Threat description




Rugrat is a simple direct-action file infector that targets 64-bit Windows executables, 32-bit applications are not affected. This virus only infects files in the current directory of the infected executable and all of its subdirectories.


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Technical Details

Rugrat is the first known virus that targets the 64-bit Windows platform. The size of the virus suggests that it was hand-written in IA64 assembly.

Rugrat uses the Thread Local Storage feature of Windows executables to gain execution. It adds a TLS entry to the executable which contains a callback pointer to the virus code. This has the unusual side effect that often the virus will run only after the host has exited, which is exactly opposite to the way parasitic infectors are normally activated.

The virus code is a minimal direct-action infector routine. It first imports a number of Windows API functions using checksums.


LdrGetDllHandle  RtlAddVectoredExceptionHandler  RtlRemoveVectoredExceptionHandler   

which are used to install a Vectored Exception Handler to catch all exceptions during the infection process.

From KERNEL32.DLL the usual functions are imported:

CloseHandle  CreateFileMappingA  CreateFileW  FindClose  FindFirstFileW  FindNextFileW  GetFullPathNameW  GetTickCount  GlobalAlloc  GlobalFree  LoadLibraryA  MapViewOfFile  SetCurrentDirectoryW  SetFileAttributesW  SetFileTime  UnmapViewOfFile   

From SFC_OS.DLL Rugrat imports the function


which it uses to check whether the executable it tries to infect is protected by the System File Checker (SFC) service of Windows. The virus does not try to infect SFC-protected executables.

Rugrat uses a simple method of infection. It sets the last section (which is often the resources section) executable and copies itself there. A random number of zero bytes are also appended to the end of the virus body.

Rugrat contains two strings that are never displayed:

Reference to the author: 'Shrug - roy g biv'

Possibly the creation date: '06/05/04'


Detection for this malware was published on May 27th, 2004 in the following F-Secure Anti-Virus updates:

Detection Type: PC

Database: 2004-05-27_02

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