[Snort-sigs] SID 330

Anton Chuvakin anton at ...1177...
Wed Feb 12 20:26:05 EST 2003

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alert tcp $EXTERNAL_NET any -> $HOME_NET 79 (msg:"FINGER redirection
attempt"; flow:to_server,established; content:"@";
reference:nessus,10073; reference:arachnids,251;
reference:cve,CAN-1999-0105; classtype:attempted-recon; sid:330;

Sid: 330


Summary: A connection laundering attack against the finger daemon


Impact: attacker will obtain information about a third party without a
direct connection to it

Detailed Information:

The signature is triggerred when an attempt to use a machine to run
finger queries against the third party UNIX system is attempted. The
attack utilizes "finger forwarding" functionality, normally used to
forward queries to a third party machine. The information is obtained
without a direct connection to the said third party, since the target
systems performs a connection on behalf of the attacker. Finger daemon
is used to provide information about the UNIX system users. It used to
be installed and enabled by default on most UNIX/Linux systems. The
attack will confirm that the target host will indeed try to forward


Attack Scenarios: an attacker runs a finger query and obtains the
information about the root account. He then proceeds to compromise a
system using the obtained data.


Ease of Attack: very simple, no exploit software required


False Positives: not known

False Negatives: not known


Corrective Action: disable fingerd daemon or upgrade to a daemon with
no finger forwarding functionality

Contributors: Anton Chuvakin <http://www.chuvakin.org>

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