Threat Database Trojans HKTL_ACTREDIR


By GoldSparrow in Trojans

Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 90 % (High)
Infected Computers: 1
First Seen: August 20, 2013
Last Seen: October 10, 2019
OS(es) Affected: Windows

HKTL_ACTREDIR is a Trojan that is dropped on a compromised PC by a hacking tool produced by Chinese hackers to exploit Apache Struts vulnerability. The hacking tool serves a number of uses in a targeted attack, such as gaining and maintaining access onto the affected PC and network in Asia, obtaining information about the target, stealing information and eliminating evidence of an attack. The hacking tool attacks several various flaws in Struts, recognized both by their Apache-issued bulletin numbers and their CVE numbers covering S2-016 (CVE-2013-2251), S2-013 (CVE-2013-1966), S2-009 (CVE-2011-3923) and S2-005 (CVE-2010-1870).

All of these vulnerabilities, if exploited, permit arbitrary commands to be executed on the affected server by a cybercrook. Some particular commands can be executed on the affected server by the hacking tool automatically. One of the pre-programmed commands is 'whoami', which illustrates information about the affected server's existing account. The main goal of a cybercrook in affecting a vulnerable server is to create a backdoor. These backdoors permit a cybercrook to obtain and maintain access to the server and use it as they see fit; The hacking tool enables a cybercook to do just that with relatively little effort. HKTL_ACTREDIR may be hosted on a compromised or infected website and run when a PC user accesses the said website. HKTL_ACTREDIR requires its main component appropriately execute desired routine.


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