Few things about WannaCry ransomware

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A global cyber attack has been underway since Friday 12 May 2017, affecting more than 200,000 organizations and 230,000 computers in over 150 countries. It has been described as unprecedented in scale.

Well It’s source code is not yet available, but below is some information that can be useful in understanding its structure and behavior.

  • Virus Name: WannaCrypt, WannaCry, WanaCrypt0r, WCrypt, WCRY
  • Vector: All Windows versions before Windows 10 are vulnerable if not patched for MS-17–010. The malware is using the EternalBlue (MS17–010) exploit to distribute itself. This is a SMB vulnerability with remote code execution options.
  • Ransom: between $300 to $600. There is code to ‘rm’ (delete) files in the virus. Seems to reset if the virus crashes.
  • Backdooring: The worm loops through every RDP session on a system to run the ransomware as that user. It also installs the DOUBLEPULSAR backdoor. It corrupts shadow volumes to make recovery harder. Ransomware is writing itself into a random character folder in the ProgramData folder with the filename tasksche.exe or in the C:\Windows\ folder with the filename mssecsvc.exe and tasksche.exe.
  • Kill switch: If the website www.iuqerfsodp9ifjaposdfjhgosurijfaewrwergwea.com is up the virus exits instead of infecting the host. This domain has been sinkholed, stopping the spread of the worm. Will not work if proxied.
  • File size of the ransomware is 3.4MB (3514368 bytes).
  • The ransomware grants full access to all files by using the command: Icacls . /grant Everyone:F /T /C /Q
  • Using a batch script for operations: 176641494574290.bat
  • Content of batch file (fefe6b30d0819f1a1775e14730a10e0e)
echo off
echo SET ow = WScript.CreateObject(“WScript.Shell”)> m.vbs
echo SET om = ow.CreateShortcut(“C:\WanaDecryptor.exe.lnk”)>> m.vbs
echo om.TargetPath = “C:\WanaDecryptor.exe”>> m.vbs
echo om.Save>> m.vbs
cscript.exe //nologo m.vbs
del m.vbs
del /a %0

Content of M.vbs

SET ow = WScript.CreateObject(“WScript.Shell”)
SET om = ow.CreateShortcut(“C:\
om.TargetPath = “C:\

Cryptography details

  • Each infection generates a new RSA-2048 keypair. * The public key is exported as blob and saved to 00000000.pky
  • The private key is encrypted with the ransomware public key and saved as 00000000.eky
  • Each file is encrypted using AES-128-CBC, with a unique AES key per file.
  • Each AES key is generated CryptGenRandom.
  • The AES key is encrypted using the infection specific RSA keypair.
  • The RSA public key used to encrypt the infection specific RSA private key is embedded inside the DLL and owned by the ransomware authors.

Encrypted file format

typedef struct _wc_file_t {
 char sig[WC_SIG_LEN] // 64 bit signature WANACRY!
 uint32_t keylen; // length of encrypted key
 uint8_t key[WC_ENCKEY_LEN]; // AES key encrypted with RSA
 uint32_t unknown; // usually 3 or 4, unknown
 uint64_t datalen; // length of file before encryption, obtained from GetFileSizeEx
 uint8_t *data; // Ciphertext Encrypted data using AES-128 in CBC mode
 } wc_file_t;

Command & Control centers


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Source - Rishabh Chaudhary (Quora)