Backdoor:OSX/MacKontrol.A connects to a remote server to receive further instructions, without the knowledge or permission from the user.

Automatic action

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Manual removal

  1. Open Activity Monitor, select launched, and click Quit Process.
  2. Open Terminal, then execute the following:
    • rm /Library/launched
    • rm ~/Library/LaunchAgents/

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Technical Details


MacKontrol.A is dropped into the system by malicious Word documents that exploit the vulnerability identified by CVE-2009-0563.


The malware drops the following copy of itself:

  • /Library/launched

It creates the following launchpoint for the file above:

  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/


The malware connects tofreetibet2012[...][...] to obtain additional commands.

It is capable of performing the following actions:

  • Deleting files
  • Terminating processes
  • Getting system info, such as system version, username, hostname, etc.
  • Getting process lists
  • Opening remote shell
  • Listing files
  • Uploading, downloading and executing files
  • Removing launchpoint