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5:05 am on Nov 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Two of my files changed from 755 to 000

Could this happen for some reason or would I have been hacked.

I did not change them myself.

9:07 am on Nov 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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...having done support for many years, I would always ask people if they did "anything"...

They'd usually say; "No, I didn't do ANYTHING at all".... but they (sometimes unknowingly) did.

Did you do anything?

One thing comes to mind...

If you had 755 files in place, deleted them, the uploaded new copies, the 755 would not be preserved (as it would be if you had simply uploaded new copies of same-named files)...

Again --- Did you do ANYTHING to the files, the directory, etc...?

9:27 am on Nov 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The only thing I did was send a bulk email to all of my members (not spam).

Next thing the register.cgi

(i.e used when new members register)

and the sendemail.cgi

were back at 000

11:52 am on Nov 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Permissions don't change by themselves, so there must be a reason, and there are only 2 possibilites:

(1) as Lexipixel already suggested, you did it yourself, inadvertently perhaps, as a side effect of running other stuff

(2) somebody else did. In that case, perhaps ...
(2a) your system admin did (as a first step before discussing your mailing action and terminating your account due to too many complaints received)
(2b) another user of the server did playing games, if the (shared?) hosting environment is somehow insecure,
(2c) a hacker from remote did, if your hosting environment and/or some user scripts (your own two, or even others of other users on a shared server) are weak and exploitable.

Only you and your hoster/admin can look at the logs and the complete environment and investigate further.

Regards,
R.

11:05 pm on Nov 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Ok thanks for all your advice.

I did not do it deliberatly and members know they will get email from me admin when they sign up to my program so I doubt it would be a spam complaint.

I do have shared hosting so perhaps a hacker did change it. I will check with my hosting company to have a look at the logs.

3:37 am on Nov 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You were right when I checked with my hosting company they had done it.

They said when I sent out the group email it put too much load on the server.

Guess I may have to look at getting a dedicated server.

Thanks for the help.

 

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