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Malware Forensics: Investigating and Analyzing Malicious Code Paperback – 8 Aug 2008
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Details the complete process of responding to a malicious code incident
"Malware Forensics: Investigating and Analyzing Malicious Code" covers the emerging and evolving field of 'live forensics', where investigators examine a computer system to collect and preserve critical live data that may be lost if the system is shut down. Unlike other forensic texts that discuss 'live forensics' on a particular operating system, or in a generic context, this book emphasizes a live forensics and evidence collection methodology on both Windows and Linux operating systems in the context of identifying and capturing malicious code and evidence of its effect on the compromised system."Malware Forensics: Investigating and Analyzing Malicious Code" also devotes extensive coverage of the burgeoning forensic field of physical and process memory analysis on both Windows and Linux platforms. This book provides clear and concise guidance as to how to forensically capture and examine physical and process memory as a key investigative step in malicious code forensics. Prior to this book, competing texts have described malicious code, accounted for its evolutionary history, and in some instances, dedicated a mere chapter or two to analyzing malicious code.Conversely, "Malware Forensics: Investigating and Analyzing Malicious Code" emphasizes the practical 'how-to' aspect of malicious code investigation, giving deep coverage on the tools and techniques of conducting runtime behavioral malware analysis (such as file, registry, network and port monitoring) and static code analysis (such as file identification and profiling, strings discovery, armoring/packing detection, disassembling, debugging), and more.In this book, authors have investigated and prosecuted federal malware cases, which allows them to provide unparalleled insight to the reader. It is the first book to detail how to perform 'live forensic' techniques on malicous code. In addition to the technical topics discussed, this book also offers critical legal considerations addressing the legal ramifications and requirements governing the subject matter. See all Product description
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For a positive this book does cover a lot more than traditional windows hard disk forensics. It has methodologies for Windows and Linux Based incident response, Live Analysis, Memory analysis and hard disk analysis.
This should really be worthy of 3.5 stars but as its not worth 4 I'm sticking with 3.
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I imagine that code-savvy investigators probably don't need to read Malware Forensics. However, this is not a book for newbies. The target audience includes those doing intrusion analysis on Windows and Linux who want to focus directly on examining malicious code. An investigator whose world revolves around reviewing hard drives with EnCase will probably not understand Malware Forensics. An investigator who needs guidance on identifying and then understanding malware will definitely like this book.
The front cover emphasizes the book's "practical, hands-on" nature. I admit that I tried to follow along in many parts, usually by retrieving various Windows tools to try on malware caught in my spam folder. I do not expect the reader to become an expert in any one area of analysis, but I do applaud the authors for exposing readers to just about every aspect of malware analysis you might expect. The book uses large and small cases, multiple sample analyses, and extensive tool output to guide readers. Even the legal chapter covers the questions most of us are likely to ask.
Furthermore, how often does one read an introduction (through p xxxvi) that is educational? I loved the points about DNA tests destroying evidence and the discussion of what is "forensically sound" on p xxv, and the mention of "evidence dynamics" on p xxvi. I got the sense the authors were real forensics experts, not strictly malware geeks. The citing of non-infosec sources when making points showed me they understood the big picture (p xxxi). They also cited their tools with footnotes and URLs, and included chapter end-notes.
I found very little to complain about in this book. I noticed awkward placement of commas in chapters 3 and 8. A copyeditor could have removed those. From what I can see, the authors appreciated Curtis Rose's involvement. Syngress should observe the value of an editor who seriously reviews the text. (The last page of the book even includes errata that couldn't make it into the previous text!)
I am seriously considering Malware Forensics as my Best Book Bejtlich Read in 2008. If it doesn't win (stay tuned for announcements at the end of December) Malware Forensics will be one of the top four for the year.
Pros: Let me begin first by saying this is a very down-in-the-dirt detailed book and has certainly earned its spot on my desk. The book shows you not only how to pick your malware apart (I'm all about details and am the type of person that will want to know exactly what a piece of code did), but also how you could use the information you find to prosecute those pesky haxors. Like "uke92," I also liked the "alternative tools text boxes," as it allows me to play/shop around with all the tools available out there.
Cons:I would have liked to see this book broken up into two as I deal primarily with Windows systems. That way, I might have saved a few bucks. Other than that, can't wait to see what these guys put out next.