This is a virus detection. Viruses are programs that self-replicate recursively, meaning that infected systems spread the virus to other systems, which then propagate the virus further. While many viruses contain a destructive payload, it's quite common for viruses to do nothing more than spread from one system to another.
Indication of Infection
Existence of the files mentioned below. Email propagation as mentioned below. IRC channel propagation as mentioned below. Deletion of the file REGEDIT.EXE. Creation of files in the recycle bin as mentioned below.
*Due to the creation of files in the Recycle Bin by this worm, it will be necessary to remove Recycle Bin listing from the exclusion list in VirusScan. Also SCAN ALL files.*
If the Recycle Bin is emptied, the file REGEDIT (RECYCLED.VXD) will be removed (see below for file creations by this Internet worm). Obtain a copy of REGEDIT.EXE from a non-infected system and place in the Windows folder. Additional registry settings will require adjusting.
Methods of Infection
If the file "LIFE_STAGES.TXT.SHS" is run, the following will occur on the local system:
* extracts "LIFE_STAGES.TXT.VBS" and runs from the temp folder
* sends itself via MAPI email to a random number of recipients with one of the following email combinations:
Body: > The male and female stages of life.
In the above, the subject line is variable, but limited to 12 possible combinations. P1, P2 & P3 are chosen from the respective lists below:
P1 -» "FW: ", ""
P2 -» "Life stages", "Funny", "Jokes"
P3 -» " text", ""
Subject = "Funny"
Subject = "FW: Jokes text"
Subject = "Life stages"
The recipients are "blind carbon copied" or "bcc".
* moves REGEDIT.EXE from the Windows folder to the recycle bin as "RECYCLED.VXD", modifies registry to use this relocated file when importing or using registry type files
* creates files of random names throughout the local system and all available drives; fixed names include the following:
c:\RECYCLED\RECYCLED.VXD (really REGEDIT.EXE)
The following are examples of random names generated:
In the creation of random named SHS files, this worm uses the following algorithm to determine a name:
Random1 is a selection of one of five choices:
Random2 is a selection of one of two choices:
Random3 is a randomly generated number between 0 and 999.
The combination of these three randomizations results in 10,000 possible different names.
* modifies the registry to run SCANREG.VBS at Windows startup
* modifies the registry to run DBINDEX.VBS when loading ICQ
* modifies the registry to run RECYCLED.VXD when calls are made to run REGEDIT type files
* modifies MIRC.INI to load an auxiliary script file for PIRCH/mIRC installations
* creates SOUND32B.DLL whenever Windows restarts in the Windows folder via SCANREG.VBS; SOUND32B.DLL is an auxiliary script file called by MIRC.INI; SOUND32B.DLL contains instructions to send the file LIFE_STAGES.TXT.SHS when connecting to IRC channels
* modifies the following registry settings (to recover, modify these to original "from" settings):
from "regedit.exe "%1""
to "C:\RECYCLED\RECYCLED.VXD "%1""
* creates the following registry settings (to recover, delete these keys):
One significance of this exploitation of SHS files is that it raises awareness to the fact that the extension is not shown, even if a system is configured to "show all files" and "show extensions of known file types".
This is due to a registry entry for Shell Scrap file types:
Users can correct this by either deleting the entry named "NeverShowExt" or rename it to "AlwaysShowExt". If renaming the entry, user must log off and log back into Windows for the change to take effect.
I-Worm.Scrapworm, IRC/Stages.ini, LIFE_STAGES.TXT.SHS, ShellScrap Worm, Stages of Life, VBS/LifeStages, VBS/Stages.14559, VBS/Stages.2543, VBS/Stages.27356, VBS/Stages.worm, VBS_STAGES