Zotob details

Here are some details on the zotob worm (s) culled from several sources….

It copies itself to the Windows system folder as BOTZOR.EXE, it modifies the hosts file to frustrate attempts to access antivirus sites. The .b variant copies itself as csm.exe in the Windows System folder. Both variants create a Mutex so that only one copy can run at a time.

According to Sarc the .b variant adds
“csm Win Updates” = “csm.exe”
to the registry at two locations


so that it runs at Windows boot. It also modifies
“Start” = “4”

to the registry subkey:

disabling shared access.

It opens an ftp server on port 33333 (TCP), tries to connect to an IRC server to allow remote control of the PC, attempts to spread within the local subnet.

Also it drops 2pac.txt and haha.exe in the system folder.

The host file modifications are as follows:

11. …. Made By …. Greetz to good friend [REMOVED] in the next 24hours!!! www.symantec.com securityresponse.symantec.com symantec.com www.sophos.com sophos.com www.mcafee.com mcafee.com liveupdate.symantecliveupdate.com www.viruslist.com viruslist.com viruslist.com f-secure.com www.f-secure.com kaspersky.com kaspersky-labs.com www.avp.com www.kaspersky.com avp.com www.networkassociates.com networkassociates.com www.ca.com ca.com mast.mcafee.com my-etrust.com www.my-etrust.com download.mcafee.com dispatch.mcafee.com secure.nai.com nai.com www.nai.com update.symantec.com updates.symantec.com us.mcafee.com liveupdate.symantec.com customer.symantec.com rads.mcafee.com trendmicro.com pandasoftware.com www.pandasoftware.com www.trendmicro.com www.grisoft.com www.microsoft.com microsoft.com www.virustotal.com virustotal.com www.amazon.com www.amazon.co.uk www.amazon.ca www.amazon.fr www.paypal.com paypal.com moneybookers.com www.moneybookers.com www.ebay.com ebay.com

This covers a wide net of sites (Amazon Paypal Ebay) beyond the usual security/antivirus sites.

The only difference I can see between .a and .b is the name of the executable (botzor.exe and csm.exe)

News.com also has more coverage.

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