Trojan-Downloader:W32/Exchanger.AJ

Classification

Malware

Trojan-Downloader

W32

Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Exchanger.ly, Trojan-Downloader:W32/Exchanger.AJ

Summary

This type of trojan secretly downloads malicious files from a remote server, then installs and executes the files.

Automatic action

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    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

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    Note You need administrative rights to change the settings.

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Technical Details

This malware is spread via spam emails with the title "CNN Alerts". These emails are crafted to resemble a real CNN news alert email.

The spam emails contain a link or links; in this case, the links are "Usher re-hires mother as manager" and "FULL STORY". When the user clicks these links, a prompt will appear requesting the user to download and execute a file named adobe_flash.exe, which is purported to be necessary to read the full story. The downloadable file is in fact malware. Once the file is downloaded and installed, it then starts as a service and will start on every subsequent system startup as well. On execution, the malware will make a copy of itself in the Window folders with the name %windir%\system32\ as CbEvtSvc.exe. The malware will then attempt to connect to a remote server and send information about the infected system. If this connection to the remote server is established, the malware may also be instructed to download and execute additional malware onto the infected system.

Registry Modifications

Sets these values:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\CbEvtSvc
Type = 00000010
 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\CbEvtSvc
Start = 00000002
 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\CbEvtSvc
ErrorControl = 00000001
 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\CbEvtSvc
 ImagePath = %SystemRoot%\System32\CbEvtSvc.exe -k netsvcs
 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\CbEvtSvc
DisplayName = CbEvtSvc
 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\CbEvtSvc\Security
Security = \x01\x00\x14\x80... HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\CbEvtSvc
ObjectName = LocalSystem