Threat Description



Category: Malware
Type: Trojan
Platform: W32
Aliases: Feebs, W32/Kmax, W32.Feebs, Worm.Win32.Feebs.gen


Feebs is a family of worms that spread using e-mail or P2P networks. Feebs usually comes as HTML application file (HTA) that installs the worm on infected system. Feebs hides itself using rootkit techniques.


Automatic action

Once detected, the F-Secure security product will automatically disinfect the suspect file by either deleting it or renaming it.

More scanning & removal options

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Eliminating a Local Network Outbreak

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Technical Details

System installation

When the HTML application file (HTA) is opened, it drops the worm main executable file in 'C:\Command.exe' and executes it. The EXE file drops a file with single letter 'a'-'z' on C-drive and activates it. That file is the worm main DLL component. When active, it creates the following files:

  • %System%\ms[random]32.dll %System%\ms[random]32.exe

The main DLL component also creates the following registry values for making sure the worm is activated on system startup:

  • [HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ShellServiceObjectDelayLoad] "%System%\ms[random]32.dll" = "{[random CLSID]}"
  • [HKML\CLSID\{[random CLSID]}\InprocServer32] "(default)" = "%System%\ms[random]32.dll"

Feebs can spread sending e-mail attachments containing the HTA dropper. The highly polymorphic HTA file is generated each time when the worm sends it. Feebs can also copy itself on shared folders used by some P2P applications.


Feebs starts HTTP server listening on port 80 for serving infected HTA files. The worm also starts server on random port which allows the attacker to control infected system. The random port is reported back to attacker using ICQ and HTTP. Feebs also tries to disable several security-related applications.

Rootkit functionality

Feebs can hide its files, registry keys and network connections by utilizing rootkit techniques. The worm main DLL component is injected to all running processes and used for hooking the system library functions.


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