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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What conditions can create the “Not a Valid Win32 Application” error message upon load?

I'm doing research on the PE format/Windows Loader and I am unable to locate specifics as to what creates the error "Not a valid Win32 Application" followed by a failure to load. I've tried changing ...
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Malware analysis - AntiDebugging - Malware slows down the PC while being debugged

As part of my work, I'm debugging a malware found and his behavior is pretty basic after execution: Being executed Decrypt a lot of data from memory and obtain a new PE (from memory) Create a child ...
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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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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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Unable to unpack heavly obfuscated malware

I'm trying to unpack malware packed with ConfuserEx 1.0.0 and I can't seem to get it to work. Each time I remove the anti-tamper the whole file gets corrupted. I tried all possible tools that I found ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How does this wannacry sample work?

I downloaded wannacry sample here: https://github.com/fadyosman/WannaCrySample/releases. Don't forget to enter password for archive. I figured out how most of the binary works, except the very last ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Attaching to Dalvik static function using Frida in order to disable emulator detection

I have a re-occuring issue with Frida (I'm using Frida and Frida-Server for Android x86_64 ver.: 10.6.11), where I try to hook a function and override its functionality, but for some reason I get ...
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What do malicious programs use the ESENT registry key for?

I was analyzing a piece of malware and noticed it created this registry key. hkey_local_machine\software\microsoft\ esent\process{malware file name}\debug Some googling told me that esent is just a ...
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Where can I get a good description about windows build-in exe programs like wupdmgr.exe?

I was checking the Strings for Lab01-04.exe from Practical Malware Analysis and I found wupdmgr.exe and I face this every time I search for an exe. Is there any "msdn" alike repository but for exe ...
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SysTracer by SysReveal.com clean?

SysTracer from SysReveal.com (not from www.blueproject.ro) seems to be a very nice tool for live monitoring your system and check what executable files do at your system. I saw some videos on YouTube ...
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Analysis target modifies debugging registers during initial file open in ollydbg

While opening a binary in Ollydbg, I get a warning that the debugged program has modified the debugging registers. The following entry is in the log: Address: 7749218E Modified debug registers of main ...
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Is there any technique called “DLL Replacement”?

I know a techinique is called: Process Replacement , I have searched but could not find any article about "DLL Replacement", in which malicious programs can replace a legal DLL (eg. a third party DLL) ...
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How to get Arg in Ollydbg

I am In A deep Trouble. I am New to Reverse Engineering. I am Currently Using OLLYDBG. Now, I was Trying to Crack the Password of a .exe file using Ollydbg Now, The EXE file which i was trying to ...
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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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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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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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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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IDA IDC script does not seem to work

I am trying to measure code coverage for a malware sample linked here. I am using DynamoRIO's(7.1.0-1) drcov utility to get an ASCII log. The log file is linked here. I am then using Dynapstalker to ...
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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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Bypass anti memory dump with process hacker and dump the malware?

I have a malware that has some sort of anti dumping technique, so when i dump a region of memory with process hacker it dumps a 0 byte file, i am also running the process hacker as a unrestricted user ...
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How to check in IDApython that if a call is an API/Library call or not?

I want to check for every call instruction whether its an API call or library call (statically linked that flirt recognized) The only solution i found is this : Finding all API calls in a function but ...
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How to view all of the struct member values in IDA pro?

The problem i am having in reading the struct values is that in the decompiler, when the struct is too large i cant view all the values when i hover over the structure member : Tried viewing these ...
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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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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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What is the name of this technique?

A while back, on a Linux system, I found a strange binary being executed at seemingly random times with some strange arguments, briefly appearing in ps. There was nothing to be found at the usual ...
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Does malware ever purposely embed resources to thwart resource analysis and extraction

I have been analyzing a Kazy (derp) Ramdo variant that is relatively recent and was surprised to see an access violation in resource hacker when trying to view an embedded bitmap. Is this common or ...
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2 Stage Shellcode Embedded in Doc file [Out Of Memory - Can't extract it]

So, here is the context: All start with a RTF file that has 3 objects. The first one loads a non-ASLR module "MSCOMCTL.OCX" and uses it to succed on a Heap Spray technique so it allocates enough ...
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Whether samples downloaded from virus share can execute automatically in my computer

I am doing some android malware analysis work and downloaded many android samples in virus share, but I found some of them are windows malware e.g. labeled 'win32' or something. Are these windows ...
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Aside from Assembly, should I learn C or C++?

With Malware/Virus analysis being heavily dependant on one's ability to read the the Assembly Code generated by the Disassembler... being familiar with the Assembly Language is naturally the most ...
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Is this an endless loop?

I saw this part of the code in practical malware analysis. This construct is a loop for sure, but there isn't any condition. Is this an endless loop?