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phpMyFAQ being exploited
A vulnerability in phpMyFAQ, which is an open source FAQ system for PHP and various databases, has been published back in February (
Jeremy notified us that this is being exploited in the wild. The vulnerability allows an attacker to upload arbitrary files on the server. As you can probably guess, currently attackers first upload a php shell, after which the machine is typically turned into a spam spitting server.

If you are using phpMyFAQ, be sure to install the updates available on their web site ( will be teaching next: Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking - SANS Munich February 2022


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ISC Handler
Mar 5th 2007

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