Another Sykipot sample likely targeting US federal agencies
December 12, 2011
Last week Adobe issued an advisory on a zero-day vulnerability (CVE-2011-2462) that has been being used in targeted attacks, probably defense contractors.
The payload used is Sykipot, a know malware that has connections with several targeted attacks/0days during the past.
During the analysis of this attack, I’ve found a new sample with a fresh command and control server (C&C).
2011-12-12 00:39:51 (UTC)
25 /43 (58.1%)
The binary drops a DLL:
Original File Name: wship4.dll (IPv4 Helper DLL)
The original malware scans the list of running process looking for outlook, iexplore or firefox. If found it injects the DLL into the process.
After that, the binary will spawn a PDF file,
FY 2012 Per Diem Rates - Effective October 1, 2011
This file shows the continental United States “CONUS rates” for travelling expenses.
The injected DLL will contact XXXhksrv.hostdefence.net/asp/kys_allow_get.asp?name=getkys.kys to download an encrypted configuration file. This file contains several commands that the victim will execute on the sending the results back to the C&C server.
Example of configuration file:
net view /domain
net group “domain admins” /domain
net localgroup administrators
dir c:\*.url /s
The domain info is:
Domain Name: hostdefence.net
No 806 8th building YuLin City GuangXi Province
Creation Date: 2011-11-14 15:35:24
Expiration Date: 2012-11-14 15:35:24