Hearse.A is a backdoor that steals passwords and account information. It also installs a SOCKS proxy and a backdoor that allows access to an infected system. Hearse.A uses rootkit techniques to hide its files.
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When the backdoor file is run, it drops the following two files to the Windows system directory:
Then the backdoor creates the following registry key: [HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify\zopenssl] "DllName" = "zopenssl.dll" Durin the system start, this registry key loads the backdoor main file, zopenssl.dll, to the address space of Winlogon.exe. When the DLL is activated, it starts the rootkit as a system service and runs the actual backdoor.The rootkit system service is activated using the following arguments:
- BinaryPathName: zopenssld.sys
- ServiceName: zopenssld
- DisplayName: OPENSSL cryptoapi
Hearse.A may also create the following files:
Rootkit Hiding Techniques
Hearse.A is able to hide the following items:
- Files and directories
When it is active it hides its own files.Hearse.A installs and executes a kernel-mode driver (zopenssld.sys) to execute code in privilege level 0 (kernel mode). The kernel-mode code replaces the following function pointers from the system service table:
This allows it to inject code into any newly created process. In addition, it hides files or directories with any of the following names:
Hearse.A uses HTTP requests for communicating with a remote server controlled by the attacker. The server may request the infected system to perform any of the following actions:
- Run any program on the system
- Download additional files
- Spawn an interactive command shell
- Create and send a screenshot of the desktop
- Collect and send passwords and other account information
- Uninstall the backdoor
Hearse.A also starts up a SOCKS proxy on the infected system. The proxy port is reported back to the attacker by including it in the HTTP requests described above.