i have found the following code sequence in a sample which I try to analyze:

push offset LibFileName ;    "KERNEL32.DLL"
call LoadLibraryA
mov esi, eax
test esi, esi
jz short loc_40EDF2
lea edx, [ebp+var_108]
mov eax, offset aUmehyJ ; "UmehyJ{j"
push eax                ; lpProcName
push esi                ; hModule
call GetProcAddress_0

So, I know what the combination of LoadLibrary and GetProcAddress does. But what I do not understand is the following line:

mov eax, offset aUmehyJ ; "UmehyJ{j"

I would say that the process name is somehow encrypted. I searched a little bit and read that XOR-encryption in combination with a loop is frequently used in malware. So, I let IDA PRO search all occurences of a XOR and try to locate of course those with a register-immediate combination, for example xor eax, 12h. But I could not find something like this.

After that, I have read that Base64 encoding is also used in malware. So, I type the string "UmehyJ{j" in a online Base64 decoder tool ( http://www.opinionatedgeek.com/dotnet/tools/base64decode/ ) but without success.

So, now I am at a point where I do not know how I should make the next steps. Because of that, I hope somebody can help me.

best regards,

1 Answer 1


Yes, the function name appears to be encrypted.

You can double-click on aUmehyJ in IDA to see cross-references to the "UmehyJ{j" string: http://resources.infosecinstitute.com/ida-cross-references-xrefs/

This will allow you to find what code in the program decrypts the string before it is passed to GetProcAddress().

Alternatively, you can open your target in a debugger and place a memory-write hardware-breakpoint on the first byte of the "UmehyJ{j" string and wait for the breakpoint to be hit. This will allow you to find the code that decrypts the string.

  • yes, I have tried that, too. I marked "offset UmehyJ{j" and click Strg+X to get the cross-reference list of offset UmehyJ{j , but in the list the mentioned line with mov eax, offset UmehyJ{j is the only place where that string appears. There is no other reference to it. Oct 31, 2014 at 18:58
  • Thanks for your comment. I've updated my answer above with an alternative approach. Oct 31, 2014 at 19:03
  • hahaha...sometimes I could beat myself for my stupidity. I opened the program with ollydbg, go to mentioned place and then I see that ollydbg shows me the real name of the process. It is "RegisterServiceProcess". But thanks for your advice with the breakpoint. I´ve perceived it. Oct 31, 2014 at 19:26
  • @user3097712 It's not process, it's address of the procedure. See on MSDN
    – 0xec
    Nov 1, 2014 at 14:55

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