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Discovered: August 14, 2003
Updated: February 13, 2007 12:05:55 PM
Also Known As: Backdoor.Graybird.g [KAV], Troj/Graybird-A [Sophos]
Type: Trojan Horse
Systems Affected: Windows

Backdoor.Graybird.E is a variant of Backdoor.Graybird . This Trojan Horse gives its creator unauthorized access to your computer. The existence of the file, Sp00lsv.exe, is an indication of a possible infection.

This threat is written in Borland Delphi and is compressed with ASPack.

This Trojan Horse was spammed in an email, claiming to be from Microsoft.

The email had the following characteristics:

Subject: updated
Dear customer:
At 11:34 A.M. Pacific Time on August 13, Microsoft began investigating a
worm reported by Microsoft Product Support Services (PSS). A new worm
commonly known as W32.Blaster.Worm has been identified that exploits the
vulnerability that was addressed by Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-026.

Download the attached update program. To begin the download process, do one
of the following:

To download the attached program to your computer for installation at a
later time, click Save or Save this program to disk.then run it.
If you have any problem ,connect to us immediately.

Attachment: 03-26updated.exe

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version August 14, 2003
  • Latest Rapid Release version August 20, 2008 revision 017
  • Initial Daily Certified version August 14, 2003
  • Latest Daily Certified version August 20, 2008 revision 016
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date August 20, 2003

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

Writeup By: Scott Gettis

Discovered: August 14, 2003
Updated: February 13, 2007 12:05:55 PM
Also Known As: Backdoor.Graybird.g [KAV], Troj/Graybird-A [Sophos]
Type: Trojan Horse
Systems Affected: Windows

When Backdoor.Graybird.E runs, it does the following:

  1. Copies itself as %System%\Sp00lsv.exe. The file attributes are set to Hidden and System.

    %System% is a variable. The Trojan locates the System folder and copies itself to that location. By default, this is C:\Windows\System (Windows 95/98/Me), C:\Winnt\System32 (Windows NT/2000), or C:\Windows\System32 (Windows XP).

  2. Creates the value:


    in the registry keys:


    so that the Trojan runs when you start Windows.

  3. If the operating system is Windows 95/98/Me, the Trojan adds the line:


    to the [windows] section of the Win.ini file, so that the Trojan runs when you start Windows.

    Then, the Trojan attempts to access the password cache stored on your computer. The cached passwords include the modem and dialup passwords, URL passwords, share passwords, and others.

  4. Connects to a specified server on port 8001 and sends system information to that server.
  5. Sends a notification email to the Trojan's creator.
  6. Intercepts keystrokes, which could allow Backdoor.Graybird.E to steal confidential information.

Once Backdoor.Graybird.E is installed, it waits for commands from the remote client. These commands allow the Trojan's creator to perform any of the following actions:
  • Deliver system and network information to the Trojan's creator, including the login names and cached network passwords.
  • Install an FTP server, allowing the Trojan's creator to use the compromised computer as a temporary storage device.
  • Open or close the CD-ROM drive and perform other annoying actions.
  • Download and execute files.
  • Install a Socks5 proxy server.


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: Scott Gettis

Discovered: August 14, 2003
Updated: February 13, 2007 12:05:55 PM
Also Known As: Backdoor.Graybird.g [KAV], Troj/Graybird-A [Sophos]
Type: Trojan Horse
Systems Affected: Windows

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

  1. Disable System Restore (Windows Me/XP).
  2. Update the virus definitions.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Windows 95/98/Me: Restart the computer in Safe mode.
    • Windows NT/2000/XP: End the Trojan process.
  4. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as Backdoor.Graybird.E.
  5. Reverse the changes that the Trojan made to the registry.
  6. Reverse the changes that the Trojan made to the Win.ini file (Windows 95/98/Me only).
For details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. Disabling System Restore (Windows Me/XP)
If you are running Windows Me or Windows XP, we recommend that you temporarily turn off System Restore. Windows Me/XP uses this feature, which is enabled by default, to restore the files on your computer in case they become damaged. If a virus, worm, or Trojan infects a computer, System Restore may back up the virus, worm, or Trojan on the computer.

Windows prevents outside programs, including antivirus programs, from modifying System Restore. Therefore, antivirus programs or tools cannot remove threats in the System Restore folder. As a result, System Restore has the potential of restoring an infected file on your computer, even after you have cleaned the infected files from all the other locations.

Also, a virus scan may detect a threat in the System Restore folder even though you have removed the threat.

For instructions on how to turn off System Restore, read your Windows documentation, or one of the following articles:
For additional information, and an alternative to disabling Windows Me System Restore, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article, "Antivirus Tools Cannot Clean Infected Files in the _Restore Folder ," Article ID: Q263455.

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 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).
  • 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).

    The Intelligent Updater virus definitions are available: Read "How to update virus definition files using the Intelligent Updater" for detailed instructions.

3. Restarting the computer in Safe mode or ending the Trojan process
    Windows 95/98/Me
    Restart the computer in Safe mode. All the Windows 32-bit operating systems, except for Windows NT, can be restarted in Safe mode. For instructions, read the document, "How to start the computer in Safe Mode."

    Windows NT/2000/XP
    To end the Trojan process:
    1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete once.
    2. Click Task Manager.
    3. Click the Processes tab.
    4. Double-click the Image Name column header to alphabetically sort the processes.
    5. Scroll through the list and look for Sp00lsv.exe.
    6. If you find the file, click it, and then click End Process.
    7. Exit the Task Manager.
4. 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.Graybird.E, click Delete.

5. Reversing the changes made to the registry

: Symantec strongly recommends that you back up the registry before making any changes to it. Incorrect changes to the registry can result in permanent data loss or corrupted files. Modify the specified keys only. Read the document, "How to make a backup of the Windows registry," for instructions.
  1. Click Start, and then click Run. (The Run dialog box appears.)
  2. Type regedit

    Then click OK. (The Registry Editor opens.)

  3. Navigate to each of these keys:


  4. For each key, in the right pane, delete the value:


  5. Exit the Registry Editor.

6. Reversing the changes made to the Win.ini file
If you are running Windows 95/98/Me, follow these steps:
  1. The function you perform depends on your operating system:
    • Windows 95/98: Go to step B.
    • Windows Me: If you are running Windows Me, the Windows Me file-protection process may have made a backup copy of the Win.ini file that you need to edit. If this backup copy exists, it will be in the C:\Windows\Recent folder. Symantec recommends deleting this file before continuing with the steps in this section. To do this:
      1. Start Windows Explorer.
      2. Browse to and select the C:\Windows\Recent folder.
      3. In the right pane, select the Win.ini file and delete it. The Win.ini file will be regenerated when you save your changes to it in step F.

  2. Click Start, and then click Run.
  3. Type the following:

    edit c:\windows\win.ini

    and then click OK. (The MS-DOS Editor opens.)

    NOTE: If Windows is installed in a different location, make the appropriate path substitution.

  4. In the [windows] section of the file, look for a line similar to:


  5. If this line exists, delete the entire line.
  6. Click File, and then click Save.
  7. Click File, and then click Exit.

Writeup By: Scott Gettis