[Tfug] Attacking a computer question
bexley401 at yahoo.com
Fri May 11 15:03:59 MST 2007
> I run Debian Etch on a Sparc U30. My network is a
> DSL with wireless modem/router.
> I see where they could mess up my wireless
> How would someone attack this computer?
(Image of SCA members with trash-cans on their
heads wielding improvised battleaxes....)
> From what I understand most of the attack tools are
> designed for windows.
Well, yes and no. Most (successful) *attacks* are
against Wintel boxes -- but, simply because that's
a bigger honeypot.
Most script kiddies just add whatever tools they
come across to their little war chests and apply them
blindly. "It doesn't cost anything" to try (to hack
Note that web pages can be designed to "attack"
clients based on the credentials presented by their
visiting browser(s). I.e., "if netscape/solaris,
serve this page; if firefox/OSX, serve *that* page;
Services exported by your machine can also identify
themselves thereby making "conditional targeting"
possible (e.g., if your BIND announces itself as
a version known to have a particular vulnerability,
then the client can exploit that "knowing" you will
be vulnerable to his particular BIND attack, etc.)
> Would this person need to be know Linux? I can
No. Most script kiddies just "know" that applying
technique/tool XYZ will cause problem ABC on a
machine of type DEF. And, they just hammer away at
you with everything that they have available hoping
> understand how they can
> get into my Samba shares and read my Linux manuals,
> but what else can they do?
Start with some of the tools designed to detect such
vulnerabilities. Install nessusd and see what *it*
can do to your machine (since *anyone* can use it
remotely in that capacity).
But, remember, they have to get *at* your machine.
Without a clear image of how you are set up,
that seems to imply they would have to exploit
a vulnerability in your DSL box (not unheard of!)
*or* access through your wireless connection to the
"soft underbelly" of your machine and any internal
network you have (e.g., I have my wireless box
run all traffic *through* my firewall so only
the bastion host is visible to the outside)
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