WORM_AGOBOT.ABN

Malware type: Worm

Aliases: Backdoor.Win32.Agobot.gen (Kaspersky), W32/Gaobot.worm.gen.d (McAfee), W32.HLLW.Gaobot (Symantec), Worm/Gaobot.136704 (Avira), W32/Agobot-NZ (Sophos),

In the wild: Yes

Destructive: No

Language: English

Platform: Windows 98, NT, 2000, XP

Encrypted: No

Overall risk rating:

Reported infections:

Damage potential:

High

Distribution potential:

High

Description: 

This worm exploits the Windows LSASS vulnerability to propagate across networks. This vulnerability is a buffer overrun that allows remote code execution. Detailed information about this vulnerability is available from the following Microsoft page:

This worm steals the CD keys of certain game applications, and the Microsoft Windows Product ID. It has backdoor capabilities and may execute commands issued by a remote malicious user on the host machine. It also terminates several processes if found active on a system.

It runs on Windows 98, NT, 2000, and XP.

For additional information about this threat, see:

Description created: Nov. 16, 2004 11:09:40 AM GMT -0800
Description updated: Nov. 16, 2004 8:25:15 PM GMT -0800


TECHNICAL DETAILS


Size of malware: 136,704 Bytes

Initial samples received on: Nov 16, 2004

Payload 1: Compromise system security

Details:

Installation and Autostart

Upon execution, this memory-resident worm drops a copy of itself as GMSVC32.EXE in the Windows system folder. It then creates the following registry entries so that it executes at Windows startup:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\
Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Gmsvc32 = "gmsvc32.exe"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\
Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
Gmsvc32 = "gmsvc32.exe"

Network Propagation

To propagate, this worm takes advantage of the Windows LSASS vulnerability. For more information regarding this vulnerability, please refer to the following Microsoft page:

This worm spreads by dropping a copy of itself in accessible network shares. It logs on to target systems using the active account. It may also use a list of user names and passwords to gain entry to remote machines.

Backdoor Capabilities

This worm operates as an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) bot that connects to an IRC server, where it listens for outside connections. It allows a remote malicious user to issue commands to the infected system. It executes the commands locally on the compromised machine, providing remote users virtual control over the affected system.

The bot allows a remote user to do the following:

  • Perform port scanning
  • Perform DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks
  • Download and execute files

Information Theft

This worm also steals the CD keys of the following game applications:

  • Battlefield 1942
  • Battlefield 1942 Secret Weapons Of WWII
  • Battlefield 1942 The Road To Rome
  • Battlefield 1942 Vietnam
  • Black and White
  • Command and Conquer Generals
  • Command and Conquer Generals Zero Hour
  • Command and Conquer Red Alert2
  • Command and Conquer Tiberian Sun
  • Counter-Strike
  • FIFA 2002
  • FIFA 2003
  • Freedom Force
  • Global Operations
  • Gunman Chronicles
  • Half-Life
  • Hidden and Dangerous 2
  • IGI2 Covert Strike
  • Industry Giant 2
  • James Bond 007 Nightfire
  • Medal of Honor Allied Assault
  • Medal of Honor Allied Assault Breakthrough
  • Medal of Honor Allied Assault Spearhead
  • Nascar Racing 2002
  • Nascar Racing 2003
  • Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2
  • Need For Speed Underground
  • Neverwinter Nights
  • NHL 2002
  • NHL 2003
  • Ravenshield
  • Shogun Total War Warlord Edition
  • Soldier Of Fortune 2
  • Soldiers Of Anarchy
  • The Gladiators
  • Unreal Tournament 2003
  • Unreal Tournament 2004

This worm also steals the Microsoft Windows Product ID.

Process Termination

This worm terminates the following processes if found active:

  • AUTO-PROTECT.NAV80TRY.EXE
  • DPFSETUP.EXE
  • DPPS2.EXE
  • DRWATSON.EXE
  • DRWEB32.EXE
  • DRWEBUPW.EXE
  • DSSAGENT.EXE
  • DVP95.EXE
  • DVP95_0.EXE
  • ECENGINE.EXE
  • EFPEADM.EXE
  • EMSW.EXE
  • ENT.EXE
  • ESAFE.EXE
  • ESCANH95.EXE
  • ESCANHNT.EXE
  • ESCANV95.EXE
  • ESPWATCH.EXE
  • ETHEREAL.EXE
  • ETRUSTCIPE.EXE
  • EVPN.EXE
  • EXANTIVIRUS-CNET.EXE
  • EXE.AVXW.EXE
  • EXPERT.EXE
  • EXPLORE.EXE
  • F-AGNT95.EXE
  • FAMEH32.EXE
  • FAST.EXE
  • FCH32.EXE
  • FIH32.EXE
  • FINDVIRU.EXE
  • FIREWALL.EXE
  • FLOWPROTECTOR.EXE
  • FNRB32.EXE
  • FPROT.EXE
  • F-PROT.EXE
  • F-PROT95.EXE
  • FP-WIN.EXE
  • FP-WIN_TRIAL.EXE
  • FRW.EXE
  • FSAA.EXE
  • FSAV.EXE
  • FSAV32.EXE
  • FSAV530STBYB.EXE
  • FSAV530WTBYB.EXE
  • FSAV95.EXE
  • FSGK32.EXE
  • FSM32.EXE
  • FSMA32.EXE
  • FSMB32.EXE
  • F-STOPW.EXE
  • GATOR.EXE
  • GBMENU.EXE
  • GBPOLL.EXE
  • GENERICS.EXE
  • GMT.EXE
  • GUARD.EXE
  • GUARDDOG.EXE
  • HACKTRACERSETUP.EXE
  • HBINST.EXE
  • HBSRV.EXE
  • HOTACTIO.EXE
  • HOTPATCH.EXE
  • HTLOG.EXE
  • HTPATCH.EXE
  • HWPE.EXE
  • HXDL.EXE
  • HXIUL.EXE
  • IAMAPP.EXE
  • IAMSERV.EXE
  • IAMSTATS.EXE
  • IBMASN.EXE
  • IBMAVSP.EXE
  • ICLOAD95.EXE
  • ICLOADNT.EXE
  • ICMON.EXE
  • ICSUPP95.EXE
  • ICSUPPNT.EXE
  • IDLE.EXE
  • IEDLL.EXE
  • IEDRIVER.EXE
  • IEXPLORER.EXE
  • IFACE.EXE
  • IFW2000.EXE
  • INETLNFO.EXE
  • INFUS.EXE
  • INFWIN.EXE
  • INIT.EXE
  • INTDEL.EXE
  • INTREN.EXE
  • IOMON98.EXE
  • IPARMOR.EXE
  • IRIS.EXE
  • ISASS.EXE
  • ISRV95.EXE
  • ISTSVC.EXE
  • JAMMER.EXE
  • JDBGMRG.EXE
  • JEDI.EXE
  • KAVLITE40ENG.EXE
  • KAVPERS40ENG.EXE
  • KAVPF.EXE
  • KAZZA.EXE
  • KEENVALUE.EXE
  • KERIO-PF-213-EN-WIN.EXE
  • KERIO-WRL-421-EN-WIN.EXE
  • KERIO-WRP-421-EN-WIN.EXE
  • KERNEL32.EXE
  • KILLPROCESSSETUP161.EXE
  • LAUNCHER.EXE
  • LDNETMON.EXE
  • LDPRO.EXE
  • LDPROMENU.EXE
  • LDSCAN.EXE
  • LNETINFO.EXE
  • LOADER.EXE
  • LOCALNET.EXE
  • LOCKDOWN.EXE
  • LOCKDOWN2000.EXE
  • LOOKOUT.EXE
  • LORDPE.EXE
  • LSETUP.EXE
  • LUALL.EXE
  • LUAU.EXE
  • LUCOMSERVER.EXE
  • LUINIT.EXE
  • LUSPT.EXE
  • MAPISVC32.EXE
  • MCAGENT.EXE
  • MCMNHDLR.EXE
  • MCSHIELD.EXE
  • MCTOOL.EXE
  • MCUPDATE.EXE
  • MCVSRTE.EXE
  • MCVSSHLD.EXE
  • MD.EXE
  • MFIN32.EXE
  • MFW2EN.EXE
  • MFWENG3.02D30.EXE
  • MGAVRTCL.EXE
  • MGAVRTE.EXE
  • MGHTML.EXE
  • MGUI.EXE
  • MINILOG.EXE
  • MMOD.EXE
  • MONITOR.EXE
  • MOOLIVE.EXE
  • MOSTAT.EXE
  • MPFAGENT.EXE
  • MPFSERVICE.EXE
  • MPFTRAY.EXE
  • MRFLUX.EXE
  • MSAPP.EXE
  • MSBB.EXE
  • MSBLAST.EXE
  • MSCACHE.EXE
  • MSCCN32.EXE
  • MSCMAN.EXE
  • MSCONFIG.EXE
  • MSDM.EXE
  • MSDOS.EXE
  • MSIEXEC16.EXE
  • MSINFO32.EXE
  • MSLAUGH.EXE
  • MSMGT.EXE
  • MSMSGRI32.EXE
  • MSSMMC32.EXE
  • MSSYS.EXE
  • MSVXD.EXE
  • MU0311AD.EXE
  • MWATCH.EXE
  • N32SCANW.EXE
  • NAV.EXE
  • NAVAP.NAVAPSVC.EXE
  • NAVAPSVC.EXE
  • NAVAPW32.EXE
  • NAVDX.EXE
  • NAVENGNAVEX15.NAVLU32.EXE
  • NAVLU32.EXE
  • NAVNT.EXE
  • NAVSTUB.EXE
  • NAVW32.EXE
  • NAVWNT.EXE
  • NC2000.EXE
  • NCINST4.EXE
  • NDD32.EXE
  • NEOMONITOR.EXE
  • NEOWATCHLOG.EXE
  • NETARMOR.EXE
  • NETD32.EXE
  • NETINFO.EXE
  • NETMON.EXE
  • NETSCANPRO.EXE
  • NETSPYHUNTER-1.2.EXE
  • NETSTAT.EXE
  • NETUTILS.EXE
  • NISSERV.EXE
  • NISUM.EXE
  • NMAIN.EXE
  • NOD32.EXE
  • NORMIST.EXE
  • NORTON_INTERNET_SECU_3.0_407.EXE
  • NOTSTART.EXE
  • NPF40_TW_98_NT_ME_2K.EXE
  • NPFMESSENGER.EXE
  • NPROTECT.EXE
  • NPSCHECK.EXE
  • NPSSVC.EXE
  • NSCHED32.EXE
  • NSSYS32.EXE
  • NSTASK32.EXE
  • NSUPDATE.EXE
  • NT.EXE
  • NTRTSCAN.EXE
  • NTVDM.EXE
  • NTXconfig.EXE
  • NUI.EXE
  • NUPGRADE.EXE
  • NVARCH16.EXE
  • NVC95.EXE
  • NVSVC32.EXE
  • NWINST4.EXE
  • NWSERVICE.EXE
  • NWTOOL16.EXE
  • OLLYDBG.EXE
  • ONSRVR.EXE
  • OPTIMIZE.EXE
  • OSTRONET.EXE
  • OTFIX.EXE
  • OUTPOST.EXE
  • OUTPOSTINSTALL.EXE
  • OUTPOSTPROINSTALL.EXE
  • PADMIN.EXE
  • PANIXK.EXE
  • PATCH.EXE
  • PAVCL.EXE
  • PAVPROXY.EXE
  • PAVSCHED.EXE
  • PAVW.EXE
  • PCC2002S902.EXE
  • PCC2K_76_1436.EXE
  • PCCIOMON.EXE
  • PCCNTMON.EXE
  • PCCWIN97.EXE
  • PCCWIN98.EXE
  • PCDSETUP.EXE
  • PCFWALLICON.EXE
  • PCIP10117_0.EXE
  • PCSCAN.EXE
  • PDSETUP.EXE
  • PENIS.EXE
  • PERISCOPE.EXE
  • PERSFW.EXE
  • PERSWF.EXE
  • PF2.EXE
  • PFWADMIN.EXE
  • PGMONITR.EXE
  • PINGSCAN.EXE
  • PLATIN.EXE
  • POP3TRAP.EXE
  • POPROXY.EXE
  • POPSCAN.EXE
  • PORTDETECTIVE.EXE
  • PORTMONITOR.EXE
  • POWERSCAN.EXE
  • PPINUPDT.EXE
  • PPTBC.EXE
  • PPVSTOP.EXE
  • PRIZESURFER.EXE
  • PRMT.EXE
  • PRMVR.EXE
  • PROCDUMP.EXE
  • PROCESSMONITOR.EXE
  • PROCEXPLORERV1.0.EXE
  • PROGRAMAUDITOR.EXE
  • PROPORT.EXE
  • PROTECTX.EXE
  • PSPF.EXE
  • PURGE.EXE
  • PUSSY.EXE
  • PVIEW95.EXE
  • QCONSOLE.EXE
  • QSERVER.EXE
  • RAPAPP.EXE
  • RAV7.EXE
  • RAV7WIN.EXE
  • RAV8WIN32ENG.EXE
  • RAY.EXE
  • RB32.EXE
  • RCSYNC.EXE
  • REALMON.EXE
  • REGED.EXE
  • REGEDIT.EXE
  • REGEDT32.EXE
  • RESCUE.EXE
  • RESCUE32.EXE
  • RRGUARD.EXE
  • RSHELL.EXE
  • RTVSCAN.EXE
  • RTVSCN95.EXE
  • RULAUNCH.EXE
  • RUN32DLL.EXE
  • RUNDLL.EXE
  • RUNDLL16.EXE
  • RUXDLL32.EXE
  • SAFEWEB.EXE
  • SAHAGENT.EXE
  • SAVE.EXE
  • SAVENOW.EXE
  • SBSERV.EXE
  • SC.EXE
  • SCAM32.EXE
  • SCAN32.EXE
  • SCAN95.EXE
  • SCANPM.EXE
  • SCRSCAN.EXE
  • SCRSVR.EXE
  • SCVHOST.EXE
  • SD.EXE
  • SERV95.EXE
  • SERVICE.EXE
  • SERVLCE.EXE
  • SERVLCES.EXE
  • SETUP_FLOWPROTECTOR_US.EXE
  • SETUPVAMEEVAL.EXE
  • SFC.EXE
  • SGSSFW32.EXE
  • SH.EXE
  • SHELLSPYINSTALL.EXE
  • SHN.EXE
  • SHOWBEHIND.EXE
  • SMC.EXE
  • SMS.EXE
  • SMSS32.EXE
  • SOAP.EXE
  • SOFI.EXE
  • SPERM.EXE
  • SPF.EXE
  • SPHINX.EXE
  • SPOLER.EXE
  • SPOOLCV.EXE
  • SPOOLSV32.EXE
  • SPYXX.EXE
  • SREXE.EXE
  • SRNG.EXE
  • SS3EDIT.EXE
  • SSG_4104.EXE
  • SSGRATE.EXE
  • ST2.EXE
  • START.EXE
  • STCLOADER.EXE
  • SUPFTRL.EXE
  • SUPPORT.EXE
  • SUPPORTER5.EXE
  • SVC.EXE
  • SVCHOSTC.EXE
  • SVCHOSTS.EXE
  • SVSHOST.EXE
  • SWEEP95.EXE
  • SWEEPNET.SWEEPSRV.SYS.SWNETSUP.EXE
  • SYMPROXYSVC.EXE
  • SYMTRAY.EXE
  • SYSEDIT.EXE
  • SYSTEM.EXE
  • SYSTEM32.EXE
  • SYSUPD.EXE
  • TASKMG.EXE
  • TASKMO.EXE
  • TASKMON.EXE
  • TAUMON.EXE
  • TBSCAN.EXE
  • TC.EXE
  • TCA.EXE
  • TCM.EXE
  • TDS2-98.EXE
  • TDS2-NT.EXE
  • TDS-3.EXE
  • TEEKIDS.EXE
  • TFAK.EXE
  • TFAK5.EXE
  • TGBOB.EXE
  • TITANIN.EXE
  • TITANINXP.EXE
  • TRACERT.EXE
  • TRICKLER.EXE
  • TRJSCAN.EXE
  • TRJSETUP.EXE
  • TROJANTRAP3.EXE
  • TSADBOT.EXE
  • TVMD.EXE
  • TVTMD.EXE
  • UNDOBOOT.EXE
  • UPDAT.EXE
  • UPDATE.EXE
  • UPGRAD.EXE
  • UTPOST.EXE
  • VBCMSERV.EXE
  • VBCONS.EXE
  • VBUST.EXE
  • VBWIN9X.EXE
  • VBWINNTW.EXE
  • VCSETUP.EXE
  • VET32.EXE
  • VET95.EXE
  • VETTRAY.EXE
  • VFSETUP.EXE
  • VIR-HELP.EXE
  • VIRUSMDPERSONALFIREWALL.EXE
  • VNLAN300.EXE
  • VNPC3000.EXE
  • VPC32.EXE
  • VPC42.EXE
  • VPFW30S.EXE
  • VPTRAY.EXE
  • VSCAN40.EXE
  • VSCENU6.02D30.EXE
  • VSCHED.EXE
  • VSECOMR.EXE
  • VSHWIN32.EXE
  • VSISETUP.EXE
  • VSMAIN.EXE
  • VSMON.EXE
  • VSSTAT.EXE
  • VSWIN9XE.EXE
  • VSWINNTSE.EXE
  • VSWINPERSE.EXE
  • W32DSM89.EXE
  • W9X.EXE
  • WATCHDOG.EXE
  • WEBDAV.EXE
  • WEBSCANX.EXE
  • WEBTRAP.EXE
  • WFINDV32.EXE
  • WGFE95.EXE
  • WHOSWATCHINGME.EXE
  • WIMMUN32.EXE
  • WIN32.EXE
  • WIN32US.EXE
  • WINACTIVE.EXE
  • WIN-BUGSFIX.EXE
  • WINDOW.EXE
  • WINDOWS.EXE
  • WININETD.EXE
  • WININIT.EXE
  • WININITX.EXE
  • WINLOGIN.EXE
  • WINMAIN.EXE
  • WINNET.EXE
  • WINPPR32.EXE
  • WINRECON.EXE
  • WINSERVN.EXE
  • WINSSK32.EXE
  • WINSTART.EXE
  • WINSTART001.EXE
  • WINTSK32.EXE
  • WINUPDATE.EXE
  • WKUFIND.EXE
  • WNAD.EXE
  • WNT.EXE
  • WRADMIN.EXE
  • WRCTRL.EXE
  • WSBGATE.EXE
  • WUPDATER.EXE
  • WUPDT.EXE
  • WYVERNWORKSFIREWALL.EXE
  • XPF202EN.EXE
  • ZAPRO.EXE
  • ZAPSETUP3001.EXE
  • ZATUTOR.EXE
  • ZONALM2601.EXE
  • ZONEALARM.EXE



Analysis by: Arman Catacutan


SOLUTION


Minimum scan engine version needed: 6.810

Pattern file needed: 2.250.07

Pattern release date: Nov 16, 2004


Important note: The "Minimum scan engine" refers to the earliest Trend Micro scan engine version guaranteed to detect this threat. However, Trend Micro strongly recommends that you update to the latest version in order to get comprehensive protection. Download the latest scan engine here.

Solution:

AUTOMATIC REMOVAL INSTRUCTIONS

To automatically remove this malware from your system, please use Trend Micro Damage Cleanup Services.

MANUAL REMOVAL INSTRUCTIONS

Terminating the Malware Program

This procedure terminates the running malware process.

  1. Open Windows Task Manager.
    � On Windows 98, press
    CTRL%20ALT%20DELETE
    � On Windows NT, 2000, and XP, press
    CTRL%20SHIFT%20ESC, then click the Processes tab.
  2. In the list of running programs*, locate the process:
    GMSVC32.EXE
  3. Select the malware process, then press either the End Task or the End Process button, depending on the version of Windows on your system.
  4. To check if the malware process has been terminated, close Task Manager, and then open it again.
  5. Close Task Manager.

*NOTE: On systems running Windows 98, Windows Task Manager may not show certain processes. You can use a third party process viewer such as Process Explorer to terminate the malware process. Otherwise, continue with the next procedure, noting additional instructions.

Removing Autostart Entries from the Registry

Removing autostart entries from the registry prevents the malware from executing at startup.

  1. Open Registry Editor. Click Start>Run, type REGEDIT, then press Enter.
  2. In the left panel, double-click the following:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>Software>Microsoft>
    Windows>CurrentVersion>Run
  3. In the right panel, locate and delete the entry:
    Gmsvc32 = "gmsvc32.exe"
  4. In the left panel, double-click the following:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>Software>Microsoft>
    Windows>CurrentVersion>RunServices
  5. In the right panel, locate and delete the entry:
    Gmsvc32 = "gmsvc32.exe"
  6. Close Registry Editor.

NOTE: If you were not able to terminate the malware process as described in the previous procedure, restart your system.

Additional Windows XP Cleaning Instructions

Users running Windows XP must disable System Restore to allow full scanning of infected systems.

Users running other Windows versions can proceed with the succeeding procedure sets.

Running Trend Micro Antivirus

Scan your system with Trend Micro antivirus and delete all files detected as WORM_AGOBOT.ABN. To do this, Trend Micro customers must download the latest pattern file and scan their system. Other Internet users can use HouseCall, Trend Micro's free online virus scanner.

Applying Patches

This worm exploits a known vulnerability in Windows. Download and install the fix patch supplied by Microsoft in the following page:

Refrain from using this product until the appropriate patch has been installed. Trend Micro advises users to download critical patches upon release by vendors.


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