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Hi all Linux gurus ! I have on my email server a series of BOGUS files . It's a solaris 9 box with sendmail 8.10.12 My mailboxes ( /var/mail ) is mounted on all clients redhat for beeing used for pine elm etc ... here are the kinda of Bogus files [1318][rootleonard:/] > cd /var/mail [1319][rootleonard:/var/mail] > ls -lrt ...... -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.tC -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.E -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.D -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.qG -r-------- 1 nobody nobody ...

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    Hi all Linux gurus !


    I have on my email server a series of BOGUS files .
    It's a solaris 9 box with sendmail 8.10.12
    My mailboxes ( /var/mail ) is mounted on all clients redhat
    for beeing used for pine elm etc ...
    here are the kinda of Bogus files

    [1318][rootleonard:/]
    > cd /var/mail
    [1319][rootleonard:/var/mail]
    > ls -lrt
    ......

    -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.tC
    -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.E
    -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.D
    -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.qG
    -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.eG
    -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.ZG
    -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.8F


    Where those come from ??? Procmail ? nfs ? clients like pine or dtmail ?
    I don't know where to start looking from ...

    Thanks for your help .
    FG
    Administrateur de systemes Guest

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    Default Re: /var/mail BOGUS files

    On Mon, 16 Aug 2004 17:22:48 GMT, Administrateur de systemes <sysadminDMS.UMontreal.CA> wrote:
    >
    > -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.tC
    > -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.E
    >
    > Where those come from ??? Procmail ? nfs ? clients like pine or dtmail ?
    > I don't know where to start looking from ...
    Were you doing anything today at 1:14 PM with any of these programs?
    Look at what you were doing, that might help. Also, 'nobody' might
    suggest an NFS shared filesystem, is this shared out?

    Dave Hinz Guest

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    Default Re: /var/mail BOGUS files

    Administrateur de systemes <sysadminDMS.UMontreal.CA> writes:
    > Hi all Linux gurus !
    >
    >
    > I have on my email server a series of BOGUS files .
    > It's a solaris 9 box with sendmail 8.10.12
    > My mailboxes ( /var/mail ) is mounted on all clients redhat
    > for beeing used for pine elm etc ...
    > here are the kinda of Bogus files
    >
    > [1318][rootleonard:/]
    > > cd /var/mail
    >
    > [1319][rootleonard:/var/mail]
    > > ls -lrt
    >
    > .....
    >
    > -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.tC
    > -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.E
    > -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.D
    > -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.qG
    > -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.eG
    > -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.ZG
    > -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.8F
    >
    >
    > Where those come from ??? Procmail ? nfs ? clients like pine or dtmail ?
    > I don't know where to start looking from ...
    >
    > Thanks for your help .
    > FG
    Search for

    /var/spool/mail bogus

    on google.com and groups.google.com and you should get hits.

    They seem related to procmail, the final delivery agent.
    Essentially, procmail found that the owner of mail file was not
    correct and renamed it as a precaution, i.e. it found that root
    did not own the root mail spool, joe did not own the joe mail
    spool, etc.

    You're getting permission problems for your mail spool directory
    probably due to NFS root squashing.

    -jc
    --
    (apply 'concat (reverse (list "com"
    (char-to-string 46) "yahoo"
    (char-to-string 64) "joechung")))
    Joe Chung Guest

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    Default Re: /var/mail BOGUS files

    On Mon, 16 Aug 2004 17:22:48 GMT, Administrateur de systemes
    <sysadminDMS.UMontreal.CA> wrote:
    > Hi all Linux gurus !
    >
    >
    > I have on my email server a series of BOGUS files .
    > It's a solaris 9 box with sendmail 8.10.12
    > My mailboxes ( /var/mail ) is mounted on all clients redhat
    > for beeing used for pine elm etc ...
    > here are the kinda of Bogus files
    >
    > [1318][rootleonard:/]
    > > cd /var/mail
    >
    > [1319][rootleonard:/var/mail]
    > > ls -lrt
    >
    > .....
    >
    > -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.tC
    > -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.E
    > -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.D
    > -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.qG
    > -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.eG
    > -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.ZG
    > -r-------- 1 nobody nobody 1 Aug 16 13:14 BOGUS.root.8F
    >
    >
    > Where those come from ??? Procmail ? nfs ? clients like pine or dtmail ?
    > I don't know where to start looking from ...
    >
    I'm not sure, but if /var/mail is mounted on several hosts, you may need
    to find which one has been r00ted. You might start by looking in the
    log files to see what happened and who was logged on at 13:14 on August
    16.
    Why not just use a pop/imap server for email?


    --
    Liberals don't believe they deserve anything they own; conservatives think
    they're entitled to everything they've stolen.
    Bill Marcum Guest

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