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Amiga Virus Encyclopedia
Hitch-Hiker v4.23 Virus
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Entry...............: HitchHiker 4.23
Alias(es)...........: HitchHiker 4
Virus Strain........: -
Virus detected when.: September 1997
              where.: Germany, Denmark and England
Classification......: Linkvirus,memory-resident, not reset-resident
Length of Virus.....: 1. Length on storage medium:     ca. 2912 Bytes
                      2. Length in RAM:                    3200 Bytes

--------------------- Preconditions ------------------------------------

Operating System(s).: AMIGA-DOS Version/Release.....: 2.04+ (V37-V40)
Computer model(s)...: all models/processors (MC68000-MC68060)
                      The virus has problems with higher processors and
                      OS versions

--------------------- Attributes ---------------------------------------

Easy Identification.: -

Type of infection...: - linkvirus. It changes the whole files to 2 hunked
                        file and copies 2908 bytes from the filestart to
                        the end


Self-identification method in files:

                      - checks for $DEAD at a special fileposition. In this
                        way the stealth mechanism is locating the infected
                        files, too.

Self-identification method in memory:

                      - test for the changed jump command from
                        Exec PutMsg()

System infection:

                      - The entryjump of Exec PutMsg() will be patched
                        to a trap code.
                      - A new trapcode will be installed.
                      - tries to modifies entry points of the bsdsocket.library,
                        which is used by connectiontools like AmiTCP and Miami.


                      Infection preconditions:

                       - HUNK_HEADER is found
                       - device is validated
                       - to be infected file is bigger than 2908 (exact viruslength)
                       - 10 free diskblocks

Infection Trigger...: The infection is based on the packet handling
                      system of AMIGA OS. Every started file will be
                      infected. All synchron dos commands are affected.

Storage media affected:
                      all DOS-devices

Interrupts hooked...: A trapvector in the vectorbase will be changed

Damage..............: Permanent damage:
                      - none

                      Transient damage:
                      - The stealth/fileinfect engine performs a wrap
                        around copy of the originalfile as we saw it
                        already in the BEOL3 virus, which source was
                        made public by the programmer.


Damage Trigger......: Permanent damage:
                      - none
                      Transient damage:
                      - infecting a file

Particularities.....: The crypt/decrypt routines are not 100% aware of processor
                      caches. The packet handling works in even on the new developer
                      OS versions, but some codes have problems with task functions.

                      The virus tunnels doscall watcher like SnoopDos etc. by
                      using only lowlevel packet routines.
                      
Similarities........: The link method has been seen in the BEOL3 linkvirus
                      already. A new hunkheader will be added and the origfile
                      will be seen as datahunk. In this way the virus doesnt
                      need to perform a errorfull hinkcorrection. The first
                      codehunk contains the virus itself.

Stealth.............: Second working directory and file stealth code in a virus.

Armouring...........: The virus is not armoured with a special tricky crypting
                      code.


Specialities........: As always the virus contains a crypted part:

                      "LHALZXZOOZIP"
                      "bsdsocket.library"
                      "POST"
                      "DATA"
                      "QUIT"
                      "The Hitch-Hiker 4.23  - Generation #00001036"

                      The first string is for the special ability to keep the
                      files infected, even if they get crunched. This trick, which
                      was used to remove common pc stealth linkviruses is not working
                      here.


--------------------- Agents -------------------------------------------

Countermeasures.....: VT 3.00, AntiBeol 1.33, FastKill and VW 6.7
above Standard means......: -

--------------------- Acknowledgement ----------------------------------

Location............: Hannover, Germany 26.09.1997.
Classification by...: Markus Schmall
Documentation by....: Markus Schmall (C)
Date................: Sep, 29. 1997
Information Source..: Reverse engineering of original virus
Copyright...........: This document is copyrighted and may be not used
                      in any SHI publication

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