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We have around 20 virtual servers (Windows 2008) which have been consuming 100% CPU since the last couple of days. All the servers were working fine earlier but looks like they have got effected with malware            (PowerShell.exe runs at 100% CPU). We can end the "PowerShell.exe" service but it automatically starts again after an hour or so

Microsoft Security Essentials is detecting the malware (HackTool:PowerShell/Wanascan.A). Also observed that the files are quarantined

We have tried to clean with multiple anti malware software / anti virus software but could not identify the root cause. Request your help in resolving the issues

Attached are the log files for your reference & troubleshooting

Thanks & Regards, Chakri  



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Hi Chakri :)

My name is Aura and I'll be assisting you with your malware issue. Since we'll be working together, you can call me Aura or Yoan, which is my real name, it's up to you! Now that we've broke the ice, I'll just ask you a few things during the time we'll be working together to clean your system and get it back to an operational state.

  • As you'll notice, the logs we are asking for here are quite lenghty, so it's normal for me to not reply exactly after you post them. This is because I need some time to analyse them and then act accordingly. However, I'll always reply within 24 hours, 48 hours at most if something unexpected happens
  • As long as I'm assisting you on Malwarebytes Forums, in this thread, I'll ask you to not seek assistance anywhere else for any issue related to the system we are working on. If you have an issue, question, etc. about your computer, please ask it in this thread and I'll assist you
  • The same principle applies to any modifications you make to your system, I would like you to ask me before you do any manipulations that aren't in the instructions I posted. This is to ensure that we are operating in sync and I know exactly what's happening on your system
  • If you aren't sure about an instruction I'm giving you, ask me about it. This is to ensure that the clean-up process goes without any issue. I'll answer you and even give you more precise instructions/explanations if you need. There's no shame in asking questions here, better be safe than sorry!
  • If you don't reply to your thread within 3 days, I'll bump this thread to let you know that I'm waiting for you. If you don't reply after 5 days, it'll be closed. If you return after that period, you can send me a PM to get it unlocked and we'll continue where we left off;
  • Since malware can work quickly, we want to get rid of them as fast as we can, before they make unknown changes to the system. This being said, I would appreciate if you could reply to this thread within 24 hours of me posting. This way, we'll have a good clean-up rhythm and the chances of complications will be reduced
  • I'm against any form of pirated, illegal and counterfeit software and material. So if you have any installed on your system, I'll ask you to uninstall them right now. You don't have to tell me if you indeed had some or not, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. Plus, this would be against Malwarebytes Forums's rules
  • In the end, you are the one asking for assistance here. So if you wish to go a different way during the clean-up, like format and reinstall Windows, you are free to do so. I would appreciate you to let me know about it first, and if you need, I can also assist you in the process
  • I would appreciate if you were to stay with me until the end, which means, until I declare your system clean. Just because your system isn't behaving weirdly anymore, or is running better than before, it doesn't mean that the infection is completely gone
    This being said, I have a full time job so sometimes it'll take longer for me to reply to you. Don't worry, you'll be my first priority as soon as I get home and have time to look at your thread

This being said, it's time to clean-up some malware, so let's get started, shall we? :)

In the Task Manager, under the Details tab, if you add the Command Line column, can you tell me what command is used to launch the powershell.exe process?

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Alright, I see what's happening. Open a command prompt with Admin Rights and enter the following commands:

([WmiClass] 'root\default:systemcore_Updater').Properties['funs'].Value > %userprofile%\Desktop\funsvalue.txt
([WmiClass] 'root\default:systemcore_Updater').Properties['mon'].Value > %userprofile%\Desktop\monvalue.txt

Then attach the funsvalue.txt and monvalue.txt files that should be on your desktop.

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All good. Now, in the meantime, let's get an Autoruns log from one of the infected server.

sUc2qjf.pngAutoruns - Start-up Entries
Follow the instructions below to give me an Autoruns log containing your start-up entries:

  • Download Autoruns.zip from the Sysinternals Suite webpage
  • Extract the content of the Autoruns.zip folder where you want, then go in the folder, right-click on Autoruns.exe and select Run as Administrator
  • Accept the EULA on opening, then wait for all the entries to load
  • Click on File then Save and save the file to a location easily accessible as a .arn (Autoruns) file
  • Right-click on the file you saved and select Send to followed by Compressed (zipped) folder
  • Attach the .zip file on your next post, or if it says that it's too big, upload it on SendSpace and post the download URL for it here

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By the way, this is what your servers are infected with.


Pay attention to this...


But, what is the Mimikatz for? Apparently, It's also kind of a non-interactive botnet, It uploads every credential stolen.
We see a couple servers listening for our data. It checks for connectivity and, for each credential, it appends the b64 of the credential to the data parameter and it makes a GET request to the api.php with the data.

I'm sorry but at this point, if it hasn't been done yet, I strongly suggest that you contact your IT Security team or if you have one, your Incident Response team. Your network has been breached, credentials have been compromised and therefore it is possible that attackers could have gotten into your network. This isn't something that can (or even should) be solved online. You have a security breach on your hands, and therefore you should follow your incident response protocol (if you have one). I can help you gather information if needed.

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Thanks again for your responses

Should I be sending the Autoruns - Start-up Entries?

Or else as suggested by you, do we need to contact a local vendor and get this resolved

Note: We do not have a special IT team to take care of such incident

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Yes, send the Autoruns log as I'll need it.

Here's how I see the remediation should go:

  • Disconnect every server from the network, leaving the only possible access via their virtualization host (ie: VMware). If it isn't possible, remove as many of these as you can from the network and start with these
  • Remove the infection (I'll see what I can do to help you with that)
  • Once done, manually download and install the MS17-010 Security Bulletin (patch against EternalBlue) on them (transfer the files via VMware, do NOT put them back on the network yet or they'll get infected right away)
  • Disable SMBv1 on these servers (if possible in your environment)
  • Once done, put them back on the network
  • Update the servers (install all the missing Windows Updates)
  • See if they get infected again (monitor them for the malicious powershell.exe activity)

MS17-010: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/security-updates/securitybulletins/2017/ms17-010

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Alright I'll be waiting :) 

Edit: The information you provided me has been forwarded to the Research Team, which added the definitions to Malwarebytes. Though we need as much information as you can provide in order to make sure that the product can be updated to fully remove that threat.

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