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TROJ_MDROP.WMP
Malware type: Trojan
Destructive: No
Platform: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003
Encrypted: No
In the wild: Yes

Overview


This Trojan takes advantage of a zero-day exploit in Adobe Flash Player. Several versions of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Reader and Acrobat are affected, increasing the chances of malware infection on many computers with the said applications installed.

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

This Trojan drops files detected as BKDR_AGENT.WMP and BKDR_SHARK.WMP. It also contains an embedded .SWF file, which Trend Micro detects as SWF_EXPLOIT.WMP.

This Trojan arrives as attachment to mass-mailed email messages.

Technical Details


File size: 176,144 bytes
File type: DOC
Initial samples received date: 12 Apr 2011
Payload: Drops files

Arrival Details

This Trojan arrives as attachment to mass-mailed email messages.

Dropping Routine

This Trojan takes advantage of the following software vulnerabilities to drop malicious files:

  • Unspecified vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player, Reader, and Acrobat

NOTES:

Once a Trojan successfully exploits the said vulnerability, it does the following actions on the infected system:

  • Drop %User Temp%\{random file name}.tmp - detected as BKDR_SHARK.WMP
  • Drop %User Temp%\svchost.exe - detected as BKDR_AGENT.WMP

(Note: %User Temp% is the current user's Temp folder, which is usually C:\Documents and Settings\{user name}\Local Settings\Temp on Windows 2000, XP, and Server 2003.)

Other Details

This Trojan contains an embedded malicious .SWF file that it uses to successfully exploit the aforementioned vulnerability. Trend Micro detects the .SWF file SWF_EXPLOIT.WMP.

It executes the dropped and embedded files. As a result, routines of these malware are exhibited on the infected system.

It also attempts to hide its malicious routines from the user by dropping and opening the non-malicious .DOC file, %User Temp%\AAAA. It deletes and replaces itself with the said .DOC file after executing.

Solution


Minimum scan engine: 8.900
First VSAPI Pattern File: 7.968.02
First VSAPI Pattern Release Date: 12 Apr 2011
VSAPI OPR Pattern Version: 7.969.00
VSAPI OPR Pattern Release Date: 13 Apr 2011

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

Remove malware files dropped/downloaded by TROJ_MDROP.WMP

Step 3

Search and delete these files

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There may be some component files that are hidden. Please make sure you check the Search Hidden Files and Folders checkbox in the "More advanced options" option to include all hidden files and folders in the search result.
  • %User Temp%\AAAA

Step 4

Scan your computer with your Trend Micro product to delete files detected as TROJ_MDROP.WMP. 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.

NOTES:

For updates on available workarounds and patches for this vulnerability, please refer to the following page:


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Analysis By: Roland Marco Dela Paz

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