wild and says it may have been used to compromise four servers belonging to the free software project, after initial unprivileged access was gained by
using a sniffed password.
Debian is a free operating system which uses the Linux kernel; most of the basic OS tools come from the GNU project hence the name GNU/Linux. The
break-in was reported on November 21.
An ongoing investigation had shown that a sniffed password was used to initially access the server named klecker, one of four which was compromised, a
post to one of the Debian mailing lists, by James Troup, said.