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Category: Malware

Type: Backdoor

Aliases: Backdoor:OSX/Sabpab.A, MAC.OSX.Trojan.Lamadai.B


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


Manual Removal Instructions
  • 1. Open Activity Monitor, select com.apple.PubSabAgent.pfile, and click Quit Process.
  • 2. Open Terminal, then execute the following:
    • rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.PubSabAgent.pfile
    • rm ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.PubSabAgent.plist
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Technical Details


Sabpab.A is dropped into the system by malicious Java applets that exploit the vulnerability identified by CVE-2012-0507, and malicious Word documents that exploit CVE-2009-0563.


The malware drops the following copy of itself:

  • ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.PubSabAgent.pfile

It creates the following launchpoint for the file above:

  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.PubSabAgent.plist

The malware connects to a remote server to obtain additional commands. The server varies between samples. As of this writing, there are two known servers:

  • rtx556[...].onedumb.com[...]
  • 199[...].192.152.100[...]

The backdoor is capable of performing the following actions:

  • Downloading and uploading files
  • Creating new processes
  • Taking screenshots

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