Another Ransomware Outbreak! This time it’s Bad Rabbit

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The recent Bad Rabbit ransomware outbreak is currently making headlines. This post outlines the analysis of the ransomware by Quick Heal Security Labs.

According to our telemetry, we have not seen any Bad Rabbit ransomware infection on our customer’s machines so far.

Propagation technique
Bad Rabbit is distributed via a drive-by-download attack from the below URL


The payload is pretending to be a bogus Adobe Flash Player update named as “install_flash_player.exe”. The ransomware escalates itself to the administrative privilege using UAC prompt. Further, it drops ‘C:\Windows\infpub.dat’ which is actually a DLL file executed through ‘rundll32.exe’ as seen in the execution flow below.

Execution flow


Fig 1. Execution flow

Dropped artifacts                                             

Bad Rabbit ransomware drops multiple artifacts which are named after the dragons in the popular TV series called Game of Thrones.

  • C:\Windows\infpub.dat
    • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\drogon
    • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\rhaegal
    • C:\Windows\cscc.dat
    • C:\Windows\dispci.exe

Below is the screenshot of the code from the ransomware to use ‘rundll32.exe’ to execute ‘infpub.dat’.

Fig 2. Infpub.dat creation code snippet

Fig 2. Infpub.dat creation code snippet

The ‘infpub.dat’ drops a malicious executable ‘dispci.exe’ at ‘C:\Windows’ which is responsible for Disk Encryption.

The ‘infpub.dat’ creates two tasks with names ‘drogon’ which is used to force restart the system and ‘rhaegal’ which is used to start a program at startup.

Fig 3. Drogon task properties

Fig 3. Drogon task properties


Fig 4: Rhaegal task properties

Fig 4: Rhaegal task properties

Infpub.dat is also responsible for file encryption using a shared public RSA-2048 key of the attacker for the list of file extensions as seen below.

Fig 5. RSA Key and file extensions

Fig 5. RSA Key and file extensions

The dropped file ‘dispci.exe’ uses version information from a genuine DiskCryptor utility which is responsible for MBR infection which stops the boot-up process of the affected system until the ransom is paid as shown in the image below.

Fig 6. Ransom note

Fig 6. Ransom note

How it spreads in the network

The ‘infpub.dat’ tries to brute-forces login credentials using hard-coded credentials and also uses Mimikatz module to extract NTLM credentials from the system memory. These credentials are used to access other network workstations and server on the same network via SMB and WebDAV.

Fig 7. SMB share enumeration

Fig 7. SMB share enumeration

Fig 8: SMB login – Brute force

Fig 8: SMB login – Brute force

Similarities between Bad Rabbit ransomware and NotPetya ransomware

  • Drops DLL files in Windows folder with ‘.dat’ extension and executes it using ‘rundll32.exe’ with ordinal 1 (#1).
  • Use of ‘MimiKatz’ module for extraction of NTLM credentials
  • Uses schedule task to restart system using ‘shutdown.exe’
  • Displays a similar ransom note after MBR infection
  • Uses WMI and SMB for spreading across network

Although both the ransomware share quite a lot of similarities, Bad Rabbit is not a wiper.

Indicators of compromise

SHA256 Filename
630325cac09ac3fab908f903e3b00d0dadd5fdaa0875ed8496fcbb97a558d0da install_flash_player.exe
8ebc97e05c8e1073bda2efb6f4d00ad7e789260afa2c276f0c72740b838a0a93 dispci.exe
579fd8a0385482fb4c789561a30b09f25671e86422f40ef5cca2036b28f99648 infpub.dat

Malicious URLs

  • https://1dnscontrol[.]com
  • https://1dnscontrol[.]com/flash_install.php

Quick Heal Detection

  • Trojanransom.Gen
  • Ransom.Tibbar
  • Ransom.BadRabbit.A5
  • Ransom.BadRabbit.B5
  • Ransom.BadRabbit.C5
  • Ransom.Badrabbit.PB5


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How to stay safe

  • Never download software from pop-up ads or websites that don’t belong to the software vendor (in this case – Adobe).
  • Never click on links or download attachments that arrive in emails from unwanted, unknown or unexpected sources.
  • Apply all recommended security updates for Operating System and programs like Adobe, JAVA, Web browsers, etc.
  • Take regular backups of your important data in secure online and offline locations.
  • Use a layered security software and keep it updated.


Subject Matter Experts

Anita Ladkat, Shantanu Vichare, Prashil Moon, Shriram Munde, Prakash Galande | Quick Heal Security Labs


Quick Heal Security Labs

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  1. Good read. thnx