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TROJ_CRILOCK.AE
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

Overview


Infection Channel: Downloaded from the Internet

This malware is one of the latest ransomware variants known as cryptolockers. When executed, it encrypts files and displays a warning message informing users that even though the malware has been deleted on their system, the encrypted files are inaccessible.

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

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

Technical Details


File size: 766,976 bytes
File type: EXE
Memory resident: Yes
Initial samples received date: 08 Oct 2013
Payload: Connects to URLs/IPs, Encrypts files

Arrival Details

This Trojan 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 Trojan drops the following copies of itself into the affected system and executes them:

  • %Application Data%\{random file name}.exe

(Note: %Application Data% is the current user's Application Data folder, which is usually C:\Documents and Settings\{user name}\Application Data on Windows 2000, XP, and Server 2003, or C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Roaming on Windows Vista and 7.)

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

  • {random letters}

Autostart Technique

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

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\
Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
CryptoLocker = "%Application Data%\{random file name}.exe"

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\
Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
*CryptoLocker = "%Application Data%\{random file name}.exe"

Other System Modifications

This Trojan adds the following registry keys:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\CryptoLocker

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\CryptoLocker\
Files

It adds the following registry entries:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\CryptoLocker
PublicKey = “{random values}"

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\CryptoLocker\
Files
{path and file name of encrypted file} = “{hex value}”

NOTES:

It attempts to download the key to be used in encrypting files by connecting to random generated domains with the following extensions:

  • biz/home
  • co.uk
  • com
  • info
  • net
  • org
  • ru

It encrypts files with the following extensions:

  • *.3fr
  • *.accdb
  • *.arw
  • *.bay
  • *.cdr
  • *.cer
  • *.cr2
  • *.crt
  • *.crw
  • *.dbf
  • *.dcr
  • *.der
  • *.dng
  • *.doc
  • *.docm
  • *.docx
  • *.dwg
  • *.dxf
  • *.dxg
  • *.eps
  • *.erf
  • *.indd
  • *.kdc
  • *.mdb
  • *.mdf
  • *.mef
  • *.mrw
  • *.nef
  • *.nrw
  • *.odb
  • *.odc
  • *.odm
  • *.odp
  • *.ods
  • *.odt
  • *.orf
  • *.p12
  • *.p7b
  • *.p7c
  • *.pdd
  • *.pef
  • *.pem
  • *.pfx
  • *.ppt
  • *.pptm
  • *.pptx
  • *.psd
  • *.pst
  • *.ptx
  • *.r3d
  • *.raf
  • *.raw
  • *.rtf
  • *.rw2
  • *.rwl
  • *.sr2
  • *.srf
  • *.srw
  • *.wb2
  • *.wpd
  • *.wps
  • *.x3f
  • *.xlk
  • *.xls
  • *.xlsb
  • *.xlsm
  • *.xlsx

After successfully encrypting files on the targeted system, it replaces the wallpaper with another image:

It demands users to pay a fine:

Users can pay via the following payment methods:

  • Bitcoin

  • MoneyPak

Solution


Minimum scan engine: 9.300
First VSAPI Pattern File: 10.328.08
First VSAPI Pattern Release Date: 08 Oct 2013
VSAPI OPR Pattern Version: 10.329.00
VSAPI OPR Pattern Release Date: 08 Oct 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

Restart in Safe Mode

[ Learn more ]

Step 3

Delete this registry value

[ 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_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    • CryptoLocker = "%Application Data%\{random file name}.exe"

Step 4

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_CURRENT_USER\Software
    • CryptoLocker

Step 5

Restart in normal mode and scan your computer with your Trend Micro product for files detected as TROJ_CRILOCK.AE. 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: Alvin Bacani

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