This is not the first time that someone built a Ransomware Strain with NodeJS (check out this article about Ransom32 and let's not forget about Nodersok), but it's not an everyday sight either. This Malware Sample was first discovered by Xavier Mertens in a post to the SANS ISC Forum here.
A general disclaimer as always: downloading and running the samples linked below will lead to the encryption of your personal data, so be f$cking careful. Also check with your local laws as owning malware binaries/ sources might be illegal depending on where you live.
The VBS "Loader" is 46KiB big and contains 2417 empty lines before any Code (which is not obfuscated at all).
As one of the first steps the Malware will download a distributable of NodeJS Version 8.x (which is quite old). It is also assuming the User Agent of Firefox 52.
It will add the following registry keys to gain persistence on the System. The first one will run the vbs script (to prevent additional encryption it checks for AppData\Local\GFp0JAk\initdone which will be created once the vbs script ran fully once), the second reg key will show the CLI Version of the Ransomnote prompting for the decryption key and the last one will open the HTML Ransomnote.
graceful-fs, crypto, path, child_process, readline, os
Up next it will engage a loop to kill Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Autocad. (Targeting business PCs / Workstations, no SQL or other Serives tho, so it's like not meant to infect servers)
Looks like they implemented a custom password generator for testing purposes, so let's take a quick look to see how terrible it is. The Length of the password is defined globally at the top of the VB script as 13 characters. The yellow section will set the boundaries for ASCII lower and upper case characters plus numbers. The variables called pCheckxxx are initialized with 0 and will be used in the green section later.
The author is using the Randomize() function (without a defined number, so it is seeding off the System timer) which is a horrible way of generating "pseudo random numbers". Btw. Rnd will return a number less than one but but greater or equal to 0. If you would like to know more about Rnd()s and Randomize()s flaws you should definitely check out this article: Link. Moving on to the Red Section we can see how they choose their characters for Lowercase, Uppercase and the Numbers. Funnily enough they defined an ASCII range for special characters as well but don't actually end up using it at all (which means less entropy yay) 🤓
Lastly the Green Section will check for atleast one Upper- Lowercase and Number in the password, otherwise it will discard it and start over.
As I already mentioned this password generator was only used for testing purposes since the function call in the VB script has been commented out. This would have been a fun little exercise to bruteforce :D Never use Rnd() for crypto operations kids!
Work in Progress
-----BEGIN PUBLIC KEY----- MIICIjANBgkqhkiG9w0BAQEFAAOCAg8AMIICCgKCAgEA403SyYJw3sUvumo0Gsjy\nFoPgFtOEJ4ZxIhsw9MX3E/ PpM3OxQqQitQtAfaKSTYT39s9kprxuFtW6ZXB/lNUp\nMm9IZfbYyELUMyi+zHKkIi8PKEGdASogYD84VDkVPkVh aXB2YvNeyJ7Rhup2SubG\nO7MYtOYM57TOOHT/DDCX5Q3AEXPSMvSMgPgZ6hSKuVAgOhztcvgxMH3sYNQbNwL\nj LD1MCk6eoVDqTRvarE9IoLjdBuGhbWJQ7afWkAAEv0vriPI22F5MAhhZLhuKjCg\nTNELFzvWQEKWsZMyZS70V5w CGqCuocrmGFPBeS4ZdHS3W94jA18a36m8V76tnlbz\n/gnWdtY81jBPdnHiXp22tIswtrpN+5UNn7A1WHhBkfdPp iyHRzTmnYmLHKHPyYkR\nGJj74fUiAuvwlCmmE3rfwH9uBuL3v+plMCbRs3Log09Q4GyTYd2Z2OacWTE4gRCf\n2 3wCYkyeZrfXhnFmH0TGsQak0lznZBkudJOL7Ms1NUIWa1zd/gqUGROR1Mb/BYVt\nzmBo4VMak6RCwvuXhPmR+br gb6ul+74F0fHEsyBQoeurj9EqAVxmD4jMnzwQi1HB\nEqOGcc2mAQvtVtgU17MQqVS3JFiYZTNn1SWuTUJCAF+xz NgVsjQuQVJZCXa2c4NL\nK1iOlUsoOxkYTStUIdX1miUCAwEAAQ== -----END PUBLIC KEY-----
Actually the Ransomware drops two notes: The HTML File and a one similarly phrased version of it in a console window:
T1035 --> Service Execution --> Execution
T1215 --> Kernel Modules and Extensions --> Persistence
T1179 --> Hooking --> Persistence
T1060 --> Registry Run Keys / Start Folder --> Persistence
T1055 --> Process Injection --> Privilege Escalation
T1179 --> Hooking --> Privilege Escalation
T1055 --> Process Injection --> Defense Evasion
T1112 --> Modify Registry -->Defense Evasion
T1107 --> File Deletion --> Defense Evasion
T1179 --> Hooking --> Credential Access
T1012 --> Query Registry --> Discovery
T1120 --> Peripheral Device Discovery --> Discovery
T1057 --> Process Discovery --> Discovery
GFp0JAk.exe --> SHA256: 3a97828f05008741097242c3e23612010c72f7b987037c30050cd283cd7cbcfb 4cdfb03db53a05603f6a096cf477dfdc.vbs --> SHA256: 90acae3f682f01864e49c756bc9d46f153fcc4a7e703fd1723a8aa7ec01b378c lLT8PCI.js --> SHA256: 53a95c9126be8262afb0821da4d7137e6c8a4d9b363f91298249ca134d394bf4 GFp0JAk\node_modules\graceful-fs\fs.js --> SHA256: a54b9999ae69328c2ac676e255d0f7767f2083c5c95e1db98d15ae44e3d68896 GFp0JAk\node_modules\graceful-fs\package.json --> SHA256: 9bd1f57b72c1dede710f6f12ee3f713461d7667776d734b043884e18705505e4 GFp0JAk\node_modules\graceful-fs\graceful-fs.js --> SHA256: d4f59f5bea29583031919657f6a4a29554962cf48b61a6c4a5a22f37f4d3963e GFp0JAk\node_modules\graceful-fs\legacy-streams.js --> SHA256: 5727b9a8597dc68011961504513ca8ce7caaf6df2431b2861d4f9d7af5f9465c GFp0JAk\node_modules\graceful-fs\polyfills.js --> SHA256: 36b3c0109afc06172fe3a7a521700b0eb13ab58d221081c5411920b4657b5841
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