Threat Encyclopedia

PE_LICAT.A

Publish date: October 07, 2010

ANALYSIS BY

jasperm


PLATFORM:

Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003

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

  • Threat Type:File infector

  • Destructiveness:No

  • Encrypted:

  • In the wild: Yes

OVERVIEW

Infection Channel:

Infects files


Trend Micro has received multiple samples of this malware from multiple, independent sources, including customer reports and internal sources. These indicate that this file infector poses a high risk to users due to the increased possibility of infection.

To get a one-glance comprehensive view of the behavior of this File infector, refer to the Threat Diagram shown below.

This file infector executes the downloaded files. As a result, malicious routines of the downloaded files are exhibited on the affected system.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

File Size:

Varies

File Type:

PE

Memory Resident:

Yes

Initial Samples Received Date:

06 Sep 2010

Payload:

Downloads files

File Infection

This is the Trend Micro detection for files infected by:

  • PE_LICAT.A-O

Download Routine

This file infector accesses the following websites to download files:

  • http://{pseudorandom alpha characters}.biz/forum/
  • http://{pseudorandom alpha characters}.org/forum/
  • http://{pseudorandom alpha characters}.info/forum/
  • http://{pseudorandom alpha characters}.net/forum/
  • http://{pseudorandom alpha characters}.com/forum/

It saves the files it downloads using the following names:

  • %User Temp%\{random}.TMP

(Note: %User Temp% is the current user's Temp folder, which is usually C:\Documents and Settings\{user name}\Local Settings\Temp on Windows 2000, XP, and Server 2003, or C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Local\Temp on Windows Vista and 7.)

It then executes the downloaded files. As a result, malicious routines of the downloaded files are exhibited on the affected system.

Other Details

This file infector does the following:

  • Generates a list of 800 domain names at every execution
  • Infected files do not have the capability to infect other files
  • Capable of generating pseudorandom alpha characters using a randomizing function which is computed from the current UTC system date and time

SOLUTION

Minimum Scan Engine:

8.900

VSAPI OPR PATTERN File:

7.519.00

VSAPI OPR PATTERN Date:

07 Oct 2010

Step 1

Before doing any scans, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 users must disable System Restore to allow full scanning of their computers.

Step 2

Remove the malware/grayware file dropped/downloaded by PE_LICAT.A

    PE_LICAT.A-O

Step 3

Identify and terminate files detected as PE_LICAT.A

[ Learn More ]
  1. Windows Task Manager may not display all running processes. In this case, please use a third-party process viewer, preferably Process Explorer, to terminate the malware/grayware/spyware file. You may download the said tool here.
  2. If the detected file is displayed in either Windows Task Manager or Process Explorer but you cannot delete it, restart your computer in safe mode. To do this, refer to this link for the complete steps.
  3. If the detected file is not displayed in either Windows Task Manager or Process Explorer, continue doing the next steps.

Step 4

Scan your computer with your Trend Micro product to clean files detected as PE_LICAT.A. 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.

Step 5

Scan your computer with your Trend Micro product to delete files detected as PE_LICAT.A. 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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