SANS Digital Forensics and Incident Response Blog: Category - Windows IR

Protecting Privileged Domain Accounts: Restricted Admin and Protected Users

It's been a while since I've written about this topic, and in that time, there have been some useful security updates provided by Microsoft, as well as some troubling developments with Microsoft's Kerberos implementation. In order to fully cover these topics, I'm going to split the discussion into two articles. This article will cover specific … Continue reading Protecting Privileged Domain Accounts: Restricted Admin and Protected Users


Using Sysinternals System Monitor (Sysmon) in a Malware Analysis Lab

System Monitor (Sysmon) is a new tool from Microsoft, designed to run in the Windows system's background, logging details related to process creation, network connections, and changes to file creation time. This information can assist in troubleshooting and forensic analysis of the host where the tool was installed prior to the incident that's being investigated. This article explores the role that System Monitor might play in a malware analysis lab, possibly supplementing tools such as Process Monitor. Continue reading Using Sysinternals System Monitor (Sysmon) in a Malware Analysis Lab


SRP Streams in MS Office Documents Reveal Earlier Versions of Malicious Macros

SRP streams in Microsoft Office documents can reveal older versions of VBA macro code used by the adversary in earlier attacks. After the attacker modifies the malicious document for a new attack, Microsoft Office sometimes retains a cache of the earlier macro inside these streams, allowing analysts to expand their understanding of the incident and derive valuable threat intelligence. In other words, SRP streams can help investigators travel back in time. Continue reading SRP Streams in MS Office Documents Reveal Earlier Versions of Malicious Macros


HeartBleed Links, Simulcast, etc.

At SANS 2014 last night, I gave a quick briefing on the HeartBleed vulnerability that impacts the security of the Internet. I wanted to post a few links in the interim (until the webcast itself is published, which I'm told will be by 3PM EDT). The slides are available here. I have built a server … Continue reading HeartBleed Links, Simulcast, etc.


Signature Detection with CrowdResponse

CrowdResponse is a free tool written by Robin Keir from CrowdStrike. Robin has a long history of developing excellent tools for the community including SuperScan, BinText, Fpipe, and CrowdInspect. The goal of CrowdResponse is to provide a lightweight solution for incident responders to perform signature detection and triage data collection. It supports all modern Windows … Continue reading Signature Detection with CrowdResponse