This Public Service Announcement is a follow up to SA-CORE-2014-005 – Drupal core – SQL injection. This is not an announcement of a new vulnerability in Drupal.
Automated attacks began compromising Drupal 7 websites that were not patched or updated to Drupal 7.32 within hours of the announcement of SA-CORE-2014-005 – Drupal core – SQL injection. You should proceed under the assumption that every Drupal 7 website was compromised unless updated or patched before Oct 15th, 11pm UTC, that is 7 hours after the announcement.
Simply updating to Drupal 7.32 will not remove backdoors.
If you have not updated or applied this patch, do so immediately, then continue reading this announcement; updating to version 7.32 or applying the patch fixes the vulnerability but does not fix an already compromised website. If you find that your site is already patched but you didn’t do it, that can be a symptom that the site was compromised – some attacks have applied the patch as a way to guarantee they are the only attacker in control of the site.
Data and damage control
Attackers may have copied all data out of your site and could use it maliciously. There may be no trace of the attack.
Attackers may have created access points for themselves (sometimes called “backdoors”) in the database, code, files directory and other locations. Attackers could compromise other services on the server or escalate their access.
Removing a compromised website’s backdoors is difficult because it is not possible to be certain all backdoors have been found.
The Drupal security team recommends that If you did not patch Drupal or otherwise block the SQL injection attacks within hours of the announcement of Oct 15th, 4pm UTC, you should restore your website to a backup from before 15 October 2014:
- Take the website offline by replacing it with a static HTML page
- Notify the server’s administrator emphasizing that your Drupal installation might have been compromised
- Restore the website (Drupal files, uploaded files and database) from backups from before 15 October 2014
- Update or patch the restored Drupal core code
- Put the restored and patched/updated website back online
- Manually redo any desired changes made to the website since the date of the restored backup
- Audit anything merged from the compromised website, such as custom code, configuration, files or other artifacts, to confirm they are correct and have not been tampered with.
While recovery without restoring from backup may be possible, this is not advised because backdoors can be extremely difficult to find. The recommendation is to restore from backup or rebuild from scratch.