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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


In this chapter, we have discussed the many benefits of automated analysis frameworks, including those offered publicly and those that require setup and hosting in your own environment. We have examined two great public examples, HybridAnalysis and Any.Run, as well as an excellent open source alternative – Cuckoo.

With the knowledge gained in this chapter, you should be able to draw your own conclusions about the benefits and drawbacks associated with utilizing automated analysis frameworks, and how valuable they can become in triage and in responding to an incident.

This chapter concludes the first half of the book, and we'll pick up in the second half with advanced static analysis, taking a deep dive into the PE file format, file metadata, and structure, among other interesting topics.

I'd encourage you to test both your knowledge of this chapter and your Cuckoo VM by utilizing the preceding question section.