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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API Hiding Issue

I'm trying to analyze a malware which is hiding API names. When I open it with CFF Explorer, except a few API like GetProcAddress, nothing appears. Basically, I know how API hiding works. I set a ...
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Modify a laptop AMI bios

I am not a reverser or a programmer, but I suspect to have a bios rootkit on my ASUS laptop. I want to reflash it with the original firmware from ASUS' site. The currently installed version is the ...
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What is the difference between malware that is 'dumped' and one that is 'unpacked'?

On malware sharing communities, I have been noticing that the samples shared are marked as unpacked or dumped. I have tried to load the dumped malware in IDAFree, however, there is nothing in the ...
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What is the best approach for using IDA's remote debugger for analyzing a sample with two VMs?

Sorry if this is a stupid question but couldnt find the answer by googling Right now I analyze a malware by using remote debugger of IDA, and i run the debugger on a isolated VM that has shared a ...
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Tools for detecting packing and encryption

I'm doing a cert in malware analysis and I'm looking for some up to date tools to automate detection of packing and encryption to aid the reversing process. I've found TitanMist however it seems ...
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How to Calculate ds Pointer

How do I calculate the location of the string in this sample located at offset 0x1CAD8? The instruction at 0x140001A97 in the sample is: 0x140001A97 F2 0F1005 39C60100 movsd xmm0, qword [rip + ...
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Malware Samples that defeats emulators by using uncommon API calls [closed]

I am looking for a few malware samples that detects sandboxes using uncommon API calls. I understand that one of the drawbacks of OS emulated sandboxes is that the malware can use uncommon API calls ...
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Unable to properly analyze a very simple C-compiled program

I'm a RE beginner and I decided to start writing my own simple code for practice. I wrote a simple code which uses a winAPI function called CreateProcess to start a calc.exe, I've wrote it in C and ...
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Recognize a decryption algorithm

I'm trying to reverse a malware that builds its IAT at runtime. Due to my inexperience, I'm having trouble to understand this function that accepts into EAX a dword (maybe some sort of hash) and into ...
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Difficulty obtaining malware traffic

I'm trying to get a particular piece of malware to beacon, and I have my box connected to remnux, with inetsim and fakedns running. Using this setup I have been able to acquire good pcap from most ...
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How to hide a process from all the methods of getting the list of processes?

So it seems that there are a lot of ways of getting the process list, although I'm not sure whether in the low level do they acquire them from same place or not so these are the ways i know : ...
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malware analysis [closed]

I tried to use process monitor to find out what program 4.exe did on my system. However, I could not find what changes were made. I believe that this program modifies some files and the registry, but ...
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Start vs WinMain()

I am trying to analyze a malicious DLL and when I loaded it in IDA, I can see two functions - DLLEntryPoint and DLLMain. I then proceeded to change the format by switching the characteristics bit that ...
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IDAPython - Find the start of an undefined code blob

I'm currently working on an IDAPython script that aims to remove various rogue-byte from the malware that I'm reversing. I'm in a case where some portions of my code contain this type of anti-...
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Cyber security student wanting to start learning reverse engineering [duplicate]

I'm really interested in learning reverse engineering. Especially in regards to malware. Any help is much appreciated What should I learn before I start to learn reverse engineering? Is learning C/...
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Reverse Engineering Android ROMS to detect malicious code

I'm working on reverse Engineering Android ROMS (Firmware you can flash onto your phone) so that I can scan them for malicious behavior. I've been looking all over the internet but unfortunately I'm ...
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Reproduce compilation (ASM) output for library detection - identifying compiler, version & options used

I want to reverse a stripped x86 sample that uses a static library. So far I could identify the library itself and narrow the version of the library used. Now I want to use Ghidra's Function ID ...
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Determine what architecture a piece of shellcode targets

After some personal research I didn't find any possible way or a paper to explain how to determine what architecture a given piece of shellcode may targets. The only obvious way I found would be to ...
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Reverse engineering .NET malware - iloveyou.exe

I have a .NET malware sample whose dynamic behavior I understand. It is also packed. de4dot identified the obfuscator as .NET Reactor, so I used de4dot to de-obfuscate it. However, after de-...
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idapython - Scan all possible code paths between start and end addresses

I have a start and end address inside a function segment. How can I step through all the possible code paths easily, including jumps, function calls, etc that occur between the start and the end point?...
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How can I extract resource images from Visual Basic 6 Malware

I am reverse engineering some malware that is written in VB6. I found this tool which tried to decompile the .exe, but I noticed that the image that is being loaded by the .exe is suspicious and I ...
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Detecting cracked Themida packed malware

I'm working in a large SOC and my manager has tasked me with finding some way to provide coverage for Themida packed malware samples. As alluring as it is to suggest just blacklisting all Themida ...
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Difficulty in debugging with dnSpy

I have a dotnet malware sample that I'm trying to debug with dnSpy. It has string obfuscation (contains function names such as BarriersBottomed, etc.) I cleaned the sample using de4dot and renamed ...
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How can I know what the executable is missing to run?

I have extracted a presence of MZ file from memory which happen to be available in virustotal ( might be a malicious executable). However, I could not run the program. It seems to have some missing ...
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Replacing a function call with it's result in a script

I'm working with a heavily obfuscated Autoit malware script and one of the major problems is that almost all variables and lines of code are obfuscated by a custom function. The problem is that this ...
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Most efficient way to begin analyzing malware binary

I'm taking a reverse engineering course and the class has just been given a big project where we have to analyze a packed malware binary. I am using a Windows 10 VM. I am a little confused on where to ...
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What's happening in the assembly main function?

I'm currently inspecting a 32-bit malware executable in a WinXP VM using IDA Pro (free version). I don't understand what's happening in the main function here. Where should I set the breakpoints (...
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what does BYTES_REVERSED_HI and BYTES_REVERSED_LO in an PE signify

How can these pe attributes be used to identify malware. I was going though a paper link at page 10 he mentioned. "BYTES_REVERSED_HI and BYTES_REVERSED_LO both make ideal candidates as a primary ...
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CreateThread returns true but thread doesn't run [closed]

I have a PE executable which uses threads to handle most of its functionality. It uses CreateThread API to spawn local threads to handle functions. The call to the CreateThread returns a valid handle ...
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Emotet invoice, what is the embedded file inside the word document

This pastebin hosts current URLs hosting the fake invoice of Emotet malware, which is the dropper part of the malware. The document is a Office Open XML, and there are two large non textual segments ...
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ida pro issue debugging issues with ntdll [closed]

I am using IDA pro to follow along a youtube video of RE from OALabs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdNQhfgoQoU&t=1575s I am facing a problem when i try to put a break point on functions in ...
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Academic journals for latest RE/Malware/Exploitation research?

I am looking for journals to keep track of the latest advances in reverse engineering, binary analysis, malware, binary exploitation, etc.
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capturing the sub processes's PID of a process

When a program is executed, some processes may be created by the parent process. Especially, if a program is malware, created (or forked or even injected) sub-processes will be named as a systemic ...
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Reverse engineering Infostealer.Dyre

I'm a newbie to malware analysis and reverse engineering in general. I got hold of a Dyre malware sample from theZoo on GitHub and I've been trying to analyze it. I've put up my analysis report here. ...
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Manually unpacking DarkTequila, stumped. Can anyone help?

The malware is packed w/ UPX - can see 0/1 in sections. Sure, I can can a tool or even use UPX -d -o flags .exe to create an unpacked copy with a >97% ratio, however I want to MANUALLY unpack it to ...
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How to convert Unexplored data in IDA Pro to code?

I am analyzing a malware, it has a lot of confusing methods, I wrote an idc script to remove confusion, use the MakeCode() function to convert some Unexplored data into code, but there are still some ...
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General unpacking of packed malware

I did a brief survey on malware unpacking and I found several theses on automated general unpacking:Eureka, PolyUnpack, omniUnpack, Malware Normalization. However, these theses are written years ago ...
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Finding a specific malware sample [closed]

I am trying to find for analysis the scuinst.exe binary (R2D2 aka Bundestrojaner), but I can not find it. Where can I find this binary?
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How can you explore behavior in malware that is not being performed?

I have a malware sample that I know is acting as a bot and connects to a botnet. The problem is that it uses no known protocol that I am familiar with (it's IRC-like) and doesn't actually do anything ...
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What location is this and what does it signify - “d:\w7rtm\minkernel\ntdll\ldrinit.c” [duplicate]

Came across this while debugging a exe. Cant find much on it anywhere so thought I'll put it up here. Any ideas as to what this could be used for? CPU Disasm Address Hex dump Command ...
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Finding a malware object inside PE file

Today my AV found an antique piece of malware called Win9X.CIH.dam. Instead of just removing it I would like to make a little research for fun. What does "data0513" exactly mean? I can't understand ...
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Decompiling DotNet2JScript malware?

I've got a .NET malware sample that was transpiled to JScript using DotNet2JScript. The .NET malware assembly was serialized to binary form using BinaryFormatter and then embedded into the JScript ...
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Identifying code that accesses encrypted overlay in PE

I’m reviewing a malware sample that stores an encrypted PE file in its overlay. I’m attempting to identify in IDA pieces of x86 that may be responsible for accessing the overlay and performing the ...
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bypassing anti-VM inside protected samples

This is a good starting point. As you know: Sandboxes and virtual environments (hypervisors) are full of artifacts that betray their analysis environment. Malware can protect itself against these by ...
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ELF .text infection test

I'm trying to implement an example of an ELF .text infection as described in "Learning Linux Binary Analysis". I'm currently having a problem where I successfully injected my data into the .text ...
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How can I export only the mnemonics from objdump (or any other program)?

I want to do an analysis with the mnemonics. I can export everything to text but I only need the last column. Any idea on how can I solve this? In other words of this output of objdump (objdump -d ...
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Dumping dll out of process

So there is executable malware, what when opened downloads dll from server or so and injects into target process. I checked properties of the target process in process hacker and clicked on .NET ...
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De-obfuscation - Emulation-oriented vs Script-oriented

What are the advantages of each method when employing de-obsfucation of potentially malicious code? I've been told to always use emulators like x86emu since it doesn't actually run the code when ...
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Test malware files in host machine?

To analyze malware files we are using virtual machine and virtual box but some of malware detect the environment and will not do its work properly. I want to know how to test malware files with out ...
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Finding OEP in a VMProtect v3.0 protected malware

I've been trying to reverse engineer a malware that has been packed with VMProtect v3.0. My first instinct was to google an automated way for this and I found a script. Unfortunately the script to ...