Thread-topic: FYI: Gentoo pulls vulnerable server offline
August 17th, 2007
Gentoo pulls vulnerable server offline
Posted by Ryan Naraine @ 6:33 am
Gentoo pulls vulnerable server offline The Gentoo Project has removed a server
hosting several sites and services after the discovery of a potentially serious
command injection vulnerability.
The open-source group, which produces a popular Linux distribution, said the
security hole was verified within http://packages.gentoo.org.
"The Infrastructure team verified the vulnerability and the server was
immediately taken down to prevent further exploitation and to allow for
forensic analysis," Gentoo said in brief note on its Web site.
The server hosted the following sites and services:
The group said the affected server will be rebuilt while the
http://packages.gentoo.org service's source undergoes a full security audit
prior to being restored. The tree and all other services were unaffected.
The Gentoo site vulnerability comes on the heels of this week's security breach
at Ubuntu that forced the removal of 5 of 8 productions servers from the
The Ubuntu servers were found to be missing security patches, using insecure
protocols (FTP without SSL) to access the machines and without upgrades past
breezy due to problems with the network cards and later kernels.