[ale] hacked indicator?
esoteric at denali.atlnet.com
Tue Nov 21 09:21:35 EST 2000
Call me paranoid, I don't know. Here's the story. On all the machines
I've got the PS1 prompt set up to display 'id at machinename' so that if I
ssh to another machine, I can tell at a glance what machine/id I'm
running on that machine. The other day, I ssh'ed into my firewall
machine and the prompt displayed 'uid at machinename'. I found this
bizarre and thought maybe it was something to do with the way PS1 was
setup, but when I execute 'id -un' it too returns the uid rather than
the user name. If I su to root, the prompt properly changes to
'root at machinename.' The other id is a common id I use across all my
machines for ssh access. Once I'm connected, I su to root to do
whatever I might need to do.
Question is, is it possible this is a side effect of being hacked? I've
been checking out the log files and such and can not find anything else
out of the ordinary.
Anyone seen a similar aberration?
Until later: Geoffrey esoteric at denali.atlnet.com
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