Re: Out of my league.....

From: Paul Kurczaba (paul_at_myipis.com)
Date: 01/08/04

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    To: "Jeff Johnson" <jjohnson@redoakgroup.com>, <security-basics@securityfocus.com>
    Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2004 15:25:30 -0500
    
    

    Ports 139 and 445 are used for Microsoft netbios. Here is more info:
    http://grc.com/port_139.htm
    http://grc.com/port_445.htm

    -Paul Kurczaba
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Jeff Johnson" <jjohnson@redoakgroup.com>
    To: <security-basics@securityfocus.com>
    Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2004 4:16 PM
    Subject: Out of my league.....

    > Hello. My ignorance will be vivid here....
    >
    > I'm currently doing marketing at a small office, but, as I'm technically
    > inclined enough to be dangerous, in my spare time do the IS support as
    well.
    > They had an outside consultant set up the system, and he had done other
    > setups/management when needed, but, is no longer available. He'd set up
    the
    > network with a Symantec VPN/Firewall appliance as the external gateway,
    but
    > had opened up ports to a server inside the network which is currently
    > hosting the email server (Xmail), DNS, as well as a simple web app to do
    > web-mail checking for employees from the outside. Also opened ports for
    > ssl, termserver, ftp, smtp, and pop3, and another port for remote admin.
    >
    > Looked a bit insecure for me when I noticed it, so, I installed ZoneAlarm
    on
    > this server inside the network, which is currently working. Plans are to
    > move the web serving onto another server which will be put into a DMZ.
    After
    > noticing these open ports, I also decided to pay more attention to the
    > firewall logs, and noticed not just the normal external port scan attack
    > blocks, but also that a couple of computers, including the company server,
    > are attempting to access outside IPs using closed port calls (therefore,
    the
    > firewall catches and logs them). These blocks come with the message Block
    > host "" internet access, and are typically using ports 139 & 445. Looked
    > suspicious, so, I ran an fport scan on the server, and it did show ports
    139
    > & 445 open, but, shows that the Pid is 8 (the system).....Also did some
    > ethereal scan of the network, and it does show that the server is trying
    to
    > access this specific external ip address.
    >
    > My question is (kudos if you've patiently read everything so far), how do
    I
    > find out what this process is that is trying to do these accesses, or am I
    > being overly paranoid. As you can most likely tell from this, I'm not the
    > most technically adept IT support person, so, I'd also appreciate
    > references/suggestions on materials to help me out here.
    >
    > Thanks in advance to all.
    >
    > Jeff
    >
    >
    >
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