January 25, 2022

TheCyberThrone

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Blister Malware Keeps Blasting

Researchers have disclosed details of an evasive malware campaign dubbed Blister that makes use of valid code signing certificates to sneak past security defenses and stay under the radar with the goal of deploying Cobalt Strike and BitRAT payloads on compromised systems.

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A notable aspect of the attacks is that they leverage a valid code signing certificate issued by Sectigo. The malware has been observed signed with the certificate in question dating back to September 15, 2021.

Executables with valid code signing certificates are often scrutinized to a lesser degree than unsigned executables,Their use allows attackers to remain under the radar and evade detection for a longer period of time.

Blister masquerades as a legitimate library called “colorui.dll” and is delivered via a dropper named “dxpo8umrzrr1w6gm.exe.” Post execution, the loader is designed to sleep for 10 minutes, likely in an attempt to evade sandbox analysis, only to follow it up by establishing persistence and decrypting an embedded malware payload such as Cobalt Strike or BitRAT.

Once decrypted, the embedded payload is loaded into the current process or injected into a newly spawned WerFault.exe process.

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Indicators of Compromise

Domains

  • moduleloader.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com
  • discountshadesdirect.com
  • bimelectrical.com
  • clippershipintl.com

IP Address

  • 188.68.221.203
  • 93.115.18.248
  • 52.95.148.162
  • 84.38.183.174
  • 80.249.145.212
  • 185.170.213.186

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