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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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 ...
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Rootkit.Fileless.MTGen Reverse Engineering

Has anyone tried seeing what's inside of this malware? It ended up on one of our work machines. I copied the files to a thumb drive before setting the machine up for reimaging. Though the AV software ...
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Which RE tool is missing?

I am analyzing a malware at the moment which scans for a lot of filenames and ClassNames to recognize if it is under supervision or not. My problem is, that all the filenames and ClassNames are ...
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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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ELF64 Reflective Loading [closed]

I'm looking for an ELF64 reflective loader, so I can download an ELF and execute it without saving to disk? Is anyone able to point me at one please? Or a clear one for ELF32 so I can translate? ...
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Pyemu - cannot use PEPyEmu() module, Python

I want to run code from Gray Hat Python book for upx_unpacker. I have downloaded PyEmu, but when I run script I got this error: AttributeError: PEPyEmu instance has no attribute 'load' My script use ...
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Malware static rules? [closed]

Is there any sites to get static rules to detect malware files? static behavior rules for detecting malware files. Thanks in advance.
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Configuring a C&C for a RAT [closed]

Where would I start when needing to configure a command and control server for a RAT? So that my dynamic analysis can be more complete. Note: I have been to the topics section of this stack exchange....
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Composition of a Binary File trouble [closed]

I am working with some malware samples and I need to determine if one of them is primarily composed of 32-bit Intel Code. This would seem easy as I can just check the metadata describing it as a 32-...
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How to unpack and decrypt malware? [duplicate]

Recently I have been working on reverse engineering of binary samples and executables of known malware. Most of them have been packed or encrypted. And to reach the actual data or part of the program ...
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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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Analysing malware in a real environment (non-virtual environment)

I have analysed malware previously using Cuckoo Sandbox, however, I've seen that some malware won't run as they detect they are actually running in a virtual environment (they implement some anti-...
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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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I'm would like to view this malicious payload, but am having trouble decoding it

This is a gzip compressed base64 string. I tried decoding it with an online converter but it said the data was corrupt. Can anyone decode this? H4sIAAAAAAAAAL1X6W6jyBb+...
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Resolve Addresses To Function Names

I have a malware sample that wraps LoadLibrary & GetProcAddress duo to dynamically resolve functions. After this wrapper is called the value stored in eax(which is the function name)immediately ...
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What are the overall features used in static analysis of malware? Is file property among the features used in static analysis of malware?

I was looking at the paper: "Improved Detection for Advanced Polymorphic Malware" by James Fraley who claimed to have used static, dynamic and file properties for increased malware detection. But is ...
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Reversing Self-Modifying Malware

recently i got my hands on one sample that self-modifies its .text section. So, I placed a breakpoint on .text section on write operation and then continued. I found out that it zeroes out 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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How can I dynamically debug a malicious DLL? [duplicate]

English isn't my first language, So I will do my best ) I am trying to analyze some malware NotPetya and I can run the malware by running : rundll32.exe notpetya.dll #1 I am using Olly and trying ...
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How to detect overlay data in RTF files?

How to detect overlay data in RTF files? When officemalscanner says it detected overlay data, what does that mean ? Is overlay data specific to malicious files ?
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Getting Xrefs to Windows Library Functions in IDA Pro

Ok so let's say that a program obfuscated its IAT and i can't see it in IDA Pro. In OllyDbg there is a plugin where you press Ctrl+G you can search for a library function and set a breakpoint even ...
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Packed PE file and weird Header

I'm new to reverse engineering, so I don't know if my question will be easy or not. Right now I have an exe file, but it seems packed. In the hex Dump I do have the followings : 000003d0: 0055 5058 ...
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How tools like PEiD find out the compiler and its version.

How tools like PEiD and CFF explorer find out the compiler and its version. I am analyzing a executable file. Which shows: Borland Delphi 3.0 But the section names .text .rsrc. Which is usually ...
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Manual unpacking petya ransom [closed]

I want to manually unpack red Petya ransomware. I used Ollydbg for unpacking and set breakpoint on VirtualAlloc to see the "MZ" header in memory dump, and saved it to a file. But the saved file is not ...
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How can I export only the opcodes from objdump (or any other program)

I have multiple malware files, I want to do an analysis with the opcodes. Im able to export everything to text but I only need the middle column. Any idea on how can I solve this? In other words of ...
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Information about packers

i was trying to search for some information about packers just to learn more about it, there is a lot of stuff out there but its hard to find something that really explain that good and clear, I would ...
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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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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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VBA code detection in MS office documents

So, lately I've been working on a project involving malware which gets spread via MS Office documents and, among other things, I need to detect the VBA code in appropriate document streams. I've read ...
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Extracting embedded dlls from .NET executable

I have a .NET executable that apparently has some embedded DLLs. It's just one standalone executable. I opened this executable with JetBrains dotPeek and ILSPY, both decomiplier are showing DLL names ...
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What PE anomalies can crash the Windows Loader or cause a file to not load?

I do malware analysis on Windows. I run hundreds of Windows PEs per day and it is actually relatively common for a file to not run (or sometimes not run on just one specific version of Windows) and I ...
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Likely malicous Javascript-interested in how it works

Got this interesting bit of code compressed in an email named "Install-MSOffice365-WebView-Plugin-Update-0.165.11a.exe.js" that is undoubtedly malicous, but was curious what it does and am not much of ...
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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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Automated Static Unpacking Binaries

I am reading the paper Automatic Static Unpacking of Malware Binaries (Kevin Coogan et al.) with the goal of trying to reproduce the given experimental results (with Hybris-C, MyDoom.q, tElock, etc), ...
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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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SWF flash analysis

An SWF file was recently detected by Windows Defender as SWF/Meadgive. I uploaded a sample to VT and only Microsoft flagged it as malicious. As of today's signatures I am not seeing any further ...
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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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Is there any websites to get malware files using YARA rules?

I want to know, Is there any websites which has malware files (Windows OS) that are detected by YARA rules? Note: I know some websites to get android malware samples using YARA. But, I need Windows ...
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how to overcome setunhandledexceptionfilter in ollyDebugger?

I am debugging a malware sample which is using setunhandledexceptionfilter() for anti-debugging. I don't know how to handle this. Can you guys please explain the setunhandledexceptionfilter() anti-...
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Need help in understanding the code of a “Malicious” file [closed]

I'm testing a malware sample : hxxps://www.virustotal.com/en/file/55f4cc0f9258efc270aa5e6a3b7acde29962fe64b40c2eb36ef08a7a1369a5bd/analysis/ This is a malicious executable file. When executed in ...
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DGA(Domain Generation Algorithm) based malware files

Where i can get DGA (Domain Generation Algorithm) based malware files for analysis? And,Can I get malware family names which is using Domain Generation Algorithm?
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Safe way to download a malware payload?

I'm trying to analyze a piece of malware that is most-likely a downloader. During dynamic analysis on an isolated VM network, Wireshark registered a GET request to a server for what I believe is the ...
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How to debug malware that injects itself into another process?

I am kind of new in the field of reverse engineering, so sorry if it is a silly question. I have to analyse some malwares for my bachelor thesis and I am currently trying to reverse engineer a ...
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Can't debug a service

I am working on Lab11-03 in "Practical Malware Analysis" book. The malware I am analyzing trojanized the file cisvc.exe which is the indexing service in Windows XP. After that the malware ...
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sandbox for analyzing network traffic

I am in search of looking an open source sandbox that has the following features: - route my network traffic to the sandbox for analysis - perform analysis on network traffic to detect malicious ...
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Where can I get systematic problems and solutions for debugging?

I know PEFile headers, assembly language, and other basic stuff. I am looking for some site or book which systematically teaches me debugging and reversing. Something like "Let us C" for C language. ...
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What is Executable Compression? [closed]

I don't know whether this is the right place for this question or this question is too basic. I was reading Antivirus Hacker's Handbook, where they talked a bit about software packers, protectors, ...
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Reverse Engineer an iOS MP4 Bug [duplicate]

Recently I came across and malformed mp4 that when played on the iPhone would crash the device. I am trying to figure out which bits are specifically responsible for the crash. I am wondering if ...