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Qakbot Maldoc Mitigation

Thought I’d take a mental break and look at mitigating another threat, Qakbot.  Hopefully McAfee doesn’t mind.  😄

MD5: 0fc54823374e54cc329461da7ca38db2

In this particular sample we see a few things going on.  First, Word drops a .vbs file.  The execution is proxied through Explorer using default file type association.  Additionally, it looks as though a second attempt is made to execute it via a com object. 

The simplest method here is to block Word (and other Office apps… might as well) from creating .vbs files.  But you would want to also do other file types, like .vbe, etc... basically anything that can be ran by WSH. This can be done via a simple Access Protection Rule, or an Expert Rule.


Rule {
Process {
-v "winword.exe"
-v "excel.exe"
-v "whateverYouWant.exe"
Target {
Match FILE {
-v "*.vbs"
-v "*.vbe"
-v "*.WhateverYouWant"
#Exclude OBJECT_NAME {
# -v "c:\\InsertFullPath\\Whatever.YourExtension"
Include -access "CREATE"

Fill in whatever you want in the placeholder spaces, and of course if you need an exclusion just remove the #s and add the paths you need by duplicating the line starting with -v.  

Hopefully this is helpful to someone.  

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Re: Qakbot Maldoc Mitigation

This is good information @Daveb3d , Thanks a lot for taking your time in posting it here.

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