1. Symantec/
  2. Security Response/
  3. W32.Nimos.Worm


Risk Level 1: Very Low

March 18, 2004
February 13, 2007 12:19:37 PM
Also Known As:
W32/Nomis.worm [Mcafee]
Systems Affected:

When the worm is executed, it does following:
  1. Copies itself as %Windows%\System\Lsass.exe.

    Note: %Windir% is a variable. The W32.Nimos.Worm locates the Windows installation folder (by default, this is C:\Windows or C:\Winnt) and copies itself to that location.

  2. Creates the following files:
    • %Windir%\Ocxtodll.exe.
    • %System%\Msinet.ocx
    • %System%\Vbs6stkit.dll
    • %System%\Mswinsck.ocx

      All of these files are not malicious, and therefore, Symantec antivirus products do not detect them.

  3. Attempts to copy itself to the following folders on remote computers:
    • \Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    • \Windows\Menu D.marrer\Programmes\D.marrage
    • \Windows\Men.Inicio\Programas\Inicio
    • \Windows\Men.Inici\Programes\Iniciaci
    • \Winnt\Profiles\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    • \Winnt\Profiles\All Users\Men.inicio\Programas\Inicio
    • \Winnt\Profiles\All Users\Menu D.marrer\Programmes\D.marrage
    • \Winnt\Profiles\Administrator\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    • \Winnt\Profiles\Administrator\Men.inicio\Programas\Inicio
    • \Winnt\Profiles\Administrator\Menu D.marrer\Programmes\D.marrage
    • \Documents and Settings\Administrator\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    • \Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    • \Documents and Settings\All Users\Men.inicio\Programas\Inicio
    • \windows
    • \winnt

  4. Adds the value:

    "System Handler"="%Windir%\System\LSASS.EXE"

    to the registry keys:



    so that the W32.Nimos.Worm runs when you start Windows.

  5. Adds the registry key:

    System Handler

    under the key:


  6. Modifies the default value of the following registry key:


    This causes the worm to execute every time a .exe file is executed.

  7. Attempts to log key strokes and send it to a predetermined email address.


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: Kaoru Hayashi
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