Threat Encyclopedia

TROJ_ARTIEF.ER

Publish date: February 20, 2014

ANALYSIS BY

Rika Joi Gregorio


ALIASES:

Exploit:Win32/CVE-2010-3333.AF(Microsoft), Trojan.Mdropper(Symantec), Exploit.RTF.CVE-2010-3333 (v)(Sunbelt), Exploit-CVE2012-0158!rtf(McAfee), Win32/Exploit.CVE-2010-3333.AU trojan(Eset)

PLATFORM:

Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)

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

  • Threat Type:Trojan

  • Destructiveness:No

  • Encrypted: Yes

  • In the wild: Yes

OVERVIEW


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

It does not have any propagation routine.

It does not have any backdoor routine.

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

It does not have any downloading capability.

It does not have any information-stealing capability.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

File Size:

499,110 bytes

File Type:

RTF

Initial Samples Received Date:

14 Feb 2014

Arrival Details

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

Installation

This Trojan drops and executes the following files:

  • %AppDataLocal%\Microsoft\Windows\spoolsv.exe - detected as TSPY_ZBOT.TEYA

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

Propagation

This Trojan does not have any propagation routine.

Backdoor Routine

This Trojan does not have any backdoor routine.

Dropping Routine

This Trojan 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.

Download Routine

This Trojan does not have any downloading capability.

Information Theft

This Trojan does not have any information-stealing capability.

NOTES:

It does not have rootkit capabilities.

SOLUTION

Minimum Scan Engine:

9.300

FIRST VSAPI PATTERN FILE:

8.874.05

FIRST VSAPI PATTERN DATE:

30 Mar 2012

VSAPI OPR PATTERN File:

8.875.00

VSAPI OPR PATTERN Date:

31 Mar 2012

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 malware/grayware files dropped/downloaded by TROJ_ARTIEF.ER

Step 3

Scan your computer with your Trend Micro product to delete files detected as TROJ_ARTIEF.ER. 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 4

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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