Threat Description

Asylum

Details

Category: Malware
Platform: W32
Aliases: Asylum, Backdoor.Asylum

Summary


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.



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

'[HKLM]\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\SystemAdministration'  '[HKLM]\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices\SystemAdministration'   

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

[Windows]  load=winmp32.exe  run=winmp3.exe  [boot]  shell=explorer.exe winmp32.exe   




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


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