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BKDR_POISON.DMI
Malware type: Backdoor
Destructive: No
Platform: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003
Encrypted: No
In the wild: Yes

Overview


Infection Channel: Dropped by other malware, Downloaded from the Internet

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

It does not have any propagation routine.

It opens a hidden Internet Explorer window. It executes commands from a remote malicious user, effectively compromising the affected system.

It does not have any downloading capability.

It deletes itself after execution.

Technical Details


File size: 139,264 bytes
File type: DLL
Memory resident: Yes
Initial samples received date: 18 May 2012
Payload: Connects to URLs/IPs, Opens Internet Explorer window

Arrival Details

This backdoor 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 backdoor drops the following component file(s):

  • %System%\msnsgsd.exe - also detected as BKDR_POISON.DMI

(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, or C:\Windows\System32 on Windows XP and Server 2003.)

It adds the following mutexes to ensure that only one of its copies runs at any one time:

  • 39847syI4

Autostart Technique

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

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\
Active Setup\Installed Components\{CD0E2AD6-5E15-37EF-F99E-E0D425757AFA}
StubPath = "%System%\msnsgsd.exe"

Propagation

This backdoor does not have any propagation routine.

Backdoor Routine

This backdoor opens a hidden Internet Explorer window.

It executes the following commands from a remote malicious user:

  • Capture screen, audio, and webcam
  • Execute binary instructions
  • Log keystrokes
  • List active ports
  • Manage open windows
  • Manage passwords
  • Manage registry, processes, services, devices, and installed applications
  • Perform multiple simultaneous transfers
  • Perform remote shell
  • Relay server
  • Search files
  • Share servers
  • Update, restart, or terminate itself

It connects to the following URL(s) to send and receive commands from a remote malicious user:

  • das.{BLOCKED}web.net:443
  • tcv.{BLOCKED}master.net:443

Download Routine

This backdoor does not have any downloading capability.

Other Details

This backdoor deletes itself after execution.

NOTES:

It does not have rootkit capabilities.

It does not exploit any vulnerability.

Solution


Minimum scan engine: 9.200
First VSAPI Pattern File: 9.118.04
First VSAPI Pattern Release Date: 18 May 2012
VSAPI OPR Pattern Version: 9.119.00
VSAPI OPR Pattern Release Date: 18 May 2012

Step 1

For Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 users, before doing any scans, please make sure you disable System Restore to allow full scanning of your computer.

Step 2

Restart in Safe Mode

[ Learn more ]

Step 3

Delete this registry key

[ 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\Active Setup\Installed Components
    • {CD0E2AD6-5E15-37EF-F99E-E0D425757AFA}

Step 4

Restart in normal mode and scan your computer with your Trend Micro product for files detected as BKDR_POISON.DMI. 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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Analysis By: Automation
Modified By: Michael Cabel

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