WORM_MYTOB.JH

Malware type: Worm

Aliases: Net-Worm.Win32.Mytob.bi (Kaspersky), W32.Mytob@mm (Symantec), Worm/Mytob.JI (Avira), W32/Mytob-IU (Sophos),

In the wild: Yes

Destructive: No

Language: English

Platform: Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Server 2003

Encrypted: No

Overall risk rating:

Reported infections:

Damage potential:

High

Distribution potential:

High

Description: 

Like other MYTOB variants, this memory-resident worm propagates by sending a copy of itself as an attachment to an email message, which it sends to target recipients using its own Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) engine.

It obtains target recipients from the user's Windows Address Book (WAB).

It generates email addresses by using a list of names and any of the domain names of the previously gathered addresses.

The email it sends out has the following details:

Subject: (any of the following)
*DETECTED* Online User Violation
Email Account Suspension
Important Notification
Members Support
Notice of account limitation
Security measures
Warning Message: Your services near to be closed.
You have successfully updated your password
Your Account is Suspended
Your Account is Suspended For Security Reasons
Your new account password is approved
Your password has been successfully updated
Your password has been updated

Message body: (any of the following)
Dear user {random}, You have successfully updated the password of your {random} account.

If you did not authorize this change or if you need assistance with your account, please contact {random} customer service at: {random}

Thank you for using {random}!
The {random} Support Team

%20%20%20 Attachment: No Virus (Clean)
%20%20%20 {random} Antivirus - www.{random}


Dear user {random},

It has come to our attention that your {random} User Profile ( x ) records are out of date. For further details see the attached document.

Thank you for using {random}!
The {random} Support Team

%20%20%20 Attachment: No Virus (Clean)
%20%20%20 {random} Antivirus www.{random}


Dear {random} Member,

We have temporarily suspended your email account {random}.

This might be due to either of the following reasons:

1. A recent change in your personal information (i.e. change of address).
2. Submiting invalid information during the initial sign up process.
3. An innability to accurately verify your selected option of subscription due to an internal error within our processors.
See the details to reactivate your [random] account.

Sincerely,The {random} Support Team

%20%20%20 Attachment: No Virus (Clean)
%20%20%20 {random} Antivirus - www.{random}


Dear {random} Member,

Your e-mail account was used to send a huge amount of unsolicited spam messages during the recent week. If you could please take 5-10 minutes out of your online experience and confirm the attached document so you will not run into any future problems with the online service.

If you choose to ignore our request, you leave us no choice but to cancel your membership.

Virtually yours,
The {random} Support Team

%20%20%20 Attachment: No Virus found
%20%20%20 {random} Antivirus www.{random}

Attachment: (any of the following)
accepted-password
account-details
account-info
account-password
account-report
approved-password
document
email-details
email-password
important-details
new-password
password
readme
updated-password

(with any of the following extensions)
BAT
CMD
EXE
PIF
SCR
ZIP

This worm has backdoor capabilities, which enable it to connect to the Internet Relay Chat (IRC) server, fbi.thuggaming.net/MyNiggazPwn.net. Once a connection is established, it joins the IRC channel ##Hellbot3##, where it listens for certain commands from a remote malicious user. It executes these commands locally on an affected system, providing the remote user virtual control over the affected system.

Moreover, it prevents users from accessing several antivirus and security Web sites by redirecting the connection to the local machine.

For additional information about this threat, see:

Description created: Aug. 1, 2005 3:40:40 AM GMT -0800


TECHNICAL DETAILS


File type: PE

Memory resident:  Yes

Size of malware: 36,864 Bytes

Ports used: Varies

Initial samples received on: Aug 1, 2005

Payload 1: Modifies the HOSTS file

Trigger condition 1: Upon execution

Payload 2: Compromises system security

Payload 3: Terminates processes

Payload 4: Disables Windows XP SP2 firewall

Details:

Installation and Autostart Technique

Upon execution, this memory-resident worm drops a copy of itself in the Windows system folder as the file MATRIXCAM.EXE.

It creates the following registry entries to enable its automatic execution at every system startup:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\
Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Msn Service = "matrixcam.exe"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\
Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
Msn Service = "matrixcam.exe"

It also modifies the following registry entry to disable the Windows XP SP2 firewall at startup:

FROM

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\
Services\SharedAccess
Start = "3"

TO

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\
Services\SharedAccess
Start = "4"

Propagation via Email

This worm propagates by sending a copy of itself as an attachment to email messages, which it sends to target addresses, using its own Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) engine.

The email it sends out has the following details:

Subject: (any of the following)
*DETECTED* Online User Violation
Email Account Suspension
Important Notification
Members Support
Notice of account limitation
Security measures
Warning Message: Your services near to be closed.
You have successfully updated your password
Your Account is Suspended
Your Account is Suspended For Security Reasons
Your new account password is approved
Your password has been successfully updated
Your password has been updated

Message body: (any of the following)
Dear user {random}, You have successfully updated the password of your {random} account.

If you did not authorize this change or if you need assistance with your account, please contact {random} customer service at: {random}

Thank you for using {random}!
The {random} Support Team

%20%20%20 Attachment: No Virus (Clean)
%20%20%20 {random} Antivirus - www.{random}


Dear user {random},

It has come to our attention that your {random} User Profile ( x ) records are out of date. For further details see the attached document.

Thank you for using {random}!
The {random} Support Team

%20%20%20 Attachment: No Virus (Clean)
%20%20%20 {random} Antivirus www.{random}


Dear {random} Member,

We have temporarily suspended your email account {random}.

This might be due to either of the following reasons:

1. A recent change in your personal information (i.e. change of address).
2. Submiting invalid information during the initial sign up process.
3. An innability to accurately verify your selected option of subscription due to an internal error within our processors.
See the details to reactivate your [random] account.

Sincerely,The {random} Support Team

%20%20%20 Attachment: No Virus (Clean)
%20%20%20 {random} Antivirus - www.{random}


Dear {random} Member,

Your e-mail account was used to send a huge amount of unsolicited spam messages during the recent week. If you could please take 5-10 minutes out of your online experience and confirm the attached document so you will not run into any future problems with the online service.

If you choose to ignore our request, you leave us no choice but to cancel your membership.

Virtually yours,
The {random} Support Team

%20%20%20 Attachment: No Virus found
%20%20%20 {random} Antivirus www.{random}

Attachment: (any of the following)
accepted-password
account-details
account-info
account-password
account-report
approved-password
document
email-details
email-password
important-details
new-password
password
readme
updated-password

(with any of the following extensions)
BAT
CMD
EXE
PIF
SCR
ZIP

It obtains target recipients from the user's Windows Address Book (WAB).

It may also generate email addresses by using any of the following names appended with a domain name, which it copies from the previously harvested email addresses:

  • adam
  • alex
  • andrew
  • anna
  • bill
  • bob
  • brenda
  • brent
  • brian
  • claudia
  • dan
  • dave
  • david
  • debby
  • frank
  • fred
  • george
  • helen
  • jack
  • james
  • jane
  • jerry
  • jim
  • jimmy
  • joe
  • john
  • jose
  • josh
  • julie
  • kevin
  • leo
  • linda
  • maria
  • mary
  • matt
  • michael
  • mike
  • paul
  • peter
  • ray
  • robert
  • sales
  • sam
  • sandra
  • serg
  • smith
  • stan
  • steve
  • ted
  • tom

It spoofs the From field by using any of the following strings along with the email addresses it gathers or generates:

  • gate
  • mail
  • mail1
  • mx
  • mx1
  • mxs
  • ns
  • relay
  • smtp

It avoids sending email messages to addresses that contain any of the following substrings:

  • abuse
  • accoun
  • acketst
  • admin
  • anyone
  • arin.
  • be_loyal:
  • berkeley
  • borlan
  • certific
  • contact
  • example
  • feste
  • gold-certs
  • google
  • hotmail
  • ibm.com
  • icrosof
  • icrosoft
  • inpris
  • isc.o
  • isi.e
  • kernel
  • linux
  • listserv
  • mit.e
  • mozilla
  • mydomai
  • nobody
  • nodomai
  • noone
  • nothing
  • ntivi
  • panda
  • postmaster
  • privacy
  • rating
  • rfc-ed
  • ripe.
  • ruslis
  • samples
  • secur
  • sendmail
  • service
  • somebody
  • someone
  • sopho
  • submit
  • support
  • tanford.e
  • usenet
  • utgers.ed
  • webmaster

Backdoor Capabilities

This worm has backdoor capabilities, which enable it to connect to the Internet Relay Chat (IRC) server, fbi.thuggaming.net/MyNiggazPwn.net. Once a connection is established, it joins the IRC channel ##Hellbot3##, where it listens for the following commands from a remote malicious user:

  • Download files
  • Execute files
  • Obtain its worm version
  • Remove, update, or terminate this worm
  • Start or stop mass-mailing routine

It executes these commands locally on an affected system, providing the remote user virtual control over the affected system.

Process Termination

This worm terminates the following processes running in memory:

  • _AVP32.EXE
  • _AVPCC.EXE
  • _AVPM.EXE
  • ACKWIN32.EXE
  • ADAWARE.EXE
  • ADVXDWIN.EXE
  • AGENTSVR.EXE
  • AGENTW.EXE
  • ALERTSVC.EXE
  • ALEVIR.EXE
  • ALOGSERV.EXE
  • AMON9X.EXE
  • ANTI-TROJAN.EXE
  • ANTIVIRUS.EXE
  • ANTS.EXE
  • APIMONITOR.EXE
  • APLICA32.EXE
  • APVXDWIN.EXE
  • ARR.EXE
  • ATCON.EXE
  • ATGUARD.EXE
  • ATRO55EN.EXE
  • ATUPDATER.EXE
  • ATWATCH.EXE
  • AU.EXE
  • AUPDATE.EXE
  • AUTO-PROTECT.NAV80TRY.EXE
  • AUTODOWN.EXE
  • AUTOTRACE.EXE
  • AUTOUPDATE.EXE
  • AVCONSOL.EXE
  • AVE32.EXE
  • AVGCC32.EXE
  • AVGCTRL.EXE
  • AVGNT.EXE
  • AVGSERV.EXE
  • AVGSERV9.EXE
  • AVGUARD.EXE
  • AVGW.EXE
  • AVKPOP.EXE
  • AVKSERV.EXE
  • AVKSERVICE.EXE
  • AVKWCTl9.EXE
  • AVLTMAIN.EXE
  • AVNT.EXE
  • AVP.EXE
  • AVP32.EXE
  • AVPCC.EXE
  • AVPDOS32.EXE
  • AVPM.EXE
  • AVPTC32.EXE
  • AVPUPD.EXE
  • AVSCHED32.EXE
  • AVSYNMGR.EXE
  • AVWINNT.EXE
  • AVWUPD.EXE
  • AVWUPD32.EXE
  • AVWUPSRV.EXE
  • AVXMONITOR9X.EXE
  • AVXMONITORNT.EXE
  • AVXQUAR.EXE
  • BACKWEB.EXE
  • BARGAINS.EXE
  • BD_PROFESSIONAL.EXE
  • BEAGLE.EXE
  • BELT.EXE
  • BIDEF.EXE
  • BIDSERVER.EXE
  • BIPCP.EXE
  • BIPCPEVALSETUP.EXE
  • BISP.EXE
  • BLACKD.EXE
  • BLACKICE.EXE
  • BLSS.EXE
  • BOOTCONF.EXE
  • BOOTWARN.EXE
  • BORG2.EXE
  • BPC.EXE
  • BRASIL.EXE
  • BS120.EXE
  • BUNDLE.EXE
  • BVT.EXE
  • CCAPP.EXE
  • CCEVTMGR.EXE
  • CCPXYSVC.EXE
  • CDP.EXE
  • CFD.EXE
  • CFGWIZ.EXE
  • CFIADMIN.EXE
  • CFIAUDIT.EXE
  • CFINET.EXE
  • CFINET32.EXE
  • CLAW95CF.EXE
  • CLEAN.EXE
  • CLEANER.EXE
  • CLEANER3.EXE
  • CLEANPC.EXE
  • CLICK.EXE
  • CMD.EXE
  • CMD32.EXE
  • CMESYS.EXE
  • CMGRDIAN.EXE
  • CMON016.EXE
  • CONNECTIONMONITOR.EXE
  • CPD.EXE
  • CPF9X206.EXE
  • CPFNT206.EXE
  • CTRL.EXE
  • CV.EXE
  • CWNB181.EXE
  • CWNTDWMO.EXE
  • DATEMANAGER.EXE
  • DCOMX.EXE
  • DEFALERT.EXE
  • DEFSCANGUI.EXE
  • DEFWATCH.EXE
  • DEPUTY.EXE
  • DIVX.EXE
  • DLLCACHE.EXE
  • DLLREG.EXE
  • DOORS.EXE
  • DPF.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
  • ESCANHNT.EXE
  • ESCANV95.EXE
  • ESPWATCH.EXE
  • ETHEREAL.EXE
  • ETRUSTCIPE.EXE
  • EVPN.EXE
  • EXANTIVIRUS-CNET.EXE
  • EXE.AVXW.EXE
  • EXPERT.EXE
  • EXPLORE.EXE
  • F-PROT.EXE
  • F-PROT95.EXE
  • F-STOPW.EXE
  • FAMEH32.EXE
  • FAST.EXE
  • FCH32.EXE
  • FIH32.EXE
  • FINDVIRU.EXE
  • FIREWALL.EXE
  • FNRB32.EXE
  • FP-WIN.EXE
  • FP-WIN_TRIAL.EXE
  • FPROT.EXE
  • FRW.EXE
  • FSAA.EXE
  • FSAV.EXE
  • FSAV32.EXE
  • FSAV530STBYB.EXE
  • FSAV530WTBYB.EXE
  • FSAV95.EXE
  • FSGK32.EXE
  • FSM32.EXE
  • FSMA32.EXE
  • FSMB32.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
  • 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
  • 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
  • NAVLU32.EXE
  • NAVNT.EXE
  • NAVSTUB.EXE
  • NAVW32.EXE
  • NAVWNT.EXE
  • NC2000.EXE
  • NCINST4.EXE
  • NDD32.EXE
  • NEC.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
  • PCFWALLICON.EXE
  • PCIP10117_0.EXE
  • PCSCAN.EXE
  • PDSETUP.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
  • 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
  • SETUPVAMEEVAL.EXE
  • SETUP_FLOWPROTECTOR_US.EXE.COM
  • 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
  • SSGRATE.EXE
  • SSG_4104.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
  • TASKMGR.EXE
  • TASKMO.EXE
  • TASKMON.EXE
  • TAUMON.EXE
  • TBSCAN.EXE
  • TC.EXE
  • TCA.EXE
  • TCM.EXE
  • TDS-3.EXE
  • TDS2-NT.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
  • WHOSWATCHINGME.EXE
  • WIMMUN32.EXE
  • WIN-BUGSFIX.EXE
  • WIN32.EXE
  • WIN32US.EXE
  • WINACTIVE.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

HOSTS File Modification

This worm also modifies the system's HOSTS file, which contains hostname to IP address mappings. It is usually located in the following folders:

  • %System%\drivers\etc
  • %Windows%

(Note: %System% is the Windows system folder, which is usually C:\Windows\System on Windows 98 and ME, C:\WINNT\System32 on Windows NT and 2000, and C:\Windows\System32 on Windows XP. %Windows% is the Windows folder, which is usually C:\Windows or C:\WINNT.)

The said routine is done so that the following Web sites, which are mostly related to antivirus companies, can no longer be accessed by affected users:

  • avp.com
  • ca.com
  • customer.symantec.com
  • dispatch.mcafee.com
  • download.mcafee.com
  • ebay.com
  • f-secure.com
  • kaspersky-labs.com
  • kaspersky.com
  • liveupdate.symantec.com
  • liveupdate.symantecliveupdate.com
  • mast.mcafee.com
  • mcafee.com
  • microsoft.com
  • moneybookers.com
  • my-etrust.com
  • nai.com
  • networkassociates.com
  • pandasoftware.com
  • paypal.com
  • rads.mcafee.com
  • secure.nai.com
  • securityresponse.symantec.com
  • sophos.com
  • symantec.com
  • trendmicro.com
  • update.symantec.com
  • updates.symantec.com
  • us.mcafee.com
  • viruslist.com
  • virustotal.com
  • www.amazon.ca
  • www.amazon.co.uk
  • www.amazon.com
  • www.amazon.fr
  • www.avp.com
  • www.ca.com
  • www.ebay.com
  • www.f-secure.com
  • www.grisoft.com
  • www.kaspersky.com
  • www.mcafee.com
  • www.microsoft.com
  • www.moneybookers.com
  • www.my-etrust.com
  • www.nai.com
  • www.networkassociates.com
  • www.pandasoftware.com
  • www.paypal.com
  • www.sophos.com
  • www.symantec.com
  • www.trendmicro.com
  • www.viruslist.com
  • www.virustotal.com

Other Details

This worm creates the mutex H-E-L-L-B-O-T-P-O-L-Y-M-O-R-P-H to ensure that only one instance of itself is running in memory.

Platform

This worm runs on Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, and 2003.

Analysis By: Jay-R Tan


SOLUTION


Minimum scan engine version needed: 6.810

Pattern file needed: 2.754.03

Pattern release date: Aug 1, 2005


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:

Identifying the Malware Program

To remove this malware, first identify the malware program.

  1. Scan your system with your Trend Micro antivirus product.
  2. NOTE the path and file name of all files detected as WORM_MYTOB.JH.

Trend Micro customers need to download the latest virus pattern file before scanning their system. Other users can use Housecall, Trend Micro's online virus scanner.

Terminating the Malware Program

Since this malware terminates the Windows Task Manager, it is necessary to use third party process viewers such as Process Explorer. You will need the name(s) of the file(s) detected earlier.

  1. Download Process Explorer.
  2. Extract the contents of the compressed (ZIP) file to a location of your choice.
  3. Execute Process Explorer by double-clicking procexp.exe.
  4. In the Process Explorer window, locate the malware file(s) detected earlier.
  5. Right-click one of the detected files, then click Kill Process Tree.
  6. Do the same for all detected malware files in the list of running processes.
  7. Close Process Explorer.

Editing the Registry

This malware modifies the system's registry. Users affected by this malware may need to modify or delete specific registry keys or entries. For detailed information regarding registry editing, please refer to the following articles from Microsoft:

  1. HOW TO: Backup, Edit, and Restore the Registry in Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows ME
  2. HOW TO: Backup, Edit, and Restore the Registry in Windows NT 4.0
  3. HOW TO: Backup, Edit, and Restore the Registry in Windows 2000
  4. HOW TO: Back Up, Edit, and Restore the Registry in Windows XP and 2003

Removing Autostart Entries from the Registry

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

If the registry entries below are not found, the malware may not have executed as of detection. If so, proceed to the succeeding solution set.

  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:
    Msn Service = �matrixcam.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:
    Msn Service = �matrixcam.exe�

Restoring Modified Entries from the Registry

  1. Still in the Registry Editor, in the left panel, double-click the following:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>System>CurrentControlSet>
    Services>SharedAccess
  2. In the right panel, locate and modify the entry:
    FROM: Start = "4"
    TO: Start = "3"
  3. Close Registry Editor.

Removing Malware Entries from the HOSTS File

Deleting malware entries from the HOSTS file removes all malware-made changes on host name association.

  1. Open any of the following file using a text editor (such as NOTEPAD):
    • On Windows 95, 98, and ME:
      %Windows%\HOSTS
    • On Windows NT, 2000, and XP:
      %System%\drivers\etc\HOSTS
    (Note: %System% is the Windows system folder, which is usually C:\Windows\System on Windows 95, 98 and ME, C:\WINNT\System32 on Windows NT and 2000, and C:\Windows\System32 on Windows XP. %Windows% is the Windows folder, which is usually C:\Windows or C:\WINNT.)
  2. Delete the following entries:
    • 127.0.0.1 www.symantec.com
    • 127.0.0.1 securityresponse.symantec.com
    • 127.0.0.1 symantec.com
    • 127.0.0.1 www.sophos.com
    • 127.0.0.1 sophos.com
    • 127.0.0.1 www.mcafee.com
    • 127.0.0.1 mcafee.com
    • 127.0.0.1 liveupdate.symantecliveupdate.com
    • 127.0.0.1 www.viruslist.com
    • 127.0.0.1 viruslist.com
    • 127.0.0.1 f-secure.com
    • 127.0.0.1 www.f-secure.com
    • 127.0.0.1 kaspersky.com
    • 127.0.0.1 kaspersky-labs.com
    • 127.0.0.1 www.avp.com
    • 127.0.0.1 www.kaspersky.com
    • 127.0.0.1 avp.com
    • 127.0.0.1 www.networkassociates.com
    • 127.0.0.1 networkassociates.com
    • 127.0.0.1 www.ca.com
    • 127.0.0.1 ca.com
    • 127.0.0.1 mast.mcafee.com
    • 127.0.0.1 my-etrust.com
    • 127.0.0.1 www.my-etrust.com
    • 127.0.0.1 download.mcafee.com
    • 127.0.0.1 dispatch.mcafee.com
    • 127.0.0.1 secure.nai.com
    • 127.0.0.1 nai.com
    • 127.0.0.1 www.nai.com
    • 127.0.0.1 update.symantec.com
    • 127.0.0.1 updates.symantec.com
    • 127.0.0.1 us.mcafee.com
    • 127.0.0.1 liveupdate.symantec.com
    • 127.0.0.1 customer.symantec.com
    • 127.0.0.1 rads.mcafee.com
    • 127.0.0.1 trendmicro.com
    • 127.0.0.1 pandasoftware.com
    • 127.0.0.1 www.pandasoftware.com
    • 127.0.0.1 www.trendmicro.com
    • 127.0.0.1 www.grisoft.com
    • 127.0.0.1 www.microsoft.com
    • 127.0.0.1 microsoft.com
    • 127.0.0.1 www.virustotal.com
    • 127.0.0.1 virustotal.com
    • 127.0.0.1 www.amazon.com
    • 127.0.0.1 www.amazon.co.uk
    • 127.0.0.1 www.amazon.ca
    • 127.0.0.1 www.amazon.fr
    • 127.0.0.1 www.paypal.com
    • 127.0.0.1 paypal.com
    • 127.0.0.1 moneybookers.com
    • 127.0.0.1 www.moneybookers.com
    • 127.0.0.1 www.ebay.com
    • 127.0.0.1 ebay.com
  3. Save the file and close the text editor.

Important Windows ME/XP Cleaning Instructions

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

Users running other Windows versions can proceed with the succeeding procedure set(s).

Running Trend Micro Antivirus

Scan your system with Trend Micro antivirus and delete files detected as WORM_MYTOB.JH. 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 online virus scanner.




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