Advanced malware analysis by Christopher C. Elisan

By Christopher C. Elisan

A exceptional advisor to developing a malware learn lab, utilizing state-of-the-art research instruments, and reporting the findings

Advanced Malware Analysis is a severe source for each info defense professional's anti-malware arsenal. The confirmed troubleshooting recommendations will provide an facet to info defense pros whose task includes detecting, deciphering, and reporting on malware.

After explaining malware structure and the way it operates, the booklet describes how you can create and configure a state of the art malware learn lab and assemble samples for research. Then, you’ll the right way to use dozens of malware research instruments, manage facts, and create metrics-rich reports.

  • A an important instrument for combatting malware―which presently hits each one moment globally
  • Filled with undocumented equipment for customizing dozens of research software program instruments for extraordinarily particular makes use of
  • Leads you thru a malware blueprint first, then lab setup, and eventually research and reporting actions
  • Every instrument defined during this booklet comes in each kingdom round the world

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The number of malware samples seen every day is astounding. Figure 1-2 shows that the number of malware discovered by mid-2014 already exceeded that discovered in 2013. indd 15 02/07/15 4:43 PM AppDev / Advanced Malware Analysis / Christopher Elisan / 974-6 / Chapter 1 16 Part I: Malware Blueprint 240,000,000 220,000,000 Total Malware 200,000,000 180,000,000 160,000,000 140,000,000 120,000,000 100,000,000 80,000,000 60,000,000 40,000,000 20,000,000 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 0 Figure 1-2 Number of malware discovered from 1984 to 2014.

The Malware Analysis Process Malware analysis is an art. Depending on the researcher’s knowledge and skill, she might approach analyzing malware using different techniques and methods. The approach an analyst takes is often influenced by the experience she has gained through years of analyzing different kinds of malware. One researcher’s approach might differ slightly or greatly with another researcher’s but yield similar results. One thing is certain, no matter what techniques and methods a researcher or an analyst employs, the malware analysis process can be represented succinctly, as shown in Figure 1-1.

Replacing the host file with a copy of the virus can lead to easy detection via optical inspection by simply listing the files in the directory. COM 250 Bytes Overwriting virus infecting a host file with a bigger file size. COM 138 Bytes Overwriting virus infecting a host file with a smaller file size. Figure 2-1 Overwriting virus infection. with a file size of 470 bytes infects a folder of several thousands of files that originally have different file sizes. Listing the files in this folder will show all of them having 470 bytes each, which will arouse suspicion.

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