1. Symantec/
  2. Security Response/
  3. Backdoor.Haxdoor.O


Risk Level 1: Very Low

July 23, 2006
February 13, 2007 12:57:52 PM
Also Known As:
Trojan Horse
Systems Affected:

When Backdoor.Haxdoor.O is executed, it performs the following actions:
  1. Drops the following files:

    • %System%\qo.dll
    • %System%\qo.sys
    • %System%\yvsvga.dll
    • %System%\ycsvga.sys
    • %System%\yvsvga.sys

      Note: %System% is a variable that refers to the System folder. 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 following files, where it will store information stolen from the compromised computer:

    • %System%\gsvga.bin
    • %System%\mnsvgas.bin
    • %System%\lps.dat
    • %System%\ttsvga.dat
    • %System%\tnstt.a3d
    • %System%\wagfola4w.dat
    • %System%\shsvga.bin
    • %System%\kgctini.dat

  3. Hides all of the above files using a rootkit.

  4. Creates the service ycsvga by creating the following registry subkeys and then hides the service using a rootkit:


  5. Creates the following registry subkey on computers running Windows XP/2000/NT so that it is executed every time Windows starts:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify\yvsvga

  6. Creates the following registry subkeys so that it runs in safe mode:


  7. Deletes the following registry subkey:


  8. Attempts to hide its presence by injecting yvsvga.dll into the process of explorer.exe and executing a remote thread.

  9. Opens a back door on a random TCP port. The remote attacker can then perform the following actions on the compromised computer:

    • Download files
    • Execute programs
    • Control the device driver of the rootkit
    • Steal passwords stored in Protected Storage
    • Steal cached passwords by calling WNetEnumCachedPasswords API
    • Steal the Miranda IM password
    • Gather dialup connection information
    • Check if WebMoney application is installed on the compromised computer
    • Steal ICQ passwords
    • Log keystrokes

  10. May retrieve detailed account information by accessing the following URL with some locally stolen information added as parameters:


  11. Sends an email containing the stolen information 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: Hyun Choi
Summary| Technical Details| Removal

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