The Different Techniques for Malware Analysis

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Today, the internet has become an indispensable part of our routine life. More and more people are relying on the online space to complete their usual personal and household tasks like paying utility bills, shopping, and much more. Similar to our physical world, there are people on the Internet with malicious intentions who try to become rich by taking advantage of legitimate users. Malware like software programs helps such people with bad intent to succeed in their goals.

Malware – An Overview

Malware is a comprehensive term for multiple types of malicious software designed by hackers for preying on online users. The words “Malicious Software” are singly coined as Malware. The present time witnesses more and more cyber attacks targetted at organizations invariable of their size. The reason for creating such illegal programs is to gain backdoor entry into computing devices for stealing confidential information, and much more.

The malware attacks are on the rise, thereby, it has become a necessity to do malware analysis to understand their types, attacking methodologies, etc. There are two types of malware analysis, Static and Dynamic. This article here discusses on such fronts:

 

What Is Malware Analysis?

Malware Analysis is the methodology for determining the purpose and functionality of a given malware sample such as viruses, worms, or Trojan horse. In order to develop effective detection techniques for malicious codes, the malware analysis plays a crucial role in the process. In addition, it is an essential aspect for developing removal tools which can effectively perform malware removal on an infected system.

In the last decade, malware analysis was performed manually by experts, it was cumbersome and time-consuming. Sadly, the numbers of malware that needed to analyzed by security vendors/experts kept increasing on a daily basis. This paved the way for effective malware analysis procedures.

What is Static Analysis?

When a software is analyzed without executing it is called static analysis. Simply put, it analyzes the malware without viewing the instructions or actual code. The techniques of static malware analysis can be implemented on various representations of a program. The tools and techniques instantly discover whether a file is of malicious intent or not. Then the information on its functionality and other technical indicators help create its simple signatures.

With the help of source code, static analysis tools can assist in finding memory corruption flaws and verify the correctness of models for a given system.

What is Dynamic Analysis?

The dynamic analysis runs malware to examine its behavior, learn its functionality and recognize technical indicators. When all these details are obtained, they are used in the detection signatures. The technical indicators revealed can include registry keys, IP addresses, file path locations, domain names, additional files found on the network or computer. In addition, it will detect and find the communication with an attacker-controlled external server. The idea to do so may involve in zeroing in on the command and control purposes or to download additional malware files. It is very similar to what many of the automated sandboxes or dynamic malware analysis engines do today.

What is Threat Analysis?

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

Comodo Valkyrie is an effective file verdict system. Unlike the traditional signature-based malware detection techniques, the Comodo Valkyrie conducts numerous investigations using run-time behavior and hundreds of features from a file. As a result, it warns users against malware undetected by classic Anti-Virus products. For more insights visit our official page!

Threat Detection Methods

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