In a nutshell
Backdoor.OSX.Mokes.a is the most recently discovered OS X variant of a cross-platform backdoor which is able to operate on all major operating systems (Windows,Linux,OS X). Please see also our analysis on the Windows and Linux variants.
This malware family is able to steal various types of data from the victim’s machine (Screenshots, Audio-/Video-Captures, Office-Documents, Keystrokes)
The backdoor is also able to execute arbitrary commands on the victim’s computer
To communicate it’s using strong AES-256-CBC encryption
Background
Back in January this year we found a new family of cross-platform backdoors for desktop environments.

After the discovery of the binaries for Linux and Windows systems, we have now finally come across the OS X version of Mokes.A.
It is written in C++ using Qt, a cross-platform application framework, and is statically linked to OpenSSL.

This leads to a filesize of approx. 14MB. Let’s have a look into this very fresh sample.
“Unpacked” Backdoor.OSX.Mokes.a
Its filename was “unpacked” when we got our hands on it, but we’re assuming that in-the-wild it comes packed, just like its Linux variant.

Startup
When executed for the first time, the malware copies itself to the first available of the following locations, in this order:
$HOME/Library/App Store/storeuserd
$HOME/Library/com.apple.spotlight/SpotlightHelper
$HOME/Library/Dock/com.apple.dock.cache
$HOME/Library/Skype/SkypeHelper
$HOME/Library/Dropbox/DropboxCache
$HOME/Library/Google/Chrome/nacld
$HOME/Library/Firefox/Profiles/profiled
Corresponding to that location, it creates a plist-file to achieve persistence on the system:
The Missing Piece – Sophisticated OS X Backdoor Discovered
After that it’s time to establish a first connection with its C&C server using HTTP on TCP port 80:
The Missing Piece – Sophisticated OS X Backdoor Discovered
The User-Agent string is hardcoded in the binary and the server replies to this “heartbeat” request with “text/html” content of 208 bytes in length.

Then the binary establishes an encrypted connection on TCP port 443 using the AES-256-CBC algorithm.
The Missing Piece – Sophisticated OS X Backdoor Discovered
Backdoor functionality
Its next task is to setup the backdoor features:
The Missing Piece – Sophisticated OS X Backdoor Discovered
Capturing Audio

The Missing Piece – Sophisticated OS X Backdoor Discovered

Monitoring Removable Storage

The Missing Piece – Sophisticated OS X Backdoor Discovered

Capturing Screen (every 30 sec.)

The Missing Piece – Sophisticated OS X Backdoor Discovered

Scanning the file system for Office documents (xls, xlsx, doc, docx)

The Missing Piece – Sophisticated OS X Backdoor Discovered

The attacker controlling the C&C server is also able to define own file filters to enhance the monitoring of the file system as well as executing arbitrary commands on the system.
Just like on other platforms, the malware creates several temporary files containing the collected data if the C&C server is not available.
$TMPDIR/ss0-DDMMyy-HHmmss-nnn.sst (Screenshots)
$TMPDIR/aa0-DDMMyy-HHmmss-nnn.aat (Audiocaptures)
$TMPDIR/kk0-DDMMyy-HHmmss-nnn.kkt (Keylogs)
$TMPDIR/dd0-DDMMyy-HHmmss-nnn.ddt (Arbitrary Data)
DDMMyy = date: 070916 = 2016-09-07HHmmss = time: 154411 = 15:44:11nnn = milliseconds
If the environment variable $TMPDIR is not defined, “/tmp/” is used as the location (http://doc.qt.io/qt-4.8/qdir.html#tempPath).
Hints from the author
The author of this malware again left some references to the corresponding source files:
The Missing Piece – Sophisticated OS X Backdoor Discovered
Detection
We detect this type of malware as HEUR:Backdoor.OSX.Mokes.a
IOCs
Hash:664e0a048f61a76145b55d1f1a5714606953d69edccec5228017eb546049dc8c
Files:$HOME/LibraryApp Store/storeuserd$HOME/Library/com.apple.spotlight/SpotlightHelper$HOME/Library/Dock/com.apple.dock.cache$HOME/Library/Skype/SkypeHelper$HOME/Library/Dropbox/DropboxCache$HOME/Library/Google/Chrome/nacld$HOME/Library/Firefox/Profiles/profiled$HOME/Library/LaunchAgents/$filename.plist$TMPDIR/ss*-$date-$time-$ms.sst$TMPDIR/aa*-$date-$time-$ms.aat$TMPDIR/kk*-$date-$time-$ms.kkt$TMPDIR/dd*-$date-$time-$ms.ddt
Hosts:158.69.241[.]141jikenick12and67[.]comcameforcameand33212[.]com
User-Agent:Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_9_3) AppleWebKit/537.75.14 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/7.0.3 Safari/7046A194A

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