Reports mention that recently attackers were found exploiting the latest version of the “Remote Desktop ActiveX” which was developed for Windows 10.
Per analyses of researchers, the ActiveX is employed to automatically execute a mal macro right after the target enables a document. The majority of the documents contained images to encourage people to enable the content.
Per reports, the catch was that the image contained a hidden ActiveX control below it; the OSTAP downloader was disguised in white text to make it seemingly invisible to eyes and readable for machines.
Trickbot attackers misuse people’s tendencies of not updating their software with the latest updates to protect the systems.
It was also found out that the groups of tricksters that were exploiting the ActiveX control were not the only ones. Other groups were also into misusing them along with a few others.
Per sources, the analysis of the ActiveX code exposed the use of the “MsRdpClient10NotSafeForScripting” class. The script is crafted in a way that the server field is left empty to cause an error which would aid the attackers further on.
According to researchers, the technique that kicks the ‘macro’ on is, “
The OSTAP’s execution would depend on the “error number matches” exactly to “disconnectReasonDNSLookupFailed”. The OSTAP wscript directive is relative to the error number computation.
The execution of the wscript would work with its very content. This trick is quite an old one in the book. Microsoft’s BAT would ignore the ‘comments’, along with the content and everything that comes with the syntax, while the execution’s happening.
A defense mechanism is paramount in cases of OSTAP and the likes of it. With the technology that’s prospering with every passing minute, so is the number of attack mechanisms and attackers. Hence keep systems updates and a tight security structure in place.