Worm:W32/AutoRun.DMO, W32.Dutan.A (Symantec), Worm:Win32/Dutan.A (Microsoft)


A standalone malicious program which uses computer or network resources to make complete copies of itself.


Automatic action

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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

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  • Submit a sample

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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

    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

This worm spreads through removable drives and network drives connected to an infected machine.The payload of this worm is to infect all Microsoft Excel files on the infected machine, rendering the infected files unreadable. The data itself still remains and can be recovered, but the formatting and formulas used in the worksheet(s) may not always be recoverable.


During installation, the worm will create the following files:

  • %Profiles%\Default User\Templates\temp.tmp %Profiles%\[UserName]\Templates\temp.tmp
  • C:\WINDOWS\System\csrsss.exe
  • C:\WINDOWS\System\svchosts.exe
  • C:\WINDOWS\System\winxpsp2.dll

It will then modify the following files:

  • %Profiles%\Default User\Templates\excel.xls
  • %Profiles%\Default User\Templates\excel4.xls
  • %Profiles%\[UserName]\excel.xls
  • %Profiles%\[UserName]\excel4.xls

Next, the worm will search through all Excel files stored on the system and modify them. To do so, the worm drops a small temporary file (2KB in size) on every folder containing Excel files. The temporary file contains a bad string, " @ ", which is appended to every Excel file.

The actual search for Excel files is performed by two processes, svchosts.exe and csrsss.exe., which actively look for the targetted file types on the system. The constant searching results in the machine running a high CPU usage (usually 100%) for these processes. This high CPU usage is detectable by the user and is a sign of infection.


The worm itself, and its autorun file, propagates through any accessible removable drive and every root folder. The autorun for this worm appears as:

  • [autorun] Shellexecute=data.exe shell\open=&Open... shell\open\Command=data.exe shell\explore=&Explorer shell\explore\Command="data.exe -e"


During installation, the worm registers itself so that it will run automatically on every system startup.

  • [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] Microsoft OfficeTool = "svchosts.exe"


The infected files can be partially recovered by using Microsoft Excel's built-in repair function. Manual recovery is needed to fully recover all elements of an infected file, and involves stripping off the bad string and replacing the Excel header. Please note that this works on some, but not all, infected files.