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Threat Encyclopedia

BKDR_PPOINTER.SM

ANALYSIS BY

Karl Dominguez


PLATFORM:

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003

OVERALL RISK RATING:
DAMAGE POTENTIAL:
DISTRIBUTION POTENTIAL:
REPORTED INFECTION:

  • Threat Type:Backdoor

  • Destructiveness:No

  • Encrypted: No

  • In the wild: Yes

OVERVIEW


This backdoor connects to a certain URL to send and receive commands from a remote malicious user.

It gathers certain information and sends the gathered information via HTTP POST to a specific URL.

This backdoor may be dropped by other malware.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

File Size:

77,824 bytes

File Type:

DLL

Memory Resident:

Yes

Initial Samples Received Date:

22 Dec 2011

Payload:

Steals information, Compromises system security

Arrival Details

This backdoor may be dropped by the following malware:

  • TROJ_PPOINTER.SM

Installation

This backdoor is injected into the following processes running in memory:

  • svchost.exe

Backdoor Routine

This backdoor connects to the following URL(s) to send and receive commands from a remote malicious user:

  • {BLOCKED}n.ddns.us, which currently resolves to {BLOCKED}.{BLOCKED}.98.173

Stolen Information

This backdoor sends the gathered information via HTTP POST to the following URL:

  • http://{BLOCKED}.{BLOCKED}.98.173/index.asp

NOTES:

It gathers the following information:

  • BIOS Information
  • CPU Information
  • Disks Information
  • Language
  • MAC Address
  • Machine Name
  • Malware Version
  • Memory Size
  • Network Adapter Information
  • OS Version

Other Details

It has the following backdoor capabilities:

  • Enumerate running processes
  • Execute cmd shell commands
  • Manipulate files
  • Upload/Download Files

SOLUTION

Minimum Scan Engine:

9.200

FIRST VSAPI PATTERN FILE:

8.660.08

FIRST VSAPI PATTERN DATE:

23 Dec 2011

VSAPI OPR PATTERN File:

8.661.00

VSAPI OPR PATTERN Date:

23 Dec 2011

Step 1

For Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 users, before doing any scans, please make sure you disable System Restore to allow full scanning of your computer.

Step 2

Remove malware files dropped/downloaded by BKDR_PPOINTER.SM

Step 3

Restart in normal mode and scan your computer with your Trend Micro product for files detected as BKDR_PPOINTER.SM. If the detected files have already been cleaned, deleted, or quarantined by your Trend Micro product, no further step is required. You may opt to simply delete the quarantined files. Please check this Knowledge Base page for more information.


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