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A friend of mine got infected... and it's been a pain getting rid of this bug. But the point of this topic is not to explain how to remove it but how to prevent getting infected by this specific bug.


I got one of the randomly named files off of my friends computer, and unpacked it. It's sneaky coz these guys used a hacked version of UPX to pack the files. By hacked I mean modified UPX packer that generates an executable that the valid UPX packer cannot unpack (the packed file's header is scrambled, preventing unpacking). A quick search online gives you tools to go beyond that hurdle.


Anyway, once the file was unpacked, I found a bunch of urls pointing to... exe, dll, dat and txt files. Yes, this means that there is a server of malware out there. Actually I've identified two.


These guys have surpassed the spyware/malware level on this one: they now use traditional trojan techniques. Indeed, one of the files pointed at is an update file. In other words, the malware has the possibility of updating itself...


I don't believe that the people owning the servers are aware of this, but have not checked with them. Anyway, these are the servers I identified:




So, if you haven't been infected yet, but want to be on the safe side, make sure you mark those two as restricted/untrusted sites. (IE: Tools/Internet Options/Security). It's not great, but it could prevent having that bug hijack you. Given last weeks russian attacks on IE, I think this is not the last we've seen of them. By the way, Microsoft's patch does not work. Check this: http://www.k-otik.com/news/IE02072004.php This link runs your machine's cmd.exe...


I'll continue analyzing the bug to find a more sophisticated way of preventing this malware from installing itself in the future. Til then, keep your guards up!

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  1. HijackThis ...
    • Double click on "My Computer" to open it.
    • Double click on the local "C-Drive" to open it.
    • Click on "File" => "New Folder" and name it HJT. i.e. The folder will be C:\HJT.
    • Please download HijackThis from any of the following locations:

[*]Install/Unzip it into C:\HJT.

[*]Only run HijackThis from C:\HJT\HijackThis.exe. That way we can ensure that we have the backup files available in the event that they are needed.

[*]Run HijackThis, click on scan and wait for the scan to finish.

[*]The "Scan" button will change to "Save Log", click on it and simply press "Save" on the window that will appear.

[*]Notepad will open with a copy of the log.

  • Click on "Edit" => "Select All".
  • Click on "Edit" => "Copy". This will copy the contents of the Notepad instance to the clipboard.

[*]Please post your entire log here for analysis.

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