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Threat Encyclopedia

TROJ_ARTIEF.EDX

ANALYSIS BY

Roland Marco Dela Paz


ALIASES:

RTF:CVE-2010-3333 [Expl] (Avast); Exp/20103333-A (Sophos)

PLATFORM:

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003

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

  • Threat Type:Trojan

  • Destructiveness:No

  • Encrypted: Yes

  • In the wild: Yes

OVERVIEW

Infection Channel:

Spammed via email


This Trojan arrives as an attachment to email messages purportedly promoting Tibetan culture. It drops a file that is a backdoor and is infected by a file infector.

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

This Trojan arrives as an attachment to email messages spammed by other malware/grayware or malicious users.

It executes the dropped file(s). As a result, malicious routines of the dropped files are exhibited on the affected system.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

File Size:

1,780,792 bytes

File Type:

RTF

Initial Samples Received Date:

06 Apr 2012

Payload:

Drops files

Arrival Details

This Trojan arrives as an attachment to email messages spammed by other malware/grayware or malicious users.

Installation

This Trojan drops the following non-malicious file:

  • %User Temp%\document.doc

(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.)

Dropping Routine

This Trojan drops the following files:

It takes advantage of the following software vulnerabilities to drop malicious files:

It executes the dropped file(s). As a result, malicious routines of the dropped files are exhibited on the affected system.

NOTES:

Upon execution, it opens its dropped non-malicious .DOC file %User Temp%\document.doc in order to hide its malicious routines from the user.

(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.. %Temp% is the Windows Temporary folder, which is usually C:\Windows\Temp or C:\WINNT\Temp.)

The following dropped malicious file is also found to be infected by PE_SALITY.AC:

  • %User Temp%\svchost.exe - detected as BKDR_RILER.SVR

(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.. %Temp% is the Windows Temporary folder, which is usually C:\Windows\Temp or C:\WINNT\Temp.)

Consequently, routines of both BKDR_RILER.SVR and PE_SALITY.AC are executed on the affected system.

SOLUTION

Minimum Scan Engine:

9.200

FIRST VSAPI PATTERN FILE:

8.890.09

FIRST VSAPI PATTERN DATE:

06 Apr 2012

VSAPI OPR PATTERN File:

8.893.00

VSAPI OPR PATTERN Date:

08 Apr 2012

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 TROJ_ARTIEF.EDX

Step 3

Search and delete this file

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  • %User Temp%\document.doc

Step 4

Scan your computer with your Trend Micro product to delete files detected as TROJ_ARTIEF.EDX. 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

Download and apply these security patches Refrain from using these products until the appropriate patches have been installed. Trend Micro advises users to download critical patches upon release by vendors.


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