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Haxdoor.PM

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Haxdoor.PM
Technical name:Rootkit/Haxdoor.PM
Threat level:Low
Type:Hacking Tool
Effects:   It allows to carry out dangerous actions for the victims of attacks.
Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:July 27, 2007
Detection updated on:July 27, 2007
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Haxdoor.PM is a rootkit. These are programs used to hide files, Windows Registry entries or processes, either their own or those of other programs.

In this way, even when a user looks for these items on a computer, they won't be able to see them.

Rootkits have been widely used for malicious ends, to camouflage other programs on computers that have previously been compromised through other means.

There are certain examples of malware that use rootkits in order to go unnoticed on the computer they have infected.

 

It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy: .

It sends the gathered information to a remote user by any available means: email, FTP, etc.

 

It affects productivity, preventing tasks from being carried out:

  • In the affected computer: it converts the computer into a platform for taking malicious action surreptitiously: spam sending, launch of Denial of Service attacks, malware distribution, etc.
  • In the local network: it generates a large amount of network activity and consumes bandwidth.

 

It reduces the security level of the computer: it notifies the attacker that the computer has been compromised and is ready to be used maliciously; it changes system permissions, decreasing the security level.

 

It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user:

  • It uses techniques included in its code to hide itself while it is active.
  • It deletes the original file from which it was run once it is installed on the computer.
  • It modifies system permissions in order to hide itself.

 

Haxdoor.PM uses the following propagation or distribution methods:

  • Exploiting vulnerabilities with the intervention of the user: exploiting vulnerabilities in file formats or applications. To exploit them successfully it needs the intervention of the user: opening files, viewing malicious web pages, reading emails, etc.
  • It is dropped or downloaded to the computer by other malware specimens, for example: Haxdoor.PL.