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

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

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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/

It creates the following launchpoint for the file above:

  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/


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[...][...]
  • 199[...].192.152.100[...]

The backdoor is capable of performing the following actions:

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