1. Symantec/
  2. Security Response/
  3. Backdoor.Femo


August 5, 2003
February 13, 2007 12:04:40 PM
Trojan Horse
Systems Affected:

When Backdoor.Femo is executed, it perform the following actions:
  1. Copies itself as %Windir%\System32\clipsvr32.exe.

    NOTE: %Windir% is a variable. The Backdoor locates the Windows installation folder (by default, this is C:\Windows or C:\Winnt) and copies itself to that location.

  2. Drops the file, %Windir%\System32\Mofei.cfg.

  3. On Windows 95/98/Me, it drops the file, %Windows%\System32\clipsvr16.exe, which works as a Backdoor.

  4. On Windows NT/2000/XP, it drops the file, %Windows%\System32\clipsvr.dll, which injects itself into the address space of lsass.exe and works as a Backdoor.

  5. Adds the value:

    "LocalSystem"="%Windows%\System32\clipsvr32.exe -v"


    "LocalSystem"="%Windows%\System32\clipsvr16.exe -v"

    to the registry key:


    so that the backdoor runs when you start Windows.

  6. Adds the service, "Clipbook," and sets it to run the clipsvr32.exe file.

    A Clipbook service is installed on some versions of Windows by default. If it is already installed, the Backdoor will replace the service with itself.

  7. The Backdoor listens for the commands from its creator, who may perform any of the following actions:
    • Access the Windows command shell (CMD.exe or command.com)
    • Run executable files
    • Delete/create files and folders
    • Download files from the Internet


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: Tony Lee
Summary| Technical Details| Removal

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