Threat Encyclopedia

TROJ_YAKES.AO

Publish date: August 04, 2011

ANALYSIS BY

kathleenno

     MODIFIED BY

     Sabrina Lei Sioting


ALIASES:

Trojan Horse (Symantec); TrojanDownloader:Win32/Razle.A (Microsoft); Trojan.Win32.Yakes.bnu (Kaspersky); Mal/Zbot-ASK (Sophos)

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 malware is part of a malware spam campaign. It stops most of its malicious routines if certain processes are found running on the system.

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

This Trojan does not continue with its routine under certain conditions. It injects codes into its created process SVCHOST.EXE.

It may connect to a certain URL to report system infection and download possibly malicious files.

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

It connects to certain websites to send and receive information. It deletes itself after execution.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

File Size:

54,784 bytes

File Type:

EXE

Memory Resident:

Yes

Initial Samples Received Date:

03 Aug 2011

Payload:

Connects to URLs/IPs

Arrival Details

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

Installation

This Trojan adds the following processes:

  • svchost.exe

Other Details

This Trojan connects to the following website to send and receive information:

  • http://{BLOCKED}6.{BLOCKED}6.103.207/las/index.php

It deletes itself after execution.

NOTES:

It does not continue with its routine under the following conditions:

  • The process WIRESHARK.EXE is running in the affected system
  • GetModuleHandle to the files pstorec.dll and SbieDll.dll is successful
  • The value of "VideoBiosVersion"; under the registry

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\
    DESCRIPTION\System

    contains any of the following strings:
    • VIRTUALBOX
    • QEMU
    • VMWARE
    • VBOX
    • VIRTUAL
    • WARE
    • ARRAY
    • QM00001
    • 00000000000000000001
  • The file name of the sample executed is any of the following:
    • SAMPLE
    • VX
    • VIRUS

It injects codes into its created process SVCHOST.EXE.

It may connect to the abovementioned URL to report system infection and download possibly malicious files.

SOLUTION

Minimum Scan Engine:

8.900

FIRST VSAPI PATTERN FILE:

8.330.07

FIRST VSAPI PATTERN DATE:

03 Aug 2011

VSAPI OPR PATTERN File:

8.331.00

VSAPI OPR PATTERN Date:

04 Aug 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

Scan your computer with your Trend Micro product to delete files detected as TROJ_YAKES.AO. 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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