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Allaple.a Internet/lan Worm - Highly Polymorphic With Password Attack

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#1 harrywaldron


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Posted 07 December 2006 - 01:14 PM

Allaple is a powerful polymorphic LAN and Internet worm. It uses a number of exploits to spread and performs a dictionary attack on network share passwords. The worm copies itself multiple times to a hard drive and also affects HTML files. In addition the worm performs a DoS (Denial of Service) attack on a few websites.

The worm's file is polymorphically encrypted. It means that every copy of the worm is different from each other. The constant part is only the size of the worm's executable file - 57856 bytes. After the worm's file is run it goes through the polymorphic decryptor and then proceeds to the static part of the code that allocates a memory buffer and extracts the main worm's code into it. Then the control is passed directly to the extracted worm's code.

After getting control, the worm creates a few threads. One thread scans for vulnerable computers (on TCP ports 139 and 445) and sends exploits there in order to infect them. The worm also tries to bruteforce network share passwords by performing a dictionary attack on them. The following TCP ports used during the DoS attack: 22, 80, 97, 443

While this new worm may not be widespread, it features some advanced designs. In particular, the polymorphic encryption feature could make this one difficult for AV vendors to detect.

Allaple.A Internet/LAN worm - Highly polymorphic with Password attack

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