Mastering Malware Analysis

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By Alexey Kleymenov , Amr Thabet
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  1. Section 1: Fundamental Theory

About this book

With the ever-growing proliferation of technology, the risk of encountering malicious code or malware has also increased. Malware analysis has become one of the most trending topics in businesses in recent years due to multiple prominent ransomware attacks. Mastering Malware Analysis explains the universal patterns behind different malicious software types and how to analyze them using a variety of approaches. You will learn how to examine malware code and determine the damage it can possibly cause to your systems to ensure that it won't propagate any further. Moving forward, you will cover all aspects of malware analysis for the Windows platform in detail. Next, you will get to grips with obfuscation and anti-disassembly, anti-debugging, as well as anti-virtual machine techniques. This book will help you deal with modern cross-platform malware. Throughout the course of this book, you will explore real-world examples of static and dynamic malware analysis, unpacking and decrypting, and rootkit detection. Finally, this book will help you strengthen your defenses and prevent malware breaches for IoT devices and mobile platforms. By the end of this book, you will have learned to effectively analyze, investigate, and build innovative solutions to handle any malware incidents.

Publication date:
June 2019

Section 1: Fundamental Theory

In this section, you will be introduced to the core concepts required to successfully perform the static analysis of samples for various platforms, including the basics of architectures and assembly. While you may already have some prior knowledge of the x86 family, less common architectures, such as PowerPC or SH-4, are also extensively targeted by malware nowadays, so they shouldn't be underestimated. The following chapter is included in this section:

  • Chapter 1, A Crash Course in CISC/RISC and Programming Basics

About the Authors

  • Alexey Kleymenov

    Alexey Kleymenov started working in the information security industry in his second year at university, and now has more than 10 years of practical experience at three international antivirus companies. He is an IT engineer with a strong security background and is passionate about reverse engineering, prototyping, process automation, and research. Alexey has taken part in numerous e-crime and targeted attack-related investigations, has worked on several projects that involved building machine learning classifiers to detect various types of attacks, and has developed several applications that extend the visibility of modern threats in the IoT domain. Alexey is also a member of the (ISC) organization and holds the CISSP certification.

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  • Amr Thabet

    Amr Thabet is a former malware researcher at Symantec and the founder of MalTrak. Amr has spoken at top security conferences all around the world, including DEFCON and VB Conference. He was also featured in Christian Science Monitor for his work on Stuxnet.

    Prior to that, he struggled to get into the field as he was a mechanical engineer graduate. he didn't have the budget to afford expensive certificates to prove his skills. And because of that, after his successes, he decided to be the inspiring voice to all enthusiasts starting in malware analysis. he helps students all around the world to build their expertise and most importantly, their irresistible resume to land their next malware analysis job.

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