Pain removing a perl rootkit

Posted by paul.ago on Server Fault See other posts from Server Fault or by paul.ago
Published on 2010-11-11T16:23:57Z Indexed on 2011/01/12 4:55 UTC
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So, we host a geoservice webserver thing at the office.

Someone apparently broke into this box (probably via ftp or ssh), and put some kind of irc-managed rootkit thing.

Now I'm trying to clean the whole thing up, I found the process pid who tries to connect via irc, but i can't figure out who's the invoking process (already looked with ps, pstree, lsof) The process is a perl script owned by www user, but ps aux |grep displays a fake file path on the last column.

Is there another way to trace that pid and catch the invoker?

Forgot to mention: the kernel is 2.6.23, which is exploitable to become root, but I can't touch this machine too much, so I can't upgrade the kernel

EDIT: lsof might help:

lsof -p 9481
COMMAND PID USER FD TYPE DEVICE SIZE NODE NAMEss
perl 9481 www cwd DIR 8,2 608 2 /ss
perl 9481 www rtd DIR 8,2 608 2 /ss
perl 9481 www txt REG 8,2 1168928 38385 /usr/bin/perl5.8.8ss
perl 9481 www mem REG 8,2 135348 23286 /lib64/ld-2.5.soss
perl 9481 www mem REG 8,2 103711 23295 /lib64/libnsl-2.5.soss
perl 9481 www mem REG 8,2 19112 23292 /lib64/libdl-2.5.soss
perl 9481 www mem REG 8,2 586243 23293 /lib64/libm-2.5.soss
perl 9481 www mem REG 8,2 27041 23291 /lib64/libcrypt-2.5.soss
perl 9481 www mem REG 8,2 14262 23307 /lib64/libutil-2.5.soss
perl 9481 www mem REG 8,2 128642 23303 /lib64/libpthread-2.5.soss
perl 9481 www mem REG 8,2 1602809 23289 /lib64/libc-2.5.soss
perl 9481 www mem REG 8,2 19256 38662 /usr/lib64/perl5/5.8.8/x86_64-linux-threa d-multi/auto/IO/IO.soss
perl 9481 www mem REG 8,2 21328 38877 /usr/lib64/perl5/5.8.8/x86_64-linux-threa d-multi/auto/Socket/Socket.soss
perl 9481 www mem REG 8,2 52512 23298 /lib64/libnss_files-2.5.soss
perl 9481 www 0r FIFO 0,5 1068892 pipess
perl 9481 www 1w FIFO 0,5 1071920 pipess
perl 9481 www 2w FIFO 0,5 1068894 pipess
perl 9481 www 3u IPv4 130646198 TCP 192.168.90.7:60321->www.**.net:ircd (SYN_SENT)

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