- cpanel server hacked ?


Well-Known Member
Dec 18, 2005
Some of our servers are suffering the same fate, despite everything being up to date. Some web sites on some servers have the following added to their index.php pages:

<iframe src="" width=0 height=0></iframe>
I contacted cPanel when we first noticed the problem (right at the time of the major cPanel exploit ... coincidence? I don’t think so) but they refuse to help, with the usual "we do not provide server management". What they don’t seem to grasp is that I'm not after server management, I'm after assistance with a potential problem caused by their insecure software!

Exactly I pay for server management I dont need them to do it. If its an insecurity then its something they should automatically help with specially since its a paid for Script........

PS I have had to also pay additional fees on top of my management because of these problems I'm not a happy camper
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Well-Known Member
Mar 13, 2003
cPanel Access Level
Root Administrator
This happend to several accounts in one of my server. I don't see any root access or any such problem. Some one from IP: login to FTP of several web sites and downloaded index file, added his code and reuploded it.


Well-Known Member
Mar 15, 2008

How does this hacking takes place:

This hacking does not takes place by any PHP application vulnerability nor any kernel bug nor apache bug nor cpanel or Plesk bug. Those accounts files are affected whose FTP logins are leaked.

Beleive me, I am reasearching behind this iframe and java script hack from last 10 months.


How it's done
This is a sophisticated operation, and the infection cycle is involved, but basically, the hacker(s) are setting up innocent looking sites (or using previously hacked sites where the owner is usually unaware of being compromised) and loading them with expensive hacking tools like Mpack. When someone visits that site, their browser is detected and attacked (browsers affected are IE, firefox and opera). The visitor is unaware that they may have a keylogger that sends the persons passwords ect to the hacker(s) and moves on. If the innocent visitor has an ftp or root password for any internet sites, the hackers use a program that goes to the persons site(s) and instantly adds the hidden iframe to every index type page. This is why there seems to be no indication that the site has been compromised, as the hackers already have the ftp or root passwords to login. And since they have at least your account ftp pass, whatever permissions your folders and files are set to make no difference.

After they put the iframe code into that person's pages, anyone visiting that site will be redirected to the hackers infection site, where the person's computer will be injected and infected. The hackers are depending on site owners not knowing their sites have been hacked so that the number of hacked sites will grow (as they have starting in Italy) into the tens of thousands... Please don't think you can depend solely on your antivirus software to protect your computer. It more than likely won't help you. For $1000 dollars, the russian hacking bulletin boards are offering Mpack with 1 year support and a GUARANTEE that virus programs will not catch the keyloggers. SO, keep your virus program updated, but don't depend on it completely!

This way this hack is spreading fastly from one computer to another broadcasting the passwords to hackers.During my research in this, I even found some of the password files collected by the hack on some of the hacked server, where they pass this password file to thier tool to add the code. In some cases Google bots picks this files and you can even find the login details of FTP accounts and Server root login details in google.


For Server Administrators:

If you are having this problem server wide then the only possibility is your root password is used for this. Just change the password and this HACK WILL STOP

For individual person owning just a domain and not server:

If you are facing this problem and your administrator says its only your account, just change the FTP password and it will stop

You must have removed the code many times and it comes again, why ???
As you dont change the FTP password. So change that first.

Just changing password is not complete solution but is the first step.
Whats next, your password is leaked that means your computer is sending out the passwords, so I would suggest you to do a clean format first and then install any antivirus of spyware which you think could block it. But the best solution is to clean format the computer.

Just do the two things:

1) Change the FTP or root password of server
2) Clean format the PC

and take care in future, you dont visit any lof the virsu links made by this hack.
Also to keep your password secure I would suggest you to use any password manager software like:

This is a FREE OpenSource Software

I can assure you this is confirmed solution and will definitely help you all.
Please try it and also when you are confirmed, please spread this message in as many forums as you can so that others also come to know how to stop it.

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