Practical Malware Analysis: The Hands-On Guide to Dissecting Malicious Software

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Malware analysis is big business, and attacks can cost a company dearly. When malware breaches your defenses, you need to act quickly to cure current infections and prevent future ones from occurring.

For those who want to stay ahead of the latest malware, Practical Malware Analysis will teach you the tools and techniques used by professional analysts. With this book as your guide, you'll be able to safely ...

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Overview

Malware analysis is big business, and attacks can cost a company dearly. When malware breaches your defenses, you need to act quickly to cure current infections and prevent future ones from occurring.

For those who want to stay ahead of the latest malware, Practical Malware Analysis will teach you the tools and techniques used by professional analysts. With this book as your guide, you'll be able to safely analyze, debug, and disassemble any malicious software that comes your way.

You'll learn how to:

  • Set up a safe virtual environment to analyze malware
  • Quickly extract network signatures and host-based indicators
  • Use key analysis tools like IDA Pro, OllyDbg, and WinDbg
  • Overcome malware tricks like obfuscation, anti-disassembly, anti-debugging, and anti-virtual machine techniques
  • Use your newfound knowledge of Windows internals for malware analysis
  • Develop a methodology for unpacking malware and get practical experience with five of the most popular packers
  • Analyze special cases of malware with shellcode, C++, and 64-bit code

Hands-on labs throughout the book challenge you to practice and synthesize your skills as you dissect real malware samples, and pages of detailed dissections offer an over-the-shoulder look at how the pros do it. You'll learn how to crack open malware to see how it really works, determine what damage it has done, thoroughly clean your network, and ensure that the malware never comes back.

Malware analysis is a cat-and-mouse game with rules that are constantly changing, so make sure you have the fundamentals. Whether you're tasked with securing one network or a thousand networks, or you're making a living as a malware analyst, you'll find what you need to succeed in Practical Malware Analysis.

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What People Are Saying

Richard Bejtlich
The book every malware analyst should keep handy. (Richard Bejtlich, CSO, Mandiant & Founder of TaoSecurity)
Dino Dai Zovi
An excellent crash course in malware analysis. (Dino Dai Zovi, Independent Security Consultant)
Chris Eagle
. . . the most comprehensive guide to analysis of malware, offering detailed coverage of all the essential skills required to understand the specific challenges presented by modern malware. (Chris Eagle, Senior Lecturer of Computer Science at the Naval Postgraduate School)
Ilfak Guilfanov
A hands-on introduction to malware analysis. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to dissect Windows malware. (Ilfak Guilfanov, Creator of IDA Pro)
Sebastian Porst
. . . a great introduction to malware analysis. All chapters contain detailed technical explanations and hands-on lab exercises to get you immediate exposure to real malware. (Sebastian Porst, Google Software Engineer)
Danny Quist
. . . brings reverse engineering to readers of all skill levels. Technically rich and accessible, the labs will lead you to a deeper understanding of the art and science of reverse engineering. I strongly recommend this book for beginners and experts alike. (Danny Quist, PhD, Founder of Offensive Computing)
Patrick Engbretson
If you only read one malware book or are looking to break into the world of malware analysis, this is the book to get. (Patrick Engbretson, IA Professor at Dakota State University and Author of The Basics of Hacking and Pen Testing)
Sal Stolfo
. . . an excellent addition to the course materials for an advanced graduate level course on Software Security or Intrusion Detection Systems. The labs are especially useful to students in teaching the methods to reverse engineer, analyze and understand malicious software. (Sal Stolfo, Professor, Columbia University)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593272906
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 2/29/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 261,102
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Sikorski is a Principal Consultant at Mandiant. He provides specialized research and development security solutions to the company's federal client base, reverse engineers malicious software discovered by incident responders, and has helped create a series of courses in malware analysis (from Beginner to Advanced). He has taught these courses to a variety of audiences including the FBI, the National Security Agency (NSA), and BlackHat. A former member of MIT's Lincoln Laboratory and the NSA, he holds a Top Secret security clearance.

Andrew Honig is an Information Assurance Expert for the Department of Defense. He teaches courses on software analysis, reverse engineering, and Windows system programming. Andy is publicly credited with several zero-day exploits in VMware's virtualization products.

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Table of Contents

  • Praise for Practical Malware Analysis
  • Warning
  • About the Authors
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 0: Malware Analysis Primer
  • Basic Analysis
    • Chapter 1: Basic Static Techniques
    • Chapter 2: Malware Analysis in Virtual Machines
    • Chapter 3: Basic Dynamic Analysis


  • Advanced Static Analysis
    • Chapter 4: A Crash Course in x86 Disassembly
    • Chapter 5: IDA Pro
    • Chapter 6: Recognizing C Code Constructs in Assembly
    • Chapter 7: Analyzing Malicious Windows Programs


  • Advanced Dynamic Analysis
    • Chapter 8: Debugging
    • Chapter 9: OllyDbg
    • Chapter 10: Kernel Debugging with WinDbg


  • Malware Functionality
    • Chapter 11: Malware Behavior
    • Chapter 12: Covert Malware Launching
    • Chapter 13: Data Encoding
    • Chapter 14: Malware-Focused Network Signatures


  • Anti-Reverse-Engineering
    • Chapter 15: Anti-Disassembly
    • Chapter 16: Anti-Debugging
    • Chapter 17: Anti-Virtual Machine Techniques
    • Chapter 18: Packers and Unpacking


  • Special Topics
    • Chapter 19: Shellcode Analysis
    • Chapter 20: C++ Analysis
    • Chapter 21: 64-Bit Malware


  • Important Windows Functions
  • Tools for Malware Analysis
  • Solutions to Labs

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