SANS Digital Forensics and Incident Response Blog: Category - Malware Analysis

Is OllyDbg Version 2 Ready for Malware Analysis?

Many malware reverse-engineers consider OllyDbg a valuable part of their toolkit. The latest version 1 release of this powerful debugger has been showing its age. Fortunately, version 2.01 seems to be sufficiently mature to start displacing its predecessor as part of the malware analysis workflow. Here's what you can expect when starting to experiment with OllyDbg version 2.01. Continue reading Is OllyDbg Version 2 Ready for Malware Analysis?


Dealing with ASLR When Analyzing Malware on Windows 8.1

If you're migrating your malware lab from Windows XP, watch out for the forced ASLR feature of the operating system, especially when using Windows 8.1. ASLR is good for security, but it complicates malware analysis efforts. IDA Pro, OllyDbg, UPX and other tools could get confused. Here is how to get around these issues. Continue reading Dealing with ASLR When Analyzing Malware on Windows 8.1


Case Leads: A Forensicator's take on BlackHat/DefCon/BSides

It's been a busy time in digital forensics and incident response (DFIR). Every summer, for over 20 years, infosec and forensicators and old school hackers have gathered in Las Vegas. A mixture of very deep tech talks, trainings, and technology oriented distractions "flood the zone" in Las Vegas. Close to 15-20,000 people were in Las … Continue reading Case Leads: A Forensicator's take on BlackHat/DefCon/BSides


Reverse-Engineering Malware Course Expanded to Include Capture-the-Flag Challenges

SANS expanded the Reverse-Engineering Malware course (FOR610) to include a day's worth of capture-the flag malware analysis challenges. The challenges are built upon the NetWars tournament platform and are designed to reinforce the skills learned earlier in the course by experimenting with real-world malware. You can get a sneak peak at the new experience. Continue reading Reverse-Engineering Malware Course Expanded to Include Capture-the-Flag Challenges


When Cases Involve SSNs and Credit Card Data: "Sensitive Data Search and Baseline" Python Script

A key component of any investigation is the type of data exfiltrated. If sensitive data is on a compromised machine, risk is increased significantly. Also, there is a patch work of legislation covering various types of data which is considered sensitive (http://www.reyrey.com/regulations/). In general, social security and credit card numbers are at the top of … Continue reading When Cases Involve SSNs and Credit Card Data: "Sensitive Data Search and Baseline" Python Script