Generic Botnet Client Detection (deprecated)

critical Nessus Network Monitor Plugin ID 3118


The remote host has been compromised and is running a 'backdoor' program.


The remote host appears to be running a machine that has been compromised and is being controlled by a botnet. A botnet is a network of compromised computers that are remotely controlled by a malicious bot administrator. Botnets are commonly used for
sending spam
running Denial of Service (DoS) attacks against other networks
scanning and compromising new systems
Installing sniffers
Installing keyloggers
Identify theft


Manually inspect the machine for malicious processes. In addition, you may wish to consider installing security software that detects and blocks this sort of malicious software.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 3118

Family: FTP Servers

Published: 7/27/2005

Updated: 1/15/2016