odd file names in my Joomla

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odd file names in my Joomla

Post by sspiderman » Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:30 am

We have been building with Joomla for many years and I came across these 2 file names which struck me as non-core files.I did an internet search, but it came up empty. I search this forum and again nothing.

These are the two file names:

Can anyone tell me if these are from Joomla core or familiar with them at all?

Thanks in advance,

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Re: odd file names in my Joomla

Post by websitedons » Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:15 am

Those are absolutely malicious files. Delete them and scan your system for others. Hackers tend to pack more than 2 obvious files.

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Re: odd file names in my Joomla

Post by mandville » Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:33 am

websitedons wrote:Delete them and scan your system for others.
not good enough.

assuming your still using 1.5 which is end of life (like using windows 95/me/xp)

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[ ] Change all passwords and if possible user names for the website host control panel. Change the Joomla database user name and password.

[ ] Use proper permissions on files and directories. They should never be 777, ideal is 644 for files and 755 for directories. The configuration file can be set to 444 which is read only.

[ ] Check your htaccess for for any odd code (i.e. code which is not in the standard htaccess supplied as part of the Joomla installation).

[ ] Check the crontab or Task Scheduler for unexpected jobs/tasks.

[ ] Ensure you do not have anonymous ftp enabled.

[ ] Verify individually that any non-Joomla file such as but not limited to that will be placed back on the website such as images, pdf files, files for download, and other documents and files are valid and are supposed to be part of your website.

[ ] Replace the deleted files with fresh copies of a current full version of Joomla (minus the installation directory) you downloaded earlier. Install freshly downloaded copies of any extensions and templates used on the site. If the Joomla database user name and password were changed earlier, then make the necessary changes to the configuration.php file and upload a copy to the website. Upload any non-Joomla files that are necessary for your website. Only by replacing all files in the installation (including extensions and templates) can you be sure to remove the backdoors inserted and hidden in various files and directories More detailed information can be found in the Security Checklist 7 document.

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