This is very embarrassing...
We found out that the Unreal188.8.131.52.tar.gz file on our mirrors has been replaced quite a while ago with a version with a backdoor (trojan) in it.
This backdoor allows a person to execute ANY command with the privileges of the user running the ircd. The backdoor can be executed regardless of any user
restrictions (so even if you have passworded server or hub that doesn't allow any users in).
It appears the replacement of the .tar.gz occurred in November 2009 (at least on some mirrors). It seems nobody noticed it until now.
Obviously, this is a very serious issue, and we're taking precautions so this will never happen again, and if it somehow does that it will be noticed quickly.
We will also re-implement PGP/GPG signing of releases. Even though in practice (very) few people verify files, it will still be useful for those people who do.
Windows (SSL and non-ssl) binaries are NOT affected.
CVS is also not affected.
3.2.8 and any earlier versions are not affected.
Any Unreal184.108.40.206.tar.gz downloaded BEFORE November 10 2009 should be safe, but you should really double-check, see next.
How to check if you're running the backdoored version
One is to check if the Unreal220.127.116.11.tar.gz you have is good or bad by running 'md5sum Unreal18.104.22.168.tar.gz' on it.
Backdoored version (BAD) is: 752e46f2d873c1679fa99de3f52a274d
Official version (GOOD) is: 7b741e94e867c0a7370553fd01506c66
The other way is to run this command in your Unreal3.2 directory:
grep DEBUG3_DOLOG_SYSTEM include/struct.h
If it outputs two lines, then you're running the backdoored/trojanized version.
If it outputs nothing, then you're safe and there's nothing to do.
What to do if you're running the backdoored version
Obviously, you only need to do this if you checked you are indeed running the backdoored version, as mentioned above.
Otherwise there's no point in continuing, as the version on our website is (now back) the good one from April 13 2009 and nothing 'new'.
* Re-download from http://www.unrealircd.com/
* Verify MD5 (or SHA1) checksums, see next section (!)
* Recompile and restart UnrealIRCd
The backdoor is in the core, it is not possible to 'clean' UnrealIRCd without a restart or through a module.
How to verify that the release is the official version
You can check by running 'md5sum Unreal22.214.171.124.tar.gz', it should output:
For reference, here are the md5sums for ALL proper files:
These are the EXACT same MD5sums as mentioned on April 13 2009 in the initial 126.96.36.199 announcement to the unreal-notify and unreal-users mailing list.
Again, I would like to apologize about this security breach.
We simply did not notice, but should have.
We did not check the files on all mirrors regularly, but should have.
We did not sign releases through PGP/GPG, but should have done so.
This advisory (and updates to it, if any) is posted to:http://www.unrealircd.com/txt/unrealsec ... 100612.txt
Hope you'll all continue to support UnrealIRCd.