The NIC is innocent, there is no dust, memtest86 finds nothing wrong,
but working through the logs I the first incidence of the error
(triggered by cron) after about 5 days of my absence. Minutes before the
error there was a successful login for user test, via ssh. The logs show
lots of failed attempts to log on via ssh for users such as test,
guest, root, user. Googling leads to a lot of inconclusive talk about
scanning, with the suggestion that it is guessing weak passwords. I am
fighting a losing battle with myself, trying to deny that I left user
test with a remarkably silly password.
find tells me that /sbin/init was changed, and /usr/lib/.ss/sk was
installed. SuckIT? The machine is now offline, and I am using to
opportunity to play with Thunderbird on an adjacent windows box.
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