Malware Analyst's Cookbook: Tools and Techniques for Fighting Malicious Code

  • 10h
  • Blake Hartstein, Matthew Richard, Michael Hale Ligh, Steven Adair
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2011

A computer forensics "how-to" for fighting malicious code and analyzing incidents

With our ever-increasing reliance on computers comes an ever-growing risk of malware. Security professionals will find plenty of solutions in this book to the problems posed by viruses, Trojan horses, worms, spyware, rootkits, adware, and other invasive software. Written by well-known malware experts, this guide reveals solutions to numerous problems.

  • Security professionals face a constant battle against malicious software; this practical manual will improve your analytical capabilities and provide dozens of valuable and innovative solutions
  • Covers classifying malware, packing and unpacking, dynamic malware analysis, decoding and decrypting, rootkit detection, memory forensics, open source malware research, and much more
  • Includes generous amounts of source code in C, Python, and Perl to extend your favorite tools or build new ones, and custom programs on the DVD to demonstrate the solutions

Malware Analyst's Cookbook is indispensible to IT security administrators, incident responders, forensic analysts, and malware researchers.

About the Authors

Michael Hale Ligh is a malicious code analyst at Verisign iDefense and Chief of Special Projects at MNIN Security.

Steven Adair is a member of the Shadowserver Foundation and frequently analyzes malware and tracks botnets. He also investigates cyber attacks of all kinds with an emphasis on those linked to cyber espionage.

Blake Hartstein is the author of multiple security tools and a Rapid Response Engineer at Verisign iDefense, where he responds to malware incidents.

Matthew Richard has authored numerous security tools and also ran a managed security service for banks and credit unions.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • On the Book's DVD
  • Anonymizing Your Activities
  • Honeypots
  • Malware Classification
  • Sandboxes and Multi-AV Scanners
  • Researching Domains and IP Addresses
  • Documents, Shellcode, and URLs
  • Malware Labs
  • Automation
  • Dynamic Analysis
  • Malware Forensics
  • Debugging Malware
  • De-obfuscation
  • Working with DLLs
  • Kernel Debugging
  • Memory Forensics with Volatility
  • Memory Forensics—Code Injection and Extraction
  • Memory Forensics—Rootkits
  • Memory Forensics—Network and Registry


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