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Wednesday, 02 April 2014 13:15:00 (UTC/GMT)

Keyword Search in PCAP files

Sherlock Holmes and Magnifying Glass via Inside Croydon A new function in the free version of CapLoader 1.2 is the "Find Keyword" feature. This keyword search functionality makes it possible to seek large capture files for a string or byte pattern super fast!

You might say, so what? PCAP string search can already be done with tools like tcpflow, ngrep and even Wireshark; what's the benefit of adding yet another tool to this list? One benefit is that CapLoader doesn't just give you the packet or content that matched the keyword, it will instead extract the whole TCP or UDP flow that contained the match. CapLoader also supports many different encodings, which is demonstrated in this blog post.

Here are a few quick wins with CapLoader's keyword search feature:

  • Track User-Agent - Search for a specific user agent string to extract all the HTTP traffic from a particular browser or malware.
  • Track Domain Name - Search for a particular domain name to get all DNS lookups as well as web traffic relating to that domain (including HTTP "referer" field matches).
  • Extract Messages - Search for a keyword in e-mail or chat traffic to get the whole e-mail or conversation, not just the single packet that matched.
  • Extract Files - Search for a unique string or byte sequence in a file (such as a piece of malware) to enable extraction of the complete file transfer.

EXAMPLE: DigitalCorpora M57

As an example, let's search the digital corpora file net-2009-12-06-11:59.pcap (149 MB) for the keyword "immortal". Follow these steps in order to veify our analysis using the free edition of CapLoader.

  1. Start CapLoader and select File -> Open URL, enter:
  2. Edit -> Find Keyword (or Ctrl+F), enter "immortal" CapLoader Find Keyword Form
  3. Click the "Find and Select All Matching Flows" button
  4. One TCP flow is now selected (Flow_ID 5469, -> CapLoader with one selected flow
  5. Right click the selected flow (ID 5469) and select "Flow Transcript"
CapLoader Flow Transcript of SMTP email attachment

CapLoader transcript of SMTP email flow

Looks as if an email has been sent with an attachment named "microscope1.jpg". However, the string "immortal" cannot be seen anywhere in the transcript view. The match that CapLoader found was actually in the contents of the attachment, which has been base64 encoded in the SMTP transfer in accordance with RFC 2045 (MIME).

The email attachment can easily be extracted from the PCAP file using NetworkMiner. However, to keep things transparent, let's just do a simple manual verification of the matched data. The first three lines of the email attachment are:

Decoding this with base64 gives us:
0000000: ffd8 ffe0 0010 4a46 4946 0001 0101 0090 ......JFIF......
0000010: 0090 0000 ffdb 0043 0001 0101 0101 0101 .......C........
0000020: 0101 0101 0101 0101 0101 0101 0101 0101 ................
0000030: 0101 0101 0101 0101 0101 0101 0101 0101 ................
0000040: 0101 0101 0101 0101 0101 0101 0101 0101 ................
0000050: 0101 0101 0101 0101 01ff db00 4301 0101 ............C...
0000060: 0101 0101 0101 0101 0101 0101 0101 0101 ................
0000070: 0101 0101 0101 0101 0101 0101 0101 0101 ................
0000080: 7061 7373 776f 7264 3d69 6d6d 6f72 7461 password=immorta
0000090: 6c01 0101 0101 0101 0101 0101 0101 ffc0 l...............

Tools like ngrep, tcpflow and Wireshark won't find any match for the string "immortal" since they don't support searching in base64 encoded data. CapLoader, on the other hand, supports lots of encodings.

Supported Text Encodings

CapLoader currently supports fast searching of text strings in any of the following encodings:

  • Base64 (used in email attachments and HTTP POST's)
  • DNS label encoding (RFC 1035)
  • HTML
  • Quoted Printable (used in body of email messages)
  • Unicode
  • URL encoding
  • UTF8

CapLoader also supports several local character sets, including the following code pages:

  • 437 MS-DOS Latin US
  • 850 MS-DOS Latin 1
  • 932 Japanese
  • 936 Simplified Chinese
  • 949 Korean
  • 1251 Windows Cyrillic (Slavic)
  • 1256 Windows Arabic

Having all these encodings also makes it possible to search network traffic for words like хакер, القراصنة, ハッカー, 黑客 or 해커.

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Getting CapLoader

CapLoader is a commercial tool that also comes in a free trial edition. The search feature is available in both versions, so feel free to download CapLoader and try it your self!

CapLoader is available from the following URL:

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Posted by Erik Hjelmvik on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 13:15:00 (UTC/GMT)

Monday, 17 March 2014 10:05:00 (UTC/GMT)

Carving Network Packets from Memory Dump Files

Hattori Hanzo by Stefan Ledwina A new feature in the recently released CapLoader 1.2 is the ability to carve network packets from any file and save them in the PCAP-NG format. This fusion between memory forensics and network forensics makes it possible to extract sent and received IP frames, with complete payload, from RAM dumps as well as from raw disk images.

CapLoader will basically carve any TCP or UDP packet that is preceded by an IP frame (both IPv4 and IPv6 are supported), and believe me; there are quite a few such packets in a normal memory image!

We've made the packet carver feature available in the free version of CapLoader, so feel free to give it a try!

The packet carving feature makes it possible do much better analysis of network traffic in memory dumps compared to Volatility's connscan2. With Volatility you basically get the IP addresses and port numbers that communicated, but with CapLoader's packet carver you also get the contents of the communication!

Modern depiction of ninja with ninjato (ninja sword), Edo wonderland, Japan

EXAMPLE: Honeynet Banking Troubles Image

I loaded the publicly available “Banking Troubles” memory image from the Honeynet Project into CapLoader to exemplify the packet carver's usefulness in a digital forensics / incident response (DFIR) scenario.

CapLoader 1.2 Carving Packets from HoneyNet Memory Image
CapLoader 1.2 Carving Packets from HoneyNet Memory Image

CapLoader 1.2 Finished Carving Packets from HoneyNet Memory Image
22 TCP/UDP Flows were carved from the memory image by CapLoader

Let's look at the network traffic information that was extracted in the Honeynet Project's own solution for the Banking Troubles Challenge:

python volatility connscan2 -f images/hn_forensics.vmem"
Local Address Remote Address Pid
------------------------- ------------------------- ------ 888 1244 1244 4 0 888 888 888 888 1752 880 880


"This connection [marked in bold above] was opened by AcroRd32.exe (PID 1752) and this represents an additional clue that an Adobe Reader exploit was used in order to download and execute a malware sample."

The solution doesn't provide any evidence regarding what Acrobat Reader actually used the TCP connection for. Additionally, none of the three finalists managed to prove what was sent over this connection.

To view the payload of this TCP connection in CapLoader, I simply right-clicked the corresponding row and selected “Flow Transcript”.

Transcript of TCP flow contents in CapLoader
Transcript of TCP flow contents (much like Wireshark's Follow-TCP-Stream)

We can see that the following was sent from to

GET /load.php?a=a&st=Internet%20Explorer%206.0&e=2 HTTP/1.1
Accept: */*
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)
Connection: Keep-Alive

Notice that the HTTP GET request took place at the end of the TCP session. Odd? Well, CapLoader doesn't know the timestamp of carved packets, so they are simply ordered as they were discovered in the dump file. The timestamp generated for each carved packet represents where in the image/dump the packet was found. Or more precise: the number of microseconds since EPOCH (1970-01-01 00:00:00) is the offset (in bytes) from where the packet was carved.

Hence, we know that the HTTP GET request can be found between offset 37068800 and 37507072 in the image (a 428 kB region). To be more exact we can open the generated PcapNG file with Wireshark or Tshark to get the timestamp and length of the actual HTTP GET request packet.

tshark.exe -r Bob.vmem.pcapng" -R http.request -T fields -e frame.time_epoch -e frame.len -e http.request.uri
31.900664000 175 *
37.457920000 175 *
37.462016000 286 /load.php?a=a&st=Internet%20Explorer%206.0&e=2
37.509120000 175 *
37.519360000 245 /~produkt/983745213424/34650798253
37.552128000 266 /root.sxml
37.570560000 265 /l3fw.xml
37.591040000 274 /WANCommonIFC1.xml
37.607424000 271 /WANIPConn1.xml

Now, lets verify that the raw packet data is actually 37462016 bytes into the memory dump.

xxd -s 37462016 -l 286 Bob.vmem
23ba000: 0021 9101 b248 000c 2920 d71e 0800 4500 .!...H..) ....E.
23ba010: 0110 3113 4000 8006 8e1a c0a8 00b0 d496 ..1.@...........
23ba020: a4cb 049a 0050 7799 0550 f33b 7886 5018 .....Pw..P.;x.P.
23ba030: faf0 227e 0000 4745 5420 2f6c 6f61 642e .."~..GET /load.
23ba040: 7068 703f 613d 6126 7374 3d49 6e74 6572 php?a=a&st=Inter
23ba050: 6e65 7425 3230 4578 706c 6f72 6572 2532 net%20Explorer%2
23ba060: 3036 2e30 2665 3d32 2048 5454 502f 312e 06.0&e=2 HTTP/1.
23ba070: 310d 0a41 6363 6570 743a 202a 2f2a 0d0a 1..Accept: */*..
23ba080: 4163 6365 7074 2d45 6e63 6f64 696e 673a Accept-Encoding:
23ba090: 2067 7a69 702c 2064 6566 6c61 7465 0d0a gzip, deflate..
23ba0a0: 5573 6572 2d41 6765 6e74 3a20 4d6f 7a69 User-Agent: Mozi
23ba0b0: 6c6c 612f 342e 3020 2863 6f6d 7061 7469 lla/4.0 (compati
23ba0c0: 626c 653b 204d 5349 4520 362e 303b 2057 ble; MSIE 6.0; W
23ba0d0: 696e 646f 7773 204e 5420 352e 313b 2053 indows NT 5.1; S
23ba0e0: 5631 290d 0a48 6f73 743a 2073 6561 7263 V1)..Host: searc
23ba0f0: 682d 6e65 7477 6f72 6b2d 706c 7573 2e63 h-network-plus.c
23ba100: 6f6d 0d0a 436f 6e6e 6563 7469 6f6e 3a20 om..Connection:
23ba110: 4b65 6570 2d41 6c69 7665 0d0a 0d0a Keep-Alive....
Yep, that's our HTTP GET packet preceded by an Ethernet, IP and TCP header.

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Give it a Try!

Wanna verify the packet carving functionality? Well, that's easy! Just follow these three steps:

  1. Download a sample memory image (thanks for the great resource Volatility Team!)
    Download the free RAM dumper DumpIt and dump your own computer's memory.
    Locate an existing file that already contains parts of your RAM, such as pagefile.sys or hiberfil.sys

  2. Download the free version of CapLoader and open the memory dump.

  3. Select destination for the generated PcapNG file with carved packets and hit the “Carve” button!

Illangam fighting scene with swords and shields at korathota angampora tradition

Carving Packets from Proprietary and odd Capture Formats

CapLoader can parse PCAP and PcapNG files, which are the two most widely used packet capture formats. However, the packet carving features makes it possible to extract packets from pretty much any capture format, including proprietary ones. The drawback is that timestamp information will be lost.

We have successfully verified that CapLaoder can carve packets from the following network packet capture / network trace file formats:

  • .CAP files created with Microsoft Network Monitor
  • .ENC files (NA Sniffer) from IBM ISS products like the Proventia IPS (as well as Robert Graham's old BlackICE)
  • .ERF files from Endace probes

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Posted by Erik Hjelmvik on Monday, 17 March 2014 10:05:00 (UTC/GMT)

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 14:45:00 (UTC/GMT)

Search and Carve Packets with CapLoader 1.2

CapLoader LogoCapLoader version 1.2 was released today, with lots of new powerful features.

The most significant additions in CapLaoder 1.2 are:

  • Network packet carving, i.e. the ability to carve full content network packets from RAM dumps, disk images etc.
  • Flows can be hidden/filtered in the user interface.
  • Full content keyword search in capture files.
  • Flow can be selected based on TCP flags.
  • Better handling of broken and corrupt capture files.
What's really cool is that all these new features are available in the free version of CapLoader!

Nikon Microscope by windy_

In addition to these updates, customers using the commercial edition of CapLoader also get an updated protocol database. This update improves the Port Independent Protocol Identification (PIPI) feature in CapLoader with more protocols and better accuracy. Not only does this help analysts detect services like SSH, FTP and HTTP running on non-standard ports, but the protocol database also includes signatures for malware and APT C2 traffic like ZeroAccess, Zeus, Gh0st RAT and Poison Ivy RAT.

An update for CapLoader to version 1.2 is available for previous customers via our customer portal.

The free trial version of CapLoader can be downloaded from

CapLoader 1.2 with Transcript window
CapLoader 1.2 with suspect.pcap (from DFRWS 2008) loaded and Transcript window open

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Posted by Erik Hjelmvik on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 14:45:00 (UTC/GMT)

Saturday, 01 February 2014 20:45:00 (UTC/GMT)

HowTo install NetworkMiner in Ubuntu Fedora and Arch Linux

NetworkMiner Loves Linux NetworkMiner is a network forensics tool primarily developed for Windows OS's, but it actually runs just fine also in other operating systems with help of the Mono Framework. This guide shows how to install NetworkMiner in three different Linux distros (Ubuntu, Fedora and Arch Linux).

STEP 1: Install Mono

Ubuntu (also other Debian based distros like Xubuntu and Kali Linux)

sudo apt-get install libmono-winforms2.0-cil

Fedora (credit Renegade0x6)

sudo yum install -y mono-core
sudo yum -y install mono-basic mono-winforms expect

ArchLinux (credit: Tyler Fisher)

sudo pacman -Sy mono

Other Operating Systems
Users of other Linux flavors as well as Mac OS X can download and install the Mono Framwork from

STEP 2: Install NetworkMiner

wget -O /tmp/
sudo unzip /tmp/ -d /opt/
cd /opt/NetworkMiner*
sudo chmod +x NetworkMiner.exe
sudo chmod -R go+w AssembledFiles/
sudo chmod -R go+w Captures/

STEP 3: Run NetworkMiner

mono NetworkMiner.exe

NetworkMiner in Ubuntu Linux
NetworkMiner 1.2 running under Ubuntu Linux, with “day12-1.dmp” from the M57-Patents Scenario loaded.

Live CD's

Another way to try out NetworkMiner in Linux is to spin up one of the Live CD's that has the tool installed, such as Security Onion, REMnux or NST.

Live sniffing with NetworkMiner

Please note that the ability to capture packets (a.k.a. sniff traffic) with Network Miner is only available in Windows. NetworkMiner is, however, not really designed for packet capturing; it is primarily a tool for parsing and analyzing PCAP files containing previously sniffed traffic.

We recommend using other tools such as tcpdump, dumpcap or netsniff-ng in order to reliably capture packets to a PCAP file. You can read more on how to sniff traffic in our Sniffing Tutorial.

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Posted by Erik Hjelmvik on Saturday, 01 February 2014 20:45:00 (UTC/GMT)

Monday, 28 October 2013 22:15:00 (UTC/GMT)

Command-line Forensics of hacked

Update: October 29

@StopMalvertisin recently published a great blog post that covered the five binaries that were served with help of the compromise. We've therefore updated this blog post with a few of their findings in order to give a more complete picture of the events.

LSI and Monitor playing KALISCOP by DanCentury

The good people from Barracuda Labs were kind enough to share a PCAP file from the compromize on their blog.

I decided to have a closer look at that PCAP file to see what can be extracted from it. Since the PCAP contains Windows malware I played safe and did all the analysis on a Linux machine with no Internet connectivity.

For no particluar reason I also decided to do all the analysis without any GUI tools. Old skool ;)


~/Desktop$ capinfos barracuda.pcap
File name:           barracuda.pcap
File type:           Wireshark/tcpdump/... - libpcap
File encapsulation:  Ethernet
Number of packets:   1403
File size:           1256656 bytes
Data size:           1234184 bytes
Capture duration:    125 seconds
Start time:          Tue Oct 22 19:27:36 2013
End time:            Tue Oct 22 19:29:41 2013
Data byte rate:      9897.42 bytes/sec
Data bit rate:       79179.33 bits/sec
Average packet size: 879.67 bytes
Average packet rate: 11.25 packets/sec

We can see that the PCAP is from October 22, i.e. the traffic was captured at least one day before Google Safe Browsing started alerting users that was hosting malware. Barracuda Labs made the PCAP file public on October 24.

A good start is to look at IP's and hostnames based on DNS traffic. Tshark can give a nice hosts-file formatted output with the following command:

~/Desktop$ tshark -r barracuda.pcap -q -z hosts
# TShark hosts output
# Host data gathered from barracuda.pcap

Several of these hostnames look suspicious; two of them look as if they have been produced by a domain generation algorithm (DGA). However, before proceeding with analyzing these domains I'll also run the PCAP through httpry in order to generate a web-proxy-like log.

~/Desktop/php-net$ httpry -r ../barracuda.pcap 'dst port 80'
httpry version 0.1.6 -- HTTP logging and information retrieval tool
Copyright (c) 2005-2011 Jason Bittel <> > GET / > GET / > GET / > GET / > GET / > GET / > GET / > GET / > GET / > GET /stat.htm > GET /PluginDetect_All.js > POST /stat.htm > GET /nid?1 > GET /?695e6cca27beb62ddb0a8ea707e4ffb8=43 > GET /b0047396f70a98831ac1e3b25c324328/8fdc5f9653bb42a310b96f5fb203815b.swf > GET /b0047396f70a98831ac1e3b25c324328/b7fc797c851c250e92de05cbafe98609 > GET /?9de26ff3b66ba82b35e31bf4ea975dfe > GET /?90f5b9a1fbcb2e4a879001a28d7940b4 > GET /?8eec6c596bb3e684092b9ea8970d7eae > GET /?35523bb81eca604f9ebd1748879f3fc1 > GET /?b28b06f01e219d58efba9fe0d1fe1bb3 > GET /app/geoip.js > GET / > GET /?52d4e644e9cda518824293e7a4cdb7a1 > POST / > GET /
26 http packets parsed

We can see that the first HTTP request outside of was a GET reguest for Let's extract this file (and all the other ones) to disk with NetworkMinerCLI, i.e. the command line version of NetworkMiner Professional. NetworkMinerCLI works just fine in Linux (if you have installed Mono) and it's perfect when you wanna automize content extraction from PCAP files, since you can script it to extract metadata and files to disk from the captured packets.

~/Desktop$ mkdir php-net
~/Desktop$ NetworkMinerCLI.exe -r barracuda.pcap -w php-net

NetworkMinerCLI has now produced multiple CSV files that we can grep in (or load into Excel / OpenOffice). The “AssembledFiles” directory contains the files that have been extracted from the packets.

~/Desktop/php-net$ ls

~/Desktop/php-net$ cat AssembledFiles/\ -\ TCP\ 80/stat.htm

<script type="text/javascript" src="PluginDetect_All.js"></script>
var os=0;
var os=PluginDetect.OS;
var jav=0;
//var javaversion=PluginDetect.getVersion('Java','./getjavainfo.jar');
var javaversion=0;
var acrobat=new Object();
var pdfi=0;
var adobe=PluginDetect.getVersion("AdobeReader");
var resoluz=0;
document.write('<form action="stat.htm" method="post"><input type="hidden" name="id" value="" />');
var id=resoluz+'|'+jav+'|'+pdfi;
var frm=document.forms[0];;

The bold part of this java script does a HTTP POST back to stat.htm with a parameter named id and a value in the following format: "ScreenResolutionWidth|Java(1/0)|AdobeReader(1/0)"

The Parameters.csv contains all text based variables and parameters that have been extracted from the PCAP file. I should therefore be able to find the contents of this HTTP POST inside that CSV file.

~/Desktop/php-net$ grep POST barracuda.pcap.Parameters.csv,TCP 1040,,TCP 80,147,10/22/2013 7:27:54 PM,HTTP POST,id,800|1|1

Yep, the following data was posted back to stat.htm (which we expect is under the attacker's control):

Width = 800px
Java = 1 (true)
AdobeReader = 1 (true)

The first DGA-like URL in the list above was Let's proceed by grepping for the DGA hostname and its IP.

~/Desktop/php-net$ grep zivvgmyrwy barracuda.pcap.Hosts.csv | cut -d, -f 1,3,5,",DE Germany

~/Desktop/php-net$ grep barracuda.pcap.FileInfos.csv | cut -d, -f 1,9,10,50599e6c124493994541489e00e816e3,3C68746D<htm,8943d7a67139892a929e65c0f69a5ced,3C21444F<!DO,97017ee966626d55d76598826217801f,3C68746D<htm,dc0dbf82e756fe110c5fbdd771fe67f5,4D5A9000MZ..,406d6001e16e76622d85a92ae3453588,4D5A9000MZ..,d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e,,c73134f67fd261dedbc1b685b49d1fa4,4D5A9000MZ..,18f4d13f7670866f96822e4683137dd6,4D5A9000MZ..,78a5f0bc44fa387310d6571ed752e217,4D5A9000MZ..

These are the MD5-sums of the files that have been downloaded from that suspicious domain. The last column (column 10 in the original CSV file) is the file's first four bytes in Hex, followed by an ASCII representation of the same four bytes. Hence, files starting with 4D5A (hex for “MZ”) are typically Windows PE32 binaries. We can see that five PE32 files have been downloaded from

All the listed files have also been carved to disk by NetworkMinerCLI. We can therefore have a quick look at the extracted files to see if any of them uses the IsDebuggerPresent function, which is a common anti-debugging technique used by malware to avoid sanboxes and malware analysts.

~/Desktop/php-net$ fgrep -R IsDebuggerPresent AssembledFiles
Binary file AssembledFiles/ - TCP 80/index.html.A62ECF91.html matches
Binary file AssembledFiles/ - TCP 80/index.html.63366393.html matches
Binary file AssembledFiles/ - TCP 80/index.html.6FA4D5CC.html matches
Binary file AssembledFiles/ - TCP 80/index.html.51620EC7.html matches

The other odd looking domain name was “” that seems to be pointing to a whole array of IP addresses. Let's see what we can find out about this domain:

~/Desktop/php-net$ grep uocqiumsciscqaiu barracuda.pcap.Hosts.csv | cut -d, -f 1,3,4,,RU Russian Federation

It turns out that the PCAP file contains communication to one of the IP addresses associated with the “” domain. The server is located in Russia (according to MaxMind). Going back to our previous httpry log we can see that a HTTP POST was made to this domain. Let's see what content that was pushed out to that Russian server!

~/Desktop/php-net$ tshark -r ../barracuda.pcap -R "ip.addr eq and http.request" -x

862 67.365496 -> HTTP POST / HTTP/1.1

0000 0a b4 df 27 c2 b0 00 20 18 eb ca 28 08 00 45 00 ...'... ...(..E.
0010 01 05 02 96 40 00 80 06 68 d9 c0 a8 28 0a 5f 6a ....@...h...(._j
0020 46 67 04 2f 00 50 d3 80 46 2f e3 c6 b5 b5 50 18 Fg./.P..F/....P.
0030 ff ff b0 15 00 00 50 4f 53 54 20 2f 20 48 54 54 ......POST / HTT
0040 50 2f 31 2e 31 0d 0a 48 6f 73 74 3a 20 75 6f 63 P/1.1..Host: uoc
0050 71 69 75 6d 73 63 69 73 63 71 61 69 75 2e 6f 72 qiumsciscqaiu.or
0060 67 0d 0a 43 6f 6e 74 65 6e 74 2d 4c 65 6e 67 74 g..Content-Lengt
0070 68 3a 20 31 32 38 0d 0a 43 61 63 68 65 2d 43 6f h: 128..Cache-Co
0080 6e 74 72 6f 6c 3a 20 6e 6f 2d 63 61 63 68 65 0d ntrol: no-cache.
0090 0a 0d 0a 1c 61 37 c4 95 55 9a a0 1c 96 5a 0e e7 ....a7..U....Z..
00a0 f7 16 65 b2 00 9a 93 dc 21 96 e8 70 84 e8 75 6a ..e.....!..p..uj
00b0 04 e2 21 fb f1 2f 96 ce 4e 6c a8 f8 54 ac dd aa ..!../..Nl..T...
00c0 d5 fa c1 61 b5 ec 18 68 38 6e 3b ac 8e 86 a5 d0 ...a...h8n;.....
00d0 f2 62 73 6e ee 37 bc 40 3e 3d 22 0b fe 7c ca 9c .bsn.7.@>="..|..
00e0 49 39 2b d2 cb a2 ec 02 70 2b 58 de 24 75 61 21 I9+.....p+X.$ua!
00f0 85 c9 91 c1 7a ee 0b f7 fd 6c ef e6 c2 6e cb a9 ....z....l...n..
0100 fb ac 65 d8 78 87 fa e2 7f 05 13 a6 73 3d 27 b1 ..e.x.......s='.
0110 db c2 a7 ...

That looks quite odd. Most likely C2 communication or some form of encrypted channel for information leakage.
Update: Our friends from confirm that this is C2 traffic from the downloaded Trojan with MD5 c73134f67fd261dedbc1b685b49d1fa4.

ZeroAccess Trojan

Running the PCAP through Snort will generate multiple alerts indicating that UDP traffic to port 53 might be C2 traffic from the ZeroAccess trojan.

10/22-20:28:38.363586 [**] [1:2015474:2] ET TROJAN ZeroAccess udp traffic detected [**] [Classification: A Network Trojan was Detected] [Priority: 1] {UDP} ->

There will also be another alert indicating ZeroAccess traffic, but this time for UDP port 16471:

10/22-20:28:57.501645 [**] [1:2015482:6] ET TROJAN ZeroAccess Outbound udp traffic detected [**] [Classification: A Network Trojan was Detected] [Priority: 1] {UDP} ->

But when looking closer at the traffic for that alert we only see one outgoing packet, but no response. That wasn't very interesting. However, the rule that was triggered in this particular alert contained a threshold that suppressed alerts for ZeroAccess traffic to other IP addresses. Here is the syntax for the Snort rule:

alert udp $HOME_NET any -> $EXTERNAL_NET any (msg:"ET TROJAN ZeroAccess Outbound udp traffic detected"; content:"|28 94 8d ab c9 c0 d1 99|"; offset:4; depth:8; dsize:16; threshold: type both, track by_src, count 10, seconds 600; classtype:trojan-activity; sid:2015482; rev:4;)

We can use the content signature to search for other similar packets by using tshark like this:

~/Desktop/php-net$ tshark -R "udp and contains 28:94:8d:ab:c9:c0:d1:99" -r ../barracuda.pcap -T fields -e ip.dst -e udp.port | sort -u 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471 16471

Wow, the ZeroAccess trojan's P2P C2 traffic sure is noisy, the threshold was probably there for a reason! But let's see which of these servers that actually reply to the ZeroAccess traffic:

~/Desktop/php-net$ tshark -r ../barracuda.pcap -R "udp.srcport eq 16471" -T fields -e ip.src > ZeroAccessHosts

~/Desktop/php-net$ fgrep -f ZeroAccessHosts 5f810408ddbbd6d349b4be4766f41a37.pcap.Hosts.csv | cut -d, -f 1,4,IN India,NL Netherlands,UA Ukraine,US United States,US United States,US United States,US United States,PL Poland,LT Lithuania,CA Canada,TT Trinidad and Tobago,BR Brazil

Sweet, those IP's are most likely infected with ZeroAccess as well.

Bonus Find

Barracuda Lab's public IP address for their malware analysis machine seems to be

~/Desktop/php-net$ cut -d, -f1,3,4 barracuda.pcap.Credentials.csv | head -2
ClientIP,Protocol,Username,HTTP Cookie,COUNTRY=USA%2C64.235.155.80


I've created a timeline of the events in the PCAP file provided by Barracuda Labs. This timeline is frame centric, i.e. frame number is used as the first identifier instead of a timestamp. This helps when you wanna find a particular event in the PCAP.

15Set-Cookie: COUNTRY=USA%2C64.235.155.80The external IP of Barracuda's malware lab is stored as a cookie.
139GET / first entry of infection at
147POST = 800px, Java = True, AcrobatReader = True
174GET /b0047396f70a98831ac1e3b25c324328/ b7fc797c851c250e92de05cbafe98609Triggers CVE-2013-2551 / MS13-037
213 Ransomware Zbot downloaded from File details on VirusTotal or Anubis. MD5: dc0dbf82e756fe110c5fbdd771fe67f5
299 Ransomware Zbot downloaded from File details on VirusTotal or Anubis. MD5: 406d6001e16e76622d85a92ae3453588
424 Trojan downloaded from File details on VirusTotal or Anubis. MD5: c73134f67fd261dedbc1b685b49d1fa4
534 ZeroAccess Trojan downloaded from File details on VirusTotal or Anubis. MD5: 18f4d13f7670866f96822e4683137dd6
728GET /app/geoip.js HTTP/1.0MaxMind query by ZeroAccess Trojan downloaded in frame 534
751GET test by Trojan downloaded in frame 424
804Vawtrak.A Backdoor / Password Stealer downloaded from File details on VirusTotal or Anubis. MD5: 78a5f0bc44fa387310d6571ed752e217
862HTTP POST to hxxp://uocqiumsciscqaiu.orgC2 communication by Trojan downloaded in frame 424
1042TCP 16471First of the TCP-based ZeroAccess C2 channels
1036UDP 16471First UDP packet with ZeroAccess C2 data
1041UDP 16471first UDP ZeroAccess successful reply

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Posted by Erik Hjelmvik on Monday, 28 October 2013 22:15:00 (UTC/GMT)


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