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Discovered: March 19, 2012
Updated: March 20, 2012 5:48:44 AM
Type: Worm
Infection Length: 265,728 bytes
Systems Affected: Windows

W32.Shadesrat.B is a worm that spreads through removable drives. It also opens a back door on the compromised computer.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version March 19, 2012 revision 037
  • Latest Rapid Release version February 19, 2013 revision 016
  • Initial Daily Certified version March 20, 2012 revision 002
  • Latest Daily Certified version March 20, 2012 revision 002
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date March 21, 2012

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

Writeup By: Hiroshi Shinotsuka

Discovered: March 19, 2012
Updated: March 20, 2012 5:48:44 AM
Type: Worm
Infection Length: 265,728 bytes
Systems Affected: Windows

When the worm is executed, it copies itself as the following files:

  • %System%\winlogin.exe
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\EZSpammer.exe

The worm then creates the following file:
%UserProfile%\Application Data\data.dat

The worm then creates the following registry entries so that it runs every time Windows starts:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{AB68ADAA-71EF-4CDD-BFFF-CEC31F5A92EB}\"StubPath" = "%UserProfile%\Application Data\EZSpammer.exe"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"winlogin" = "%UserProfile%\Application Data\EZSpammer.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{AB68ADAA-71EF-4CDD-BFFF-CEC31F5A92EB}\"StubPath" = "%UserProfile%\Application Data\EZSpammer.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"winlogin" = "%UserProfile%\Application Data\EZSpammer.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer\run\"winlogin" = "%UserProfile%\Application Data\EZSpammer.exe"

The worm then creates the following registry entries to bypass the Windows firewall:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\StandardProfile\"DoNotAllowExceptions" = "0"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\StandardProfile\AuthorizedApplications\List\"%CurrentFolder%\[ORIGINAL FILE NAME].exe" = "%CurrentFolder%\[ORIGINAL FILE NAME].exe:*:Enabled:Windows Messanger"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\StandardProfile\AuthorizedApplications\List\"%UserProfile%\Application Data\EZSpammer.exe" = "%UserProfile%\Application Data\EZSpammer.exe:*:Enabled:Windows Messanger"

It then creates the following registry entry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\VB and VBA Program Settings\SrvID\ID\"|Ae*}jFVWT" = "Blackshades"

It then attempts to open a back door on the compromised computer by connecting to the following locations:
  • ighetto.no-ip.org
  • ipinfodb.com

The worm then awaits for commands that allow an attacker to perform the following actions on the compromised computer:
  • Hijack the audio or video on the compromised computer
  • Inject itself into other running executable files
  • Perform distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks through UDP flooding
  • Record all keystrokes
  • Run as a proxy, redirecting an attackers traffic
  • Sniff network traffic
  • Upload or download files through HTTP and FTP

Next, the worm may steal passwords from the following applications:
  • Mozilla FireFox
  • MSN Messenger
  • .NET Messenger

The remote attacker may attempt to spread the worm through the following file-sharing applications, if installed on the compromised computer:
  • Vuze
  • LimeWire
  • uTorrent
  • BitTorrent

The worm may steal the license number, register name, and CD key of the following applications:
  • ACDSystems PicAView
  • Act of War
  • Adobe Photoshop 7
  • Advanced PDF Password Recovery
  • Advanced PDF Password Recovery Pro
  • Advanced ZIP Password Recovery
  • Anno 1701
  • Ashamopp WinOptimizer Platinum
  • AV Voice Changer
  • @stake LC5
  • Battlefield 1942
  • Battlefield 1942 Secret Weapons Of WWII
  • Battlefield 1942 The Road To Rome
  • Battlefield 2
  • Battlefield 2142
  • Battlefield Vietnam
  • Black and White
  • Black and White 2
  • Boulder Dash Rocks
  • Burnout Paradise
  • Call of Duty
  • Call of Duty 2
  • Call of Duty 4
  • Camtasia Studio 4(Name)
  • Camtasia Studio 4(Key)
  • Chrome
  • Codec Tweak Tool
  • Command and Conquer Generals
  • Command and Conquer Generals: Zero Hour
  • Command and Conquer Red Alert 2
  • Command and Conquer Red Alert
  • Command and Conquer Tiberian Sun
  • Command and Conquer 3
  • Company of Heroes
  • Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  • Counter-Strike
  • Crysis
  • Cyberlink PowerDVD
  • Cyberlink PowerBar
  • Cyberlink PowerProducer 3.0
  • Day of Defeat
  • Der Herr der Ringe: Die Schlacht um Mittelerde II
  • Die Sims 2
  • Die Sims 2 Wilde Campus-Jahre
  • Die Sims 2 Nightlife
  • Die Sims 2 Open for Business
  • Die Sims 2 Haustiere
  • Die Sims 2 Vier Jahreszeiten
  • Die Sims 2 Glamour-Accessoires
  • Die Sims 2 Party-Accessoires
  • Die Sims 2 H&M Fashion-Accessoires
  • DvD Audio Extractor
  • Empire Earth 2
  • F.E.A.R
  • F-Secure BackWeb
  • FarCry
  • FarCry 2
  • FIFA 2002
  • FIFA 2003
  • FIFA 2004
  • FIFA 2005
  • FIFA 2007
  • FIFA 08
  • Freedom Force
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War Beta
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War
  • Get Right
  • Global Operations
  • Gunman Chronicles
  • Half-Life
  • Hellgate: London
  • Hidden and Dangerous 2
  • IGI2: Covert Strike
  • InCD
  • Industry Giant 2
  • iPod Converter
  • James Bond 007 Nightfire
  • Legends of Might and Magic
  • Macromedia Flash 7
  • Macromedia Fireworks 7
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver 7
  • Madden NFL 07
  • Matrix Screensaver
  • Medal of Honor: Airborne
  • Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
  • Medal of Honor: Allied Assault: Breakthrough
  • Medal of Honor: Allied Assault: Spearhead
  • Medal of Honor: Heroes 2
  • mIRC
  • Nascar Racing 2002
  • Nascar Racing 2003
  • NHL 2002
  • NBA 2003
  • NBA 2004
  • NBA 2007
  • NBA Live 08
  • Need for Speed Carbon
  • Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2
  • Need For Speed Most Wanted
  • Need For Speed ProStreet
  • Need For Speed Underground
  • Need for Speed Underground 2
  • Nero Burning Rom 6
  • Nero 7
  • Nero 8
  • NHL 2002
  • NHL 2003
  • NHL 2004
  • NHL 2005
  • NOX
  • Numega SmartCheck
  • Online TVPlayer
  • O&O Defrag 8.0
  • Partition Magic 8.0
  • Passware Encryption Analyzer
  • Passware Windows Key
  • PowerDvD
  • PowerStrip
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2008
  • Rainbow Six III RavenShield
  • Shogun Total War Warlord Edition
  • Sid Meier's Pirates!
  • Silent Hunter III
  • Sim City 4 Deluxe
  • Sim City 4
  • Sniffer Pro 4.5
  • Soldiers Of Anarchy
  • Stalker - Shadow of Chernobyl
  • Star Wars Battlefront II (v1.0)
  • Star Wars Battlefront II (v1.1)
  • Steam installiert!
  • Steganos Internet Anonym VPN
  • Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow
  • Surpreme Commander
  • S.W.A.T 2
  • S.W.A.T 3
  • S.W.A.T 4
  • TechSmith SnagIt
  • Texas Calculatem 4
  • The Battle for Middle-earth
  • The Orange Box
  • The Sims Deluxe
  • The Sims Hot Date
  • The Sims House Party
  • The Sims Livin' Large
  • The Sims Superstar
  • The Sims Unleashed
  • The Sims Vacation
  • The Sims
  • Timeshift
  • TMPGEnc DVD Author
  • TMPGEnc Plus 2.5
  • Trackmania United
  • TuneUp 2007
  • TuneUp 2008
  • Ulead Burn.Now
  • Ulead DVD Power Tools 2
  • Unreal Tournament 2003
  • Unreal Tournament 2004
  • VSO ConvertXtoDVD
  • Visual CertExam Suite
  • VMWare
  • VMWare Workstation 5.0
  • Winamp
  • WinISO
  • World of Warcraft Installiert!
  • Zanzarah
  • ZoneAlarm

It then attempts to spread by copying itself as the following file on all removable drives:
%DriveLetter%\[ORIGINAL FILE NAME].exe

The worm then creates the following file so that it runs when the above drives are accessed:


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: Hiroshi Shinotsuka

Discovered: March 19, 2012
Updated: March 20, 2012 5:48:44 AM
Type: Worm
Infection Length: 265,728 bytes
Systems Affected: Windows

You may have arrived at this page either because you have been alerted by your Symantec product about this risk, or you are concerned that your computer has been affected by this risk.

Before proceeding further we recommend that you run a full system scan . If that does not resolve the problem you can try one of the options available below.

If you are a Norton product user, we recommend you try the following resources to remove this risk.

Removal Tool

If you have an infected Windows system file, you may need to replace it using the Windows installation CD .

How to reduce the risk of infection
The following resources provide further information and best practices to help reduce the risk of infection.

If you are a Symantec business product user, we recommend you try the following resources to remove this risk.

Identifying and submitting suspect files
Submitting suspicious files to Symantec allows us to ensure that our protection capabilities keep up with the ever-changing threat landscape. Submitted files are analyzed by Symantec Security Response and, where necessary, updated definitions are immediately distributed through LiveUpdate™ to all Symantec end points. This ensures that other computers nearby are protected from attack. The following resources may help in identifying suspicious files for submission to Symantec.

Removal Tool

If you have an infected Windows system file, you may need to replace it using the Windows installation CD .

How to reduce the risk of infection
The following resource provides further information and best practices to help reduce the risk of infection.
Protecting your business network

The following instructions pertain to all current Symantec antivirus products.

1. Performing a full system scan
How to run a full system scan using your Symantec product

2. Restoring settings in the registry
Many risks make modifications to the registry, which could impact the functionality or performance of the compromised computer. While many of these modifications can be restored through various Windows components, it may be necessary to edit the registry. See in the Technical Details of this writeup for information about which registry keys were created or modified. Delete registry subkeys and entries created by the risk and return all modified registry entries to their previous values.

Writeup By: Hiroshi Shinotsuka