Maldoc Analysis of the Weekend

Published: 2019-02-09
Last Updated: 2019-02-09 23:03:40 UTC
by Didier Stevens (Version: 1)
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Yesterday I received malicious Office document request15.doc (MD5 8598361ecbbffb35900d0720b0316a56).

It contains VBA macros that execute a PowerShell script. That script is a bit different than usual, so let's take a look.

With, I look at the streams and find a macro stream:

Grepping for shell in the VBA code, it becomes clear what the purpose is:

Following the method I explained in diary entry "Quickie: String Analysis is Still Useful", I can quickly extract the PowerShell command:

Remark also that in the VBA code, character [ is replaced with letter A before the code is executed. I use sed to do the replacement:

And then I pipe this into

Giving me the following PowerShell script:

This PowerShell script enumerates all methods of class System.Net.WebClient, and takes action for methods DownloadString and DownloadData.

With DownloadString it downloads a PowerShell script to be executed (IEX).

And with DownloadData it downloads a Windows executable to be executed.

Both files were no longer available when I performed the analysis, but I could probably find them via VirusTotal.




Didier Stevens
Senior handler
Microsoft MVP

Keywords: maldoc powershell vba
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