Scan the server from the hacker’s shell and malicious files

This is a lesson to clarify how to search and find the clues located inside the server, through the SSH shell. In order to search for malicious files or hacker’s shells links inside the server and check the server. Continue the steps as described in detail to scan the server from the hacker. First you should know that there are a lot of encrypted codes in the files and that may work on the server without the knowledge of the server. We’ll start looking for them step by step.

Steps to check the server

Type this command


find /home/*/public_html -name “*.php” -print | xargs egrep -l ‘ base64_’ >> /root/shell-result.txt


When you type this command, the results will be added to the encrypted chunks in the shell-result.txt file

Now that you have collected the files that are potentially encrypted, open this file to view the encrypted files.

cat /root/shell-result.txt

Second, the detection of the hacker’s shells through the ‘Functions’ used by hackers to hack and create backdoors in the web sites and use it as files penetration

find / home / * / public_html -name ‘error_log’ -print | xargs grep -i -l ‘has been disabled for security reasons’

Search for Perl files

find / home / * / public_html -name “* .pl”

The Perl files will appear to be the most common hacker files to hack servers.

Now, we’ll go for files that might potentially have files in. For this we will now look for folders that have a 777 authorization

Type this command

find / home / * / -type d -perm 0777

You will see a list of the 777 files, check it out for yourself and see if you have files with php extension


It is recommended that you change the permissions to 744, or 755. If you have to make the statement 777, you need to modify the .htaccess file in order to prevent any malicious file or shell from being uploaded.

Scan the server Now look for php.ini files that are working to bypass server protection.

Type this command and you will see the files that are named php.ini. You must make sure that there is hacker or hacker who used it. In this step, you might have a web site has been hacked in the server.

Note: not all the php.ini are from hackers, they might be by the server users to run their web applications. However, you can know that it is for hackers, when there is suspicious files in the same folder of “php.ini”.

find / home / * / public_html -name “php.ini”

These are some steps to check the server, there are a lot of tools and different ways to check the server. Now as a server owner what you need to do to avoid hacking your server and protecting the sites or system on your server. You should check your server weekly or at least once a month. This ensures that there is lesser risk.

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