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Follow The Bouncing Malware, Part II

by billzhills / November 4, 2004 9:09 PM PST

Remember: this is all the result of visiting a SINGLE website with an unpatched machine.

If you ever need to explain to someone the pitfalls involved in not patching, all you need to do is point them to this listing:

The score card thus far (and I?m only counting executable content):

hp2.exe (16,384 bytes)
tvmupdater4bp5.exe (195,072 bytes)
AtPartners.dll (96,256 bytes)
SplWbr.dll (454,656 bytes ? expands out to 3 files making up 892,288 bytes)
ezbdlLs.dll (151,040 bytes ? expands out to 4 files making up 314,880 bytes)
hp1.exe (49,152 bytes)
mm20.ocx (61,440 bytes)
8-24.exe (40,960 bytes)
MediaMotor25.exe (9,056 bytes)
ast_4_mm.exe (129,152 bytes)
IeBHOs.dll (129,536 bytes)
cpr_mm2.exe (270,415 bytes)
ab1.exe (500,869 bytes)
tvm_bundle.exe (53,738 bytes)
and of course cpr_mm2.exe (270,415 bytes) again...

The shameful total (thus far... there?s more to come):
15 files ? 2,428,141 bytes downloaded
20 files ? 3,029,613 bytes on disk

And, no doubt, I missed a few...
I started Part II of ?Bouncing Malware? by saying that Joe?s PC was no longer his own. With over 2 MB of software downloaded, installed, and executed without his permission, I would say that there is little doubt that Joe ISN?T the guy running the show. But who is?

In the next installment, I want to finish up looking at some of the software installed on Joe?s PC and then turn my sights to finding out a little more about the folks responsible for the deluge of spyware and adware that assault our machines and networks on a daily basis. Stay tuned... it?s gonna be fun.

This is a daily diary, location of this article will have moved to the archives by 6 Nov 04.

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