Rootkit:W32/Agent.EA

Classification

Malware

Rootkit

W32

Rootkit:W32/Agent.EA, Rootkit.Win32.Agent.ea

Summary

Rootkit:W32/Agent.EA is a kernel-mode rootkit program that is capable of hiding its presence and activity from the user. While active, the rootkit uses the infected computer to sends spam messages.

Automatic action

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  • Check for the latest database updates

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  • Submit a sample

    After checking, if you still believe the file is incorrectly detected, you can submit a sample of it for re-analysis.

    NOTE If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.

  • Exclude a file from further scanning

    If you are certain that the file is safe and want to continue using it, you can exclude it from further scanning by the F-Secure security product.

    Note You need administrative rights to change the settings.

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Technical Details

Installation

Agent.EA arrives as a dropper that installs the main driver of the trojan and deletes itself. Upon execution, it creates the following file:

  • %System%\windbg48.sys

It installs the driver file as service by creating the following registry key:

  • HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\windbg48

The dropper deletes itself with the following batch file:

  • %Temp%\_uninsep.bat

Activity

When the driver file is activated, it might connect to one of the following remote sites in an attempt to retrieve spam messages:

  • www.konskyvolos.com
  • www.swinmaster.com

The driver also hides itself, its registry keys, and network traffic using rootkit techniques. The spamming routine is also implemented entirely in the kernel-mode component (windbg48.sys).