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Malware Analysis Techniques

By : Dylan Barker
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Malware Analysis Techniques

By: Dylan Barker

Overview of this book

Malicious software poses a threat to every enterprise globally. Its growth is costing businesses millions of dollars due to currency theft as a result of ransomware and lost productivity. With this book, you'll learn how to quickly triage, identify, attribute, and remediate threats using proven analysis techniques. Malware Analysis Techniques begins with an overview of the nature of malware, the current threat landscape, and its impact on businesses. Once you've covered the basics of malware, you'll move on to discover more about the technical nature of malicious software, including static characteristics and dynamic attack methods within the MITRE ATT&CK framework. You'll also find out how to perform practical malware analysis by applying all that you've learned to attribute the malware to a specific threat and weaponize the adversary's indicators of compromise (IOCs) and methodology against them to prevent them from attacking. Finally, you'll get to grips with common tooling utilized by professional malware analysts and understand the basics of reverse engineering with the NSA's Ghidra platform. By the end of this malware analysis book, you’ll be able to perform in-depth static and dynamic analysis and automate key tasks for improved defense against attacks.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Section 1: Basic Techniques
Section 2: Debugging and Anti-Analysis – Going Deep
Section 3: Reporting and Weaponizing Your Findings
Section 4: Challenge Solutions

Installing and using Cuckoo Sandbox

As we have seen, public analysis tools are incredibly useful, and provide a wealth of information, though not every tool provides the same information. One weakness of public sandboxing utilities and public analysis tooling in general lies within the classification: they are public.

Because these tools are public, it is possible for either the owner of the sandbox or the community at large to access samples that may contain valuable internal information related to your employer's environment.

As a result of this, many companies prefer to not submit malware samples to public sandboxes and have instead elected to build their own sandboxing platform with the open source software Cuckoo, which is available for macOS, Linux, and Android. The Cuckoo platform consists of a *nix server, and a customized, vulnerable Windows 7 VM that will be spun up on demand in order to detonate malware.

In the next few sections, we'll examine what the...