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Asylum is a simple backdoor that works on Windows 9x/ME, NT/2000. The backdoor is located in the windows directory and called 'winmp32.exe'. When run it installs itself and sends a notification to the author about the infected machine using ICQ web interface. The service then runs on TCP port 81 and accessible from anywhere if the machine has direct Internet connection.

Disinfection & Removal

Removal instructions:

- delete the backdoor file from Windows directory

- remove the registry and win.ini entries mentioned above

Technical Details

It supports the following commands:

- password authentication (required before the other commands)
 - remove the backdoor from the system
 - reboot the machine
 - print Windows directory
 - print Windows system directory
 - upload a file to the machine
 - run a program on the machine

For installation it has many ways of modifying the system. It chooses from them using internal variables set by the author.

It can create keys under


Other way is to modify win.ini to look like this:

 shell=explorer.exe winmp32.exe

Technical Details: Gergely Erdelyi; F-Secure Corp.; Aug. 24, 2001

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