Debug build of Jigsaw Ransomware contains SMTP email credentials

November 22, 2019

The SonicWall Capture Labs Threat Research Team observed reports of a new version of the Jigsaw ransomware.  The version analysed here appears to be an early debug build and sports a new interface, a significant departure from interfaces using clown images in previous versions.  As this is a test version of the malware, no encryption actually takes place.

Infection Cycle:

The malware exeutable file contains the following metadata:

Upon execution it displays the following messagebox:

It brings up the following dialog:


The "View encrypted files" button brings up the following page:


The following files are added to the system:

  • %APPDATA%\SkinSoft\VisualStyler\2.4.59444.6\x86\ssapihook.dll
  • {run location}\EncryptedFileList.txt
  • {run location}\FileSystemSimulation\NotTxtTest.nottxt
  • {run location}\FileSystemSimulation\TxtTest.txt.die (empty file)
  • {run location}\Newtonsoft.Json.dll
  • {run location}\SkinSoft.VisualStyler.dll


NotTxtTest.nottxt contains the following text:

I am NOT a txt test.


EncryptedFileList.txt contains the following text:

{run location}\FileSystemSimulation\TxtTest.txt


Nothing is actually encrypted on the system.  Presumably, this is because it is a debug version.


The malware executable file contains the following string:

  • C:\Users\Moises\Desktop\jigsawransomware2019-master\JigsawRansomware\obj\Debug\JigsawRansomware.pdb


The malware makes the following DNS requests:



The following network traffic was observed between the malware and the hosts listed above:


A further look into the executable file reveals credentials for 1455 SMTP email accounts:


The BTC address (3DCMs9XgBi6HDigyPggqhrpMYuwp3d81rM) has some transaction history.  However, it is not certain whether or not the transactions are directly related to ransom payments:


SonicWall Capture Labs provides protection against this threat via the following signature:

  • GAV: Jigsaw.RSM_26 (Trojan)

This threat is also detected by SonicWALL Capture ATP w/RTDMI and the Capture Client endpoint solutions.