They Came a Knockin and Webmin Let Them In
Today was a sad day. I found out my streaming mirror/microblog server had been cracked. They exploited webmin and set up shop. Alas, there is no one to blame but myself. This is how I believe it went down.
About a month ago I tried to ssh into the streaming server but could not get in. Since this is a co-lo vms I contacted support informing them of the problem and asking them to kick the server. I suspected it was from a sour upgrade. They replied back that they found a problem in the sshd_config file and that things were back to normal.
This server had been running some three or more years now, it was the same debian install just upgraded. The company, tektonic, had gone through some changes with their systems and I never kept up with their administrative interface changes as I always used ssh, not their tools. Thus, having found myself in this predicament a few times in the past I figured I should find another way to remotely kick the system.
I looked around at their docs and tools but could not get access to my system.