Ahmed Sonbol

Malspam delivers TeamSpy Spyware 10-29-2017

Blog Post created by Ahmed Sonbol Employee on Oct 31, 2017

For years, threat actors have been relying on DLL side-loading to load their malicious code into the address space of legitimate applications. PlugX is probably the most prominent example, but there are other malware families [1]. There is a certain order that Microsoft Windows follows in order to find a DLL required by an application [2]. If SafeDLLSearchMode is disabled, the current directory comes before other typical directories such as Systems directory or Windows directory in the search order for a DLL. By dropping their malicious DLL in the same directory as a trusted application, malware authors have a chance to blend in and evade analysis.


TeamSpy leverages the DLL side-loading technique to load its malicious payload into the memory space of TeamViewer; a popular remote desktop application [3]. Avast has a detailed explanation of TeamSpy and its capabilities [4]. In this blog post, we will go over a recent malspam activity delivering TeamSpy to victim machines and will discuss how the activity looks in NetWitness Packets.


Submitting the delivery document NEW_price.xlsm to RSA pre-release What's This File service scores the maximum threat score:



The malicious spreadsheet has an auto-launch script to download a payload from a delivery domain:



When the victim enables the embedded macro, the download activity begins:




Here is the meta registered by NetWitness Packets for the download session:



Here is a list of files downloaded to the victim machine (all downloaded to the C:\ directory):


tv_64.dlldcd8cda46bb20ff09c8c8be8be2f3098Helper library for TeamViewer performance optimization and QuickConnect (64 bit)
tv_64.exee0331b54a56e7aa48f97b4956bcef769Helper process for TeamViewer performance optimization and QuickConnect (64 bit)
tvr.cfg71488723b5b71651ab164989535bceedObfuscated configuration file for TeamSpy spyware
TV.exe75c738b78021eec28f7a9eeaade02cfeTeamViewer Remote Control Application
avicap32.dllbe03a49d09f85bc7b977574bcef5a4f1Malicious DLL
TeamViewer_Desktop.exe301d4c233bb1297d600ceb05a0ebbc33TeamViewer Remote Control Application
TeamViewer_Resource_en.dll1ead0b5a632b2d60414b5a1daa4905f3TeamViewer resources
tv_32.dlld1cae98656bc6703e21f4580b8830dfcHelper library for TeamViewer performance optimization and QuickConnect
tv_32.exe7d90bdf0f9c2d9224d8b4d5d2f195506Helper process for TeamViewer performance optimization and QuickConnect


By dropping the malicious DLL in the same directory as the legitimate application, TeamSpy has a chance to load successfully and to run its payload. It uses a password to de-obfuscate the configuration file at run time in order to start communicating with its C2 server, which in this case is the same as the delivery domain:


Avast has a full list of those parameters in the query strings above [4] but here is some information:

  • id: ID of the infected machine
  • tout: timeout
  • osbt: 32bit/64bit
  • osv: OS version
  • osbd: OS build version
  • uname: user name
  • cname: computer name
  • tvrv: teamviewer version


Here is the meta registered by NetWitness Packets for the C2 communication:



Delivery document (SHA256):

  • 00048ea8873518a5a17ddea0cfee0f1103bf56c07b89b287c6aa60e082d75f99


All the IOC from those HTTP sessions were added to RSA FirstWatch Command and Control Domains on Live with the following meta:

  • threat.source = ‘rsa-firstwatch’
  • threat.category = ‘malspam’
  • threat.description = ‘delivery-domain’



  1. DLL Side-Loading - enterprise 
  2. Dynamic-Link Library Search Order (Windows) 
  3. https://www.teamviewer.us/products/teamviewer/ 
  4. A deeper look into malware abusing TeamViewer