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Rootkit:W32/Agent.EA

Classification

Category: Malware

Type: Rootkit

Aliases: 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.

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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).