Malware Analysis Report (AR20-133G)


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One Microsoft Word Open Extensible Markup Language (XML) Format Document file (DOCX file) was submitted for analysis. The file attempts to download a Microsoft Word template from a Uniform Resource Locator (URL). The URL was not active at the time of analysis.

For a downloadable copy of IOCs, see MAR-10285677-2.v1.stix.

Submitted Files (1)

7d2b9f391588cc07d9ba78d652819d32d3d79e5a74086b527c32126ad88b5015 (7d2b9f391588cc07d9ba78d652819d...)

Domains (1)





Name 7d2b9f391588cc07d9ba78d652819d32d3d79e5a74086b527c32126ad88b5015
Size 225448 bytes
Type Microsoft Word 2007+
MD5 a4388c4d0588cd3d8a607594347663e0
SHA1 b066369bbd48b7858f2c1eed1e78d85c8ae4cdb6
SHA256 7d2b9f391588cc07d9ba78d652819d32d3d79e5a74086b527c32126ad88b5015
SHA512 6cb4ade649094cf14735830627497826f40fabb400308cfc9ebe4c262dd6dd49185baab877d5393a67df2516b3f99a7b5ab8f958d7ccddb5c0838b48814532f1
ssdeep 6144:PMtCBStDIwnddEwBj6U19akUWzZECImdzxGdakUWzZECImdzxGdm:ktCBPwnddEwJ6Umk0ChGck0ChGs
Entropy 7.965669
Ahnlab DOC/Downloader
Antiy Trojan[Exploit]/MSOffice.CVE-2017-0199
Avira EXP/CVE-2017-0199.joxaz
BitDefender Trojan.GenericKD.42863619
ESET DOC/TrojanDownloader.Agent.CF trojan
Emsisoft Trojan.GenericKD.42863619 (B)
Ikarus Exploit.CVE-2017-0199
McAfee Trojan-FRVP!201AEB7EC56D
Microsoft Security Essentials Exploit:O97M/CVE-2017-0199!MTB
NANOAV Exploit.Xml.CVE-2017-0199.equmby
Sophos Troj/DocDl-XXQ
Symantec W97M.Downloader
Vir.IT eXplorer W97M.Downloader.CBT
YARA Rules

No matches found.

ssdeep Matches

No matches found.

7d2b9f3915... Connected_To

This file is a Microsoft Word DOCX file (Figure 1). One of the XML files, "settings.xml.rels" (Figure 2), contains a target for a template located at the following URL:

--Begin URL--
--End URL--

If a user opens the document in Word, the document entices the user to "Enable Macros". This technique is used to trick the user, because the document does not contain macros and will attempt to load the template from the external network location. The URL was not available at the time of analysis.

Figure 1 - Screenshot of the DOCX file.

Figure 1 - Screenshot of the DOCX file.

Figure 2 - This XML file contains an external location to a URL to download a suspicious Microsoft Word template.

Figure 2 - This XML file contains an external location to a URL to download a suspicious Microsoft Word template.



  • hxxp[:]//

Domain Name: MIREENE.COM
Registry Domain ID: 118139791_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server:
Registrar URL:
Updated Date: 2017-02-23T02:39:15Z
Creation Date: 2004-04-24T02:46:25Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2021-04-24T02:46:25Z
Registrar: HANGANG Systems, Inc. dba
Registrar IANA ID: 87
Registrar Abuse Contact Email:
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +82.7071631100
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Name Server: NS1.MIREENE.COM
Name Server: NS2.MIREENE.COM
DNSSEC: unsigned
URL of the ICANN Whois Inaccuracy Complaint Form:
>>> Last update of whois database: 2020-04-27T11:39:43Z <<<

Relationships Connected_From 7d2b9f391588cc07d9ba78d652819d32d3d79e5a74086b527c32126ad88b5015

The file attempts to download a potential Microsoft word template from the domain.

Relationship Summary

7d2b9f3915... Connected_To Connected_From 7d2b9f391588cc07d9ba78d652819d32d3d79e5a74086b527c32126ad88b5015


CISA recommends that users and administrators consider using the following best practices to strengthen the security posture of their organization's systems. Any configuration changes should be reviewed by system owners and administrators prior to implementation to avoid unwanted impacts.

  • Maintain up-to-date antivirus signatures and engines.
  • Keep operating system patches up-to-date.
  • Disable File and Printer sharing services. If these services are required, use strong passwords or Active Directory authentication.
  • Restrict users' ability (permissions) to install and run unwanted software applications. Do not add users to the local administrators group unless required.
  • Enforce a strong password policy and implement regular password changes.
  • Exercise caution when opening e-mail attachments even if the attachment is expected and the sender appears to be known.
  • Enable a personal firewall on agency workstations, configured to deny unsolicited connection requests.
  • Disable unnecessary services on agency workstations and servers.
  • Scan for and remove suspicious e-mail attachments; ensure the scanned attachment is its "true file type" (i.e., the extension matches the file header).
  • Monitor users' web browsing habits; restrict access to sites with unfavorable content.
  • Exercise caution when using removable media (e.g., USB thumb drives, external drives, CDs, etc.).
  • Scan all software downloaded from the Internet prior to executing.
  • Maintain situational awareness of the latest threats and implement appropriate Access Control Lists (ACLs).

Additional information on malware incident prevention and handling can be found in National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-83, "Guide to Malware Incident Prevention & Handling for Desktops and Laptops".

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