Volume Three, Issue 28, File #6 of 12
+ Snarfing Remote Files +
+ by +
+ Dark OverLord +
There are many ways of getting copies of
files from a remote system that you
do not have permission to read or an account on login on
to and access them
through. Many administrators do not even bother to restrict many access
points that you can use.
Here are the simplest ways:
uucp(1) [Trivial File Transfer Protocol] to retrieve a copy
of a file if you are running on an
Internet based network.
B) Abuse uucp(1) [Unix to Unix Copy Program] to retrieve a copy
of a file
if uucp connections are running on that system.
C) Access one of many
known security loopholes.
In the following examples, we will use the passwd file
as the file to acquire
since it is a readable file that can be found on most systems that
attacks are valid on.
Method A :
1) First start the tftp
Enter the command:
[You have the following prompt:]
2) The next step is to connect to the system that you wish to
from. At the tftp, type:
tftp> connect other.system.com
3) Now request the file you wish to get a copy of (in our case, the
tftp> get /etc/passwd /tmp/passwd
[You should see
something that looks like the following:]
Received 185659 bytes in 22 seconds.
4) Now exit the tftp program with the "quit" command:
You should now have a copy of other.system.com’s passwd file in your directory.
NOTE: Some Unix systems’ tftp programs have a different syntax. The above was
For example, on Apollos, the syntax is:
<local file> <host> <foreign file> [netascii|image]
Thus you must use
tftp -g password_file networked-host /etc/passwd
local "man" pages for more info (or in other words RTFM).
At the end of this
article, I will include a shell script that will snarf a
password file from a remote host. To
use it type:
Method B :
Assuming we are
getting the file /etc/passwd from the system uusucker, and
our system has a direct uucp
connection to that system, it is possible to
request a copy of the file through the uucp
links. The following command will
request that a copy of the passwd file be copied into uucp’s
uucp -m uusucker!/etc/passwd
The flag "-m" means you will be notified by mail
when the transfer is
The third possible way to
access the desired file requires that you have
the login permission to the system.
In this case we will utilize a well-known bug in Unix’s sendmail daemon.
sendmail program has and option "-C" in which you can specify the
to use (by default this file is /usr/lib/sendmail.cf or
/etc/sendmail.cf). It should also be
noted that the diagnostics outputted by
sendmail contain the offending lines of text. Also
note that the sendmail
program runs setuid root.
The way you can abuse this set
of facts (if you have not yet guessed) is by
specifying the file you wish read as the
configuration file. Thus the command:
Will give you a copy of random joe’s private
Another similar trick is to symlink your .mailcf file to joe’s file and mail
someone. When mail executes sendmail (to send the mail), it will load in your
barf out joe’s stuff.
First, link joe’s file to your .mailcf .
Next, send mail to someone.
And have fun.
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get /etc/passwd /tmp/pw.$1
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