KPOT Analysis: Obtaining the Decrypted KPOT EXE

Published: 2020-04-19
Last Updated: 2020-04-19 08:03:33 UTC
by Didier Stevens (Version: 1)
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In diary entry "KPOT Deployed via AutoIt Script" I obtained 3 files:

  1. A legitimate, signed AutoIt interpreter (this is not malware)
  2. A heavily obfuscated AutoIt script, that is encoded as a PEM certificate
  3. An encrypted EXE: KPOT info stealer

In this diary entry, I'll share more details on how I obtained the decrypted KPOT EXE. Also take a look at "Reader Analysis: "Dynamic analysis technique to get decrypted KPOT Malware.", a reader's analysis.

To obtain the decrypted EXE, I used dynamic analysis. By executing the AutoIt interpreter with the decoded AutoIt script, the shellcode in the AutoIt script decrypted the KPOT EXE and injected it in a dllhost.exe process (process hollowing):

While dllhost.exe was running, I created a process dump for it with procdump. I used option -mp to dump all read/write memory pages.

Then I used my tool to carve PE files:

As can be seen, one 32-bit executable was found inside the process memory dump. As this EXE was not present on VirusTotal, I had to extract it like this:

With option -l 1, I select the first PE file found inside the memory dump, with option -g s, I extracted the stripped PE file (e.g. PE file without overlay), and option -D is required to produce a binary dump (default is hex/ascii dump).

I submitted the EXE to VirusTotal: 56ad7b243511ee7398d43df7643dc904.

Didier Stevens
Senior handler
Microsoft MVP

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