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Trojan.Shylock.B

Risk Level 1: Very Low

Discovered:
August 27, 2012
Updated:
August 29, 2012 1:54:11 PM
Type:
Trojan
Systems Affected:
Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP
CVE References:
CVE-2011-3544, CVE-2012-0507
This threat is known to arrive on the compromised computer by exploiting the following vulnerabilities:
Oracle Java SE Rhino Script Engine Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2011-3544)
Oracle Java SE Remote Java Runtime Environment Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2012-0507)

When the Trojan is executed, it creates the following file:
%Temp%\[ONE LETTER].tmp.exe

It then opens a back door and connects to the command-and-control (C&C) server in order to download additional component files.

Next, the Trojan gathers information about the compromised computer and sends it to the C&C server.

It also injects itself into a svchost.exe process in order to receive commands from the C&C server. Some of the commands it can perform are as follows:
  • Uninstall itself
  • Setup a Virtual Network Computing (VNC) session
  • Gather cookies
  • Execute a file
  • Upload a file
  • Spread itself

It may attempt to spread by replacing the following file types on removable drives and network shares:
  • .ma
  • .md
  • .acc
  • .ad
  • .vtx
  • .vsx
  • .vdx
  • .vst
  • .vss
  • .vsd
  • .ppsx
  • .pps
  • .pptx
  • .ppt
  • .one
  • .docx
  • .doc
  • .xls
  • .lnk
  • .bat
  • .com
  • .exe

When one of the extensions listed above is found, it renames the original file as the following name:
Copy of [ORIGINAL FILE NAME].[EXTENSION]

It sets the attributes of this file to Hidden and System so the file is hidden from the user when exploring folder content in Explorer.

Next, the Trojan creates a copy of itself in the same directory and names it thumbs.dbh.

It also creates the following file as a replacement for the original file in order to trick users into running the Trojan:
[ORIGINAL FILE NAME].lnk

The Trojan then runs itself and also opens the original file in order to avoid suspicion from the user.

Recommendations

Symantec Security Response encourages all users and administrators to adhere to the following basic security "best practices":

  • Use a firewall to block all incoming connections from the Internet to services that should not be publicly available. By default, you should deny all incoming connections and only allow services you explicitly want to offer to the outside world.
  • Enforce a password policy. Complex passwords make it difficult to crack password files on compromised computers. This helps to prevent or limit damage when a computer is compromised.
  • Ensure that programs and users of the computer use the lowest level of privileges necessary to complete a task. When prompted for a root or UAC password, ensure that the program asking for administration-level access is a legitimate application.
  • Disable AutoPlay to prevent the automatic launching of executable files on network and removable drives, and disconnect the drives when not required. If write access is not required, enable read-only mode if the option is available.
  • Turn off file sharing if not needed. If file sharing is required, use ACLs and password protection to limit access. Disable anonymous access to shared folders. Grant access only to user accounts with strong passwords to folders that must be shared.
  • Turn off and remove unnecessary services. By default, many operating systems install auxiliary services that are not critical. These services are avenues of attack. If they are removed, threats have less avenues of attack.
  • If a threat exploits one or more network services, disable, or block access to, those services until a patch is applied.
  • Always keep your patch levels up-to-date, especially on computers that host public services and are accessible through the firewall, such as HTTP, FTP, mail, and DNS services.
  • Configure your email server to block or remove email that contains file attachments that are commonly used to spread threats, such as .vbs, .bat, .exe, .pif and .scr files.
  • Isolate compromised computers quickly to prevent threats from spreading further. Perform a forensic analysis and restore the computers using trusted media.
  • Train employees not to open attachments unless they are expecting them. Also, do not execute software that is downloaded from the Internet unless it has been scanned for viruses. Simply visiting a compromised Web site can cause infection if certain browser vulnerabilities are not patched.
  • If Bluetooth is not required for mobile devices, it should be turned off. If you require its use, ensure that the device's visibility is set to "Hidden" so that it cannot be scanned by other Bluetooth devices. If device pairing must be used, ensure that all devices are set to "Unauthorized", requiring authorization for each connection request. Do not accept applications that are unsigned or sent from unknown sources.
  • For further information on the terms used in this document, please refer to the Security Response glossary.
Writeup By: Branko Spasojevic
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