Posts Tagged ‘credentials’

How to Set MySQL MariaDB server root user to be able to connect from any host on the Internet / Solution to ‘ ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user ‘root’@’localhost’ (using password: YES) ‘

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019


In this small article, I'll shortly explain on how I setup a Standard default package MariaDB Database server on Debian 10 Buster Linux and how I configured it to be accessible from any hostname on the Internet in order to make connection from remote Developer PC with MySQL GUI SQL administration tools such as MySQL WorkBench / HeidiSQL / Navicat / dbForge   as well as the few set-backs experienced in the process (e.g. what was the reason for ' ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: YES) '  error and its solution.

Setting new or changing old MariaDB (MySQL) root server password


I've setup a brand new MariaDB database (The new free OpenSource software fork of MySQL) mariadb-server-10.3 on a Debian 10, right after the OS was installed with the usual apt command:

# apt install mariadb-server

Next tep was to change the root access password which was set to empty pass by default, e.g. connected with mysql CLI locally while logged via SSH on server and run:

MariaDB [(none)]> mysql -u root -p

use mysql;
update user set authentication_string=PASSWORD("MyChosenNewPassword") where User='root';

There was requirement by the customer, that MySQL server is not only accessed locally but be accessed from any IP address from anywhere on the Internet, so next step was to do so.

Allowing access to MySQL server from Anywhere

Allowing access from any host to MariaDB SQL server  is a bad security practice but as the customer is the King I've fulfilled this weird wish too, by changing the listener for MariaDB (MySQL) on Debian 10 codenamed Buster
changing the default listener
to be not the default (localhost) but any listener is done by modifying the bind-address directive in conf /etc/mysql/mariadb.conf.d/50-server.cnf:

root@linux:~# vim /etc/mysql/mariadb.conf.d/50-server.cnf

Then comment out

bind-address  =

and  add instead (any listener)


bind-address  =
root@linux:/etc/mysql/mariadb.conf.d# grep -i bind-address 50-server.cnf
##bind-address            =
bind-address    =

Then to make the new change effective restart MariaDB (luckily still using the old systemV init script even though systemd is working.

root@linux:~# /etc/init.d/mysql restart
[ ok ] Restarting mysql (via systemctl): mysql.service.

To make sure it is properly listening on MySQL defaults TCP port 3306, then as usual used netcat.

root@pritchi:~# netstat -etna |grep -i 3306
tcp        0      0  *               LISTEN      109        1479917  


By the way the exact mariadb.cnf used on this middle-sized front-backend server is here – the serveris planned to be a Apache Web server + Database host with MySQL DB of a middle range to be able to serve few thousand of simultaneous unique customers.

To make sure no firewall is preventing MariaDB to be accessed, I've checked for any reject rules iptables and ipset definitions, e.g.:

root@linux:~# iptables -L |gre -i rej

root@linux:~# ipset list


Then to double make sure the MySQL is allowed to access from anywhere, used simple telnet from my Desktop Laptop PC (that also runs Debian Linux) towards the server .

hipo@jeremiah:~$ telnet 3306
Connected to
Escape character is '^]'.
Connection closed by foreign host.


As telnet is not supporting the data encryption after TCP proto connect, in a few seconds time, remote server connection is terminated.


Setting MySQL user to be able to connect to local server MySQL from any remote hostname

I've connected locally to MariaDB server with mysql -u root -p and issued following set of SQL commands to make MySQL root user be able to connect from anywhere:


CREATE USER 'root'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'my-secret-pass';
GRANT ALL ON *.* TO 'root'@'localhost';
GRANT ALL ON *.* TO 'root'@'%';


Next step, I've took was to try logging in with root (admin) MariaDB superuser from MySQL CLI (Command Line Interface) on my desktop just to find out, I'm facing a nasty error.

hipo@jeremiah:~$ mysql -u root -H -p
Enter password:
ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: YES)

My first guess was something is wrong with my root user created in MySQL's mysql.user table (In MySQL this is the privileges table that stores, how MySQL user credentials are handled by mysqld local OS running process.


Changing the MySQL root (admin) password no longer possible on Debian 10 Buster?


The standard way ot change the MySQL root password well known via a simple dpkg-reconfigure (provided by Debian's debconf is no longer working so below command produces empty output instead of triggering the good old Ncurses text based interface well-known over the years …


root@linux:~# /usr/sbin/dpkg-reconfigure mariadb-server-10.3



Viewing MariaDB (MySQL) username / password set-up from the CLI


To list how this set-privileges looked like I've used following command:


MariaDB [mysql]> select * from mysql.user where User = 'root';
| Host      | User | Password                                  | Select_priv | Insert_priv | Update_priv | Delete_priv | Create_priv | Drop_priv | Reload_priv | Shutdown_priv | Process_priv | File_priv | Grant_priv | References_priv | Index_priv | Alter_priv | Show_db_priv | Super_priv | Create_tmp_table_priv | Lock_tables_priv | Execute_priv | Repl_slave_priv | Repl_client_priv | Create_view_priv | Show_view_priv | Create_routine_priv | Alter_routine_priv | Create_user_priv | Event_priv | Trigger_priv | Create_tablespace_priv | Delete_history_priv | ssl_type | ssl_cipher | x509_issuer | x509_subject | max_questions | max_updates | max_connections | max_user_connections | plugin                | authentication_string | password_expired | is_role | default_role | max_statement_time |
| localhost | root | *E6D338325F50177F2F6A15EDZE932D68C88B8C4F | Y           | Y           | Y           | Y           | Y           | Y         | Y           | Y             | Y            | Y         | Y          | Y               | Y          | Y          | Y            | Y          | Y                     | Y                | Y            | Y               | Y                | Y                | Y              | Y                   | Y                  | Y                | Y          | Y            | Y                      | Y                   |          |            |             |              |             0 |           0 |               0 |                    0 | mysql_native_password |                       | N                | N       |              |           0.000000 |
| %         | root | *E6D338325F50177F2F6A15EDZE932D68C88B8C4F | Y           | Y           | Y           | Y           | Y           | Y         | Y           | Y             | Y            | Y         | N          | Y               | Y          | Y          | Y            | Y          | Y                     | Y                | Y            | Y               | Y                | Y                | Y              | Y                   | Y                  | Y                | Y          | Y            | Y                      | Y                   |          |            |             |              |             0 |           0 |               0 |                    0 |                       |                       | N                | N       |              |           0.000000 |


The hashed (encrypted) password string is being changed from the one on the server, so please don't try to hack me (decrypt it) 🙂
As it is visible from below output the Host field for root has the '%' string which means, any hostname is authorized to be able to connect and login to the MySQL server, so this was not the problem.

After quite some time on reading on what causes
' ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: YES)
I've spend some time reading various forum discussions online on the err such as the one on StackOverflow here's  how to fix access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' and one on's – ERROR 1045(28000) : Access denied for user 'root@localhost' (using password: no ) and after a while finally got it, thanks to a cool IRC.FREENODE.NET guy nicknamed, hedenface who pointed me I'm that, I'm trying to use the -H flag (Prodice HTML) instead of -h (host_name), it seems somehow I ended up with the wrong memory that the -H stands for hostname, by simply using -h I could again login Hooray!!!


root@linux:~$ mysql -u root -h -p
Enter password:
Welcome to the MariaDB monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MariaDB connection id is 14
Server version: 10.3.15-MariaDB-1 Debian 10


Copyright (c) 2000, 2018, Oracle, MariaDB Corporation Ab and others.

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.

I've further asked the customer to confirm, he can connect also from his Microsoft Windows 10 PC situated on a different LAN network and got his confirmation. Few notes to make here is I've also installed phpmyadmin on the server using phpmyadmin php source code latest version, as in Debian 10 it seems the good old PHP is no longer available (as this crazy developers again made a mess and there is no phpmyadmin .deb package in Debian Buster – but that's a different story I'll perhaps try to document in some small article in future.

Installing the phpbb forum on Debian (Squeeze/Sid) Linux

Saturday, September 11th, 2010


I've just installed the phpbb forum on a Debian Linux because we needed a goodquick to install communication media in order to improve our internal communication in a student project in Strategic HR we're developing right now in Arnhem Business School.

Here are the exact steps I followed to have a properly it properly instlled:

1. Install the phpbb3 debian package
This was pretty straight forward:

debian:~# apt-get install phpbb3

At this point of installation I've faced a dpkg-reconfigure phpbb deb package configuration issue:
I was prompted to pass in the credentials for my MySQL password right after I've selected the MySQL as my preferred database back engine.
I've feeded my MySQL root password as well as my preferred forum database name, however the database installation failed because, somehow the configuration procedure tried to connect to my MySQL database with the htcheck user.
I guess this has to be a bug in the package itself or something from my previous installation misconfigured the way the debian database backend configuration was operating.
My assumption is that my previously installed htcheck package or something beforehand I've done right after the htcheck and htcheck-php packages installation.

after the package configuration failed still the package had a status of properly installed when I reviewed it with dpkg
I've thought about trying to manually reconfigure it using the dpkg-reconfigure debian command and I gave it a try like that:

debian:~# dpkg-reconfigure phpbb3

This time along with the other fields I've to fill in the ncurses interface I was prompted for a username before the password prompted appeared.
Logically I tried to fill in the root as it's my global privileges MySQL allowed user.
However that didn't helped at all and again the configuration tried to send the credentials with user htcheck to my MySQL database server.
To deal with the situation I had to approach it in the good old manual way.

2. Manually prepare / create the required phpbb forum database

To completet that connected to the MySQL server with the mysql client and created the proper database like so:

debian:~# mysql -u root -p
CREATE database phpbb3forum;

3. Use phpmyadmin or the mysql client command line to create a new user for the phpbb forum

Here since adding up the user using the phpmyadmin was a way easier to do I decided to go that route, anyways using the mysql cli is also an option.

From phpmyadmin It's pretty easy to add a new user and grant privileges to a certain database, to do so navigate to the following database:

Privileges -> -> Add a new user ->

Now type your User name: , Host , Password , Re-type password , also for a Host: you have to choose Local from the drop down menu.

Leave the Database for user field empty as we have already previously created our desired database in step 2 of this article

Now press the "Go" button and the user will get created.

Further after choose the Privileges menu right on the bottom of the page once again, select through the checkbox the username you have just created let's say the previously created user is phpbb3

Go to Action (There is a picture with a man and a pencil on the right side of this button

Scroll down to the page part saying Database-specific privileges and in the field Add privileges on the following database: fill in your previosly created database name in our case it's phpbb3forum

and then press the "Go" button once again.
A page will appear where you will have to select the exact privileges you would like to grant on the specific selected database.
For some simplicity just check all the checkbox to grant as many privilegs to your database as you could.
Then again you will have to press the "Go" button and there you go you should have already configured an username and database ready to go with your new phpbb forum.

4. Create a virtualhost if you would like to have the forum as a subdomain or into a separate domain

If you decide to have the forum on a separate sub-domain or domain as I did you will have to add some kind of Virtualhost into either your Apache configuration /etc/apache2/apache2.conf or into where officially the virutualhosts are laid in Debian Linux in /etc/apache2/sites-available
I've personally created a new file like for instance /etc/apache2/sites-available/

Here is an example content of the new Virtualhost:

<VirtualHost *>

# Indexes + Directory Root.
DirectoryIndex index.php index.php5 index.htm index.html index.cgi index.phtml index.jsp index.asp

DocumentRoot /usr/share/phpbb3/www/

# Logfiles
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/yourdomain/error.log
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/yourdomain/access.log combined
# CustomLog /dev/null combined
<Directory /usr/share/phpbb3/www/>
Options FollowSymLinks MultiViews -Includes ExecCGI
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all </Directory>

In above Virtualhost just change the values for ServerAdmin , ServerName , DocumentRoot , ErrorLog , CustomLog and Directory declaration to adjust it to your situation.

5. Restart the Apache webserver for the new Virtualhost to take affect

debian:~# /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Now accessing your should display the installed phpbb3 forum
The default username and password for your forum you can use straight are:

username: admin
password: admin

So far so good you by now have the PHPBB3 forum properly installed and running, however if you try to Register a new user in the forum you will notice that it's impossible because of a terrible ugly message reading:

Sorry but this board is currently unavailable.

I've spend few minutes online to scrape through the forums before I can understand what I have to stop that annoying message from appearing and allow new users to register in the phpbb forum

The solution came natural and was a setting that had to be changed with the forum admin account, thus login as admin and look at the bottom of the page, below the text reading Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group you will notice a link with Administration Control Panel
just press there a whole bunch of menus will appear on the screen allowing you to do numerous things, however what you will have to do is go to
Board Settings -> Disable Board

and change the radio button there to say No

That's all now your forum will be ready to go and your users can freely register and if the server where the forum is installed has an already running mail server, they will receive an emails with a registration data concerning their new registrations in your new phpbb forum.
Cheers and Enjoy your new shiny phpbb Forum 🙂

Oracle: Get database, tables and instances access permissions

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Oracle user get permissions of table database and instances access
If you are logged in to Oracle SQL server with sqlplus and you're not sure to which Database, Tables, Object instances you have permissions to below 2 queries will be of use:


Query lists all queries in a Oracle table schema. Alternavite shorter way to do the query is via:

SQL> SELECT table_name FROM user_tables;


Shows your own schema's all tables and views.

Other oracle useful query is the Oracle equivalent of MySQL SHOW TABLES;

SQL> SELECT table_name FROM user_tables;

It will also output info only for logged in user credentials, if you're logged in as oracle database administrator (DBA role) account and you would like to check what Instances are owned by any user lets say user GEORGI query should be;


Other way to do it is via:

SQL> SELECT Table_Name from All_Tables WHERE OWNER = 'YOURSCHEMA';

Captured crackers sslog mysqljackpot MySQL bruteforcer tool / exploit – Xzibit Rootkit and HIDDEN Processes Found: 1 False Positive reports

Monday, October 29th, 2012

XZibit false positive .depend.boot mysqljackpot script kiddie mysql admin user bruteforcer tool and 3 scenarios on how a server could have been hacked
I've noticed some kind of script kiddie gained access somehow on one of the servers, I administrate. A MS-SQL Scanner tool called sslog, was downloaded in tmp and run with root user credentials.

The cracked victim host is running Debian Linux Squeeze and last security update, I've made about few months ago. Inside /tmp/.a/ directory, I've found 0day MS-SQL scanner called mysqljackpot. Maybe the tool is still private exploit scanner because on the Internet I couldn't find it anywhere.:

# ls -al /tmp/.a
total 52
drwxr-xr-x 5 root root 4096 Oct 29 01:10 ./
drwxrwxrwt 10 root root 36864 Oct 29 14:46 ../
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Oct 27 21:46 mysqljackpot/
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Oct 28 16:58 new/
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Oct 29 12:48 pass-multe/
# ls -al /tmp/.a/new/
total 12
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Oct 28 16:58 ./
drwxr-xr-x 5 root root 4096 Oct 29 01:10 ../
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Oct 29 00:58 mysqljackpot/

After further investigations, I've realized ./sslog is actually a frontend scanner program (Synscan 5.02):

root@host:/tmp/.a/new/mysqljackpot/scanner# ./sslog
Synscan 5.02 (
by John Anderson ,
Neil Kettle .
./sslog: getuid(): UID or EUID of 0 required

As you see in order for the scanner to run it requires to be root with superuser privileges.

mysqljackpot is actually a brute force tool which as explained in a file (README.mysql), found in its directory :

Here is content of README.mysql:

MySQL Login Scanner
By Kingcope

Scans for open mysql servers with the following credentials:
root <nopass>
root mysql
root root
admin <nopass>
admin admin
admin mysql
mysql <nopass>
mysql mysql

Runs on linux.
Requirements: mysql development libraries and headers
Compile (try one of the following depending on your system):
$ ./configure LIBS=-lmysqlclient
$ ./configure LIBS="-L/usr/lib/mysql" -lmysqlclient
$ ./configure LIBS="-L/usr/lib64/mysql" -lmysqlclient
$ ./configure CFLAGS="-lmysqlclient"

afterwards type

$ make linux

terminal 1:
./sslog -v
terminal 2:
./synscan -b <ip block> -p 3306

Inspect Logfile "mysqljack.pot" for open servers.

There is one other README in /tmp/.a/new/mysqljackpot/README, here is what I found in it:

Oracle MySQL on Windows Remote SYSTEM Level Exploit zeroday
All owned By Kingcope

Installation Instructions

1. Install mysql client libraries and headers (UNIX)
RedHat based (e.g. CentOS):
yum install mysql mysql-devel

2. Compile the standalone exploit
issue commands:
gcc mysqljackpot.c -o mysqljackpot -L/usr/lib/mysql -lmysqlclient

3. Compile the reverse shell payload (this is required!)
required because the connect back ip and port are hardcoded in the dll:
use mingw on windows or wine
change REVERSEIP and REVERSEPORT to suit your needs. If you change REVERSEPORT you have
to change the port in mysqljackpot.c too (default port: 443).
issue commands:
set PATH=%PATH%;c:\MinGW\bin\
gcc -c payload.c
gcc -shared -o payload.dll payload.o -lws2_32
copy the payload.dll into the mysqljackpot exploit folder

4. Run The Exploit
./mysqljackpot -u root -p "" -t
A valid database admin user and his password are required
for the exploit to work properly.
This exploit is especially useful when used in connection
to a MySQL login scanner, see scanner/README.mysql inside this package.
Be sure to have the firewall open on the desired reverse port
on the attacking machine.

5. Enjoy your SYSTEM Shell!!!

Yours Sincerely,

— Kingcope


Here is also the header from mysqljackpot.c mysql username brute force tool:

/* Oracle MySQL on Windows Remote SYSTEM Level Exploit zeroday
 * Copyright (C) 2012 Kingcope
 * Thanks to danny.

After thinking over the security breach I thought of  few scenarios on how the attacker entered and run as root superuser. One is;

  •   Cracker entered directly via SSH after sniffing somehow the root password.

After however, a review of last cmd, I've concluded this case is not very likely, e.g.:

# last |grep -i root

did not found any logs, of unusual root logins, neither there seem to be any unusual activity with logins with other non-root users. Of course it is possible someone logged in as root and used some tool to clean, his tracks with some kind of user log-cleaner tool like the one I've written in past in bash this doesn't seem very likely however because. It seem the /tmp/.a/, directory was created by some amateur script kiddie, a professional one would create some a bit smarter directory like for example just few empty spaces , i.e. would create it with, lets say::

# mkdir "   "

instead of the so trivial

# mkdir /tmp/.a/

Also the name of the directory containing the script kiddie tool /tmp/.a is not selected intelligently, but just done in a hurry, hence I even assume /tmp/.a, is created by some automated SK tool writen in hurry by some Romanian SK Cracker 🙂

On the host there was webmin and usermin running. So;

  • my second assumption was it could be someone sniffed a login password via encrypted SSL connection, whether the root logged in via webmin, or somehow exploited usermin (though I should say usermin (which listens by default on port number 20000)

TCP port 20000 on which usermin listens by default is filtered by an iptables rules for all hosts incoming connections, whether webmin logins are permitted only from few IP addresses. Thus this scenario, though more possible than a direct SSH login with root sniffed password still seems to me not very probable.

  • Therefore as a third scenario (most likely what happened), I assume some of the PHP forms on the server or some other undefined PHP excecutable via Apache variable script was missing definition.


Actually saw in /var/log/apache2/error.log plenty of re-occuring warnings of existing undefined variables:

[Mon Oct 29 16:30:43 2012] [error] [client] PHP Notice:  Undefined variable: not_assign in /home/site_dir/www/modules/start.mod.php on line 121, referer:
[Mon Oct 29 16:30:43 2012] [error] [client] PHP Notice:  Undefined variable: counter_cookie in /home/site_dir/www/modules/start.mod.php on line 130, referer:
[Mon Oct 29 16:30:43 2012] [error] [client] PHP Notice:  Undefined variable: campaign_cukie in /home/site_dir/www/modules/start.mod.php on line 135, referer:
[Mon Oct 29 16:30:43 2012] [error] [client] PHP Notice:  Undefined index: actions in /home/site_dir/www/counter/count.php on line 11, referer: http://site-domain-name/start?qid=3&answered_id=4
[Mon Oct 29 16:30:43 2012] [error] [client] PHP Notice:  Undefined variable: flag2 in /home/site_dir/www/counter/count.php on line 52, referer:

Taking this in consideration, I assume the attacker, entered the system finding about the undefined variables, defining them and somehow achieving access to the www-data Apache user shell, and through this shell running some 0day Linux kernel exploit to gain root access and download and install mysqljackpot exploit scanner tool.

Logically as it is common in situations like this, I used rkhunter, chkrootkit and unhide tools to check if the server's main binaries and kernel modules are compromised and is there a rootkit installed (earlier written a post on that here)

In short to do checks, installed rkhunter, chkrootkit and unhide with apt-get (as this is a Debian Squeeze server):

apt-get install --yes rkhunter unhide chkrootkit


Afterwards run in a row:

# for i in $(echo proc sys brute); do unhide $i; done
# chkrootkit
# rkhuter --check

Reports, of the three ones are like so:

Unhide 20100201

[*]Searching for Hidden processes through /proc scanning
# for i in $(echo proc sys brute); do unhide $i; done

[*]Starting scanning using brute force against PIDS with fork()

Unhide 20100201

[*]Searching for Hidden processes through kill(..,0) scanning

[*]Searching for Hidden processes through  comparison of results of system calls

[*]Searching for Hidden processes through getpriority() scanning

[*]Searching for Hidden processes through getpgid() scanning

[*]Searching for Hidden processes through getsid() scanning

[*]Searching for Hidden processes through sched_getaffinity() scanning

[*]Searching for Hidden processes through sched_getparam() scanning

[*]Searching for Hidden processes through sched_getscheduler() scanning

[*]Searching for Hidden processes through sched_rr_get_interval() scanning

[*]Searching for Hidden processes through sysinfo() scanning

HIDDEN Processes Found: 1
Unhide 20100201

Found HIDDEN PID: 4994
Found HIDDEN PID: 13374
Found HIDDEN PID: 14931
Found HIDDEN PID: 18292
Found HIDDEN PID: 19199
Found HIDDEN PID: 22651
[*]Starting scanning using brute force against PIDS with Threads

Found HIDDEN PID: 3296
Found HIDDEN PID: 30790

# chkrootkit -q

/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.5/.path /usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/.path /lib/init/rw/.ramfs

# rkhunter –check

System checks summary

File properties checks…
    Files checked: 137
    Suspect files: 0

Rootkit checks…
    Rootkits checked : 245
    Possible rootkits: 2
    Rootkit names    : Xzibit Rootkit, Xzibit Rootkit

Applications checks…
    All checks skipped

The system checks took: 1 minute and 5 seconds

All results have been written to the log file (/var/log/rkhunter.log)

One or more warnings have been found while checking the system.
Please check the log file (/var/log/rkhunter.log)


Reports from unhide and chkrootkit,  not seem troubling, however I was concerned about the report from rkhunter – Rootkit names    : Xzibit Rootkit, Xzibit Rootkit.

To get some more info on why chkrootkit, thinks, system is infected with Xzibit (which by the way is an artistic alias of a RAP singer from the 1980's 🙂 I check in /var/log/rkhunter.log


# grep -i xzibit /var/log/rkhunter.log
[16:52:48] Checking for Xzibit Rootkit...
[16:52:48] Xzibit Rootkit                                    [ Not found ]
[16:52:56]          Found string 'hdparm' in file '/etc/init.d/hdparm'. Possible rootkit: Xzibit Rootkit
[16:52:56]          Found string 'hdparm' in file '/etc/init.d/.depend.boot'. Possible rootkit: Xzibit Rootkit
[16:53:01] Rootkit names    : Xzibit Rootkit, Xzibit Rootkit

Onwards I checked content of hdparm and .depend.boot and there I don't see nothing irregular. They both are files from legitimate Debian install, I've checked if they belong to a deb packages as well if they are existing on other Debian Squeeze servers I administer as well as on my Debian Desktop notebook, everywhere they're present, hdparm is part of hdparm deb and .depend.boot is loaded by /etc/init.d/rc script, containing some user string references:

# grep -rli .depend.boot *

# dpkg -S /etc/init.d/hdparm
# hdparm: /etc/init.d/hdparm
# dpkg -S /etc/init.d/.depend.boot
dpkg: /etc/init.d/.depend.boot not found.


Another troubling thing was unhide's return:

HIDDEN Processes Found: 1


After a close examination of the system as well as research on the internet, I've figured out this is also a false positive. For sake of not distributing, Script Kiddie tools, which might put in danger other system administrators I will not put a download link to mysqljackpot publicly. Anyways if someone is willing to have it for study purposes, just drop me a mail and I will post you temporary download link to it.


Also as webmin and usermin is not frequently used, I've decided to completely stop and disable them to load on boot.

I've done also a clamav scan with (lowered priority) over the whole file system with:

# nice -19 clamscan -r /*

in order to determine, if there is no PHPShell or some kind of other remote admin Script kiddie script in perl / php etc. installed.
Tomorrow, I will continue investigatin what is happening and hopefully once I got, how the abuser entered the server will update this post.

How to fix “imapd-ssl: Maximum connection limit reached for” imapd-ssl error

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

One of the mail server clients is running into issues with secured SSL IMAP connections ( he has to use a multiple email accounts on the same computer).
I was informed that part of the email addresses are working correctly, however the newly created ones were failing to authenticate even though all the Outlook Express email configuration was correct as well as the username and password typed in were a real existing credentials on the vpopmail server.

Initially I thought, something is wrong with his newly configured emails but it seems all the settings were perfectly correct!

After a lot of wondering what might be wrong I was dumb enough not to check my imap log files.

After checking in my /var/log/mail.log which is the default log file I’ve configured for vpopmail and some of my qmail server services, I found the following error repeating again and again:

imapd-ssl: Maximum connection limit reached for" imapd-ssl error

where was the email user computer IP address.

This issues was caused by one of my configuration settings in the imapd-ssl and imap config file:


In /usr/lib/courier-imap/etc/imapd there is a config segment called
Maximum number of connections to accept from the same IP address

Right below this commented text is the variable:


As you can see it seems I used some very low value for the maximum number of connections from one and the same IP address.
I suppose my logic to set such a low value was my desire to protect the IMAP server from Denial of Service attacks, however 4 is really too low and causes problem, thus to solve the mail connection issues for the user I raised the MAXPERIP value to 50:


Now to force the new imapd and imapd-ssl services to reload it’s config I did a restart of the courier-imap, like so:

debian:~# /etc/init.d/courier-imap restart

That’s all now the error is gone and the client could easily configure up to 50 mailbox accounts on his PC 🙂