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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Lineage.JXN

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Lineage.JXN
Technical name:Rootkit/Lineage.JXN
Threat level:Medium
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:Oct. 6, 2008
Detection updated on:Oct. 6, 2008
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Lineage.JXN 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: passwords saved by certain Windows services.

 

It reduces the security level of the computer: it changes system permissions, decreasing the security level.

 

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

  • 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.

 

Lineage.JXN 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.
  • Computer networks (mapped drives): it creates copies of itself in mapped drives.
  • File infection: it infects different types of files, which are then distributed through any of the usual means: floppy disks, email messages with attachments, Internet download, files transferred via FTP, IRC channels, P2P file sharing networks, etc.