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Site Hacked - Security Assist

Thread began 6/11/2011 7:28 pm by dlovas275157 | Last modified 6/17/2011 6:02 am by iansheldon422428 | 2960 views | 16 replies |


Site Hacked - Security Assist

I have built a custom cms for a website with DataAssist and other extensions secured with Security Assist. Yesterday, my site was hacked in the following ways:

1. Hacker uploaded images - I assume via backend insert/update forms.
2. Added text - again i assume using insert/update form.

They could have done a lot more damage, but luckily did not.

All forms are password protected via security assist, so I need to understand how/why this happened.

Could someone from support please open a ticket, at which time I can provide urls and access to my site for you to take a quick look.

I was reading another thread here regarding setting up read-only database users for front end pages, but I really would like someone to look at me site and let me know if the see any holes and if this is sql injection:



DataAssist 2.0.8
SecurityAssist 1.1.9

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tom92909Beta Tester

Do you have your administrative back end also secured behind a protected directory on the server?

I run Linux on all my sites and I create a very obscure directory name and I place all my admin tools behind the protected directory in addition to placing Security Assist on those pages. It does create (2) levels of security, but the admin pages need that extra level.

My gut tells me your might be a victim of a Keylogger (malware) attack.

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Also.... Are you hiding your admin directories from the search engines / spiders / robots with a correctly configured robots.txt file?


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tom92909Beta Tester

yes I place all of those directories in my robots.txt file as well.

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tom92909Beta Tester

Sample robots.txt

# Keeps Googlebot out of private files
User-agent: Googlebot
Disallow: /_Admin
Disallow: /WA_DataAssist/
Disallow: /WA_eCart/
Disallow: /WA_Globals/
Disallow: /webassist/
Disallow: /Connections/

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

I have created a support ticket so we can look into this issue further.

To view and edit your support ticket, please log into your support history:

If anyone else is experiencing this same issue, please append to this thread.

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

It would be interesting to see the insert and update pages they were able to access. Perhaps you don't have the security code properly applied.

Another possibility is that the person had a username and password and was able to log in. Security Assist will help make it so that login is required, but if someone has login information it won't help.

Sometimes a SQL injection hole on the site front end can allow someone to get username and password information they can use to log in on the back end... but how would they even find your admin section?

If you have SecurityAssist properly applied, then the only way to get to those pages is to log in. So you should probably be trying to figure out how they got that login information and I'd say a sql injection hole is the most likely place.

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I double-checked all the pages for security, and all appear to be setup with Security Assist properly. I have used Security assist on many sites before for years and never had a problem.

You mentioned a SQL Injection Hole. How could I tell if there is a SQL Injection Hole on the front end?

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I am watching this thread with serious concerned. It seems that security assist cannot be used simply as a plug 'n play, more needs to be done to ensure security.
If this is indeed the case, please can someone provide a full list of what other measures must be carried out to ensure rock-solid security.

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To check the holes on your site check how you call your ids and try to do injections on any contact fiorm you got for example

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