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IOS.Ikee

IOS.Ikee

Discovered:
November 10, 2009
Updated:
September 25, 2015
Also Known As:
Eeki.A [Panda Software]
Systems Affected:
iOS
IOS.Ikee is a worm that spreads through jailbroken iPhones by using the default SSH password.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version November 10, 2009 revision 021
  • Latest Rapid Release version February 13, 2019 revision 004
  • Initial Daily Certified version November 10, 2009 revision 023
  • Latest Daily Certified version February 13, 2019 revision 008
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date November 11, 2009
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
When the worm is executed, it scans the following range of IP addresses and attempts to connect to SSH clients that use the default iPhone password:
  • 192.168.0.0-192.168.255.255
  • 202.81.64.0-202.81.79.255
  • 23.98.128.0-123.98.143.255
  • 120.16.0.0-120.23.255.255
  • 114.72.0.0-114.75.255.255
  • 203.2.75.0-203.2.75.255
  • 210.49.0.0-210.49.255.255
  • 203.17.140.0-203.17.140.255
  • 203.17.138.0-203.17.138.255
  • 211.28.0.0-211.31.255.255
  • 58.160.0.0-58.175.255.25


Note: A random range of IP addresses is also scanned.

If the worm can successfully log in, it will attempt to copy itself across to the new host as one of the following sets of files, overwriting them if they already exist:
  • /bin/poc-bbot
  • /bin/sshpass

    or

  • /usr/libexec/cydia/startup
  • /usr/libexec/cydia/startup-helper

It then copies the background image across as one of the following files:
  • /var/log/youcanbeclosertogod.jpg
  • /usr/libexec/cydia/startup.so


The worm then copies one of the following files across, so that the worm starts when the iPhone starts:
  • /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.ikey.bbot.plist
  • /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.saurik.Cydia.Startup.plist

It then changes the background image on the iPhone to the image it copied across.

The worm ends any SSH processes running on the iPhone, removes the /bin/sshd file, and prevents the process from starting when the iPhone is restarted.

Recommendations

Symantec Security Response encourages all users and administrators to adhere to the following basic security "best practices":

  • Use a firewall to block all incoming connections from the Internet to services that should not be publicly available. By default, you should deny all incoming connections and only allow services you explicitly want to offer to the outside world.
  • Enforce a password policy. Complex passwords make it difficult to crack password files on compromised computers. This helps to prevent or limit damage when a computer is compromised.
  • Ensure that programs and users of the computer use the lowest level of privileges necessary to complete a task. When prompted for a root or UAC password, ensure that the program asking for administration-level access is a legitimate application.
  • Disable AutoPlay to prevent the automatic launching of executable files on network and removable drives, and disconnect the drives when not required. If write access is not required, enable read-only mode if the option is available.
  • Turn off file sharing if not needed. If file sharing is required, use ACLs and password protection to limit access. Disable anonymous access to shared folders. Grant access only to user accounts with strong passwords to folders that must be shared.
  • Turn off and remove unnecessary services. By default, many operating systems install auxiliary services that are not critical. These services are avenues of attack. If they are removed, threats have less avenues of attack.
  • If a threat exploits one or more network services, disable, or block access to, those services until a patch is applied.
  • Always keep your patch levels up-to-date, especially on computers that host public services and are accessible through the firewall, such as HTTP, FTP, mail, and DNS services.
  • Configure your email server to block or remove email that contains file attachments that are commonly used to spread threats, such as .vbs, .bat, .exe, .pif and .scr files.
  • Isolate compromised computers quickly to prevent threats from spreading further. Perform a forensic analysis and restore the computers using trusted media.
  • Train employees not to open attachments unless they are expecting them. Also, do not execute software that is downloaded from the Internet unless it has been scanned for viruses. Simply visiting a compromised Web site can cause infection if certain browser vulnerabilities are not patched.
  • If Bluetooth is not required for mobile devices, it should be turned off. If you require its use, ensure that the device's visibility is set to "Hidden" so that it cannot be scanned by other Bluetooth devices. If device pairing must be used, ensure that all devices are set to "Unauthorized", requiring authorization for each connection request. Do not accept applications that are unsigned or sent from unknown sources.
  • For further information on the terms used in this document, please refer to the Security Response glossary.
1. Delete any of the following files present:
  • /bin/poc-bbot
  • /bin/sshpass
  • /usr/libexec/cydia/startup
  • /usr/libexec/cydia/startup-helper
  • /var/log/youcanbeclosertogod.jpg
  • /usr/libexec/cydia/startup.so
  • /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.ikey.bbot.plist
  • /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.saurik.Cydia.Startup.plist


2. Reinstall the SSH daemon and then change the default password.

3. Reinstall Cydia, if necessary.

4. Change the wallpaper, if necessary.
Writeup By: Stephen Doherty