Threat Encyclopedia

WORM_BADTRANS.A

Publish date: July 02, 2013

ALIASES:

PWS:Win32/Hooker (Microsoft); W32/BadTrans@MM (McAfee); W32.Badtrans.gen@mm (Symantec); Trojan-PSW.Win32.Hooker.based (Kaspersky); Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT (Sunbelt); I-Worm/BadTrans (AVG)

PLATFORM:

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003

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

  • Threat Type:Worm

  • Destructiveness:No

  • Encrypted:

  • In the wild: Yes

OVERVIEW


This worm arrives on a system as a file dropped by other malware or as a file downloaded unknowingly by users when visiting malicious sites.

It deletes itself after execution.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

File Size:

10,624 bytes

File Type:

EXE

Memory Resident:

Yes

Initial Samples Received Date:

02 Jul 2013

Arrival Details

This worm arrives on a system as a file dropped by other malware or as a file downloaded unknowingly by users when visiting malicious sites.

Installation

This worm drops the following copies of itself into the affected system:

  • %System%\KERN32.EXE

(Note: %System% is the Windows system folder, which is usually C:\Windows\System32.)

Autostart Technique

This worm adds the following registry entries to enable its automatic execution at every system startup:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\
Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
kernel32 = "kern32.exe"

Dropping Routine

This worm drops the following files:

  • %System%\cp_23421.nls
  • %System%\hksdll.dll

(Note: %System% is the Windows system folder, which is usually C:\Windows\System32.)

Other Details

This worm deletes itself after execution.

This report is generated via an automated analysis system.

SOLUTION

Minimum Scan Engine:

9.300

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

Restart in Safe Mode

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Step 3

Delete this registry value

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Important: Editing the Windows Registry incorrectly can lead to irreversible system malfunction. Please do this step only if you know how or you can ask assistance from your system administrator. Else, check this Microsoft article first before modifying your computer's registry.


  • In HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
    • kernel32 = "kern32.exe"

Step 4

Search and delete these components

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There may be some components 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.
  • %System%\cp_23421.nls
  • %System%\hksdll.dll

Step 5

Restart in normal mode and scan your computer with your Trend Micro product for files detected as WORM_BADTRANS.A. 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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