vlc-player.exe

Extended Setup

The file is a bundle distribution and utilizes the installCore download manager to distribute this potentially unwanted software. The application vlc-player.exe by Extended Setup has been detected as adware by 1 anti-malware scanner with very strong indications that the file is a potential threat. The program is a setup application that uses the installCore installer. The installer is marketed through download protals and search ads as the VideoLAN VLC media player but will also install additional software offers which include adware, PUPs and browser toolbars.
Publisher:
Extended Setup  (signed and verified)

MD5:
5d4725e282826709284d87b4c8f6ac01

SHA-1:
e4130097c621add0b58e204d9f9649007c247322

SHA-256:
03a03e0ece2d665e2efe581f2305a14c675a675db17f9d588464c08be67250ae

Scanner detections:
1 / 68

Status:
Adware

Note:
Our current pool of anti-malware engines have not currently detected this file, however based on our own detection heuristics we feel that this file is unwanted.

Description:
This 'download manager' is also considered bundleware, a utility designed to download software (possibly legitimate or opensource) and bundle it with a number of optional offers including ad-supported utilities, toolbars, shopping comparison tools and browser extensions.

Analysis date:
12/13/2018 5:31:29 PM UTC  (today)

Scan engine
Detection
Engine version

Reason Heuristics
PUP.installCore.ExtendedSetup (M)
15.12.13.4

File size:
607.6 KB (622,168 bytes)

File type:
Executable application (Win32 EXE)

Bundler/Installer:
installCore (using Inno Setup)

Common path:
C:\users\{user}\downloads\vlc-player.exe

Digital Signature
Signed by:

Authority:
COMODO CA Limited

Valid from:
10/21/2013 6:00:00 PM

Valid to:
10/22/2014 5:59:59 PM

Subject:
CN=Extended Setup, O=Extended Setup, STREET=Lilienblum 28, L=Tel Aviv, S=Israel, PostalCode=6513307, C=IL

Issuer:
CN=COMODO Code Signing CA 2, O=COMODO CA Limited, L=Salford, S=Greater Manchester, C=GB

Serial number:
00DC2A1D7B17450E779685BAA191188498

File PE Metadata
Compilation timestamp:
6/19/1992 4:22:17 PM

OS version:
1.0

OS bitness:
Win32

Subsystem:
Windows GUI

Linker version:
2.25

CTPH (ssdeep):
12288:tkOyMJfsGcEOVxXOAEbr2+dG/yULQgGXcpph6zwNPI3eMasKea08mmU1ghEzGSl9:SOyMJfsSOPOAE2VyULFGX6h033asJa01

Entry address:
0x98CC

Entry point:
55, 8B, EC, 83, C4, CC, 53, 56, 57, 33, C0, 89, 45, F0, 89, 45, DC, E8, FA, 97, FF, FF, E8, 01, AA, FF, FF, E8, 2C, CC, FF, FF, E8, 73, CC, FF, FF, E8, 0A, F3, FF, FF, E8, 71, F4, FF, FF, 33, C0, 55, 68, 76, 9F, 40, 00, 64, FF, 30, 64, 89, 20, 33, D2, 55, 68, 2C, 9F, 40, 00, 64, FF, 32, 64, 89, 22, A1, 14, B0, 40, 00, E8, 9B, FE, FF, FF, E8, 26, FA, FF, FF, 8D, 55, F0, 33, C0, E8, E0, D0, FF, FF, 8B, 55, F0, B8, D8, BD, 40, 00, E8, AB, 98, FF, FF, 6A, 02, 6A, 00, 6A, 01, 8B, 0D, D8, BD, 40, 00, B2, 01, B8...
 
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Entropy:
7.7705

Packer / compiler:
Inno Setup v5.x - Installer Maker

Code size:
36 KB (36,864 bytes)

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