Custom Threat Signature for unique EXE files

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Custom Threat Signature for unique EXE files

L3 Networker


As with all custom signatures on this forum, this signature is being provided by the author as a result of enthusiasm for the product and to share ideas with the Palo Alto Networks security community.


It is:


- Not recommended for deployment in a production network of any kind without internal testing.

- Not a solution to any vulnerability.

- Not an official supported Palo Alto Networks signature



This write up is to help the Palo Alto Networks community with detecting a specific PE file.


The sample signature was created on PAN OS Version 7.0.x :


SHA256: 92914013abfd071b0513d366bcaead978dce2f552c9d2853f4ce775604fb841f


Fill out the appropriate field under the configuration tabCustomVuln1.png

Choose the standard option from the radio button and click on add to create a signature



Since we only have one condition it doesn’t matter if we choose the ‘and’/’or’ condition




To determine a unique string the *NIX utility xxd was used in this case, however any hex editor will work for this purpose.  The string was then converted to hex and used in a pattern match to detect the file. In this case the author of the file put what we believe to be their name in the file and that was used as a unique identifier.




Once this custom signature is applied and a web browser is used to attempt to download the file the firewall will either block or alert on detection depending on the action you set.


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