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Malware Or Not Malware?

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#1 Gengiskhan


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Posted 03 November 2007 - 05:38 AM

I am using regularly IceSword in order to check whether I have rootkits's at my PC. Recently I found the following suspected things:

Kernel Modules:

Filename Base ImageSize Flags LoadOrder Name
afdrldxk.SYS 0xf7006000 0x00066000 0x09104000 48 \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\afdrldxk.SYS


Index Curr Addr KModule Name
0x35 0xf7c6ce8c Unknown NtCreateThread
0x7a 0xf7c6ce78 Unknown NtOpenProcess
0x80 0xf7c6ce7d Unknown NtOpenThread
0x101 0xf7c6ce87 Unknown NtTerminateProcess
0x115 0xf7c6ce82 Unknown NtWriteVirtualMemory

What suspected is, is that although afdrldxk.SYS is loaded as a Kernel Module that the corresponding file does not exist (anymore). I suspect that in order to avoid discovery the malware deletes this file. What also suspected is that after every restart the name of the file related to this Kernel Module different is and looks like that the name is randomly generated (the last time the file name was aezot01t.SYS).

The offset between the SSDT Hooks is only a few bytes so I suspect that it are only jumps to suspected Kernel Module.

I posted this question before at the Nucia forum (see http://www.nucia.nl/forum/showthread.php?t=30560), but after an investigation with several malware detection and removal tools I still have the suspected SSDT Hooks and Kernel Modules.

I have now several questions:

1. Have I malware at my PC, although an investigation by an expert did not reveal anything and I do not see any negative affects?
2. If it is not malware what is it?
3. Did anyone see something similar before?
4. Do tools exist with which I can read and disassemble the suspected SSDT Hooks and Kernel Module?

Edited by Gengiskhan, 03 November 2007 - 05:39 AM.

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 06:52 AM

Marckie is well known in the security community and if investigation revealed nothing malicious, then I would not be too concerned.

Not all hidden components detected by ARKs are malicious. It is normal for a Firewall, some Anti-virus and Anti-malware software (ProcessGuard, Prevx1, AVG AS), sandboxes, virtual machines and Host based Intrusion Prevention Systems (HIPS) to hook into the OS kernal/SSDT in order to protect your system. Daemon Tools use rootkit-like techniques to to hide from other applications and to circumvent copy protection schemes. Some of its files often leads to false reports by antivirus or ARK software.


One of our experts here at BC recently encountered such a file. It uses semi random names but always with a*******.sys and is 8 characters long (combination of letters/numbers).
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