.gif Files Presenting a Not so Pretty Picture

Published: 2009-02-07
Last Updated: 2009-02-07 21:51:03 UTC
by Tony Carothers (Version: 1)
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A Storm Center subscriber has just submitted malware embedded in .gif image files, downloaded from the image site 4chan.org.  For the sake of expediency, and because this person did such a good write up, here is the analysis provided:

"The *.gif files were found the "random" board of the image board site 4chan.  The files contain a large picture with instructions to save the file with a .jse extension and run it.

The *.out files are the result of applying scrdec to the gifs to reveal the encoded script.

It appears to:
 (1) copy itself somewhere as 'sys.jse'
 (2) add itself to a Run key in the registry
 (3) (a) fetch the index to 4chan's /b forum
    (b) download the first image
    (c) save it as 'j.jse'
    (d) attempt to run 'j.jse'
 (4) construct a POST request containing the image as payload
 (5) upload itself as a new post on 4chan
 (6) point an instance of IE at site it came from

(3)-(6) are in an infinite loop."

To the subscriber who did the legwork on tihs one, my thanx for the excellent work

I will provide more data as it develops.......

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