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Practical Malware Analysis: The Hands-On Guide to Dissecting Malicious Software

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Malware analysis is big business. Not only is it a lucrative, rapidly growing discipline, but attacks can cost a company dearly. As a security professional, you can't effectively respond to intrusions without being able to analyze malware. When malware breaches your defenses or a client drops a freshly minted piece of malware into your inbox, you need to act quickly to und ...more
Kindle Edition, 800 pages
Published February 22nd 2012 by No Starch Press (first published July 15th 2011)
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Takedown
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written by Mandiant experts, this is THE BOOK to read if you interested in malware analysis and reverse engineering. Practical, concise and easy to read, it assumes no prior knowledge and will get you started even if you are a complete beginner.
Erik Moore
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While outdated in terms of the labs and operating system, there is no better text for introducing malware analysis to the uninitiated. The authors dive in with you, carefully unfolding each layer of investigation, building on knowledge rapidly, and providing enabling outcomes that build confidence. The span of coverage from entropy analysis and disassembly analysis to Internet simulation and kernel debugging, allow the reader to develop a workable toolset. The move to RegEx and profile developme ...more
Jaynie Shorb
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lot of the book shows its age, but it is packed with very useful information

The attack examples were useful. A lot of information about Windows and the analysis techniques used to examine the malware.
Dgg32
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: programming
One of the few book about the reverse engineering of malware. The scarcity alone makes the book worth reading.
Dudley Grant
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Excellent and example-driven.
Raja R
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
very helpful ! spending some quality time reverse engineering
Meredith
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cybersecurity
RTFM. This is canon M.
Scott Holstad
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: technology, favorites
Very solid.
Freddie Barr-Smith
Very, very good, the standard introductory text for people getting into malware analysis.
Tim
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
amazing
Trisha Ganesh
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was extremely informative. I'm yearning to read more books relating to Malware Analysis. ...more
Sveatoslav Persianov
It is a must read for those who want to get into malware analysis. Some of the samples described in the book are very old, however the principles of reversing/analysis still apply.
Hugh Smalley
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

For those who want to stay ahead of the latest malware, Practical Malware Analysis will teach you the tools and techniques used by professional analysts. With this book as your guide, you'll be able to safely analyze, debug, and disassemble any malicious software that comes your way.



Malware analysis is big business, and attacks can cost a company dearly. When malware breaches your defenses, you need to act quickly to cure current infections and prevent future ones from occurring.


For those who w

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Sasha
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Took Michael Sikorski's class on malware analysis. This book perfectly complements the course (surprise!). It lays out the material in a very logical and clear way, with a heavy emphasis on practice rather than theory. That's not to say it skimps on explanations of the inner workings of the malware, it just approaches everything from a very practical standpoint. (Again, big shocker, given the title.)

The book is sectioned in order of how one would actually go about performing malware analysis:
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Jon
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: programming
I used this book for a malware analysis class and I really enjoyed it. The content is presented in a clear manner and is kept interesting throughout. It even managed to teach me the basics of assembly language.

The "secret sauce" of this book, however, is the lab projects. You can download from their website files that you then analyze following the guidance in lab section present in most chapters. At the end of the book there are quick answers as well as a longer and more detailed explanation f
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sine
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, dev-security
Actually, this book does not only teach you how to stick with malware, but also a lot of reverse engineering stuffs and tricks, required in any RCE projects. Very clear explanation, after reading the book and finishing all the exams, it was quite easy to dissect real malware with a broad complexity, for example FinFisher.
Graziano Misuraca
Fanstatic. Every lab is worth doing.
Bintnoor
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book explains the malware in clear and excellent manner
Courtney
Best book on malware analysis currently out there.
عَبدُالكَرِيمْ
A must read. You defiantly want to read this book if you want to enter the reverse engineering world.
Wolfgang Barthel
One of the best all in one books about malware and reverse engineering in that section!
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