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TROJ_PIDIEF.GUD

ANALYSIS BY

Sabrina Lei Sioting


ALIASES:

EXP/Pidief.skd (AntiVir), Exploit:JS/Aetolbut.A (Microsoft), Trojan.Pidief (Symantec),

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

Infection Channel:

Spammed via email


This malware exploits a Windows XP/Server 2003 zero-day vulnerability.

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:

177,511 bytes

File Type:

PDF

Initial Samples Received Date:

16 Oct 2013

Payload:

Drops files, Executes 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%\A9R{random}.tmp - damaged PDF file

(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.)

Dropping Routine

This Trojan drops the following files:

  • %User Temp%\{random one-character}.tmp - detected as BKDR_TAVDIG.GUD

(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 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:

It executes the dropped .PDF file to trick users into thinking that it is a normal .PDF file.

SOLUTION

Minimum Scan Engine:

9.700

FIRST VSAPI PATTERN FILE:

10.344.02

FIRST VSAPI PATTERN DATE:

16 Oct 2013

VSAPI OPR PATTERN File:

10.345.00

VSAPI OPR PATTERN Date:

17 Oct 2013

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 TROJ_PIDIEF.GUD

Step 3

Search and delete these files

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There may be some component files that are hidden. Please make sure you check the Search Hidden Files and Folders checkbox in the More advanced options option to include all hidden files and folders in the search result.
  • %User Temp%\A9R{random}.tmp
  • %User Temp%\{random one-character}.tmp

Step 4

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

NOTES:

For suggested actions released by vendor, please follow the link:


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