Questions tagged [malware]

Malware, a portmanteau for malicious software, is software used or created by attackers to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to computer systems.

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decoding thread context structure in x64dbg

Is there any way to decode the thread context structure returned by "GetThreadContext" and used by "SetThreadContext" in x64dbg?
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What is the meaning of SYSTEM_INFO.wProcessorLevel?

I am performing some RE on a malware sample, and they are checking the value of SYSTEM_INFO[32] which is SYSTEM_INFO.wProcessorLevel. The description MS provides is not clear to me. The malware checks ...
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Decode byte numbers into string

There is this grabber called Itroublve grabber, which a lot of people use, and I wondered what it's aes encryption key is, so I looked at the code, and I found this: Key = new byte[] { ...
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Is it possible to fake being joined to a domain in Windows 10?

I'm dealing with a malware sample from a pentest that will only execute properly if the system is a member of the target organization's Windows Active Directory domain. Rather than standing up my own ...
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Problem with analyzing malware

We have a malware that blocks all analytics software in real time. This software has blacklisted a large list of software that performs analysis (x64dbg, ida, serialport monitor, etc.) This software ...
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How to extract an AutoIT script when tools fail to extract it?

Lets say you have a Autoit malware (windows executable, autoit v3), and you want to extract the script from it. But tools such as exe2aut fail to extract it. What would you do? is there any place in ...
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Format of data in the .code/.text section

I'm attempting to dissect/disassemble a windows PE file under Linux using objdump. On surface analysis, the .code section was disassembled to : tmp.exe: file format pei-i386 Disassembly of ...
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viewing debugging symbols in windbg

I am currently learning Malware Analysis using the book "Practical Malware Analysis", and I am going along with the chapter on Kernel debugging. When viewing the same code snippet on WinDbg ...
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Capturing created and deleted files from a Java file

I am new to the malware analysis field but I do have an issue, a file I am working on creates 2 vbs files, reads from them and deletes them, this all happens in around 2 seconds. Also this is a Java ...
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Want to use win API hooking to detect wmi query string? But can't find IWbemServices::ExecQuery in fastprox.dll

I want to implement WMI query detection function using apimon plugin in sandbox https://github.com/tklengyel/drakvuf To do it,I have to get the DLL symbol file. But I can't locate the IWbemServices::...
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Understanding the basics of Reverse Engineering a segment of code

Currently trying to understand the following code and what it is doing. mov eax, 1 test eax, eax jz loc_411503 mov esi, esp call ds:_kbhit cmp esi, esp call sub_411159 test ...
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Analyzing a possibly malware sample

I am trying to analyze a possible malicious sample. It's a windows executable e3f04124e2e26f8f030f6845086875a9 Md5sum Intel 386 or later processors and compatible processors File 2464.exe 2464.exe: ...
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Anti-Reversing: Unable to patch memory/set breakpoints of process with x64, unusual memory segment

I'm working on a sample that contains packing and anti-analysis measures. Using ScyllaHide plugin for x64dbg currently with all checks enabled (not sure if this would affect anything, I've tried ...
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How to mark data as pointer to external functions in ghidra

I'm examining a piece of malware with Ghidra, and like most malware it uses LoadLibrary and GetProcAddress to dynamically load libraries and functions. GetProcAddress stores the function addresses in ...
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new to malware analysis and disassembly. dotpeek has been helpful. is this unreadable code due to SuppressIldasmAttribute?

just getting into rev engineering malware. i want to get to source on my own. i could use run.any or VT but that's no fun. any reason why this is unreadable the way it is? is it due to the module ...
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Domain Generating Algorithm

Has anyone modified a DGA and Seed? Is it difficult? I'd like to use an existing DGA and seed, alter both in my lab, deploy malware in my lab, and test so I fully understand the inner workings of how ...
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Is there any way to STOP the loop of the IDApython?

Is there any way to STOP the loop of the IDApython ? I want to stop the loop processing of IDAPython with any timing after starting the IDAPython(which contain loop function) from IDApro menu -> ...
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Windbg vs x64dbg for network analysis

I have a program that I want to perform malware analysis on. The program seems to use HTTPs with SSL pinning (my theory) and some other proprietary protocol. I want to understand what is the best tool ...
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Malware sample in hybrid-analysis.com

I've been watching great SANS Instructor John Hubbard's video in YouTube and would like to try analyze similar malware sample. The second macro-enabled doc sample can be downloaded here MD5 : ...
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Analyzing a Composite Document File V2 Document MSI Installer malware

I have a malware to analyze with md5sum - 000cbfb28e750f2e321551c03e4fe488 When I run the command on linux : file {malware-file-name} it shows : Composite Document File V2 Document, Little Endian, Os: ...
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When is a wide-character function called?

I am rather new to reversing and currently I am trying to reverse and understand one of the malware samples that seem to be used by DPRK actors to target security researchers. https://norfolkinfosec....
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CaptureBAT equivalent on Windows 10?

Hello RE community on stack ! I am a beginner, so please pardon any commonplace errors I am looking to run CaptureBAT on a Windows 10 VM, to capture network activity of different kinds of Malwares I ...
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Best way from high level software developer to malware analyst

I am a software developer with commercial experience in Python and mainly Scala working on high level programming, e.g. REST APIs, and only personal/university projects experience in C++. I would like ...
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The Knowledge of Compiler for becoming a good Reverser

I just reached the the topic of Compilers in the book "Reversing:Secrets of Reverse Engineering" So, I want to ask, is the knowledge of Compilers necessary for becoming a Malware Reverse ...
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Is there an easier way to break on a rootkit driver load, other than disassembling IopLoadDriver?

The only method i know to break on a DriverEntry of a rootkit driver when its loaded is to disassmble nt!IopLoadDriver and find an indirect call in it and break on it. Setting a break point on ...
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Using windows 10 for malware analysis

I want to ask can I use windows 10 for malware analysis, I'm asking this because I see many reversers and analysts using windows 7 for this purpose. Can anyone please guide me?
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Jumping to a specific logation for DLL injection : OllyDbg

Hypothetically, If I'm hijacking a DLL but user space is in a sandbox; upon debugging, sandbox initiates at 0x345678 and I want to move to the space before it initiates: Can I call a jmp function ...
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Shannon Entropy of Individual PE sections

Why is Shannon Entropy of individual sections always between 0-8. Also why we need to create a 256 freq array while calculating the Shannon Entropy?
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cdecl calling convention

Hello best people, my question is this example is telling me about cdecl calling convention. I have confusion that when analyzing the code in disassembly how would I recognize that this is the cdecl ...
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Is Null in Windows equal to zero?

(This question refers to assembly language.) I'm a little bit confused. I've encountered many times Windows functions that are supposed to return a Handle, and if they don't they return NULL. Why ...
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Mul(Multiplication) in x64 and in x32 assembly

I'm completely new in malware reverse engineering. I'm stuck in a confusion that, I studied that in x32, mul instruction multiplies the source with eax register and store the result as 64 bit value ...
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Why does decompiling a C++ using Snowman yield some full variable names and some obfuscated ones?

I decompiled a C++ exe file using Snowman, hoping to see if it was malware or not (Although, honestly, I have no clue how to continue that - The file is really large, and the decompilation mostly ...
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Does the operating system you use matter?

people recommend windows for reverse engineering, I don't want to install windows as a virtual machine because they are laggy and I already have windows 10 as host, is it possible to use linux vm that ...
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what is Off in IDA Pro?

probably silly question, what does Off ... means in IDA Pro? i markered the snapshot as an example.
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How can I de-obfuscate a VBScript (.vbs) file?

I have a VBScript (.vbs) file that is a malware dropper. It executes correctly in a commercial malware sandbox. but does not act the same in my manual analysis lab, and I need to figure out why. The ...
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Ransomware Source Codes [closed]

Have been searching ransomware source codes for analysis(as much as possible). I have already checked with sites like Any.Run but most of their samples are .exe and binary files. Does any one have any ...
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Disassemble and debug dynamic generated code executed via delegate in c#

I'm trying to reverse engeneer a malware using dnSpy that at some point do this: delegate IntPtr H7IREAEBYY(string path, IntPtr data); byte[] array = new byte[] { 233, 151, ... } IntPtr value ...
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Structure of operand bytes in .NET call and data access IL instructions?

I tried googling but couldn't find any good source that explains the structure of memory access instructions like ldstr and call instructions for example based on experience, the last byte of API/...
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Ways of creating a new thread on Windows

I'd like to know about every possible way how a thread can be created in a process at the lowest possible level. There are loads of WinAPI-s to create a thread, but as far as I know all of them ends ...
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Why does PE ImageBase address change in memory?

I'm reversing a malicious 32-bit x86 Windows executable. Statically reviewing PE headers in Ghidra, I see that ImageBase is set to 0x400000 as expected. However, when the binary is loaded into memory, ...
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How does an executable’s static API differ from it’s dynamic API?

Running an executable in Cuckoo sandbox gives me its dynamic API information. How do these API calls differ from their static API information (eg. If I were to just put the executable through IDA Pro ...
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How are AutoIT variable names stored after compiling it to a executable?

I need to write a yara rule for a autoit malware (the binary itself not the decompiled script) As far as i know the actual script is in the resource section in the RCData, but how can i find the bytes ...
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How to know where a sequences of bytes are used in a .NET application with Dnspy?

There are a sequence of bytes that i need to find out where are used in dnspy i tried going to hex editor and found the bytes, but right clicking and saying go to code or structure or follow reference ...
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Debugging Encrypted Malware with Multiple Threads

What is the best approach when debugging a multithreaded program that is yet to be encrypted? Where is the best place to put Breakpoints using Ollydbg?
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How to reverse engineer apks? [closed]

is it possible to reverse engineer an apk just to unlock hidden/unreleased features?
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Force debug Administrator Malware

I want to analyse a malware that do not run without administrative previliges. I know it is risky but still. How can I debug it with debugger as from entry point? Because debugger could not start ...
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Code based Yara rule

I have to write a Yara rules for malwares that is based on assember code. Suppose I have an unpacked malware sample. To avoid false positives, the selected code must be unique. Can anyone tell me ...
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Reversing Pyarmor Discussion

Anyone messing around with pyarmor recently? For those of you that are unaware of what pyarmor is, its a protection software that is to help obfuscate and protect your software. Heres an image of what ...
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Is there any way to write a IDA script that finds constant values used in all functions, no matter the instruction?

So lets say i have these type of instructions in functions : x == constant value x = constant value x > constant value no matter if its just an assignment or compare or anything, i want to get the ...
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Malware attempting to move a value into $zero in MIPS?

Recently I have been trying to reverse engineer an IoT malware called NyaDrop using IDA. There I came across this mysterious assignment a few times. addiu $zero, 0xA as well as move $at, $at ...

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