A hacker got into a web server and added this string (removed some characters for security purposes and added line breaks for readability) in all index.php files:


I have tried using the sed command to remove it (replacing it with nothing) but it is nearly impossible to define a working regular expression with such a huge string.

Is there another way, maybe reading the string from a .txt file?

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Assumung you don't use these tricks anywhere, why not this (appropriately executed, using sed -i and maybe find -exec ..., which was not part of your question, was it?)

$ sed 's/eval(gzuncompress(base64_decode(.*)));//' << EOF                     
> <?php eval(gzuncompress(base64_decode('eF5Tcffxd3L0CY5WjzcyNDGGMV4+1dSwqSqzU0LQGAJCPCMM=')));eval(gzuncompress(base64_decode('eF5LK81LLsnMzKx+JjNW0rgUAqDUUxQ=='))); eval(gzuncompress(base64_decode('eF6VlMmy/3sMxOez/iJOojHFT0Ig/8jlTymmN/I=')));?>
<?php  ?>

...you can afterwards deal with the empty <?php ?>s (which don't hurt much, do they?).

Edit removed line breaks to make sure it fits to the situation described.

Edit2 You'd be better off just replacing everything with a (known good) backup, probably, if you've got one.

Edit3 I just caught the "all index.php files" bit. You can thus try something like

find /path/to/wwwroot -name "index.php" -exec sed -i regex {} \;
  • I have used some backups but for some files I had to do it this way. Thanks sr_! It worked great.
    – Kenzier
    Commented Nov 15, 2011 at 11:25

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