DeXRAY 1.6 – ccSubSdk files

September 15, 2016 in Batch Analysis, Compromise Detection, DeXRAY, File Formats ZOO, Forensic Analysis, Incident Response, Malware Analysis, Software Releases

Yesterday Brian Baskin pinged me on Twitter asking about ccSubSdk files that Symantec solutions store on the system in the following location:

  • C:\ProgramData\Norton\{0C55C096-0F1D-4F28-AAA2-85EF591126E7}\<product>\CmnClnt\ccSubSDK


  • C:\ProgramData\Norton\{0C55C096-0F1D-4F28-AAA2-85EF591126E7}\NIS_21.5.0.19\CmnClnt\ccSubSDK

The SEP may store similar files in different location:

  • C:\ProgramData\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection\<SEP version>\Data\CmnClnt\ccSubSDK
  • C:\ProgramData\Symantec\Common Client\ccSubSDK
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection\<SEP version>\Data\CmnClnt\ccSubSDK

DeXRAY didn’t support them and it triggered my interest. I pretty quickly identified the algorithm as Blowfish, but for some reason it didn’t work. Eventually, after struggling with it for a while I ended up understanding the issue: it was a problem of little vs. big endianess – unfortunately, the same algorithms can be implemented to work with different data -ness.

Once I figured it out, I added a basic support for both {GUID} files and the submissions.idx. Now, when I say ‘support’ I mean the decryption of the outer layer only and a basic interpretation of what I can deduct from the file structure inside submissions.idx. Once you look at the decrypted files you will realize that the files contain some sort of container to store a lot of information about the suspected files / network data and possibly other data sets sent to the AV Reputation engines + actual files. On top of that, in some instances the content of the files is not encrypted (with a second layer), and in some it is.

It’s quite a headache.

Still, it’s worth pursuing further as it seems to be a great forensic artifact that may help to identify a lot of file-system and network activities that may not be recorded anywhere else, or long forgotten. We can retrieve metadata and the content of long lost files. And since the reputation engine intercepts pretty much all unknown suspicious files, as well as some network artifacts a lucky forensic investigator may actually find a smoking gun there…

Here are a few examples:

  • A suspicious file (PE file can be retrieved)


  • Silent/heuristic AV detections


  • A download of a PE file (HTTP PE Download):

There are also file metadata submissions with forensically interesting bits in a form of XML-like report:

 Type="File Vote Report" 
 Count="#NUM OF FILES#">

The Epoch, file path, file name, and hashes can support investigation in many ways. I believe there is a lot to explore here + in similar files from other vendors (if such files exist).

If you have ccSubSdk files available and want to share them with me for research, I’d appreciate it.

Coming back to DeXRAY – the full list of supported or recognized file formats is listed below:

  • AhnLab (V3B)
  • ASquared (EQF)
  • Avast (Magic@0=’-chest- ‘)
  • Avira (QUA)
  • Baidu (QV)
  • BitDefender (BDQ)
  • CMC Antivirus (CMC)
  • Comodo <GUID> (not really; Quarantined files are not encrypted 🙂 )
  • ESafe (VIR)
  • ESET (NQF)
  • F-Prot (TMP) (Magic@0=’KSS’)
  • Kaspersky (KLQ)
  • Lavasoft AdAware (BDQ) /BitDefender files really/
  • MalwareBytes Data files (DATA)
  • MalwareBytes Quarantine files (QUAR)
  • McAfee Quarantine files (BUP)
  • Microsoft Forefront|Defender (Magic@0=0B AD|D3 45) – D3 45 C5 99 header handled
  • Panda <GUID> Zip files
  • Spybot – Search & Destroy 2 ‘recovery’
  • SUPERAntiSpyware (SDB)
  • Symantec ccSubSdk files: {GUID} files and submissions.idx
  • Symantec Quarantine Data files (QBD)
  • Symantec Quarantine files (VBN)
  • Symantec Quarantine Index files (QBI)
  • TrendMicro (Magic@0=A9 AC BD A7 which is ‘VSBX’ string ^ 0xFF)
  • QuickHeal <hash> files
  • Vipre (<GUID>_ENC2)
  • Any binary file (using X-RAY scanning)

Thanks to Brian for raising the interesting challenge and patiently listening to my questions and comments 🙂

The latest version of DeXRAY can be found here.

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