Fake document file installs Adobe Flash Update with a Cryptominer


The SonicWALL Capture Labs Threat Research team has come across another Trojan that disguises itself as a legitimate application update file but installs a cryptominer in the background. This Trojan appears to arrive as a fake PDF file posing as an important document. And to mislead its victim, it will actually install a legitimate copy of Adobe Flash Player.

Infection Cycle:

This Trojan arrives as a fake document and may use names such as the following:

  • RFQ_4872839.pdf.exe
  • Quotations234503.pdf.exe
  • NEW RFQ PDF.exe

Upon execution it makes a DNS query to savasoffer.tk.

And immediately after this, the Trojan downloads a flash updater file from osdsoft.com followed by downloading another Trojan downloader which then installs a cryptominer.

The downloaded files are then saved within the %APPDATA% directory.

  • %APPDATA%/Microsoft/explorer.exe (Adobe flash updater file)
  • %APPDATA%/Microsoft/DBUpdater.exe (Trojan downloader file)

A window showing the Adobe Flash update installation progress will then popup.

While the Trojan downloader file executes and downloads an installer of XMRig, a Monero CPU miner and silently installs it into the victim’s machine.

SonicWall Capture Labs provides protection against this threat via the following signatures:

  • GAV: MalAgent.J_55070 (Trojan)
  • GAV: Injector.A_768 (Trojan)
  • GAV: XMRig.XMR_3 (Trojan)
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