Detecting and Analyzing Microsoft Office Online Video

A while ago, a new technique was developed to execute arbitrary code via a Word document: an online video is embedded and the HTML code for the embedded video is modified with JavaScript that launches a Windows executable. This technique does not rely on VBA macros and requires the use of the .docx format (for … Continue reading Detecting and Analyzing Microsoft Office Online Video

Differential Malware Analysis: An Example

There are many ways to analyze malware. In this blog post, we illustrate a typical analysis method: comparing an unknown sample with a known sample, to determine if the unknown sample is malicious or not. During one of our engagements, we came across a PDF document that triggered our anti-virus. What intrigued us, was that … Continue reading Differential Malware Analysis: An Example

Shortcomings of blacklisting in Adobe Reader and what you can do about it

A variation of a class of malicious PDFs appeared in the wild. In this blog post, we will show you how to protect your systems and how to analyze these PDFs. The PDFs embed a file type with extension .SettingContent-ms that can be used on Windows 10 to execute arbitrary code. We have observed on … Continue reading Shortcomings of blacklisting in Adobe Reader and what you can do about it

Extracting a Windows Zero-Day from an Adobe Reader Zero-Day PDF

In May 2018, when ESET published a blog post covering PDFs with 2 zero days, our interest was immediately piqued. Promptly after our analysis of these PDFs, we send out an early warning to our customers. Now that Microsoft published a blog post with the detailed analysis of the zero days, we find it appropriate … Continue reading Extracting a Windows Zero-Day from an Adobe Reader Zero-Day PDF

Painless Cuckoo Sandbox Installation

TLDR: As part of our SANS SEC599 development efforts, we updated (fixed + added some new features) an existing Cuckoo Auto Install script by Buguroo Security to automate Cuckoo sandbox installation (& VM import). Download it from our Github here. Intro As a blue team member, you often have a need to analyze a piece … Continue reading Painless Cuckoo Sandbox Installation

YARA DDE rules: DDE Command Execution observed in-the-wild

The MS Office DDE YARA rules that we published yesterday detected several malicious documents samples since 10/10/2017. Remark: the malicious samples we mention were detected with our DDEAUTO rule (Office_DDEAUTO_field); as we feared, the second rule (Office_DDE_field) is generating some false positives and we will update it. The first¬†sample¬†uses PowerShell to download an executable¬†and run … Continue reading YARA DDE rules: DDE Command Execution observed in-the-wild

Detecting DDE in MS Office documents

Dynamic Data Exchange is an old Microsoft technology that can be (ab)used to execute code from within MS Office documents.¬†Etienne Stalmans and Saif El-Sherei from Sensepost published a blog post in which they describe how to weaponize MS Office documents. We wrote 2 YARA rules to detect this in Office Open XML files (like .docx): … Continue reading Detecting DDE in MS Office documents

Malicious PowerPoint Documents Abusing Mouse Over Actions

A new type of malicious MS Office document has appeared: a PowerPoint document that executes a PowerShell command by hovering over a link with the mouse cursor (this attack does not involve VBA macros). In this blogpost, we will show how to analyze such documents with free, open-source tools. As usual in attacks involving malicious … Continue reading Malicious PowerPoint Documents Abusing Mouse Over Actions

Analysis of a CVE-2017-0199 Malicious RTF Document

There is a new exploit (CVE-2017-0199) going around for which a patch was released by Microsoft on 11/04/2017. In this post, we analyze an RTF document exploiting this vulnerability and provide a YARA rule for detection. rtfdump.py is a Python tool to analyze RTF documents. Running it on our sample produces a list with¬†all "entities" … Continue reading Analysis of a CVE-2017-0199 Malicious RTF Document