In January we noticed a very large spike in telemetry for a threat named Trojan:SWF/Jaswi.A. Going back to December 2010, we had picked up a few spikes for this issue, one around Christmas, a second after New Year’s, a second after New Year’s and then a third and largest spike the weekend after New Year’s:
Image 1a – Prevalence chart for Trojan:SWF/Jaswi.A
When we looked deeper into the targets of these attacks, we discovered that they were predominantly reported by computers in South Korea. Since the beginning of this year, 89% of the targets were in South Korea with 75% of them specifically in Seoul. Here’s a chart with a breakdown by unique machines in the months January and February of this year (there has been no activity in March):
Image 1b – Attack attempts by unique machines in the months January and February of 2011
Interested in the anomaly, I decided to have a look. After spending some time reviewing it, an interesting thing emerged. The malware Trojan:SWF/Jaswi.A is unlike other SWF malware; other SWF malware typically calls “getURL <website address>” within an ACTION tag in order to visit a malicious website link without user consent. For more about this, see the following:
Looks familiar? Yes, the Microsoft Internet Explorer vulnerability CVE-2010-0806 has been abused! This particular exploit affects Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 6, 6+SP1 and 7, and could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code.
In Image 4 above, you can see Unicode encrypted by the method “unescape()” – this is the malware shellcode body, which includes a simple xor algorithm to avoid the detection. Further into the obfuscation, we finally see the destination, show below:
Image 5 – Destination URL indicating an executable named “uusee.exe”
The file “uusee.exe” from the obfuscated URL shown above is actually a prevalent password stealer in China that Microsoft antimalware technologies detects as PWS:Win32/Lolyda.AU (SHA1: 0bd98a39c2eaa9c523e41cec250623b44f6d3239).
— Tim Liu, Malware Researcher, MMPC