Threat Encyclopedia

TROJ_PIDIEF.XEA

Publish date: October 09, 2012

ANALYSIS BY

Karl Dominguez


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


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 does not have any downloading capability.

It does not have any information-stealing capability.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

File Size:

55,144 bytes

File Type:

PDF

Initial Samples Received Date:

27 Jul 2011

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 and executes the following files:

  • %User Temp%\alg.exe - BKDR_ETUMBOT.O
  • %User Temp%\error.pdf - non-malicious PDF opened by the malware to hide its malicious routine

(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.)

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:

  • Adobe Reader and Acrobat
  • Adobe Flash Player Vulnerability

Download Routine

This Trojan does not have any downloading capability.

Information Theft

This Trojan does not have any information-stealing capability.

Other Details

More information on this vulnerability can be found below:

SOLUTION

Minimum Scan Engine:

8.900

FIRST VSAPI PATTERN FILE:

8.316.17

FIRST VSAPI PATTERN DATE:

29 Jul 2011

VSAPI OPR PATTERN File:

8.317.00

VSAPI OPR PATTERN Date:

29 Jul 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/grayware files dropped/downloaded by TROJ_PIDIEF.XEA

Step 3

Search and delete this file

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%User Temp%\error.pdf

Step 4

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