Just before the summer I announced that the student Rohit Dua would dedicate his time to improve peepdf and add a scoring system to the output. This was possible thanks to Google and his Google Summer of Code (GSoC) program, where I presented several projects as a member of The Honeynet Project. A beta version was presented during Black Hat Europe Arsenal 2015 last November, where I introduced the new functionalities.
The scoring is based on different indicators like:
- Number of pages
- Number of stream filters
- Broken/Missing cross reference table
- Malformed elements: garbage bytes, missing tags…
- Encryption with default password
- Big streams and strings
- Objects not referenced from the Catalog
Submitted by jesparza on Sun, 2016/02/28 - 21:13
One week before my demo at the Black Hat Arsenal I released a peepdf challenge. The idea was solving the challenge using just peepdf, of course ;) This post will tell you how to solve the challenge so if you want to try by yourself (you should!) STOP READING HERE! The PDF file can be downloaded from here and it is not harmful. No shellcodes, no exploits, no kitten killed. In summary, you can open it with no fear, but do it with a version of Adobe Reader prior to XI ;)
Let's start! :) This is what you see with the last version of peepdf:
Submitted by jesparza on Wed, 2015/09/09 - 19:05
Two months ago Google announced that Google Code was slowly dying: no new projects can be created, it will be read only soon and in January 2016 the project will close definitely. peepdf was hosted there so it was time to move to another platform. The code is currently hosted at GitHub, way more active than Google Code:
If you are using peepdf you must update the tool because it is pointing to Google Code now. After executing “peepdf.py -u” the tool will point to GitHub and it will be able to be up to date with the latest commits. The peepdf Google Code page will also point to GitHub soon.
Another important announcement is that Rohit Dua will be the student who will work with peepdf this summer in the Google Summer of Code (GSoC). I initially presented three ideas to improve peepdf through The Honeynet Project:
Submitted by jesparza on Tue, 2015/05/05 - 21:34
After my last post about Andromeda different updates related to version 2.07 and 2.08 appeared. Mostly, Fortinet was talking about the version 2.7 features and the new anti-analysis tricks of version 2.08. After that, Kimberly was also mentioning version 2.09 in his blog but I have not seen too many details about the latest versions of Andromeda. This is a summary of the interesting details about the newer versions.
After version 2.08, the parameter used to send the bot version to the panel was removed from the POST request, so now it is a bit more difficult to distinguish between versions. An easy way to spot the different versions is taking a look at the request format strings:
Submitted by jesparza on Fri, 2015/04/17 - 01:47
Some months ago I analyzed some PDF exploits that I received via SPAM mails
. They contained the vulnerability CVE-2013-2729 leading to a ZeuS-P2P / Gameover sample. Back in June I received more PDF exploits, containing the same vulnerability, but in these cases it was a bit more difficult to extract the shellcode because the code was obfuscated. This is what we can see taking a look at the file account_doc~9345845757.pdf
(9cd2118e1a61faf68c37b2fa89fb970c) with peepdf
It seems that they used the same PDF exploit and they just added the obfuscation, because if we compare the peepdf output for the previous exploits we can see the same number of objects, same number of streams, same object ids, same id for the catalog, etc. After extracting the suspicious object (1) you can spot the shellcode easily, but some modifications are needed:
PPDF> object 1 > object1_output.txt
We can see two “images” encoded with Base64:
Submitted by jesparza on Thu, 2014/10/16 - 03:53
In mid-August I started receiving some emails from Yulia. She wanted me to take a look at her sweet ass:
I was not sure about it, but after receiving some more emails like this I took a look (I received the last one on the 10th of September). Then I found out that this was the beginning of a SmokeLoader campaign, I was really disappointed :( Out of spite, I started analyzing it ;p
These are some of the headers and the message body:
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:55:56 -0400
From: "Yulia" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: My new photo
Hi it is Yulia fuck me ass at night. Look at my sweet ass on a photo I wait for you
I don't want to duplicate the information already published about this loader, so you can check the post published in July by StopMalvertising and what my colleague Michael Sandee said about it in 2012. Since then, SmokeLoader (known as Dofoil too) has modified the encryption to communicate with the C&C, added some extra plugins, etc.
After executing the binary you can easily spot that something is happening in your computer because you can see some strange POST requests to some known URLs. These URLs are extracted from the registry, opening the key Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall and looking at the values of HelpLink and URLInfoAbout for the installed programs.
Submitted by jesparza on Sun, 2014/10/05 - 22:03
After some time without releasing any new version here is peepdf v0.3. It is not that I was not working in the project, but since the option to update the tool from the command line was released creating new versions became a secondary task. Besides this, since January 2014 Google removed the option to upload new downloads to the Google Code projects, so I had to figure out how to do it. From now on, all new releases will be hosted at eternal-todo.com, in the releases section.
The differences with version 0.2 are noticeable: new commands and features have been added, some libraries have been updated, detection for more vulnerabilities have been added, a lot of bug fixes, etc. This is the list of the most important changes (full changelog here):
Submitted by jesparza on Mon, 2014/06/16 - 19:38
One month ago I was trying to find a streaming site to watch a Spanish soccer match and I found futbolenvivoaldia.com. It was a redirection to the famous site Tarjeta Roja, but the interesting thing was that when I browsed the site with my mobile phone I saw the typical Antivirus scanner saying that my device was infected. Also, an app called “androidav_free.APK” (24f0a666a714e26c6c07ab407e37b112) was trying to be downloaded to my device.
The source of this fake page was one of the advertisement networks of the site tarjetaroja.eu, Mobicow. After some redirections and some tracking URLs this network was returning the following URL to the user's browser:
Taking a look at the script content we can see that it contains all the functions necessary to show the fake infection page to the user. Also, we can see that the following URL was used to download the app:
Submitted by jesparza on Mon, 2013/10/28 - 03:10
I was already missing these SPAM emails with some advice about my sexual life: “Your woman wants you to be the best lover”, “The greatest technique to gratify your lady”, etc. I was getting upset about this, I needed some help...;p
The result of the deobfuscation contains code to create a cookie (“visited_uq=55”) and also an iframe to load the URL hxxp://gylaqim.com/exit.php. This domain, created on the 21st of September, resolves each time to a different IP and has a history of more than 400 IPs. It has 6 authoritative DNS servers, ns*.gylaqim.com, also resolving to multiple IPs.
The initial pages seen until the moment are the following:
Submitted by jesparza on Tue, 2013/10/08 - 00:11
Some days ago I read the post about Joe Security's error when they analyzed an Andromeda sample and I also found new samples of this Trojan. Then I decided that I should write something about it. At least, just to remember some tricks of Andromeda for the next time and not starting from scratch. I'm Dory, I forget things ;)
When I analyzed this malware some months ago I thought that it was quite interesting due to the Anti-debugging and Anti-VM tricks it uses. You can also find references to the same malware with the name of Gamarue. It seems it is cool to rename the same malware with different names. Then you can find some families with three different names, like Cridex / Feodo / Bugat. Anyway, I also found these two links with very good and detailed information about analyzing Andromeda:
Submitted by jesparza on Sun, 2013/09/01 - 19:56
- Removing unnecessary HTML tags
- Find and replace eval functions with prints, for example, or hook the eval function if it is possible (PyV8)
- Beautify the code
- Find shellcodes and exploit URLs
- Repeat if necessary
Submitted by jesparza on Sun, 2013/08/18 - 22:14
BlackHat USA 2013 is here and tomorrow I will be explaining how to analyze exploit kits and PDF documents in my workshop “PDF Attack: From the Exploit Kit to the Shellcode” from 14:15 to 16:30 in the Florentine room. It will be really practical so bring your laptop and expect a practical session ;) All you need is a Linux distribution with pylibemu and PyV8 installed to join the party. You can run all on Windows too if you prefer.
Submitted by jesparza on Wed, 2013/07/31 - 12:40
So the main new features, besides the fixed bugs, are the following:
Added support for AES in the decryption process: Until now peepdf supported RC4 as a decryption algorithm but AES was a must. Now here it is, so no more worries for decrypted documents. I will be ready for new changes in the decryption process, someone in Vegas told me that the next AES modification for PDF files is coming...
Submitted by jesparza on Sun, 2012/08/05 - 17:06
Last week I presented the last version of peepdf
in the Black Hat Europe Arsenal
. It was a really good experience that I hope I can continue doing in the future ;) Since the very first version, almost one year ago, I had not released any new version but I have been frequently updating the project SVN. Now you can download the new version
with some interesting additions (and bugfixes), and take a look at the overview of the tool in the slides
. I think it's important to mention that the version included in the Black Hat CD and the one in the Black Hat Arsenal webpage IS NOT
the last version, this IS the last version
. I've asked the Black Hat stuff to change the version on the site so I hope this can be fixed soon.
Submitted by jesparza on Sat, 2012/03/24 - 14:35