[dns-operations] Strange queries found in querylog
Chisholm, Glenn L
Glenn.L.Chisholm at team.telstra.com
Mon Jun 15 11:55:41 UTC 2009
McAfee uses the DNS to look up hashes of binaries to verify if it is a new malware sample since their last definitions update.
This looks like that behavior, they call the malware version Artremis.
On 15/06/09 5:03 PM, "Steffen Kluge" <kluge at fujitsu.com.au> wrote:
I've been seeing unusual entries in the querylog of *one* of our
external DNS servers for some time, all from the same client IP address
(which belongs to a customer of ours that shall remain nameless for the
time being). The IP address is that of the client's mail server.
The queries occur at a rate of about 100-200 per minute and look like
15-Jun-2009 16:39:42.588 client xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx#2917: query:
d.svemnz1AitjY3BGTHnil6oZ-GarJWca9bjWxI188MORQyDRMQnY_XJO2aRFS.1gYgqFdcN0dERP5tMKkyailsbzFxODykApy4O-G7Ueqqhd_BpUCw6zI19yhI.aHmmZ5jrNEU_VK80rxVlig3MDKcw6PEoga9Qxr5NyFcQbggWcm4OWtF6gu14.uMISd93SNVmAkG2ab1krFsAkAs-r5Nx56BJwy8sa1t4pPr1A.ts.ciphertrust.net IN A +
As far as I can tell, the queries are always for A records of the form
"d.random.ts.ciphertrust.net", and the "random" part always changes. The
queries always return IP addresses in unallocated netblocks. For example
the query above returns "0.0.0.116".
I was wondering whether anyone here recognises those kind of queries and
knows what they're about.
Ciphertrust being McAfee I'm suspecting that this could be some kind of
hijacking DNS traffic for proprietary purposes (e.g. blacklist lookups
on a secure mail appliance). I'd like to rule out something more
sinister, like DNS tunneling etc.
Thanks and regards
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