Didier Stevens

Monday 30 June 2014

Update: Stoned Bitcoin

Filed under: Encryption,Forensics,Malware,Update — Didier Stevens @ 0:04

kurt wismer pointed me to this post on pastebin after he read my Stoned Bitcoin blogpost. The author of this pastebin post works out a method to spam the Bitcoin blockchain to cause anti-virus (false) positives.

I scanned through all the Bitcoin transactions (until 24/06/2014) for the addresses listed in this pastebin post (the addresses represent antivirus signatures for 400+ malwares).

All these “malicious” Bitcoin addresses, designed to generate anti-virus false positives,  have been exclusively used in the 8 Bitcoin transactions I mentioned in my previous post.

The pastebin entry was posted on 2014/04/02 19:01:08 UTC.

And here are the 8 transactions with the UTC timestamp of the block in which they appear:

Block: 2014/04/03 23:12:48
Transaction: edb83f04e68bfe78bbfe7ce80d33e85acb9335c96ead5712517b8c70d1f27b38
Block: 2014/04/04 01:10:45
Transaction: 7e49504c7cecea7ea95d78ff14687878ba581a21dc0772805d2925c617514129
Block: 2014/04/04 01:43:25
Transaction: f65895220f04aa0084d9abae938d3f517893e3afbffe25fc9e7073e02331b9ed
Block: 2014/04/04 02:58:13
Transaction: 8a445d12f225a21d36bb78da747efd2e74861fcd033757da572c0434d423acd1
Block: 2014/04/04 04:32:24
Transaction: fcf5cf9893a142897598edfc753bd6162e3638e138fc2feaf4a3477c0cfb65eb
Block: 2014/04/04 04:32:24
Transaction: 2814673f0952b936d578d73197bfd371cefbd73c6294bab16de1575a4c3f6e80
Block: 2014/04/04 09:36:29
Transaction: f09904aaa4fa4a8ec7da06f5e3d318a9b6a218e1a215f9307416fbbadf5a1c8e
Block: 2014/04/04 09:36:29
Transaction: 5dbb9df056c36457228a841d6cc98ac90967bc88411c95372d3c2d92c18060f8

So it took a bit more than 24 hours before someone spammed the Bitcoin blockchain with these transactions designed to trigger false positives.

Monday 23 June 2014

Stoned Bitcoin

Filed under: Encryption,Forensics,Malware — Didier Stevens @ 20:29

There are reports of anti-virus false positive detections of Bitcoin files. More precisely for the old Stoned computer virus.

I found the smoking gun! These reports should not be dismissed as hoaxes.

I’ve identified 2 Bitcoin transactions that contain byte sequences found in the Stoned computer virus. Here they are:

Both transactions appear in blocks dated 2014-04-04.

The first transaction has byte sequences of the Stoned computer virus in the address of transaction outputs 1, 2, 3 and 4:

Txout 1:
 value: 1
 txOutScriptLength: 25
 txOutScript: 'OP_DUP OP_HASH160 0700ba8000cd13eb4990b90300ba000100000000 OP_EQUALVERIFY OP_CHECKSIG'
 Stoned virus byte sequence:     0700ba8000cd13eb4990b90300ba0001
Txout 2:
 value: 1
 txOutScriptLength: 25
 txOutScript: 'OP_DUP OP_HASH160 b8010333dbb10133d29c00000000000000000000 OP_EQUALVERIFY OP_CHECKSIG'
 Stoned virus byte sequence:     b8010333dbb10133d29c
Txout 3:
 value: 1
 txOutScriptLength: 25
 txOutScript: 'OP_DUP OP_HASH160 750e33c08ed8a03f04a8017503e8070000000000 OP_EQUALVERIFY OP_CHECKSIG'
 Stoned virus byte sequence:     750e33c08ed8a03f04a8017503e80700
Txout 4:
 value: 1
 txOutScriptLength: 25
 txOutScript: 'OP_DUP OP_HASH160 b8010333dbb10133d29c00000000000000000000 OP_EQUALVERIFY OP_CHECKSIG'
 Stoned virus byte sequence:     b8010333dbb10133d29c

I’ve submitted this transaction to VirusTotal: 16 detections. I also submitted the block containing this transaction: 5 detections.

The second transaction has a byte sequence of the Stoned computer virus in the address of transaction output 43:

Txout 43:
 value: 10
 txOutScriptLength: 25
 txOutScript: 'OP_DUP OP_HASH160 0400b801020e07bb000233c98bd1419c00000000 OP_EQUALVERIFY OP_CHECKSIG'
 Stoned virus byte sequence:     0400b801020e07bb000233c98bd1419c

I’ve submitted this transaction to VirusTotal: 14 detections. I also submitted the block containing this transaction: 4 detections.

This is a likely explanation why there were “Stoned Virus” anti-virus alerts for Bitcoin blockchain files reported in the news.

Stuffing messages in the address of the output(s) of a transaction is a well known method to insert messages in the Bitcoin blockchain. The drawback is that the Bitcoins send to these addresses are irrevocably lost, because these addresses have no (known) private key. That is why only very small amounts will be transferred (1 and 10 Satoshis in these transactions). The message is limited to 20 bytes (the size of the raw address used in the output).

But I believe that all output addresses in these transactions (except for the last output) are byte sequences found in malware.

When I run ClamAV’s sigtool on these transactions (with a recent database), a lot of signatures are found:

VIRUS NAME: Gen.600;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1321)
VIRUS NAME: Gen.696;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1356)
VIRUS NAME: Gen.801;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1798)
VIRUS NAME: Stoned.1;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 200)
VIRUS NAME: Stoned.2;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 266)
VIRUS NAME: Syslock.1;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 369)
VIRUS NAME: Syslock.2;MATCH: ** YES ** (2 matches at offsets: 404 368)
VIRUS NAME: Ten-Bytes;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 606)
VIRUS NAME: Terminator.1;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 642)
VIRUS NAME: Terror.1;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 675)
VIRUS NAME: Terror.2;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 709)
VIRUS NAME: Terror.4;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 744)
VIRUS NAME: Terror;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 810)
VIRUS NAME: Tiny-163.A;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 845)
VIRUS NAME: Tiny-163.C;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 879)
VIRUS NAME: Tiny-A;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 912)
VIRUS NAME: Tori-1;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1014)
VIRUS NAME: Tree;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1050)
VIRUS NAME: TUQ.RPVS;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 538)
VIRUS NAME: USSR-1049.A;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1083)
VIRUS NAME: USSR-2144.B;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1117)
VIRUS NAME: USSR-3103;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1152)
VIRUS NAME: USSR-311.B;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1184)
VIRUS NAME: USSR-311.D;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1219)
VIRUS NAME: USSR-311.E;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1252)
VIRUS NAME: USSR-516.B;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1287)
VIRUS NAME: USSR-601;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1320)
VIRUS NAME: USSR-707.B;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1390)
VIRUS NAME: USSR-707.C;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1422)
VIRUS NAME: USSR-711.C;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1458)
VIRUS NAME: USSR-830;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1490)
VIRUS NAME: USSR-948.B;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1525)
VIRUS NAME: V1244;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1661)
VIRUS NAME: V191;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1697)
VIRUS NAME: V-1L;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1594)
VIRUS NAME: V200.B;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1729)
VIRUS NAME: Vacsina.2;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1900)
VIRUS NAME: Vacsina.3;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1934)
VIRUS NAME: Vacsina.4;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1966)
VIRUS NAME: VCS (Clam);MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1830)
VIRUS NAME: VHP-361.A;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1864)
VIRUS NAME: Vienna-1028;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 2172)
VIRUS NAME: Vienna.1;MATCH: ** YES ** (2 matches at offsets: 2068 2034)
VIRUS NAME: Vienna.1-1;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 2068)
VIRUS NAME: Vienna.2;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 2102)
VIRUS NAME: Vienna-62.B;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 2205)
VIRUS NAME: Vienna.7;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 2137)
VIRUS NAME: TinyFamily2;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 946)
VIRUS NAME: TinyFamily3;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 980)

VIRUS NAME: Italian.1;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 231)
VIRUS NAME: Italian-Generic;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 266)
VIRUS NAME: Jerusalem.1;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 301)
VIRUS NAME: Jerusalem-1361;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 469)
VIRUS NAME: Jerusalem.2.Nemesis;MATCH: ** YES ** (2 matches at offsets: 1592 334)
VIRUS NAME: Jerusalem.5;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 368)
VIRUS NAME: Jerusalem.7;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 403)
VIRUS NAME: Jerusalem.9;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 436)
VIRUS NAME: Jerusalem-Family.1;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 504)
VIRUS NAME: Jerusalem-USA;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 572)
VIRUS NAME: Kharkov-1024;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 605)
VIRUS NAME: Label.1;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 674)
VIRUS NAME: Label.2;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 707)
VIRUS NAME: Leech.1;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 741)
VIRUS NAME: Leprosy.1;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 777)
VIRUS NAME: Leprosy.2;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 809)
VIRUS NAME: Leprosy.4;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 843)
VIRUS NAME: Leprosy-A;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 879)
VIRUS NAME: LOL;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 641)
VIRUS NAME: Lozinsky.2;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 913)
VIRUS NAME: Macho;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1015)
VIRUS NAME: Minnow;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1081)
VIRUS NAME: Mirror.1;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1117)
VIRUS NAME: Mis-Speller;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1149)
VIRUS NAME: MIX1;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1217)
VIRUS NAME: MIX1-B;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1251)
VIRUS NAME: Mixer-1A;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1319)
VIRUS NAME: Mixer-1B;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1354)
VIRUS NAME: Mix-I;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1286)
VIRUS NAME: MLTI.1;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 945)
VIRUS NAME: MLTI.2;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 981)
VIRUS NAME: Mummy;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1422)
VIRUS NAME: New-COM.1;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1659)
VIRUS NAME: Nomenclatura.2;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1693)
VIRUS NAME: Nothing;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1729)
VIRUS NAME: NPox-1;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1491)
VIRUS NAME: NV-71;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1525)
VIRUS NAME: Ontario.3;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1932)
VIRUS NAME: Orion-263;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1966)
VIRUS NAME: Oropax.1;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 2001)
VIRUS NAME: Oropax.2;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 2035)
VIRUS NAME: OV;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1762)
VIRUS NAME: PC-Bandit;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 2067)
VIRUS NAME: PRSC1024;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 2203)
VIRUS NAME: Boot.OneHalf;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1898)
VIRUS NAME: Jerusalem-PuertoExe;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 537)
VIRUS NAME: Mistake.TypoBoot;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1183)
VIRUS NAME: MtE.mem.2-staticsig;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1387)
VIRUS NAME: MutationEng-NE;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1455)
VIRUS NAME: OldYankee.1;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1796)
VIRUS NAME: OldYankee.2;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1829)
VIRUS NAME: OldYankee.3;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1863)
VIRUS NAME: Stoned-B;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1625)
VIRUS NAME: Nado.Lover.602-1;MATCH: ** YES ** (1 match at offset: 1557)

My conclusion: these transactions are a deliberate attempt to generate as much false positive anti-virus detections as possible on systems that store Bitcoin transactions on disk. Virus signatures were stuffed in the address of the outputs of these transactions.

And I don’t think the attempt was limited to these 2 transactions. Around the same time, I find other transactions were the output addresses also ends with null bytes:

Hash: edb83f04e68bfe78bbfe7ce80d33e85acb9335c96ead5712517b8c70d1f27b38
Hash: 7e49504c7cecea7ea95d78ff14687878ba581a21dc0772805d2925c617514129
Hash: f65895220f04aa0084d9abae938d3f517893e3afbffe25fc9e7073e02331b9ed
Hash: 8a445d12f225a21d36bb78da747efd2e74861fcd033757da572c0434d423acd1
Hash: 2814673f0952b936d578d73197bfd371cefbd73c6294bab16de1575a4c3f6e80
Hash: 5dbb9df056c36457228a841d6cc98ac90967bc88411c95372d3c2d92c18060f8

You can also look at the input addresses of these transactions to find other, similar transactions:


I plan to discuss the methods and tools I used to find and analyze these transactions in an upcoming blog post.

Thursday 27 March 2014

Recorded “Network Device Forensics” Talk

Filed under: Forensics,My Software,Networking — Didier Stevens @ 0:27

I recorded my “Network Device Forensics” talk.

Supporting media:

Monday 3 March 2014

Forensic Use of CAT Files

Filed under: Encryption,Forensics,Malware — Didier Stevens @ 0:16

I found this executable A0000623.sys with 6 detections on VirusTotal. Are these false positives or true positives?

The file was found in the _restore system folder. It looks like it is a Windows system file (tcp.sys), but maybe it is infected. It has no digital signature.

With the help of Google, I was able to trace it back to MS05-019: WindowsXP-KB893066-x86-ENU.exe. But unfortunately, WindowsXP-KB893066-x86-ENU.exe can no longer be downloaded from Microsoft’s site, as they published a new release for this patch: WindowsXP-KB893066-v2-x86-ENU.exe.

Fortunately, I found another file in this _restore folder: A0000615.cat. This is a catalog file that Microsoft uses to sign Windows executables. With Sysinternals’ sigcheck tool and this catalog file, I was able to confirm that this is a signed Windows executable and conclude that the detections are false positives.

I will release a new version of my AnalyzePESig tool that accepts an optional catalog file.

Friday 21 February 2014

The Credentials Listener

Filed under: Forensics,My Software,Networking,Wireshark — Didier Stevens @ 0:04

I’m taking SANS’ “SEC503 Intrusion Detection In-Depth” class here in Brussels.

One of the exercises consisted of extracting the passwords from a capture file of a FTP password dictionary attack.

I was at an advantage for this exercise ;-) I have a Lua script for Wireshark that extracts credentials (HTTP and FTP in this release).


Notice that some entries have no username. A closer look at the capture file with Wireshark revealed missing segments (with the USER admin FTP command).

wireshark-tools-v0_0_1.zip (https)
MD5: 30232A81CBD0DEE275C2A3CDAF7E333C
SHA256: E45CE8AF5417A8A1C857FDF84F2FD92860738CF2E723A64A730F606D2C495064

Monday 23 December 2013

Update: Prefetch File 010 Template

Filed under: Forensics,My Software,Update — Didier Stevens @ 22:01

This update to my Prefetch File 010 Template adds Sections A through D.

PFTemplate_V0_0_2.zip (https)
MD5: 56A98A78BD4E8D1AED88385AF1DD8446
SHA256: E15D721E46FFB8158C6D14C9A38DE4E3DD5DCD0972896441DF17590C540DBCC3

Friday 15 November 2013

Update: find-file-in-file.py Version 0.0.3

Filed under: Forensics,My Software,Update — Didier Stevens @ 12:55

shinnai made an interesting comment when I released my tool to find contained files: he wanted to know if I could add a batch mode.

I guess this batch mode is interesting when you want to check if a large set of files contains a particular file. So I added this features and release it here.

Now you can provide more than one containing-file to find-file-in-file.py: you can just type several files, use wildcards and/or use at-files (@file). When you specify @filename, find-file-in-file.py will search in all the files listed in textfile filename (each file on a separate line).

When you provide only one file to search, then this new version will just work like the previous version.

But if you provide more than one file, then batch mode is enabled. In batch mode, the contained file is searched for in each containing file. If a (partial) match is found, it will be included in the report. If no match is found, no output is produced. If you want output even when no match is found, then use option verbose (-v).

Example for a bunch of MSI files:

find-file-in-file.py msi49.tmp *.msi

File: c8400.msi
003a7200 00005600 (100%)
File: Cisco_Jabber.msi
00295600 00001000 (18%)
00294a00 00000c00 (13%)
00296600 00003a00 (67%)

File msi49.tmp was found in only 2 MSI files.
find-file-in-file_v0_0_3.zip (https)
MD5: 8691158700079C786F6905F0CA0F32BC
SHA256: 84506CED140F309503E723831A9EFB99A8CC213532BEB56E00BC4BA5FE235797

Monday 4 November 2013

Update: naft-gfe.py

Filed under: Forensics,My Software,Networking,Update — Didier Stevens @ 20:49

This new version of the generic frame extraction tool (naft-gfe) can handle files (RAM dumps) that are too large to fit into memory.


Use option -b for buffered reads. By default, the file will be read and analyzed in blocks of 101MB (100MB buffer + 1MB overlap buffer).

Since the file is not read completely in memory, there is a possibility that some frames/packets are not completely read in memory. For example, a frame starts in the first block of 100MB, and ends in the second block of 100MB. The analysis routines would miss this frame.

To avoid this, the program reads the first block of 100MB (block A) plus an extra block of 1MB (block B). This block of 101MB (A + B) is analyzed. Then, the second block of 100MB (block C) is read, and the extra block B is prepended to block C for analysis (B + C). Hence the overlap buffer is analyzed twice, but packets are only extracted once from this buffer. This procedure is repeated for the complete file.

It is important that the overlap buffer is large enough to accommodate the largest possible frame or packet. That’s why by default, it is 1MB.

Use options -S and -O to choose your own size for buffer and overlap buffer.

Monday 28 October 2013

NAFT: The Movie

Filed under: Forensics,My Software,Networking — Didier Stevens @ 18:46

I made a video of the Network Appliance Forensic Toolkit demo I gave at my local ISSA chapter.

Monday 21 October 2013

Update: Suspender V0.0.0.4

Filed under: Forensics,Malware,My Software,Update — Didier Stevens @ 10:19

Suspender is a DLL that suspends all threads of a process.

This new version adds an option to suspend a process when it exits. Rename the dll to suspenderx.dll to activate this option (x stands for eXit).

When DllMain is called with DLL_PROCESS_DETACH and the reserved argument is not NULL, the process is exiting. So that’s the trigger to suspend it.


Suspender_V0_0_0_4.zip (https)
MD5: 629255337FE0CA9F631B1A7177D158F0
SHA256: 8E63152620541314926878D01469E2E922298C147740BDEAF7FC6B70EB9305EF

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