Simple PharmingMay 5, 2008 – 5:17 AM
The hosts file on XP is located at:
And consist of something like this:
# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp. # # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows. # # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name. # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one # space. # # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual # lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol. # # For example: # # 126.96.36.199 rhino.acme.com # source server # 188.8.131.52 x.acme.com # x client host 127.0.0.1 localhost
Et Voila, that’s all there really is for a very basic pharming attack, obviously there are more ways but this gives a good example on what pharming exactly is and does, and how easy it actually can be.