Home Security Malware hits Oracle WebLogic servers with two monero miners

Malware that ends up downloading two cryptocurrency miners — 32-bit and a 64-bit — to Windows computers that it infects, has been spotted by researchers at security firm Trend Micro.

Researchers Johnlery Triunfante and Mark Vicente wrote that the malware in question was taking advantage of a vulnerability in Oracle's WebLogic server which the company had patched back in October.

Last month, as iTWire  reported, unpatched Internet-facing Oracle WebLogic servers running on both Windows and Linux were being infected with cryptocurrency-mining malware.

While the practice of malware authors using cryptocurrency mining instead of ransomware is now a widely used tactic, Triunfante and Vicente said the two-miner variation made this malware — which they dubbed Coinminer_MALXMR.JL-PS — stand out from the crowd.

The method of infection was not specified but once the flaw was exploited and the payload delivered, it left the infected host with dual miners which worked to mine the monero cryptocurrency.

Once the payload was run, it would download three files to the machine. These would then go through their own programmed processes ending with the presence of the two miners.

"Our analysis of the latest payload shows that the architecture of Windows OS plays a part in deciding which coin miner will run," Triunfante and Vicente wrote.

"The first monero miner is a 64-bit variant which will execute on a corresponding 64-bit Windows device. But, if the device is running a 32-bit Windows version then the second coin miner will run instead."

As usual, when the scripts run, they tended to slow down the infected systems and affect performance, the researchers added.

"A coin-mining malware tries to infect as many devices as possible since it takes an extraordinary amount of computing power to substantially mine any cryptocurrency," they wrote.

"With two payload systems, both of which are capable of starting automatically and daily, the malware developers of this particular exploit have more chances to infect machines and use them for cryptomining."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

 

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