Threat Encyclopedia

X2KM_DRIDEX.YJQ

Publish date: November 25, 2015

ANALYSIS BY

Sammy Chua

     MODIFIED BY

     Homer Pacag


ALIASES:

Troj/DocDl-ACU (Sophos); TrojanDownloader:X97M/Daoyap (Microsoft); X97M/Downloader.ag (McAfee); X97M.DownLoader.81 (DrWeb);

PLATFORM:

Windows

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

  • Threat Type:Trojan

  • Destructiveness:No

  • Encrypted:

  • In the wild: Yes

OVERVIEW

Infection Channel:

Spammed via email, Downloaded from the Internet


This spyware is one of the many DRIDEX variants that have been found in spam runs in November 2015. The said spam runs were observed after the takedown of a DRIDEX botnet.

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

This Trojan arrives as attachment to mass-mailed email messages. It arrives on a system as a file dropped by other malware or as a file downloaded unknowingly by users when visiting malicious sites.

However, as of this writing, the said sites are inaccessible.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

File Size:

102,912 bytes

File Type:

XLS

Memory Resident:

No

Initial Samples Received Date:

18 Nov 2015

Payload:

Connects to URLs/IPs, Downloads files

Arrival Details

This Trojan arrives as attachment to mass-mailed email messages.

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

Download Routine

This Trojan connects to the following website(s) to download and execute a malicious file:

  • http://www.{BLOCKED}p.it/h64gf3/89j6cx.exe
  • http://www.{BLOCKED}controls.co.uk/h64gf3/89j6cx.exe

It saves the files it downloads using the following names:

  • %User Temp%\masqano.exe

(Note: %User Temp% is the user's temporary folder, where it usually is C:\Documents and Settings\{user name}\Local Settings\Temp on Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP (32- and 64-bit); C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Local\Temp on Windows Vista (32- and 64-bit), Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit), Windows 8 (32- and 64-bit), Windows 8.1 (32- and 64-bit), Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2012.)

Other Details

However, as of this writing, the said sites are inaccessible.

SOLUTION

Minimum Scan Engine:

9.800

FIRST VSAPI PATTERN FILE:

12.158.03

FIRST VSAPI PATTERN DATE:

18 Nov 2015

VSAPI OPR PATTERN File:

12.159.00

VSAPI OPR PATTERN Date:

19 Nov 2015

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

Note that not all files, folders, and registry keys and entries are installed on your computer during this malware's/spyware's/grayware's execution. This may be due to incomplete installation or other operating system conditions. If you do not find the same files/folders/registry information, please proceed to the next step.

Step 3

Search and delete these files

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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.
 
  • %User Temp%\masqano.exe

Step 4

Enable the macro virus protection in Microsoft Office Applications

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Step 5

Scan your computer with your Trend Micro product to delete files detected as X2KM_DRIDEX.YJQ. 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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