Briefing Malware

Briefing Malware - 08/02/2022

8th of February 2022 - Winners of the 6th week : Emotet, Redline and NjRAT.

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Emotet (ID Mitre: S0367)

Microsoft disables MSIX protocol handler abused in Emotet attacks

#Microsoft has announced that they will disable the #MSIX ms-appinstaller protocol handler to limit malware exploitation of the #Windows AppX Installer spoofing vulnerability tracked as #CVE-2021-43890.

Even if this vulnerability has been handled through December 2021 Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has justified this action by the massive exploitation of this flaw by #Emotet as well as #BazarLoader and, also to protect users that did not install the security patch or workaround to disable the handler.

In December 2021, #Emotet disguises its middle stage payloads as an installation of #Adobe PDF component to exploit this vulnerability and then install #Trickbot or #Qbot.

#Emotet is one of the most effective #botnets which has resurrected in mid-November after being taken down by law enforcement during Operation #LadyBird in the end of January 2021. The botnet which started as a #banking trojan is active since at least 2014, operated by the threat actor #TA542 (aka #Mummy Spider) and observed delivering payloads such as #Trickbot and #QBot droping ransomware such as #Conti, #Ryuk or #Egregor.


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