Threat Encyclopedia

TROJ_PIDIEF.SMNT

Publish date: October 09, 2012

ANALYSIS BY

Michael Cabel


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 takes advantage of certain software vulnerabilities to download possibly malicious files.

After successfully exploiting the said vulnerabilities, this malware connects to the certain URLs to possibly download other malicious files on the system.

This Trojan executes the downloaded files. As a result, malicious routines of the downloaded files are exhibited on the affected system. As of this writing, the said sites are inaccessible.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

File Size:

Varies

File Type:

PDF

Initial Samples Received Date:

17 Feb 2012

Payload:

Downloads files

Arrival Details

This Trojan may be downloaded from the following remote sites:

  • http://{BLOCKED}tsetter.com/content/adp1.php?f=129

Download Routine

This Trojan takes advantage of the following software vulnerabilities to download possibly malicious files:

  • Adobe Acrobat util.printf Buffer Overflow
  • Adobe Acrobat collab.getIcon Buffer Overflow
  • Adobe Reader media.newPlayer Exploit
  • Adobe Acrobat Collab.collectEmailInfo Buffer Overflow

After successfully exploiting the said vulnerability, this malware connects to the following URLs to possibly download other malicious files:

  • http://{BLOCKED}tsetter.com/d.php?f=129&e=3

It saves the files it downloads using the following names:

  • %User Temp%\wpbt.dll

(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.)

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

As of this writing, the said sites are inaccessible.

Other Details

For more information on the aforementioned vulnerabilities, please see the following pages:

NOTES:
If the URL is still accessible, it downloads a file and executes the following command to run the downloaded file:

  • regsvr32 -s wpbt.dll

SOLUTION

Minimum Scan Engine:

8.900

FIRST VSAPI PATTERN FILE:

8.786.01

FIRST VSAPI PATTERN DATE:

18 Feb 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

Search and delete this file

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%User Temp%\wpbt.dll

Step 3

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