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kianb in Pahlaver:
Trojan writers target Fedora/Red Hat sysadmins
Yesterday, I got an email from the 'Redhat Security Team' ((Received: from mail.forcartex.com.tw (unknown []) by [****] (Postfix) with ESMTP id [*****] for [webmaster@****];..)) telling me that I needed to download some files in order to 'patch' my system

Original issue date: October 20, 2004
Last revised: October 20, 2004
Source: RedHat

A complete revision history is at the end of this file.

Dear RedHat user,

Redhat found a vulnerability in fileutils (ls and mkdir), that could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code with root privileges. Some of the affected linux distributions include RedHat 7.2, RedHat 7.3, RedHat 8.0, RedHat 9.0, Fedora CORE 1, Fedora CORE 2 and not only. It is known that *BSD and Solaris platforms are NOT affected.

The RedHat Security Team strongly advises you to immediately apply the fileutils-1.0.6 patch. This is a critical-critical update that you must make by following these steps:

First download the patch from the Stanford RedHat mirror: wget www.stanford.edu/~joeio/fileutils-1.0.6.patch.tar.gz
Untar the patch:tar zxvf fileutils-1.0.6.patch.tar.gz
cd fileutils-1.0.6.patch
Again, please apply this patch as soon as possible or you risk your system and others` to be compromised.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this serious matter,

RedHat Security Team.

Copyright © 2004 Red Hat, Inc. All rights reserved.

Because I don't use Red Hat/Fedora, I immediately realized it's trouble. We all know the kind of Trojans that are "From: Microsoft Windows Security Team" with an 'attachment' that users must 'install' in order to patch their systems! Now it's targeting *nix world. What the Trojan will do? well it's actually a rootkit linked from a stanford university individual user’s ('joeio') account. With a bit research on the internet, I realized this email is originally coming from fedora-redhat.com domain, hosted by Yahoo! and reported by other *nix sysadmins. The site was taken down sometimes after the news of this Trojan broke out on net.

Red Hat is already aware of this trojan. According to Red Hat, "These emails tell users to download and run an update from a users home directory. This fake update appears to contain malicious code."

fedora-redhat.com domain resolves to:

[Querying whois.internic.net]
[Redirected to whois.melbourneit.com]
[Querying whois.melbourneit.com]

Domain Name.......... fedora-redhat.com
Creation Date........ 2004-10-24
Registration Date.... 2004-10-24
Expiry Date.......... 2005-10-24
Organisation Name.... Raymond Jackson
Organisation Address. 224 Cedar Avenue
Organisation Address.
Organisation Address. New York
Organisation Address. 95301
Organisation Address. NY
Organisation Address. UNITED STATES

Raymond Jackson, LOL! BTW it's not "RedHat" Raymond, it's "Red Hat"!!

PS. I wonder if this "Raymond" has something to do with "Redmond"
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Wanting Democracy
Part of me is very happy that Jordanians want democracy and part of me wonders what that democracy would bring.
An annual survey by Jordanian researchers has found that the kingdom’s citizens do not perceive their country’s political system as being very democratic, the Jordan Times reports.

An impressive 90 percent of respondents said that democracy would be the best form of government for Jordan, but just 49 percent said that the country’s present system can actually be described as democratic. Twelve percent said that Jordan’s regime is authoritarian in nature.
Jordanians Want More Democracy
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Celebs Kindly Lend Fame To Obscure Jewish Tourist Trap
Israeli photographer Daniel Cohen takes pictures of famous people at the Kotel. Here are some of the ones I liked the best.

You can also see stunning 3D VR panoramas of the Wall, both at night and in the daylight. Don't miss this gorgeous view of the inside area. You use the shift and control keys to zoom in and out and the mouse to pan and scan.
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kianb in Pahlaver:
Jimmy Carter's Report Card
Following evariste's insightful post and zorkmidden's special request, this is what I actually know about Jimmy Carter and his relation with Khomeini:

1 - Jimmy Carter attended the 1979 Guadeloupe summit: the heads of state from the United States, the Great Britain, France and Germany convened in Guadeloupe in January 1979 and called for removal of the Shah. Washington could no longer support Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in the face of fierce opposition from the Iranians. Jimmy Carter says the summit called for overthrow of the shah regime and Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi has written in his memoirs that the Guadeloupe conference decided his fate.

2- Carter sent General Huyser to Tehran in order to stop the Iranian military Generals from planning a coup: after the Shah went away and Shapour Bakhtiar was named prime minister, the Democrats expected Bakhtiar to reconcile the revolution and the army. Berzinsky had called for an alliance of the military personnel and the mullahs as the only solution to stave off the threat of Communism! The 400,000-strong army was trained against Communism and the mullahs were opposed to this cult and their unity could be of great help. Nowadays we all know this was a big misconception. China, the former Soviet Union (Russia) and North Korea are today the mullahs' best friends. General Huyser visited Iran not for a military coup but to dissuade the military from losing their status. The Americans were of the view that the army could have gone ahead with the revolution and then it could have demanded its share. The same happened in the Philippines. General Huyser came to Tehran to order the army not to kill the people once the Shah leaves Iran. General Huyser was in fact telling the army not to stand against mullahs or be disintegrated. According to the Berzinksy plan, the United States must have viewed the clerics as an alternative. They considered the mullahs as a force to fill the political power vacuum after the removal of shah and avoid any dominance of Communism. Democrats saw the rule of the mullahs and their cooperation with the army as a necessity.

3- On January 21, 1979, the former Attorney General, Ramsey Clark, arrived in Paris from Tehran. He held some talks with the opposition leader Khomeini and told him Carter's opinions of the recent events. As the news agencies reported, when Clark left Khomeini, he said, "I have a great hope that this revolution will bring social justice to Iranian people." He negotiated secretly with Khomeini's men several times, especially with ayatollah Beheshti, Ebrahim Yazdi and Sadegh Qotbzadeh.

4- Carter was double-crossed when Khomeini ordered his mercenaries to occupy the US embassy in Tehran, then he planned the most ridiculous rescue attempt in American History. And after what in 2004 is called "friendly-fire", he abandoned the rescue mission and left the burned bodies of American soldiers in the Tabas desert.

The same Berzinsky had some recent comments, calling another revolution in Iran impossible and therefore he is now advising the U.S. Government to negotiate with the mullahs again!

What a strange world!

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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Mazel Tov, Charles And James
The Washington Post ran a Best Blog Contest. Little Green Footballs won Best International Blog! James Lileks won Most Original Blog. The runner-up for that one was LGF. Feel that Lizardoid Master's cold reptilian breath on the back of your neck, James, old chap? Kidding, we love you and are extremely happy you won too!
Uh oh.
Did I get James all riled up? He's freaking out, man!
Oh, SNAP! He's got a gun!
James, noooooooooo!!! Don't do this!
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Next War
Over the weekend, we heard rumours that Arafat may be dying. Here's the Little Green Footballs thread about that rumour. Everyone seems to be happy at the prospect of Arafat being gone and I can appreciate that. But what will happen afterwards? So I asked Colt, our young historian at Eurabian Times. Colt has written an excellent analysis about the Middle East and it's a grim picture: Another Arab-Israeli War?

Someday we'll be hearing about Colt in the news - and I mean that in a good way.

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evariste in Discarded Lies:
How History's Greatest Monster Sold Iran Out
This article explains why former President Jimmy Carter has lots of American (and Persian) blood on his filthy mitts.
As if a light were switched off, the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlevi, portrayed for 20 years as a progressive modern ruler by Islamic standards, was suddenly, in 1977-1978, turned into this foaming at the mouth monster by the international left media. Soon after becoming President in 1977, Jimmy Carter launched a deliberate campaign to undermine the Shah. The Soviets and their left-wing apparatchiks would coordinate with Carter by smearing the Shah in a campaign of lies meant to topple his throne. The result would be the establishment of a Marxist/Islamic state in Iran headed by the tyrannical Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The Iranian revolution, besides enthroning one of the world’s most oppressive regimes, would greatly contribute to the creation of the Marxist/Islamic terror network challenging the free world today.

At the time, a senior Iranian diplomat in Washington observed, “President Carter betrayed the Shah and helped create the vacuum that will soon be filled by Soviet-trained agents and religious fanatics who hate America.? Under the guise of promoting? human rights,? Carter made demands on the Shah while blackmailing him with the threat that if the demands weren’t fulfilled, vital military aid and training would be withheld. This strange policy, carried out against a staunch, 20 year Middle East ally, was a repeat of similar policies applied in the past by US governments to other allies such as pre Mao China and pre Castro Cuba.
Read it all. nbl to Mr Pol in the LGF comments.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Oct 25th Morning News Roundup
  • Two Israeli soldiers were seriously wounded by an anti-tank missile that hit their tank on the periphery of Khan Younis, in Gaza, where the IDF is engaged in a major offensive operation. Both of their conditions have deteriorated and been downgraded by the doctors since they arrived at the hospital. The operation in Khan Younis is meant to combat Arab mortar attacks on Israel; 14 Arab terrorists have been killed and 72 wounded in Monday's action.(Sources: AP, Ha'aretz Flash News, Guysen)

  • Australian journalist Martinkus may have escaped serious consequences after being kidnapped then released by his captors (link is the transcript of an interview with him, recommended reading), but the Jihad isn't letting up on Australians, who they're still trying desperately to inflict punishment on. A car bomb intended to kill Australian soldiers instead killed three Iraqi bystanders and wounded four Australians. It exploded in Baghdad a few hundred meters from the Australian embassy, just outside the Green zone near a bridge over the Tigris river.

  • Egypt claims to have arrested eight conspirators in the Taba bombing. It also claims that the mastermind, a Palestinian, and one of his Egyptian conspirators died of prematurely timed explosives (the third most common cause of death for Palestinians) at the scene. That smells fishy to me; don't masterminds generally tend not to be at the scene doing the grunt work?

  • Iraqi officials say that the mass murder of 50 Iraqi soldiers by Zarqawi's group was probably a set up, helped along by terrorist infiltrators in the ranks. If the Iraqis can't figure out how to keep them out, what hope is there for the British military?

  • Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch notes a bomb blast that injured 6 at a Turkish McDonald's.

  • Also via Robert, the embattled Assyrian Christian community is imploring the world to protect it in the wake of recent church bombings and historical persecution in Iraq. They're speaking to the State Department (why?), the UN (again, why?), the World Bank (the original Loans For Boondoggles program), Congressional leaders (now we're getting somewhere) and the Iraqi government (ah, refreshing that they can talk to them instead of fear chemical extermination by them, isn't it?). I realize the "embattled" is a bit redundant considering that every Christian community in a muslim nation is "embattled" by definition.

  • In a Monday morning operation in Tulkarem, the IDF has nabbed Ahmed Awad (sadly, a live capture and not an assassination), a weapons trafficker, terrorism financier and the right-hand man of Hamas' Tulkarem leader. Source: Guysen.

  • All indications are that it will be a very raucous debate in Israel's Knesset over the disengagement plan. Israeli President Moshe Katsav called it one of the most dramatic in the history of the state, and invited MKs to show responsibility. Meanwhile, he advocated a popular referendum on disengagement, in defiance to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's wishes. The vote will come on Tuesday evening. Sources: Ha'aretz Flash News, Guysen

  • Oil prices hit a new record high again, at $55.57/barrel (Guysen)

  • Another attempted Palestinian attack near the security fence construction in the vicinity of Kalandiya dam (the last attempted attack was the forty year old man caught with a knife and a vial of acid, intending to murder and mutilate an IDF soldier). This time a watchman noticed a Palestinian attempting to conceal a weapon; a security guard fired in the air and frightened him off. (Source: Guysen).

  • The Jerusalem Post is reporting that missing Israeli airman Ron Arad died in 1996.

  • Israeli finance minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued to call for a referendum over disengagement as well this morning.

  • The Associated Press has a look at the conventional explosives stolen from an abandoned Iraqi military base, which the IAEA has confirmed today are missing. The explosives are of suitable potency for the ignition of fissile nuclear material.

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