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Threat Encyclopedia

TROJ_PIDIEF.EGG

ANALYSIS BY

Erika Bianca Mendoza


PLATFORM:

Windows 2000, Windows, XP, Windows Server 2003

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

  • Threat Type:Trojan

  • Destructiveness:No

  • Encrypted: No

  • In the wild: Yes

OVERVIEW


This Trojan exploits a zero-day vulnerability (CVE-2011-2462) that is believed to target the defense industry.

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

This is Trend Micro's detection for a specially-crafted .PDF file that exploits a vulnerability in Adobe Reader, specifically its U3D component to be able to drop and execute another malware embedded in its code.

This Trojan arrives as an attachment to email messages spammed by other malware/grayware or malicious users. It may be unknowingly downloaded by a user while visiting malicious websites.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

File Size:

278,528 bytes

File Type:

PDF

Initial Samples Received Date:

07 Dec 2011

Payload:

Drops files

Arrival Details

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

It may be unknowingly downloaded by a user while visiting malicious websites.

Installation

This Trojan drops the following files:

  • %User Profile%\Local Settings\pretty.exe - detected by Trend Micro as BKDR_SYKIPOT.B

(Note: %User Profile% is the current user's profile folder, which is usually C:\Windows\Profiles\{user name} on Windows 98 and ME, C:\WINNT\Profiles\{user name} on Windows NT, and C:\Documents and Settings\{user name} on Windows 2000, XP, and Server 2003.)

Other Details

This Trojan is a zero-day exploit for the following vulnerability:

  • CVE-2011-2462

NOTES:

This is Trend Micro's detection for a specially-crafted .PDF file that exploits a vulnerability in Adobe Reader, specifically its U3D component to be able to drop and execute another malware embedded in its code.

First, the malware checks the version of Adobe running in the system. It will only attempt the exploit if the version is above 9.0 and below 10.0. If successful, it drops an embedded file as follows:

  • %User Temp%\ctfmon.exe

However, this is later on changed to %User Profile%\Local Settings\pretty.exe.

It then executes the said file, thus the routines of the dropped malware are also exhibited in the system. More information about this 0-day vulnerability can be found in the link below:

SOLUTION

Minimum Scan Engine:

9.200

FIRST VSAPI PATTERN FILE:

8.632.03

FIRST VSAPI PATTERN DATE:

08 Dec 2011

VSAPI OPR PATTERN File:

8.633.00

VSAPI OPR PATTERN Date:

09 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 TROJ_PIDIEF.EGG

Step 3

Scan your computer with your Trend Micro product to delete files detected as TROJ_PIDIEF.EGG. 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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