packagekit
Setting up Install Process
Parsing package install arguments
Package subversion-1.4.6-7.x86_64 already installed and latest version
I had hoped (hope is not a strategy) Fedora would have given me svn 1.5 by now. Nope.

To get svn 1.5, rather than ask fedora or google, I just built it myself. I needed to 'yum install neon-devel' and used './configure --with-neon=/usr --with-ssl --with-zlib=/usr/lib' to configure subversion. Otherwise the build/install went fine.


ssh honeypot auditing

I've only gotten a few hits on my honey pot, and none of the bots seem to be doing much. I think it might be because the shell I have setup doesn't behave correctly. Here's the new one:
d="$(date "+%Y%m%d-%H%M%S")"
env > $logfile
echo "Args: $*" >> $logfile
export SHELL=/bin/bash
script -c "$SHELL $*" -q -a $logfile
This will log the env vars in addition to the arguments passed to the shell. Thus far, I've see 2 patterns of environment variables.

This new version supports arguments, so that things like 'ssh [email protected] somecommand' works. The next step is probably to have a setuid program chown the logfile to root shortly after script(1) starts, so that you can't remove your own log. I'll only bother with that if it's necessary.

In addition to the shell change, I started looking into the audit facility in Linux. I want to log all command execution, in case my script(1) idea fails. To do this, I added these rules with auditctl:

auditctl -a exit,always -F uid=60000 -S open
auditctl -a exit,always -F uid=60000 -S execve
auditctl -a exit,always -F uid=60000 -S vfork
auditctl -a exit,always -F uid=60000 -S fork
auditctl -a exit,always -F uid=60000 -S clone
I'm not entirely sure if this will specifically catch the execs I'm looking for, but it does seem to work:
% ausearch -sc execve | grep EXECVE
type=EXECVE msg=audit(1199138086.041:3293): a0="/bin/bash" a1="-c" a2="uptime"-
type=EXECVE msg=audit(1199138086.056:3300): a0="uptime"-

ssh honeypot.

Using slight variations on the techniques mentioned in my previous post, I've got a vmware instance running Fedora 8 that permits any and all logins. These login sessions are logged with script(1).

Fedora 8 comes with selinux enabled by default. This means sshd was being denied permission to execute my special logging shell. The logs in /var/log/audit/ explained why, and audit2allow even tried to help make a new policy entry for me. However, I couldn't figure out (read: be bothered to search for more than 10 minutes) how to install this new policy. In searching, I found out about chcon(1). A simple command fixed my problems:

chcon --reference=/bin/sh /bin/sugarshell
The symptoms prior to this fix were that I could authenticate, but upon login I would get a '/bin/sugarshell: Permission Denied' that wasn't logged by sshd.

There are plenty of honeypot software tools out there, but I really wasn't in the mood for reading piles of probably-out-of-date documentation about how to use them. This hack (getpwnam + pam_permit + logging shell) took only a few minutes.

As a bonus, I found a feature in Fedora's yum tool that I like about freebsd's packaging system: It's trivial to ask "Where did this file come from?" Doing so made me finally look into how to do it in Ubuntu.

FreeBSD: pkg_info -W /usr/local/bin/ssh
/usr/local/bin/ssh was installed by package openssh-portable-4.7.p1,1
Fedora: yum whatprovides /usr/bin/ssh
openssh-server.x86_64 : The OpenSSH server daemon
Ubuntu: dpkg -S /usr/bin/ssh
openssh-client: /usr/bin/ssh

Let's see what I catch.

Fedora 6, utmp growth, Amazon EC2

% ls -l /var/run/[wu]tmp
-rw-rw-r-- 1 root  utmp  364366464 Aug 13 22:00 utmp
-rw-rw-r-- 1 root  utmp  1743665280 Aug 13 22:10 wtmp
That's 350 megs and 1.7 gigs. Cute. Performance sucks for anything needing utmp (w, uptime, top, etc). The 'init' process is spending tons of time chewing through cpu. System %cpu usage says 38% and is holding there on a mostly idle machine.

Lots of these in /var/log/messages:

Aug 13 22:10:27 domU-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX /sbin/mingetty[6843]: tty3: No such file or d
Aug 13 22:10:27 domU-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX /sbin/mingetty[6844]: tty4: No such file or d
Aug 13 22:10:27 domU-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX /sbin/mingetty[6845]: tty5: No such file or d
Aug 13 22:10:27 domU-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX /sbin/mingetty[6846]: tty6: No such file or d
Aug 13 22:10:32 domU-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX /sbin/mingetty[6847]: tty2: No such file or d
I'm not sure why /dev/tty1 is the only /dev/ttyN device, but whatever. Either way, mingetty flapping will flood /var/run/[ubw]tmp over the span of weeks and eventually you end up with a system that spends most of its time parsing that file and/or restarting mingetty.

I fixed this by commenting out all tty entries in /etc/inittab and running "init q":

# Run gettys in standard runlevels
#1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty1
#2:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty2
#3:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty3
#4:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty4
#5:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty5
#6:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty6

Fedora's package manager

-bash-3.1# yum install django
No Match for argument: django
Nothing to do

-bash-3.1# yum install Django
Downloading Packages:
(1/1): Django-0.95.1-1.fc 100% |=========================| 1.5 MB    00:02
Ahh. Clearly.