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BackDoor.Flashback.8

Added to the Dr.Web virus database: 2011-11-21

Virus description added:

BackDoor.Flashback is a multicomponent backdoor for Mac OS X Lion. It is distributed under the guise of an archived Adobe Flash Player installer with the name FlashPlayer-11-macos.pkg. The main component Preferences.dylib is installed into the /Library/Preferences/.

The main malicious library Preferences.dylib terminates its work if one of the following files is found in the system:

  • /Library/Little Snitch/lsd
  • /Applications/VirusBarrier X6.app/Contents/MacOS/VirusBarrier X6
  • /Applications/iAntiVirus/iAntiVirus.app/Contents/MacOS/iAntiVirus
  • /Applications/avast!.app/Contents/MacOS/avast!
  • /Applications/ClamXav.app/Contents/MacOS/ClamXav
  • /Applications/HTTPScoop.app/Contents/MacOS/HTTPScoop
  • /Applications/Packet Peeper.app/Contents/MacOS/Packet Peeper.app

Preferences.dylib is designed to execute various commands issued by the remote command and control server or specified in the configuration file (for example, a command to embed a JavaScript code into webpages viewed by the user). However, the library also can be used to execute any standard shell command. It can receive commands from mobile.twitter.com.

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  1. If the operating system (OS) can be loaded (either normally or in safe mode), download Dr.Web Security Space and run a full scan of your computer and removable media you use. More about Dr.Web Security Space.
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