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The Art of Computer Virus Research and Defense (Symantec Press) Paperback – 3 Feb 2005

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  • Paperback: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 01 edition (3 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321304543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321304544
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 4.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"Of all the computer-related books I've read recently, this one influenced my thoughts about security the most. There is very little trustworthy information about computer viruses. Peter Szor is one of the best virus analysts in the world and has the perfect credentials to write this book."

―Halvar Flake, Reverse Engineer, SABRE Security GmbH

Symantec's chief antivirus researcher has written the definitive guide to contemporary virus threats, defense techniques, and analysis tools. Unlike most books on computer viruses, The Art of Computer Virus Research and Defense is a reference written strictly for white hats: IT and security professionals responsible for protecting their organizations against malware. Peter Szor systematically covers everything you need to know, including virus behavior and classification, protection strategies, antivirus and worm-blocking techniques, and much more.

Szor presents the state-of-the-art in both malware and protection, providing the full technical detail that professionals need to handle increasingly complex attacks. Along the way, he provides extensive information on code metamorphism and other emerging techniques, so you can anticipate and prepare for future threats.

Szor also offers the most thorough and practical primer on virus analysis ever published―addressing everything from creating your own personal laboratory to automating the analysis process. This book's coverage includes

  • Discovering how malicious code attacks on a variety of platforms

  • Classifying malware strategies for infection, in-memory operation, self-protection, payload delivery, exploitation, and more

  • Identifying and responding to code obfuscation threats: encrypted, polymorphic, and metamorphic

  • Mastering empirical methods for analyzing malicious code―and what to do with what you learn

  • Reverse-engineering malicious code with disassemblers, debuggers, emulators, and virtual machines

  • Implementing technical defenses: scanning, code emulation, disinfection, inoculation, integrity checking, sandboxing, honeypots, behavior blocking, and much more

  • Using worm blocking, host-based intrusion prevention, and network-level defense strategies


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About the Author

Peter Szor is security architect for Symantec Security Response, where he has been designing and building antivirus technologies for the Norton AntiVirus product line since 1999. From 1990 to 1995, Szor wrote and maintained his own antivirus program, Pasteur. A renowned computer virus and security researcher, Szor speaks frequently at the Virus Bulletin, EICAR, ICSA, and RSA conferences, as well as the USENIX Security Symposium. He currently serves on the advisory board of Virus Bulletin magazine, and is a founding member of the AVED (AntiVirus Emergency Discussion) network.


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I am a home user of intermediate ability and this book was clearly intended for computer experts.

When I bought this book, I knew absolutly nothing about computer viruses.

I probably only understood about 20% of this book, but I still managed to give myself a good outline understanding of the subject.

I am thoroughly pleased with what I have learned from this book.
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There are already several customer reviews on the Amazon USA site: all 5 stars and with good reason - this book is *really* excellent. Anyone with an
interest in computer security - and these days that should mean most IT professionls - should order this book now ! It is very readable and appears to be detailed and accurate techically, In addition it has been well typeset and produced by the publisher.
[My Rating: Content 10/10, Production 10/10, Value For Money 10/10]
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's pretty dated these days 2 Nov. 2015
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It's pretty dated these days, but it's still a highly informative read about virus developments over time and the tools of the defender, the anti-virus industry. Even shows how to analyze malware. x86 assembly language knowledge is needed to understand the code snippets.

If you want something more up to date, try Practical Malware Analysis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Though dated still the most complete text on the subject ... 30 Mar. 2015
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Though dated still the most complete text on the subject. With very little trouble one should be able to supplement this with resources from the net (For example, you might want to investigate the use of Hidden Markov Models in the detection of Metamorphic Engines and how to defeat these )
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and clear guidebook 29 May 2016
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Powerful and clear guidebook, essential for understanding threats and countermeasures.
5.0 out of 5 stars Learned something 27 Dec. 2013
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For those of you who are proficient in computers this is the book for you. It will teach you how to make a good antivirus program. It is very informative and well written!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 Dec. 2014
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phenominal read, although getting a bit dated
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