There are numerous ways of concealing sensitive data and code within malicious files and programs. Fortunately, attackers use one particular XOR-based technique very frequently, because offers sufficient protection and is simple to implement. Here's a look at several tools for deobfuscating XOR-encoded data during static malware analysis.
MASTIFF is an open source framework for automating static malware analysis. This tool, created by Tyler Hudak, determines the type of file that is being analyzed and then applies only the static analysis techniques that are appropriate for that file type. MASTIFF offers a useful way for performing triage on a large set of suspicious files.
Memory analysis skills are one of the most in-demand skills for digital forensics, incident response, and malware analysts today. SANS is introducing a brand new 5-day class dedicated to Windows Memory Forensics. The hands-on course, written by memory forensics pioneer Jesse Kornblum, is incredibly comprehensive and a crucial course for any investigator who is analyzing intrusions.
SANS is offering a 10% discount off the FOR526 course for the following events: Discount Code: WINDEX
SANS Windows Memory Forensics Training (FOR526) — Knocks it out of the park!
Jesse Kornblum and Alissa Torres just finished up their first official course dedicated to Windows Memory Forensics at the SANS Institute at SANS2013 in Orlando. The course teaches key techniques used by actual practioners in the field who use it in their jobs daily -- using memory forensics to find evil and doing a great job at it. The key to this course is that like all SANS training it is not tool dependent but teaches the fundamentals that each analyst should know when responding to incidents with these skills.
SANS is offering a 10%...
Mark this date: On March 20th 2013, the non-technical managers may finally start to understand what a digital forensics professional actually does. With the massive cyber attacks on South Korean banks, media outlets, and ISPs, the role of forensicators is put front and center. The attack(s) resulted in widespread ATM outages, online banking and mobile banking offline, and tens of thousands of PCs wiped of all their data. At minimum, non-technical decision makers should finally start to understand that cyber attackers are not targeting "someone else." The attacks in South Korea had an impact on the bottom line of many South Korean firms. Since many of the same strategies for information security and incident response are used by most westernized nations, many experts agree that the attacks in South Korea are a warning sign of what could happen in the United States. We have analytical coverage of the South Korean attacks, with stories and drill downs that go beyond the...