NetSky.AA worm was found on April 27th, 2004. This variant is similar to previous Netsky variants, but it does not have a backdoor and a payload.
Disinfection & Removal
Allow F-Secure Anti-Virus to disinfect the relevant files.
For more general information on disinfection, please see Removal Instructions.
Eliminating a Local Network Outbreak
If the infection is in a local network, please follow the instructions on this webpage:
The worm's file is a PE executable 17408 bytes long packed with a new or modified file compressor.
Installation to system
Upon execution NetSky.AA copies itself as WINLOGON.SCR file to Windows folder and adds a startup key for this file into System Registry:
[HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] "SkynetsRevenge" = "%WinDir%\winlogon.scr"
where %WinDir% represents Windows folder name.
Then the worm shows a fake error messagebox:
If the worm's file extension is SCR, then the messagebox is now shown.
Spreading in e-mails
The worm scans all hard drives from C: to Z: to harvest e-mail addresses. The worm looks for e-mail addresses in files with the following extensions:
.eml .txt .php .cfg .mbx .mdx .asp .wab .doc .vbs .rtf .uin .shtm .cgi .dhtm .adb .tbb .dbx .pl .htm .html .sht .oft .msg .ods .stm .xls .jsp .wsh .xml .mht .mmf .nch .ppt
Netsky.AA worm ignores e-mail addresses that contain any of the following strings:
icrosoft antivi ymantec spam avp f-secur itdefender orman cafee aspersky f-pro orton fbi abuse messagelabs skynet andasoftwa freeav sophos antivir iruslis
The worm composes e-mails with different subject and body texts. Here is the list of subject texts that the worm uses:
Re: Document Re: Approved Re: Text Re: Thank you! Re: Details Re: Photos Re: Private Re: Information Re: Hi Re: Hello Re: Summary Re: Step by Step Re: Music Re: Application Re: Tel. Numbers Re: List Re: Text file Re: Paint file Re: Contacts Re: e-Books Re: Bill Re: Error Re: Missed Re: Letter Re: Product Re: Website Re: Movie Re: Presentation Re: Advice Re: Fax number Re: Cheaper Re: War Re: Demo Re: Final Re: Poster Re: Patch Re: Pricelist Re: Job
The worm uses one of the following text strings as body text for an infected message:
Your document is attached. Here is the file. Please view the attached file. See the attached file for details. Please take the attached file. Please have a look at the attached file. Please read the attached file. Your file is attached. For furher details see the attached file.
Netsky.AA attaches its executable file to e-mails that it sends out. The attachment name is selected from the following variants:
Your_Document.pif Your_Document.pif Your_Text.pif Your_Document_Part3.pif Your_Details.pif Your_Pics.pif Your_Private_Document.pif Your_Information.pif Your_Document.pif Your_Digicam_Pictures.pif Your_Summary.pif Your_Description.pif Your_Music.pif Your_Software.pif My_Telephone_Numbers.pif Your_List.pif Your_Text_File.pif Your_Paint_File.pif Your_Contacts.pif Your_E-Books.pif Your_Bill.pif Your_Error.pif Your_Excel_Document.pif Your_Letter.pif Your_Product.pif Your_Website.pif Your_Movie.pif Your_Presentation.pif My_Advice.pif My_Fax_Numbers.pif Your_Product_List.pif Osam_Bin_Laden_Articel_42.pif Your_Demo.pif Your_Final_Document.pif Your_Poster.pif Your_Patch.pif Your_Pricelist.pif Your_Job.pif