Advanced Dynamic Analysis

This course will help the student get to grips with advanced dynamic analysis.

8 videos  //  153 minutes of training

Course description

A complete understanding of a malicious file can be best achieved during advanced dynamic analysis. This course includes an overview of the x86 architecture and the use of a debugger to analyze malicious code. You will learn to step through the assembly code of a malware sample, set breakpoints and analyze malware in-depth. Advanced dynamic analysis also includes using a debugger to analyze functions for encoding and encryption throughout a malware sample and manually unpacking a packed malware sample.

Course syllabus

What is Advanced Dynamic Analysis?Duration: 14:41

Define advanced dynamic analysis, procedures and tools used.

Memory Usage While DebuggingDuration: 6:43

An overview of memory used while debugging malware

Debugging Basics - Reverse EngineeringDuration: 21:12

Demonstrate the use of a debugger.

BreakpointsDuration: 4:44

An overview of the usage of breakpoints and why they are important for debugging malware

Using BreakpointsDuration: 14:21

Demonstrate setting and using breakpoints to analyze malware.

Debugging MalwareDuration: 42:46

Demonstrate debugging a piece of malware.

Identifying Encoding/Encryption in MalwareDuration: 36:36

Demonstrate identifying and analyzing encoding and encryption routines within malware.

Manual Unpacking of MalwareDuration: 11:59

Demonstrate manual unpacking of a packed piece of malware using UPX.

Meet the author



Carolyn has been a malware reverse engineer for over nine years. She initially gained her reverse-engineering skill set in the US Navy, conducting malware analysis for defensive purposes, incident response and enabling exploitation operations. She is proficient at analyzing various types of binaries and working with many malware analysis tools and programming languages such as x86 assembly, C, C++ and Python. She also has three years’ experience as a computer forensic analyst conducting analysis on various media devices in search of malicious intrusions.

Carolyn has taken numerous malware reverse-engineering courses, at levels from beginner to advanced. She has also created numerous malware analysis training pipelines. She has her Bachelor of Science degree in computer networks and cybersecurity from the University of Maryland Global Campus, and has been SANS GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM)-certified since 2015.

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