Welyah, I-Worm.Welyah


Welyah is a mass-mailer worm that is 110 kilobytes in size and was written in Visual Basic.

The worm utilises it's own SMTP engine so it does not depend on Outlook for email sending. The recipient addresses are collected from different files in the system, e.g: *.wab files (Windows Address Book), *.mbx (Mailbox).

Automatic action

Based on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it will either move the file to the quarantine where it cannot spread or cause harm, or remove it.

Suspect a file is incorrectly detected (a False Positive)?

A False Positive is when a file is incorrectly detected as harmful, usually because its code or behavior resembles known harmful programs. A False Positive will usually be fixed in a subsequent database update without any action needed on your part. If you wish, you may also:

  • Check for the latest database updates

    First check if your F-Secure security program is using the latest detection database updates, then try scanning the file again.

  • 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

Messages sent by Welyah look like this:

The attachment name is disguised as a text file but it has .pif extension that is not visible because of the many space characters before it.

The worm also uses the IFRAME vulnerabilty that makes Outlook to execute the attachment automatically. More information on the vulnerabilty can be found at https://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/downloads/critical/q323759ie/default.asp

When the attachment in executed it copies itself to the Windows directory as 'Winl0g0n.exe' and adds it to the runkeys in the registry as


so the worm will be started when Windows starts up.