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Malware type: Trojan
Destructive: No
Platform: Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
Encrypted: Yes
In the wild: Yes


Infection Channel: Downloaded from the Internet

This malicious script was inserted onto a legitimate website of the US Department of Labor and downloads a Poison Ivy backdoor.

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

This Trojan executes when a user accesses certain websites where it is hosted.

Technical Details

File size: 12,006 bytes
File type: Script
Initial samples received date: 02 May 2013
Payload: Connects to URLs/IPs, Downloads files

Arrival Details

This Trojan executes when a user accesses certain websites where it is hosted.

Download Routine

This Trojan accesses the following websites to download files:

  • http://{BLOCKED}l.{BLOCKED} - detected as BKDR_POISON.MEA


This Trojan is hosted from the following website:

  • http://{BLOCKED}l.{BLOCKED}

It loads the following sites where its component for decoding base64 can be found:

  • http://{BLOCKED}l.{BLOCKED}

It takes advantage of the following vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE) 8 to download the malicious file:


Minimum scan engine: 9.300
First VSAPI Pattern File: 9.892.07
First VSAPI Pattern Release Date: 03 May 2013
VSAPI OPR Pattern Version: 9.893.00
VSAPI OPR Pattern Release Date: 03 May 2013

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

Remove malware/grayware files dropped/downloaded by JS_EXPLOIT.MEA

Step 3

Close all opened browser windows

Step 4

Scan your computer with your Trend Micro product to delete files detected as JS_EXPLOIT.MEA. 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 5

Download and apply this security patch Refrain from using these products until the appropriate patches have been installed. Trend Micro advises users to download critical patches upon release by vendors.

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Analysis By: Rhena Inocencio

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