[kaffe] [OffTopic] Savannah has been compromised

Dalibor Topic robilad at kaffe.org
Wed Dec 3 14:35:02 PST 2003

Hi all,

since I haven't received any news on this yet, and many people here 
probably contribute to one project on Savannah or another, I just wanted 
to spread the news that savannah.gnu,org has been compromised. cracked. 
broken in. just like debian last week.

I'm as angry as you are at the perpetrators.

http://savannah.gnu.org/statement.html currently reads:

On December 1st, 2003, we discovered that the "Savannah" system, which 
is maintained by the Free Software Foundation and provides CVS and 
development services to the GNU project and other Free Software 
projects, was compromised at circa November 2nd, 2003.

The compromise seems to be of the same nature as the recent attacks on 
Debian project servers; the attacker seemed to operate identically. 
However, this incident was distinctly different from the modus operandi 
we found in the attacks on our FTP server in August 2003. We have also 
confirmed that an unauthorized party gained root access and installed a 
root-kit ("SucKIT") on November 2nd, 2003.

In the interest of continuing cooperation and in helping to improve 
security for all essential Free Software infrastructure, and despite 
important philosophical differences, we are working closely with Debian 
project members to find the perpetrators and to secure essential Free 
Software infrastructure for the future. We hope to have future joint 
announcements that discuss a unified strategy for addressing these problems.

For the moment, we are installing replacement hardware for the Savannah 
system, and we will begin restoring the Savannah software this week. 
Initially, there will be some security related changes which may be 
inconvenient for our developers. We will try to ease these as we find 
secure ways to do so. We are in particular researching ways to ensure 
secured authentication of the source code trees stored on the system.

We will send more detailed announcements about efforts to verify the 
authenticity of the source code hosted on Savannah, and how the 
community can help in that effort once we've brought the system back online.

We hope to have at least minimal services back up by Friday 5 December 

dalibor topic

More information about the kaffe mailing list