Backdoor.Beasty.C

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Discovered: February 24, 2003
Updated: February 13, 2007 11:43:28 AM
Also Known As: Trojan Beast 1.92, Backdoor.Beastdoor.192 [KAV]
Type: Trojan Horse
Systems Affected: Windows



Backdoor.Beasty.C is a backdoor Trojan that is similar to Backdoor.Beasty and Backdoor.Beasty.B .

Backdoor.Beasty.C gives a hacker complete access to your computer. By default, the Trojan listens on port 666 and notifies the hacker through email or ICQ. The Trojan attempts to terminate the various security products and system monitoring tools.

The Backdoor.Beasty.C Trojan was created using the Delphi programming language and it is an updated version of Backdoor.Beasty.B .

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version February 25, 2003
  • Latest Rapid Release version August 20, 2008 revision 017
  • Initial Daily Certified version February 25, 2003
  • Latest Daily Certified version August 20, 2008 revision 016
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date February 26, 2003

Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

Writeup By: Jason Pan

Discovered: February 24, 2003
Updated: February 13, 2007 11:43:28 AM
Also Known As: Trojan Beast 1.92, Backdoor.Beastdoor.192 [KAV]
Type: Trojan Horse
Systems Affected: Windows


When Backdoor.Beasty.C is executed, it reads the configuration data from itself. Then, it performs some or all of the following actions:

  1. Terminates several security products and system monitoring tools.
  2. Copies itself as %System%\Mshost.exe.

    NOTE: %System% is a variable. The Trojan locates the System folder and copies itself to that location. By default, the location is C:\Windows\System (Windows 95/98/Me), C:\Winnt\System32 (Windows NT/2000), or C:\Windows\System32 (Windows XP).
  3. Creates the folder, \Windows\msagent, and copies itself to that folder as msag.com.
  4. Creates the registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Active Setup\
    Installed Components\{54AD0222-BB51-31EF-BBFA-06AA12E6115C}

    and adds the value:

    StubPath \WINDOWS\msagent\msag.com

    to this registry key. This causes the Trojan to run every time you start Windows.
  5. Creates the registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
    Policies\Explorer\Run

    and adds the value:

    "COM Service" %system%\COM\mscom32.com

    to this registry key.

    However, there is no directory COM and also no file mscom32.com in that directory.
  6. Logs the keyboard events.
  7. Sends via email the name and IP address of the infected computer to the hacker.
  8. Notifies the hacker through ICQ.
  9. Listens on port 666 and waits for a command from the hacker.


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: Jason Pan

Discovered: February 24, 2003
Updated: February 13, 2007 11:43:28 AM
Also Known As: Trojan Beast 1.92, Backdoor.Beastdoor.192 [KAV]
Type: Trojan Horse
Systems Affected: Windows



These instructions pertain to all current and recent Symantec antivirus products, including the Symantec AntiVirus and Norton AntiVirus product lines.

  1. Reverse the changes that the Trojan made to the registry, and then restart the computer.
  2. Update the virus definitions.
  3. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as Backdoor.Beasty.C.

For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. Reversing the changes that the Trojan made to the registry

Because the Trojan modified the registry so that the Trojan runs when you run any .exe file, first make a copy of the Registry Editor as a file with the .com extension, and then run the copy. Then, edit the registry.
  1. Do one of the following, depending on which version of Windows you are running:
    1. Windows 95/98 users:
      1. Click Start.
      2. Point to Programs.
      3. Click the MS-DOS Prompt. (A DOS window opens at the C:\Windows prompt.) Proceed to step 2, "Updating the virus definitions," of this section.
    2. Windows Me users:
      1. Click Start.
      2. Point to Programs.
      3. Point to Accessories.
      4. Click the MS-DOS Prompt. (A DOS window opens at the C:\Windows prompt.) Proceed to step 2, "Updating the virus definitions," of this section.
    3. Windows NT/2000 users:
      1. Click Start, and then click Run.
      2. Type command, and then press Enter. (A DOS window opens.)
      3. Type cd \winnt, and then press Enter.
      4. Go to step 2 of this section.
    4. Windows XP users:
      1. Click Start, and then click Run.
      2. Type command, and then press Enter. (A DOS window opens.)
      3. Type the following:

        cd\
        cd \windows

        Press Enter after typing each one.
      4. Proceed to step 2 of this section.

  2. Type copy regedit.exe regedit.com, and then press Enter.
  3. Type start regedit.com, and then press Enter. (The Registry Editor will open in front of the DOS window.)

    After you finish editing the registry, exit the Registry Editor, and then exit the DOS window as well.
  4. Before continuing, Symantec strongly recommends that you back up the registry before you make any changes to it. Incorrect changes to the registry can result in permanent data loss or corrupted files. Modify the specified keys only. For instructions, read the document, "How to make a backup of the Windows registry."
  5. Navigate to and delete the key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Active Setup\
    Installed Components\{54AD0222-BB51-31EF-BBFA-06AA12E6115C}
  6. Navigate to and delete the key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
    Policies\Explorer\Run
  7. Exit the Registry Editor.
  8. Restart the computer.

2. Updating the virus definitions
Symantec Security Response fully tests all the virus definitions for quality assurance before they are posted to our servers. There are two ways to obtain the most recent virus definitions:
  • Running LiveUpdate, which is the easiest way to obtain the virus definitions. These virus definitions are posted to the LiveUpdate servers once each week (usually on Wednesdays), unless there is a major virus outbreak. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by LiveUpdate, refer to the Virus Definitions (LiveUpdate), in the "Protection" section, at the top of this writeup.
  • Downloading the definitions using the Intelligent Updater. The Intelligent Updater virus definitions are posted on U.S. business days (Monday through Friday). You should download the definitions from the Symantec Security Response Web site and manually install them. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by the Intelligent Updater, refer to the Virus Definitions (Intelligent Updater), in the "Protection" section, at the top of this writeup.

    The Intelligent Updater virus definitions are available here. For detailed instructions on how to download and install the Intelligent Updater virus definitions from the Symantec Security Response Web site, click here.

3. Scanning for and deleting the infected files
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program and make sure that it is configured to scan all the files.
  2. Run a full system scan.
  3. If any files are detected as infected with Backdoor.Beasty.C, click Delete.


Writeup By: Jason Pan