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What is Malware Analysis?

What is Malware?

What is Malware Analysis? – Malware Analysis is the process of identification of a malware till its verification that malware is completely removed, including observing the behavior that malware, is scoping the potential threat to a system and findings other measures.

Before explaining the malware analysis, the need for malware analysis and goal to be achived by this analytics must be defined. Security analyst and security professional at some point in their career have performed malware analyst.

The major goal of malware analysis is to gain detailed information and observe the behavior of malware, to maintain incident response and defense action to secure the organization.

Malware Analyses process start with Preparing the Testbed for analysis. Security Professional get ready a Virtual machine as a host operating system where dynamic malware analyst will be performed by executing the malware over the guest operating system. This host operating system is isolated from another network to observe the behavior of malware by quarantine the malware from the network.

After Executing a malware in a Testbed, Static and Dynamic Malware analysis are performed. Network connection is also setup later to observe the behavior using Process monitoring tools and Packet monitoring tools and debugging tools like OllyDbg and ProcDump.

Goals of Malware Analysis

Malware analyst goals are defined below:-

Types of Malware Analysis

Malware analyst is classified into two basic types.

Static Analysis

Static Analysis or Code Analysis is performed by fragmenting the resources of the binary file without executing it and study each component. Dissembler such as IDA is used to dissemble the binary file.

Dynamic Analysis

Dynamic Analyst or Behavioural Analyst is performed by executing the malware on a host and observing the behavior of the malware. These behavioral analyses are performed in a Sandbox enviorment.

Sandboxing technology helps in detection of threat in a dedicated manner in a sophisticated enviorment. During Sandboxing of a Malware, it is searched in the Intelligence database for the analyst report. It might be possible that diagnostics details are available if the threat is detected previously.

When a threat is dianosed before, its analytics are recorded for future use; it helps to diagnose now. If a match found is in the database, it helps in responding quickly.

Threat Analysis

The threat analysis is an on-going process that helps identify exemplars of malicious software. With hackers regularly reinstating network infrastructure, it is obvious to lose sight of the tools constantly being used and updated by these various actors. Beginning with malicious program family analysis, this process is centered on mapping vulnerabilities, exploits, network infrastructure, additional malware, and adversaries.

Use Cases for Malware Analysis :-

Four Stages of Malware Analysis :-

Investigating malware is a process that requires taking a few steps. These four stages form a pyramid that grows in intricacy. The closer you get to the top of the pyramid, the stages increase in complexity and the skills needed to implement them are less common. Here, we start from the bottom, and show you what goes into finding malware, every step of the way.

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