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Advanced static analysis

In this course, you’ll explore advanced static analysis.

    Syllabus

  • Using IDA Pro Video — 00:17:53
    • Demonstrate IDA Pro to gain basic knowledge of the various windows and shortcuts that will be used in IDA Pro.

  • What is advanced static analysis Video — 00:02:45
    • Define advanced static analysis to include an overview of x86 assembly and tools used.

  • Analyzing functions Video — 00:12:49
    • Demonstrate analysis of a sample malware’s functions in assembly to understand malicious activity that occurs.

  • Identifying C code constructs Video — 00:13:02
    • Identify various C code constructs such as loops, if/else statements, case switches and local/global variables in assembly.

  • x86 assembly Video — 00:08:23
    • An overview of the x86 assembly language.

  • Analyzing imports and exports Video — 00:34:10
    • Demonstrate cross-referencing imports and exports in IDA to find and identify malicious activity in a piece of malware.

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Course description

Advanced static analysis gives us a deeper dive into a malicious file. It includes looking at the malicious file’s assembly code to better understand the malware’s functionality and behavior. You will learn to better understand x86 assembly, identify many C code constructs in assembly and identify malicious functions in a 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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