Detecting Rootkits Using Gmer

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Submitted By garenx
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Next up, see here: Patched ws2_32.dll, this didn't get around much so I don't have much on it, the helper managed to indentify the patched file via GMER.

C:\WINDOWS\System32\WS2_32.dll section is writeable [0x71AB1000, 0x12153, 0xE0000040]
C:\WINDOWS\System32\WS2_32.dll entry point in ".data" section [0x71AC41A1]

Basically malware is exploiting a system file again, it found a "writable" hole and that's how it got in.

Next, a memory exploit

memory module \?\globalroot\device\lde\ldePort1\secxrxtc\secxrxtc\tdlwsp.dll file \?\globalroot\device\lde\ldePort1\secxrxtc\secxrxtc\tdlwsp.dll

This one was harder to kill, but I'll explain it best I can. This folder "secxrxtc" changed everytime on reboot, so tracking the file was harder than it looked, and this was how one of the first threads where the patched atapi.sys was seen.

Often when a rootkit is present, Combofix/Catchme will find this:


catchme 0.3.1398 W2K/XP/Vista - rootkit/stealth malware detector by Gmer,
Rootkit scan 2009-09-25 17:42
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 NTFS

scanning hidden processes ...

scanning hidden autostart entries ...

scanning hidden files ...

c:\windows\TEMP\TMP000001CF96E80FDA33D1F935 524288 bytes executable

scan completed successfully hidden files: 1


It's the backup file for the rootkit, which also had to be killed. Good thing is, it's in temp location, and as it's just a backup, it's not active, so TFC would quickly deal with it.

This is why GMER is one of our more useful tools, there are times when I've been so confused and GMER found the bad little bugger hiding.

and last, a stronger…...

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