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Weird Attack on Website?

Discussion in 'Security' started by sahostking, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. sahostking

    sahostking Well-Known Member

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    Hi Guys,

    We use CSF, Mod security, CXS, Rootkit hunter, CageFS, Cloudlinux plus others but these listed are the main ones.

    I however noticed a website being hammered today as per below. Almost every 3 minutes or so and not being blocked by any of the plugins we use.

    Code:
    [Thu Jul 04 17:13:25 2013] [crit] [client 1.0.0.0] (13)Permission denied: /home/user/public_html/wp-content/.htaccess pcfg_openfile: unable to check htaccess file, ensure it is readable, referer: http://domainname/
    [Thu Jul 04 17:13:28 2013] [crit] [client 1.0.0.0] (13)Permission denied: /home/user/public_html/wp-content/.htaccess pcfg_openfile: unable to check htaccess file, ensure it is readable, referer: http://domainname/
    [Thu Jul 04 17:13:28 2013] [crit] [client 1.0.0.0] (13)Permission denied: /home/user/public_html/wp-content/.htaccess pcfg_openfile: unable to check htaccess file, ensure it is readable, referer: http://domainname/
    [Thu Jul 04 17:13:31 2013] [crit] [client 1.0.0.0] (13)Permission denied: /home/user/public_html/wp-content/.htaccess pcfg_openfile: unable to check htaccess file, ensure it is readable, referer: http://domainname/
    [Thu Jul 04 17:13:31 2013] [crit] [client 1.0.0.0] (13)Permission denied: /home/user/public_html/wp-content/.htaccess pcfg_openfile: unable to check htaccess file, ensure it is readable, referer: http://domainname/
    [Thu Jul 04 17:13:34 2013] [crit] [client 1.0.0.0] (13)Permission denied: /home/user/public_html/wp-content/.htaccess pcfg_openfile: unable to check htaccess file, ensure it is readable, referer: http://domainname/
    [Thu Jul 04 17:13:34 2013] [crit] [client 1.0.0.0] (13)Permission denied: /home/user/public_html/wp-content/.htaccess pcfg_openfile: unable to check htaccess file, ensure it is readable, referer: http://domainname/
    [Thu Jul 04 17:13:37 2013] [crit] [client 1.0.0.0] (13)Permission denied: /home/user/public_html/wp-content/.htaccess pcfg_openfile: unable to check htaccess file, ensure it is readable, referer: http://domainname/
    [Thu Jul 04 17:13:37 2013] [crit] [client 1.0.0.0] (13)Permission denied: /home/user/public_html/wp-content/.htaccess pcfg_openfile: unable to check htaccess file, ensure it is readable, referer: http://domainname/
    [Thu Jul 04 17:13:40 2013] [crit] [client 1.0.0.0] (13)Permission denied: /home/user/public_html/wp-content/.htaccess pcfg_openfile: unable to check htaccess file, ensure it is readable, referer: http://domainname/
    [Thu Jul 04 17:13:40 2013] [crit] [client 1.0.0.0] (13)Permission denied: /home/user/public_html/wp-content/.htaccess pcfg_openfile: unable to check htaccess file, ensure it is readable, referer: http://domainname/
    [Thu Jul 04 17:13:43 2013] [crit] [client 1.0.0.0] (13)Permission denied: /home/user/public_html/wp-content/.htaccess pcfg_openfile: unable to check htaccess file, ensure it is readable, referer: http://domainname/
    [Thu Jul 04 17:13:43 2013] [crit] [client 1.0.0.0] (13)Permission denied: /home/user/public_html/wp-content/.htaccess pcfg_openfile: unable to check htaccess file, ensure it is readable, referer: http://domainname/
     
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  2. cPanelMichael

    cPanelMichael Forums Analyst
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    Hello :)

    Please check the permission/ownership values on the public_html directory of this account. EX:

    Code:
    stat /home/user/public_html
    Is it consistent with the other public_html directories on your server?

    Thank you.
     
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  3. quizknows

    quizknows Well-Known Member

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    This is not an attack, Apache simply cannot read the .htaccess file.

    Ensure the .htaccess is readable, and any directories above it have proper permissions.
     
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