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Re: Spyware installs with no interaction in IE on fully patched XP SP2 box
From: "Joel R. Helgeson" <joel () helgeson com>
Date: Sun, 3 Oct 2004 14:13:52 -0500

What was the site?

Joel R. Helgeson
Director of Networking & Security Services
SymetriQ Corporation

"Give a man fire, and he'll be warm for a day; set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life." ----- Original Message ----- From: "Geraldo Rivera" <iamafraud () hotmail com>
To: <full-disclosure () lists netsys com>
Sent: Sunday, October 03, 2004 1:16 PM
Subject: [Full-disclosure] Spyware installs with no interaction in IE on fully patched XP SP2 box


Last night I went to a site that I have been to on and off for years. The page loaded and then in IE's status bar I saw something suspicious: "installing components...atpartners.cab". I could not close out of IE, and I could not kill the iexplorer.exe process. It totally locked up and I had to reboot my machine. When my machine came back up, I had at least 6 different pieces of spyware/adware on my machine. IT took me almost 2 hrs to clean up. I manually deleted a bunch of crap (stuff I had found through the run key in the registry, suspicious processes running, suspicious files in the usual dir's, and by searching for all files modified at the time this happened). Even after all that, Ad-Aware found 143 entries (none were cookies, mostly registry entries and a few dll's) and then Spybot found an additional 2 registry entries.

This machine is a fully patched XP SP2 box, with the default security settings for IE's Internet Zone. Does anybody know what method this crap could be using to install without any user interaction?

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