Virus:W32/Saburex.A is an appending file infector virus that may betray its presence by displaying an error message when its infection routine fails to execute. Saborex.A encrypts its strings using a simple XOR routine.
Depending on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it will either automatically delete, quarantine or rename the suspect file, or ask you for a desired action.
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During installation, the virus copies itself to the Windows folder, then creates several temporary files in the root directory as well as in the system's designated temporary folder. The files contain virus code fragments and hosts file codes used to form newly infected files. It then proceeds to search for and infect files with the following characteristics:
File size checking is done several times and infection is performed utilizing Microsoft Cab APIs.
Saburex.A also searches for files from the root directory using the wildcard *.*
The virus avoids directory or files starting with the following strings:
To infect a file, Saburex.A overwrites a block in the first section of the host file and hides it by appending it at the end of the last section together with its virus code.
Once the file is infected, the virus drops a DLL component into the temporary folder as:
The DLL component is then executed using Microsoft rundll32:
When executed, the DLL drops a copy of itself into the windows system directory using the following names:
If the executed copy is not using the filename of one of the dropped files, the virus will delete the executed copy with the help of a temporary batch file created in the temporary folder with the name:
There are some instances where the malware's DLL component fails to execute due to Windows memory protection. In this case, an error message is likely to appear, which may look as below:
As a launch point, Saburex.A adds the following registry entry:
Saburex.A checks the following event name to ensure that only one instance of its DLL component is running in memory:
F-Secure Anti-Virus detects this malware with the following updates: