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Learning Linux Binary Analysis

By : Ryan "elfmaster" O'Neill
5 (1)
Book Image

Learning Linux Binary Analysis

5 (1)
By: Ryan "elfmaster" O'Neill

Overview of this book

Learning Linux Binary Analysis is packed with knowledge and code that will teach you the inner workings of the ELF format, and the methods used by hackers and security analysts for virus analysis, binary patching, software protection and more. This book will start by taking you through UNIX/Linux object utilities, and will move on to teaching you all about the ELF specimen. You will learn about process tracing, and will explore the different types of Linux and UNIX viruses, and how you can make use of ELF Virus Technology to deal with them. The latter half of the book discusses the usage of Kprobe instrumentation for kernel hacking, code patching, and debugging. You will discover how to detect and disinfect kernel-mode rootkits, and move on to analyze static code. Finally, you will be walked through complex userspace memory infection analysis. This book will lead you into territory that is uncharted even by some experts; right into the world of the computer hacker.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Learning Linux Binary Analysis
Credits
About the Author
Acknowledgments
About the Reviewers
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
Index

Other resources


Writing only one chapter on binary protection is not nearly comprehensive enough on its own to teach you all about this one subject. The other chapters in this book complement each other, however; when combined together, they will help you get to deeper levels of understanding. There are many good resources on this subject, some of which have already been mentioned.

One resource in particular, written by Andrew Griffith, is highly recommended for reading. This paper was written over a decade ago but describes many of the techniques and practices that are still very pertinent to the binary protectors of today:

http://www.bitlackeys.org/resources/binary_protection_schemes.pdf

This paper was followed by a talk given at a later date, and the slides can be found here:

http://2005.recon.cx/recon2005/papers/Andrew_Griffiths/protecting_binaries.pdf