Trojan Found in libpcap and tcpdump

Wednesday, 13 November 2002, 2:56 PM EST

Members of The Houston Linux Users Group discovered that the newest sources of libpcap and tcpdump available from tcpdump.org were contaminated with trojan code. HLUG has notified the maintainers of tcpdump.org.

Details:

  • The trojan contains modifications to the configure script and gencode.c (in libpcap only).
  • The configure script downloads http://mars.raketti.net/~mash/services which is then sourced with the shell. It contains an embedded shell script that creates a C file, and compiles it.
  • The program connects to 212.146.0.34 (mars.raketti.net) on port 1963 and reads one of three one byte status codes:
    A - program exits
    D - forks and spawns a shell and does the needed file descriptor manipulation to redirect it to the existing connection to 212.146.0.34.
    M - closes connection, sleeps 3600 seconds, and then reconnects
  • It's important to note that it reuses the same outgoing connection for the shell. This gets around firewalls that block incoming connections.
  • Gencode.c is modified to force libpcap to ignore packets to/from the backdoor program, hiding the backdoor program's traffic.
  • This is similar to the OpenSSH trojan a few months ago.
Good sources have the following MD5 hashes:

MD5 Sum 0597c23e3496a5c108097b2a0f1bd0c7 libpcap-0.7.1.tar.gz
MD5 Sum 6bc8da35f9eed4e675bfdf04ce312248 tcpdump-3.6.2.tar.gz
MD5 Sum 03e5eac68c65b7e6ce8da03b0b0b225e tcpdump-3.7.1.tar.gz

Trojaned sources have the following MD5 hashes:

MD5 Sum 73ba7af963aff7c9e23fa1308a793dca libpcap-0.7.1.tar.gz
MD5 Sum 3a1c2dd3471486f9c7df87029bf2f1e9 tcpdump-3.6.2.tar.gz
MD5 Sum 3c410d8434e63fb3931fe77328e4dd88 tcpdump-3.7.1.tar.gz

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Comment:

The version on TCPDUMP available on HNS does NOT contain a trojan but it's advised not to download the program from any source until the developers post a notice on the official website.

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