Affects perl
Family generic
Variant fakeproc
Signature Type {MD5} {HEX}
Detected by Linux Malware Detect (Maldet)

What is perl.generic.fakeproc?

This malware is known to slow down the perl server by increasing the CPU utilization to 100% at all times. It creates multiple processes which appear to run as /usr/bin/fakeproc. This trojan is a wrapper for executing other Linux binaries under a potentially misleading & arbitrary process name.

How to fix perl.generic.fakeproc problem

Method 1

  • Disable port 80 on the server & check CPU utilization
  • fakeproc processes should disappear
  • Search for all instances of the timthumb.php library on the server
  • revealed that there was an old backup of the theme sitting in the themes directory, containing an un-patched version of the file. Therefore, removing the old theme fixed the issue.

Method 2

  • List all processes running on the server by entering the ps command in the terminal
  • Run the following command to see which process has launched the fakeproc script:
    ps xjf -C fakeproc
  • You should then be able to kill the relevant processes using the following command where PID is the process ID with ~100% process utilization.
    kill PID

Prevent perl.generic.fakeproc

Keep your CMS (WordPress/Joomla/Magento) core up to date along with all themes and plugins. Also, remove old backups and parts of code that are not used anymore.

This is a malware written in the PERL script language. It is likely to be planted by a malicious user or worm after successful penetration. For successful execution of the malware, Perl scripting libraries are required.

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