Threat Description



Category: Malware
Type: Worm
Platform: W32
Aliases: 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 e-mail sending. The recipient addresses are collected from different files in the system, e.g: *.wab files (Windows Address Book), *.mbx (Mailbox).


Automatic action

Once detected, the F-Secure security product will automatically disinfect the suspect file by either deleting it or renaming it.


More information on scanning and removal options available in your F-Secure product can be found in the Help Center.

You may also refer to the Knowledge Base on the F-Secure Community site for more information.

Contact Support

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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

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.

Technical Details:Gergely Erdelyi; F-Secure Corp.; 20th of December, 2001


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