Directadmin and wrong JPEG library version – FreeBSD

I came across this error a few times on DirectAdmin installations. I first noticed this error when I installed Nextgen Gallery plugin on some WordPress installation. When I tried to upload some pictures, php should resize them and create thumbnails, but instead of thumbnails I’ll get error about JPEG library (checked in error log). Below is procedure on how to fix that error. At least it worked for me. This Directaadmin was installed on FreeBSD 9.1.

  • Login as root
  • Update ports
[root@lala ~]# portsnap fetch update
  • Delete currently installed JPEG library
[root@lala ~]# pkg_info | grep jpeg
[root@lala ~]# pkg_delete jpeg
  • Install jpeg library with custombuild
  • Edit your configuration script for php in custombuild. Add or edit values as bellow. Notice that path is not /usr/local/lib anymore.
–with-gd \
–with-jpeg-dir=/usr/local \
  • Rebuild PHP with custombuild
[root@lala ~]# cd /usr/local/directadmin/custombuild
[root@lala /usr/local/directadmin/custombuild]# ./build php n
  • When build is complete, restart Apache and try it again. It should work.
[root@lala ~]# /usr/local/etc/rc.d/httpd restart


Find CryptoPHP hacks on your server / False php scripts

CryptoPHP is nasty little shit! A while ago I had a problem with spam on one of our hosting servers. When we ended on several RBL lists, one of them stated that there is a possible way that our machine is infected with CryptoPHP. Hacked files can be very hard to find. PHP code was hidden in false .png files! This pngs were then included in some legit php files, like index.php. So every time index.php was loaded, hacked code inside included png file was loaded too.

Here is how you can find if there are false png files on your system. Just scan your directory with this line:

find -L /path/to/dir/ -type f -name "*.png" -exec file {} + | grep PHP

You could also scan your system for other types of files. Just replace *.png with something elese, for example *.jpg.

Output for legit files will look something like this:

./wp-includes/js/tinymce/skins/wordpress/images/more-2x.png:    PNG image data, 3800 x 40, 4-bit colormap, non-interlaced

Output for script that pretends to be regular PNG file – hacks – will look something like this:

./test.png:   PHP script, ASCII text

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