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Incident Analysis of a Compromised RedHat Linux 6.2 Honeypot Print E-mail
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Source: Stephen Holcroft - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Intrusion Detection "So how long on average does a default server installation of Redhat 6.2 last on the internet?" Stephen details how the shortest time was as little as 26 minutes in this in-depth analysis of monitoring his honeynet.. . . "So how long on average does a default server installation of Red Hat 6.2 last on the internet?" Stephen details how the shortest time was as little as 26 minutes in this in-depth analysis of monitoring his honeynet.

The last three honeypots had all been default Red Hat 6.2 installs they had been hacked in the following times:-

  1. 8hrs 32 min's
  2. 52hrs 54 min's
  3. 64hrs 23 min's
  4. 26 min's
My basic knowledge of math's tells me that the average is 1 day 7 hours 27 min's, this is by no means supposed to be an accurate attempt to determine exactly how long a server will last but it gives you an idea what you can expect. It really is just luck, best case scenario a server might last a few days, a week if you are extremely lucky, worse case scenario it will scanned and rooted the instance its connected to the internet, before you can even type errata into your browser. How ever long it takes one thing is for sure, if you put an un-patched, default Red Hat 6.2 server installation on the internet it WILL be hacked, don't kid yourself.

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