Pinging All The Way

Published: 2016-12-24
Last Updated: 2016-12-24 15:55:30 UTC
by Didier Stevens (Version: 1)
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A week or two ago reader Norris Carden submitted a malicious document. This document is another "sleeper": it waits a couple of minutes before downloading and executing a malicious payload.

The trick used here is to start a ping command (from VBA macros) that will take several minutes to execute: cmd.exe /C ping -n 250 > nul

This command does 250 pings to Google DNS It will take around 4 minutes and 10 seconds to execute. And after that, the VBA code downloads and executes malware.

Didier Stevens
Microsoft MVP Consumer Security

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