Rogue Kernel Driver ierk8243.sys may be novel Trojan

From: Barron Mertens (bmertens@UWO.CA)
Date: 01/26/03

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    From: Barron Mertens <bmertens@UWO.CA>

    Approximately around Jan 10 2003 our main database cluster began
    experiencing random unexplained "blue screen of death" crashes. The blue
    screen claimed that the component that had failed was called
    ierk8243.sys and this was the cause on both machines (Win2Ksp3 and
    SQL2000sp2). Inspection of those machines and even google returned no
    matches for that file or anything close (other than someone's email
    address in Iceland I think). I bit the bullet (credit card?) and called
    in Microsoft Premium Support Services after I ran out of ideas and had
    suffered through too many crashes. After a week of analyzing dump files
    we had a breakthrough when someone else showed up with the same problem,
    that person discovered that if you reboot into safe mode and search the
    registry that there is a kernel level (like a hardware device driver)
    driver called ierk8243.sys installed and you can also then find the file
    on the hard drive in the %systemroot%\system32\drivers folder. While the
    driver is running you cannot find it in the registry or on the file
    system or on a list of running processes, booting into safe mode
    prevents the driver from loading. The file's properties read as a
    standard MS file belonging to the original OS install, including the
    timestamp info. To kill the driver just change the startup value to 4
    (disabled) in the registry and rename the file. MS and NAI and
    TrendMicro are analyzing the file to see what it was doing and hopefully
    they can figure out how it got in. The only info to come out of the
    analysis so far is it might have been using port 961 and this MAY be a
    Trojan horse related to "Backdoor/Alley" which is quite obscure. We have
    found this code on four machines altogether, all administered by myself
    and all running SQL Server (not sure who is guilty), two machines were
    Win2k Advanced Server and two were XP Pro.

    Barron Mertens
    Senior System Engineer/Developer
    Faculty of Education
    The University of Western Ontario
    London, Ontario, Canada
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