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Advanced dynamic analysis

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

    Syllabus

  • Debugging malware Video — 00:42:46
    • Demonstrate debugging a piece of malware.

  • Breakpoints Video — 00:04:44
    • An overview of the usage of breakpoints and why they are important for debugging malware.

  • Memory usage while debugging Video — 00:06:43
    • An overview of memory used while debugging malware.

  • Identifying encoding/encryption in malware Video — 00:36:38
    • Demonstrate identifying and analyzing encoding and encryption routines within malware.

  • Using breakpoints Video — 00:14:21
    • Demonstrate setting and using breakpoints to analyze malware.

  • Debugging basics Video — 00:21:12
    • Demonstrate the use of a debugger.

  • What is advanced dynamic analysis Video — 00:14:41
    • Define advanced dynamic analysis, procedures and tools used.

  • Manual unpacking of malware Video — 00:11:59
    • Demonstrate manual unpacking of a packed piece of malware using UPX.

Syllabus

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.

Meet the author

In addition to being an Infosec instructor, Denise Duffy teaches computer forensics worldwide to European law enforcement through the European Anti-Fraud Office. During her 25-year career at the Middletown Police Department, Denise underwent extensive training in specialized computer and mobile device forensics, including widespread access data courses, multiple IACIS trainings, U.S. Secret Service Training at the National Computer Forensics Institute, BlackBag Technologies Training, many National White Collar Crime (NW3C) courses, an X-Ways online course and considerable Internet Crimes Against Children Training (ICAC) courses.

Denise currently holds the following certifications: CFCE (Certified Forensic Computer Examiner), CCFE (Certified Computer Forensics Examiner), CMFE (Certified Mobile Forensics Examiner) and CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker). She is most proud of her two sons who joined the U.S. Military, as Denise is a Desert Shield/Desert Storm veteran herself.

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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