Finding The Original Maldoc

Published: 2020-08-31
Last Updated: 2020-08-31 07:02:20 UTC
by Didier Stevens (Version: 1)
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Xavier wrote about a "Malicious Excel Sheet with a NULL VT Score" and I showed how to extract the VBA code from the maldoc cleaned by AV.

How can one find back the original maldoc?

By using a unique identifier as search term.

In the cleaned maldoc, the PROJECT stream was still present. As I explained in previous diary entry, the VBA project is password protected. The password is stored as a salted SHA1, encoded, and set as the value of DPB:

This value of DPB is unique to the maldoc, and that is the identifier I used to search through VirusTotal's database.

I found three documents containing that ID:

  • 1191d5c1dd7f6ac38b8d72bee37415b3ff1c28a8f907971443ac3a36906e8bf5: the cleaned maldoc itself
  • 1edbb818ea75919bb70bd2496e789e89d26c94cdf65ab61ebb5f1403d45d323c: the original maldoc
  • a6b141c048ce6a034a60b687aa5de8a4cfe294ad535b2bc100dd80055b1f24c4.vir: another cleaned maldoc


The stream modules are intact in the original maldoc:

While the second cleaned AV has even more streams cleaned (all VBA project streams):


Didier Stevens
Senior handler
Microsoft MVP

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