Threat description




Evaman.A is a simple massmailer. It sends itself in emails appearing to be error messages.


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Technical Details

The Evaman.A worm is packed with an unmodified version of UPX. Once extracted its size grows up to 40960 bytes. Once executed it creates a mutex named "MyNameIsEva" to ensure only a single copy of the worm is running.

System Infection

Upon execution Evaman copies itself files to the Windows System Directory:


'Readme.exe' is added to the registry as:

[HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]  "wintasks.exe"= %SysDir%\wintasks.exe   

to ensure that the worm will be activated when Windows starts.

Email Propagation

Evaman has its own SMTP engine. When sending email it will create recipient addresses containing usernames form the following list:

Mike  Jennifer  David  Linda  Susan  Nancy  Pamela  Eric  Kevin  Mary  Jessica  Patricia  Barbara  Karen  Sarah  Robert  John  Daniel  Jason  Joe   

The infected emails can have any of the following subjects:

returned mail    failure delivery    failed transaction    server error    mail failure    Delivery Status (Failure)   

The body of the message will be chosen from the following list:

This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.  Delivery to last recipient failed.  Email returned as attachment text file.    Message from Mail Delivery Server.  Unable to deliver message to last recipient.  Email returned as text file.    Email returned by the server as ASCII Text mail file.  To read the email download the included attachment.    Mail Server Notice:  Last email sent could not reach intented destination.  Email returned as ASCII text file.    The last email sent by this account could not reach intended destination.  Email has been returned as text file attachment.    Mail Delivery Status Notification:  Message returned by server. Message returned as text file attachment.   

Based on the computer uptime obtained through GetTickCount, with 80% probability the attachment name will be:

A + "." + B   

Where A and B are any of a list of words. A can take the values "body", "message", "email". And B any of "scr", "txt.scr" or "html.scr".

With 10% probability the attachment name will be composed in the same form as just described, but the list A is augmented with "text" and "document" and B with "outlook.scrtxt.exe".

This last value "outlook.scrtxt.exe" is, most likely, a mistake of the author, who probably intended to write "outlook.scr" and "txt.exe". If the worm attempts to use the unexisting last string, it might lead to unexpected behavior such as an invalid memory access, therefore leading Windows to terminate the task.


Detection in F-Secure Anti-Virus was published on July 5th, 2004 in update:

Detection Type: PC

Database: 2004-07-05_02

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