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Rootkit hooks some API functions connected with receiving packets from the net. If incoming data equals to 256 bits long key, password and service are verified, the copy of a shell is created in a temp, its instance is created and next incoming data are redirected to this shell.

Because rootkit hooks all process in the system all TCP ports on all servers will be backdoors. For example, if the target has port 80/TCP open for HTTP, then this port will also be available as a backdoor. Exception here is for ports opened by System process which is not hooked. This backdoor will work only on servers where incoming buffer is larger or equal to 256 bits. But this feature is on almost all standard servers like Apache, IIS, Oracle. Backdoor is hidden because its packets go through common servers on the system. So, you are not able to find it with classic portscanner and this backdoor can easily go through firewall. Exception in this are classic proxies which are protocol oriented for e.g. FTP or HTTP.

During tests on IIS services was found that HTTP server does not log any of this connection, FTP and SMTP servers log only disconnection at the end. So, if you run hxdef on server with IIS web server, the HTTP port is probably the best port for backdoor connection on this machine. You have to use special client if want to connect to the backdoor.


Usage: bdcli100.exe <host> <port> <password>


bdcli100.exe www.windowsserver.com 80 hxdef-rulez

This will connect to the backdoor if you rooted www.windowsserver.com before and left default hxdef password