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 Sharing Honey Pots
Author: A.Timmer   (26 Oct 06 3:57am)
I was thinking of sharing my honey pot with some friends who cannot install scripts on their own server.

Now just providing them a link to my honey pot to put on their pages would be the easy way, I guess, but to make things a bit more difficult I was thinking of giving them links to bogus files on my server and make a htaccess redirect to the honeypot.

I know this works with "normal" visitors but will it also work for bots ?

So, main question is: Does a server side redirect (using htaccess) work for bots too ???
 Re: Sharing Honey Pots
Author: V.Madsen   (27 Oct 06 7:40am)
If the redirect is server-side it should work fine with bots as well as humans.

If you want to test it manually, open a terminal (or DOS) window and run:

telnet 80

and then type

GET /filename.php HTTP/1.1

and finish by entering an empty line (just hit enter twice).

If you receive a lot of HTML-data back, you were most likely patched through to the honeypot page. (On the other hand, if you only receive a couple of lines back, including a "Location: http://something...", the redirect is client-side, and bots may or may not follow the link.)

Or send me the URL and I'll be happy to test. :-) My email-address can be composed using the following parts: com gmail vidarino

 Re: Sharing Honey Pots
Author: A.Timmer   (27 Oct 06 6:42pm)
Thanks Vidar,

I typed:
GET /boguspage.php HTTP/1.1

and received this back:

HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently
Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2006 22:17:35 GMT
Server: Apache/2.0.59 (Unix) mod_perl/1.99_17-dev Perl/v5.8.5 mod_ssl/2.0.59 OpenSSL/0.9.7a PHP/4.4.4 FrontPage/
Content-Length: 412
Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1
<html><head><title>301 Moved Permanently</title>
</head><body><h1>Moved Permanently</h1>
<p>The document has moved<a href="">here</a>.</p>
<hr><address>Apache/2.0.59 (Unix) mod_perl/1.99_17-dev Perl/v5.8.5 mod_ssl/2.0.59 OpenSSL/0.9.7a P
HP/4.4.4 FrontPage/ Server at Port 80</address>

NOTE the location says "myhoneypot.html" because I'm using an html file for testing instead of the real honeypot php file !

The location is the correct location used as a redirect in my .htaccess file :

Redirect permanent /boguspage.php

Now does this mean it works for bots?

I know it works if I test it in my browser. I get redirected to the honeypot.html file just fine.
 Re: Sharing Honey Pots
Author: V.Madsen   (28 Oct 06 6:21am)
It may or may not work, but my bet is that it will. I think most bots would note the redirection URL and follow it, but some stupid ones might not. However, the HTML itself contains a "proper" link to the honeypot-page and if the bots miss that, too, they're really dumb. ;-)

Hmm, it would actually be interesting to try to fingerprint the different bots by monitoring their behaviour in cases like these, actually, combined with, say, their reported User-Agent, referrer, etc.


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