OT: /var/run/.defunct

Matthew D Truch matt at truch.net
Thu Feb 24 16:14:56 UTC 2011

Sorry for the mostly off-topic post, but google hasn't been my friend
lately and I don't know where to turn.  

We've had a few machines (mostly non-Fedora machines) which seem to have
a kind of rootkit installed on them, and write data to a file called
/var/run/.defunct among other non-niceties.  Of course, we're going to
wipe the machines in question but googling doesn't seem to provide us
with any info and we'd like to make sure that whatever exploit got the
system cracked in the first place is patched up this time around.  Any

"299792458 m/s.  It's not just a good idea, It's the law."
Matthew Truch
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Pennsylvania
matt at truch.net
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