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Welcome to Geeklog Wednesday, December 07 2016 @ 11:17 am EST

Offtopic: phpBB worm in the wild

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This isn't exactly Geeklog-related, but since quite a few sites seem to be running phpBB (with or without the phpBBBridge), I'd like to point out that there's a worm going around at the moment that exploits a bug in phpBB versions 2.0.10 and earlier.

This seems to be the first time (at least that I'm aware of) that an automatic exploit for a web application is in the wild. The worm uses Google to search for phpBB boards, infects them, and then continues to spread from there. Infected sites show a red text "NeverEverNoSanity WebWorm Generation" (followed by a number) on a black background. More information about the worm can be found in the usual places, e.g. Bugtraq.

So to all phpBB users out there: Upgrade to phpBB 2.0.11 ASAP.

Update: According to F-Secure, Google is now blocking the requests of the worm (dubbed "Santy"), which should stop it for now (until a new worm comes, that uses another search engine ...). It's still strongly recommended to update phpBB, of course.

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  • Offtopic: phpBB worm in the wild
  • Authored by:RickW on Wednesday, December 22 2004 @ 08:45 am EST
I posted information about this worm at as well.


  • Offtopic: phpBB worm in the wild
  • Authored by:Agent X20 on Wednesday, December 22 2004 @ 04:08 pm EST
I got hit - but I'm running phpbb 2.0.11! What seems to have happened is that another site on the server running an old version of phpbb got hit and I had a few files not quite locked down permission wise and they got clobbered as well. Not good!
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  • Authored by:Turias on Wednesday, December 22 2004 @ 05:20 pm EST
Versions 0.75 and higher of the phpBBBridge all use phpBB 2.0.11, so if you are using one of those versions, you should be ok. If you are not, I would recommend upgrading immediately.