hss-2.88-install-hss-512-conduit.exe

AnchorFree Inc

This is the downloadable installer to AnchorFree's Hotsopt Shield, an ad-supported VPN client that integrates with the browser. The free version injects ads in the web browser. The installer includes a bundle of various unwanted software including the Conduit web extension and Search Protect which will modify the browser's search pages. The application hss-2.88-install-hss-512-conduit.exe by AnchorFree Inc has been detected as a potentially unwanted program by 3 anti-malware scanners. The program is a setup application that uses the HotspotShield installer.
Publisher:
AnchorFree Inc  (signed and verified)

MD5:
31e7a479acbf91bea7d584f3abf271e9

SHA-1:
aa7cb225627174d1aa36f3b5e471401780985f82

SHA-256:
824612a906675ecca7bbf0a66416baa65bb7cee852dd9020dbb0084ee45655e2

Scanner detections:
3 / 68

Status:
Potentially unwanted

Explanation:
Bundles the Conduit Toolbar and/or Conduit Search Protect.

Description:
This is an installer which may bundle legitimate applications with offers for additional 3rd-party applications that may be unwanted by the user. While the installer contains an 'opt-out' feature this is not set be defult and is usually overlooked.

Analysis date:
4/14/2014 7:58:01 AM UTC  (ten months ago)

Scan engine
Detection
Engine version

Dr.Web
Adware.Conduit.30
9.0.1.0104

ESET NOD32
Win32/Toolbar.Conduit
8.9536

Reason Heuristics
PUP.Optional.AnchorFree.FF
14.2.16.5

File size:
5.7 MB (5,948,472 bytes)

File type:
Executable application (Win32 EXE)

Bundler/Installer:
HotspotShield (using Nullsoft Install System)

Digital Signature
Signed by:

Authority:
VeriSign, Inc.

Valid from:
3/28/2011 3:00:00 AM

Valid to:
4/14/2014 2:59:59 AM

Subject:
CN=AnchorFree Inc, OU=Digital ID Class 3 - Microsoft Software Validation v2, O=AnchorFree Inc, L=Sunnyvale, S=California, C=US

Issuer:
CN=VeriSign Class 3 Code Signing 2010 CA, OU=Terms of use at https://www.verisign.com/rpa (c)10, OU=VeriSign Trust Network, O="VeriSign, Inc.", C=US

Serial number:
68A4A0CC448443C288A22A91D7F82126

File PE Metadata
Compilation timestamp:
9/9/2009 4:22:54 PM

OS version:
5.0

OS bitness:
Win32

Subsystem:
Windows GUI

Linker version:
9.0

CTPH (ssdeep):
98304:FrvVjkj5xVmfppWPAfzZV5gjalc8aYqzUTgMMnOpu94ySdkow8nlR7B2OCr3djs6:Fzij5WfTWiZvgl8aOTTMnWu94ySPHnlS

Entry address:
0x33FF

Entry point:
81, EC, D4, 02, 00, 00, 53, 55, 56, 57, 6A, 20, 33, ED, 5E, 89, 6C, 24, 18, C7, 44, 24, 10, 70, 85, 40, 00, 89, 6C, 24, 14, FF, 15, 30, 80, 40, 00, 68, 01, 80, 00, 00, FF, 15, B4, 80, 40, 00, 55, FF, 15, B0, 82, 40, 00, 6A, 08, A3, B8, EE, 7E, 00, E8, 67, 27, 00, 00, 55, 68, B4, 02, 00, 00, A3, D0, ED, 7E, 00, 8D, 44, 24, 38, 50, 55, 68, 6C, 85, 40, 00, FF, 15, 80, 81, 40, 00, 68, 54, 85, 40, 00, 68, C0, 6D, 7E, 00, E8, 35, 26, 00, 00, FF, 15, B0, 80, 40, 00, 50, BF, A0, F0, 83, 00, 57, E8, 23, 26, 00, 00...
 
[+]

Entropy:
7.9956

Packer / compiler:
Nullsoft install system v2.x

Code size:
25 KB (25,600 bytes)

The file hss-2.88-install-hss-512-conduit.exe has been seen being distributed by the following 8 URLs.

http://goo.gl/2zTLt

These files are installed as part of the hss-2.88-install-hss-512-conduit.exe setup/extraction process.

0 / 68
execdos.dll  (134d11153e9f998ba2dcd52de7a432d6aaf14352)

1 / 68      (inconclusive)
af_proxy.dll  (95e7c790b9e27a599948aa9d55927cd903f441ab)

1 / 68      (inconclusive)
af_proxy_cmd.exe  2, 88, 0, 0  (bd5e4eba123a09016e2f0345027ec7b6afa3ee82)

0 / 68
zlib1.dll  1.2.3.2027  (b784599c82bb90d5267fd70aaa42acc0c614b5d2)

0 / 68
nsisos.dll  (4898d7b41b48ef6350b0b6730805f201e52e4cb4)

0 / 68
system.dll  (c5c1e153caff7ad1d221a9acc8bbb831f05ccb05)

0 / 68
userinfo.dll  (7b9a1bc758e10af02124143680f636853b421da1)

1 / 68      (inconclusive)
tapinstall.exe  6.0.6001.18000 built by: WinDDK  (3d34fd12b5138760d153992ff1cf95e8020ceada)

1 / 68      (inconclusive)
hsspk.exe  2, 88, 0, 0  (88585b6ced1e398b96342dc341cec99df48f69dc)

There are numerous known code variantions that share the same compilation structure.

5 / 68      (PUP)
hss-2.74-install-anchorfree-393-conduit.exe  (9eab879232d2752cf73c985971baa794a0b36b8a)

1 / 68      (inconclusive)
hssfixme.exe  (809deb7cb40738b3d7d33cd650f9322ebf4ad9e6)

1 / 68      (inconclusive)
uninstall.exe  (c65a12863169575bc70c3ab8cd77d870ea320d56)

1 / 68      (inconclusive)
hssfixme.exe  (19a405b0fe02a041cc2e4e94296bfd1bfd031309)

1 / 68      (inconclusive)
uninstall.exe  (3548056bf9606d284962d43cd4cd8a69b453ef63)

1 / 68      (inconclusive)
Bu_.exe  (4a4adaab66f9cfef812c7a21be894ead630c85bd)

1 / 68      (inconclusive)
hss-2.51-install-anchorfree-244-ask4.exe  (6d8a8b23e14de8e2f4cdc2873653f491092d47e0)

1 / 68      (inconclusive)
hssfixme.exe  (f338d9776ee39ef07d42c16274857cb5f522a762)

1 / 68      (inconclusive)
uninstall.exe  (52b3bb78d880e0ce64965aa4b5652089673eafff)

1 / 68      (inconclusive)
hssfixme.exe  (4c25b5f89efc328e6e0d2b0b9159226400f1a3e4)

1 / 68      (inconclusive)
uninstall.exe  (d1b46171409caee5f4dc7873f330b2bf6b3d269e)

1 / 68      (inconclusive)
uninstall.exe  (029ccaa2bc03eac6ddfb27cb7b952fe5179f9eac)

1 / 68      (inconclusive)
hssfixme.exe  (94876c7650367afb24c072993457b99d410ce0cc)

1 / 68      (inconclusive)
uninstall.exe  (dff2f421b9cf30fe8fce6daccec63e01fb8723da)

1 / 68      (inconclusive)
hotspot20121109.exe  (7788d70a80a5096560b06cafc987e4a90cd1c4c9)

The following file closely match hss-2.88-install-hss-512-conduit.exe based on a fuzzy CTPH.

4 / 68      (PUP)
hss-2.88-install-p93-355-conduit.exe  [100% match]  (acc4cb9c28c43de88064b62a2b7c5750d4d5911d)

2 / 68      (inconclusive)
hsscp.exe  (82418f4662950b76c6ba700e8c72db9ac1602b29)

2 / 68      (inconclusive)
af_proxy.dll  (ca771dc29f46e96dec7df6a478918672e443ae57)

1 / 68      (inconclusive)
hsswd.exe  (b060de925992f93886f3a704986bf71c33be4210)

1 / 68      (inconclusive)
cmw_srv.exe  (6cf80c159a6a5c39b1e0cb1a96948e6f6ad53560)

2 / 68      (inconclusive)
hsssrvlib.dll  (9b7eb7c18f9d41ca99e18173dacb328fabadb363)

1 / 68      (inconclusive)
HssIE.DLL (by AnchorFree)  (e9202a26011bf8e67a7702bc70ba5c8457a363d1)

1 / 68      (inconclusive)
hsstrayservice.exe  (175c95650c8ee064754a1aca070d617c7838c06e)

2 / 68      (inconclusive)
hssdrv6.sys  (769a4d27dcbf5cb2ad0500821ba25f26755458a8)

3 / 68      (PUP)
taphss6.sys  (8a432927e6fe65776bb188184227a5c590e9674c)

2 / 68      (inconclusive)
hss_update.exe  (14a73e996619de3bc71a4c1f818336801d822da5)

2 / 68      (inconclusive)
wddll.dll  (41d63d37fec87cae5565a004823c8f636ceaaabb)

1 / 68      (inconclusive)
hss-2-87-install-plain-504-plain.exe  (bb80cbc7fea3bcd545889a6c7226ed1fbf5847f4)

2 / 68      (inconclusive)
HSS-install-a-395-conduit.exe  (45debf723b9de87edaa21b7b69b8a20aeefc26b4)

2 / 68      (inconclusive)
openvpnas.exe (by AnchorFree)  (0b9a0e4f314638ce2e0da689c6cbb2fca759a010)

2 / 68      (inconclusive)
openvpntray.exe (by AnchorFree)  (f6f4b8ebff2431089dfaffa1014391b6c127d36b)

3 / 68      (PUP)
hsssrv.exe (by AnchorFree)  (f100d1cb1f090c07e0c1ac422be4fddfc94d1f26)

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