Threat Description

IRC backdoor


Category: Malware
Platform: W32
Aliases: IRC backdoor, Backdoor.IRC, Backdoor, IRC


IRC Backdoor (generic description).

An IRC backdoor is usually a standalone file that copies its file to Windows or Windows System folder and creates a Registry key to start that file during every Windows session. Also some IRC backdoors modify WIN.INI and SYSTEM.INI files or copy themselves to startup folders for different users. Some IRC backdoors replace INI scripts of an IRC client (mostly mIRC).


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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You may also refer to the Knowledge Base on the F-Secure Community site for more information.

Contact Support

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Technical Details

When an IRC backdoor is run, it established connection to an IRC server or waits until a user connects to IRC (mIRC script-based backdoor). A backdoor then creates a bot in a specific channel on a specific IRC server. An IRC bot acts as a backdoor server interface. An IRC client in this case acts as a backdoor client. A hacker can give commands to an IRC bot using IRC interface.

Most of advanced IRC backdoors allow to get a limited access to an infected system and to modify, upload, download and run files. Some IRC backdoors have additional functionalities that allow a hacker to perform malicious actions in IRC channels and in some cases can allow an attacker to completely take over an IRC channel.

Most famous IRC backdoors: SDBot, Roron, Nymph.

Description Details: Alexey Podrezov, July 14th, 2003
Description Last Modified: Alexey Podrezov, May 24th, 2004


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