W32/Forbot-EQ

Category: Viruses and Spyware
Type: Win32 worm
Prevalence: Small Number of Reports

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W32/Forbot-EQ is a nIRC backdoor Trojan and network worm for the Windows platform.

Once installed, W32/Forbot-EQ connects to a preconfigured IRC server and joins a channel from which an attacker can issue further commands.

The worm can spread to unpatched machines affected by the LSASS vulnerability (see MS04-011) and through backdoors left open by the Troj/Optix Trojans.

Sophos's anti-virus products include proactive protection technology, which can defend against new threats without requiring an update. Sophos customers have been protected against W32/Forbot-EQ (detected as W32/Forbot-Gen) since version 3.89. W32/Forbot-EQ is a IRC backdoor Trojan and network worm for the Windows platform.

In order to run automatically when Windows starts up the worm moves itself to the Windows system folder as mpsvc.exe and creates the following registry entries:

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\
MP Services
"mpsvc.exe"

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\
MP Services
"mpsvc.exe"

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices\
MP Services
"mpsvc.exe"

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\
MP Services
"mpsvc.exe"

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\
MP Services
"mpsvc.exe"

W32/Forbot-EQ also creates its own service named "MP Services" with the display name "MP Services".

Once installed, W32/Forbot-EQ connects to a preconfigured IRC server and joins a channel from which an attacker can issue further commands. These commands can cause the infected machine to perform any of the following actions:

flood a remote host (by either ping or HTTP)
start a SOCKS4 proxy server
start an HTTP server
start an FTP server
portscan randomly-chosen IP addresses
execute arbitrary commands
steal information such as passwords and product keys
upload/download files

The worm can spread to unpatched machines affected by the LSASS vulnerability (see MS04-011) and through backdoors left open by the Troj/Optix Trojans.

Sophos's anti-virus products include proactive protection technology, which can defend against new threats without requiring an update. Sophos customers have been protected against W32/Forbot-EQ (detected as W32/Forbot-Gen) since version 3.89.