A standalone malicious program which uses computer or network resources to make complete copies of itself.
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Upon execution, it creates the following mutex as part of its installation:
It then creates a copy of the file as %systemdir%\[%random_dllname%].dll and changes timestamp to match the timestamp on the file %systemdir%\kernel32.dll.
The malware then modifies the registry and creates a number of registry keys, including a "Parameters" key under the service key with the entry:
It also modifies the following registry key:
It then disables user created System Restore Points.
It may also attach itself to "services.exe".
It connects to the following sites to get the %external_ip_address% of the infected system:
It then creates a http server on the infected system on a random port:
The malware tries to exploit systems susceptible to the critical MS08-067 vulnerability (see note); if the exploit is successful, the targeted system will download a copy of the malware (with a .jpeg extension) from the aforementioned http server.
It creates the following registry:
It also downloads and executes the following files when the system date is above "December 1, 2008":
Fortunately, as of this writing, this URL is currently unavailable. We can only speculate regarding the real motive of the malware author. One point of interest is that the URL contains rogue antispyware-related strings. Profit on this sort of scheme is generated through affiliate programs used to promote these dubious antispyware products.
Downadup also downloads and executes the following files when the system date is above "November 25, 2008":
where %Number% is the number of systems the malware has successfully infected, and %predictable_domains_ipaddress% is a predictable domain that will be converted to an IP address.
It may connect to the following domains to obtain the current system date, which will then be used to generate predictable domains:
Examples of a predictable domain:
Creates these mutexes:
Creates these keys:
Further information on the MS08 -67 vulnerability is available from Microsoft at:
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