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Threat Encyclopedia

WORM_NUWAR.AOK


ALIASES:

Trojan:Win32/Tibs.CG (Microsoft); Downloader-ASH.gen (McAfee); Trojan.Packed.13 (Symantec); Email-Worm.Win32.Zhelatin.cq (Kaspersky); Trojan.Packed (Sunbelt); Trojan.Peed.Gen (FSecure)

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.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

File Size:

9,358 bytes

File Type:

EXE

Memory Resident:

Yes

Initial Samples Received Date:

01 Jan 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%\kernels32.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\Run
System = "%System%\kernels32.exe"

Other System Modifications

This worm deletes the following files:

  • %System%\kernels32.exe

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

Dropping Routine

This worm drops the following files:

  • %System%\dlh9jkd1q8.exe

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

Other Details

This worm connects to the following possibly malicious URL:

  • http://{BLOCKED}oft.net/adv/013/adload.php?{random characters}
  • http://{BLOCKED}oft.net/ew4t54th3t456wt34567.php?adv=13&code1=HQOD&code2=1416

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

[ Learn More ]

Step 3

Delete this registry value

[ Learn More ]

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\Run
    • System = "%System%\kernels32.exe"

Step 4

Search and delete this file

[ Learn More ]
There may be some 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.
  • %System%\dlh9jkd1q8.exe

Step 5

Restart in normal mode and scan your computer with your Trend Micro product for files detected as WORM_NUWAR.AOK. 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 6

Restore this file from backup only Microsoft-related files will be restored. If this malware/grayware also deleted files related to programs that are not from Microsoft, please reinstall those programs on you computer again.

  • %System%\kernels32.exe


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