Thursday, December 27, 2007

Storm keeps coming (4th variant)

They just keep coming...this one is very similar to the 3rd variant we reviewed, but some changes are apparent.
1) Hash: 1f362ad74d62262bff6bcb1d078cbf7d
2) Aside from yet again changing the domain and binary, the hidden files written upon execution are as follows:

Helios Rootkit Detector
Scanning File System For Hidden Files

[*] Scanning Drive C
1 C:\WINDOWS\system32\bldy.config Hidden From API
2 C:\WINDOWS\system32\bldy3a80-61.sys Hidden From API
Execute Duration (in seconds)=18

Loaded Drivers:
Driver File Company Name Description

Kernel31 Api Log
***** Installing Hooks *****
4012d8 CreateFileA(C:\WINDOWS\System32\bldy.config)
40117f CreateFileA(C:\WINDOWS\System32\bldy3a80-61.sys)

WatchDir Initilized OK
Watching C:\WINDOWS
Created: C:\WINDOWS\system32\bldy.config
Modifed: C:\WINDOWS\system32\bldy.config
Modifed: C:\WINDOWS\system32
Created: C:\WINDOWS\system32\bldy3a80-61.sys
Modifed: C:\WINDOWS\system32\bldy3a80-61.sys

Better AV coverage again:

AntiVir - TR/Crypt.XDR.Gen
Authentium - W32/Dropper.gen6
Avast - Win32:Zhelatin-ASX
AVG - Dropper.Generic.TLX
BitDefender - Trojan.Peed.IRG
ClamAV - Trojan.Peed-66
DrWeb - Trojan.Spambot.2386
Fortinet - W32/Tibs.G@mm
F-Prot - W32/Dropper.gen6
F-Secure -
Kaspersky -
NOD32v2 - Win32/Nuwar.BA
Panda - Suspicious file
Prevx1 - Stormy:Worm-All Variants
Sophos - Mal/Dorf-H
Symantec - Trojan.Peacomm
VirusBuster - Trojan.DR.Zhelatin.AS
Webwasher-Gateway - Trojan.Crypt.XDR.Gen

Aside from the inherent value of keeping an eye on the ISC Diary, please refer to the US-CERT alert.
They'll keep coming, we'll keep watching.
Storm keep coming (4th variant) at Digg Storm keep coming (4th variant)

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Holiday Storm Part 3

I know, I know...enough already. But our Storm friends have changed the game a bit for the third round, as discussed on the ISC Diary, in particular Update 3. The changed domain and binary name led me to ponder what else has changed. So...
1) New hash: BE22F894AC662C905C37CEFDE66DE065
2) Better hiding skills, no visible running processes, nastiness all hidden from the API (can you say rootkit?). No more hanging out in the open, easily seen.
The Helios Rootkit Detector, now included in RAPIER, discovered darker voodoo than the last two versions:

Scanning File System For Hidden Files
[*] Scanning Drive C
1 C:\WINDOWS\system32\cleanmgr.exe Hidden From API
2 C:\WINDOWS\system32\clean.config Hidden From API
3 C:\WINDOWS\system32\clean6c9-3320.sys Hidden From API
4 C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\cleanmgr.exe Hidden From API

SysAnalyzer says:

Loaded Drivers:
Driver File Company Name Description

Kernel31 Api Log
***** Installing Hooks *****
4012c1 CreateFileA(C:\WINDOWS\System32\clean.config)
40117f CreateFileA(C:\WINDOWS\System32\clean6c9-3320.sys)

WatchDir Initilized OK
Watching C:\WINDOWS
Created: C:\WINDOWS\system32\clean.config
Modifed: C:\WINDOWS\system32\clean.config
Modifed: C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\system.LOG
Modifed: C:\WINDOWS\system32
Created: C:\WINDOWS\system32\clean6c9-3320.sys
Modifed: C:\WINDOWS\system32\clean6c9-3320.sys

3) AV coverage is further improved for this version:

AntiVir - TR/Rootkit.Gen
Authentium - W32/StormWorm.R
Avast - Win32:Zhelatin-ASX
AVG - Dropper.Generic.TLF
BitDefender - DeepScan:Generic.Malware.FMH@mmign.55A134E9
ClamAV - Trojan.Zhelatin
DrWeb - Trojan.Spambot.2387
Fortinet - W32/Tibs.G@mm
F-Prot - W32/StormWorm.R
F-Secure -
Ikarus - Virus.Win32.Zhelatin.ASX
Kaspersky -
Microsoft - Backdoor:WinNT/Nuwar.B!sys
NOD32v2 - Win32/Fuclip.AW
Panda - Suspicious file
Prevx1 - Stormy:Worm-All Variants
Sophos - Mal/Dorf-H
Webwasher-Gateway - Trojan.Rootkit.Gen

How perfectly unpleasant, making things more difficult to spot. Here's my New Years wish for the Storm lamers. Bugger off (kept pleasant for the kids).

Holiday Storm Part 3 at Digg Holiday Storm Part 3

Malware analysis tools

I've been asked to share the tools I use for malware analysis, in particular API details.
The Malcode Analysis Software Tools from iDefense Labs are extremely useful. toolsmith featured the suite in the July 2007 column.
API-Logger can be used as a standalone tool or you can run the .exe through SysAnalyzer which includes API-Logger output.
Other important pieces in my sandbox included VMWare Server (Linux host, Windows VMs), PE Explorer, RAPIER 3.2, Wireshark, Mandiant Red Curtain (MRC), and the Systinternals tools.
Check the toolsmith page for articles on Wireshark, MRC, and RAPIER use as well.
Required reading from the "The Godfather of RE", Lenny Zeltser, includes his Reverse Engineering Malware paper.
Malware analysis tools at Digg Malware analysis tools

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

New Years Storm deja vu

Not content to settle for all the new bot's they got for Christmas, the RBN would like to wish you a Happy New Year as well with hxxp://
New hash, 5bb3606d36019142507043f30401c5d2, same malware as that we received when we fell for the Christmas strip show they offered us ;-).
Again, it copies itself to C:\WINDOWS as disnisa.exe, writes the same registry keys and config file, and follows the same network attributes as mentioned in previous post, but better AV coverage now that this variant's been around for a few days:

AntiVir - Worm/Zhelatin.ob
Authentium - W32/StormWorm.P
BitDefender - Trojan.Peed.IRE
CAT-QuickHeal - (Suspicious) - DNAScan
DrWeb - Trojan.Packed.263
eSafe - Suspicious File
eTrust-Vet - Win32/Sintun.AT
F-Prot - W32/StormWorm.P
F-Secure -
Kaspersky -
Microsoft - Trojan:Win32/Tibs.gen!ldr
Prevx1 - Stormy:Worm-All Variants
Symantec - Trojan.Peacomm.D
Webwasher-Gateway - Worm.Zhelatin.ob

I was further intrigued by the name they chose for the .exe, in particular, disnisa. Appears it was or is the name of a wine and spirits import company in Nicaragua, importers of Heineken, Chivas Reagal, Cuervo, Concha y Toro, and Moet & Chandon. Is there correlation given the time of year? Who knows.
Happy New Years from disnisa. Drink the product (responsibly), but don't open the ecard. ;-)

New Years Storm deja vu at Digg New Years Storm deja vu

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Storm-Bot stripshow analysis

Merry Christmas from the RBN. Now on a PC near you, a stripshow from Santa's helpers. Or not.
The ISC reported the expected Storm surge Christmas eve at 0000 GMT.
hxxp:// (modified to protect the innocent) yields a hash of 2BBA62FBC3B9AF85C3C7D64A82E1237C. Once executed it immediately copies itself as disnisa.exe to C:\WINDOWS and adds a startup registry key for the same.

Current AV detection includes:
Kaspersky stripshow.exe - Email-Worm.Win32.Zhelatin.pd.
eTrust-Vet - Win32/Sintun.AT
Microsoft - Trojan:Win32/Tibs.gen!ldr
Symantec - Trojan.Peacomm.D

After a quick time check to Microsoft's time server, this variant switches immediately to very noisy P2P on a variety of ports. In addition to the ISC-recommended HTTP and email blocks for outbound to, you have to consider if you really need outbound UDP traffic above 1024. I'm a firm believer in deny all and make exceptions only via legitimate business case. If you can achieve such lockdown, even though your hosts may suffer infection, they won't be communicating with their friends and neighbors.
From API analysis we see a few interesting tidbits:

w32tm /config /update
403014 Copy(c:\malware\stripshow.exe->C:\WINDOWS\disnisa.exe)
77e6bc59 WriteFile(h=7a0)
403038 RegOpenKeyExA (HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run)
40305f RegSetValueExA (disnisa)
402ba0 WinExec(w32tm /config /syncfromflags:manual /,,100)
77e7d0b7 WaitForSingleObject(788,64)
402ba8 WinExec(w32tm /config /update,100)
40309b CreateProcessA(C:\WINDOWS\disnisa.exe,(null),0,(null))
4030df WinExec(netsh firewall set allowedprogram "C:\WINDOWS\disnisa.exe" enable,100)
71ab52c6 LoadLibraryA(C:\WINDOWS\system32\mswsock.dll)=71a50000
71a5716a LoadLibraryA(C:\WINDOWS\system32\mswsock.dll)=71a50000
71aa14eb GlobalAlloc()
40da1b bind(8c, port=26790)
77e7ac53 CreateRemoteThread(h=ffffffff, start=404b05)
40da1b bind(b8, port=7018)
40d9c7 listen(h=b8 )
40a262 WaitForSingleObject(d4,2710)

Nice, do a little time sync, allow ourselves through the firewall, then bind, listen, and wait.
First, add another registry entry,

0cd2d RegCreateKeyExA (HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ITStorage\Finders,)

then start connecting:

71a54cee LoadLibraryA(C:\WINDOWS\system32\mswsock.dll)=71a50000
77e7ac53 CreateRemoteThread(h=ffffffff, start=71a519c4)
40d9f1 connect( )
40d9f1 connect( )
40d9f1 connect( )
40d9f1 connect( )
40d9f1 connect( )
40d9f1 connect( )
40d9f1 connect( )
40d9f1 connect( )
40d9f1 connect( )
40d9f1 connect( )

Once this little bugger hits the network, expect flood-like traffic.
My infected sandbox victim exhausted my 1.5mb DSL connection instantly, in part from a ton of inbound responses from peers being logged at my firewall:

SRC= DST= LEN=53 TOS=0x00 PREC=0x00 TTL=105 ID=59178 PROTO=UDP SPT=24045 DPT=26790 LEN=33
SRC= DST= LEN=53 TOS=0x00 PREC=0x00 TTL=105 ID=60978 PROTO=UDP SPT=24045 DPT=26790 LEN=33
SRC= DST= LEN=53 TOS=0x00 PREC=0x00 TTL=105 ID=4987 PROTO=UDP SPT=24045 DPT=26790 LEN=33
SRC= DST= LEN=53 TOS=0x00 PREC=0x00 TTL=105 ID=6619 PROTO=UDP SPT=24045 DPT=26790 LEN=33
SRC= DST= LEN=53 TOS=0x00 PREC=0x00 TTL=105 ID=13762 PROTO=UDP SPT=24045 DPT=26790 LEN=33
SRC= DST= LEN=53 TOS=0x00 PREC=0x00 TTL=105 ID=18384 PROTO=UDP SPT=24045 DPT=26790 LEN=33
SRC= DST= LEN=53 TOS=0x00 PREC=0x00 TTL=105 ID=19891 PROTO=UDP SPT=24045 DPT=26790 LEN=33

At last, the peer list referred to by the ISC, written to C:\WINDOWS (many more entries not included):


There's nothing new or exciting here: SPAM component, headless P2P, seasonal social engineering, fast flux, and other pervasively annoying attributes.
User awareness, as always, is your strongest defense.
Cheers and happy holidays, except for you RBN a$$h0735.

Storm-Bot stripshow analysis at Digg Storm-Bot stripshow analysis

Monday, December 03, 2007

SANS Top 20 contribution

I was very pleased to contribute to the SANS Top 20 this year, working under the tutelage of Rohit Dhamankar, and cooperatively with Adam Safier, specifically on the P2P section.
Each year this list brings value to the global information security community, I am proud to have participated, and look forward to contributing again next year.
Bruce Schneier offers some excellent commentary on it, as well. A slightly different view can be found at SearchSecurity.
Ultimately, although I speak for myself, I am quite certain that SANS intends for this list to provide the impetus to aid enterprises in the endless challenge of tightening their security posture.
Use it in good stead! Cheers.
SANS Top 20 contribution at Digg SANS Top 20 contribution

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