2012-12-26 22:52:58 by chort
Over the holiday break I set goals to learn Yara signature creation and start the lab exercises in Practical Malware Analysis. Learning Yara turned out to be extremely easy, the User's Manual (available here) is excellent. Attempting to do the labs from PMA with Hopper rather than IDA Pro turned out to be rather challenging. One major advantage of IDA Pro is F.L.I.R.T. as many experienced reversers have been quick to point out to me. The very first exercise I attempted required analyzing a call to gethostbyname, which I couldn't even find because Hopper hadn't resolved the import ordinal to a name. I decided it was an excellent opportunity to learn how to use the built-in scripting of Hopper to resolve the names myself.
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2012-12-20 19:13:58 by chort
If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and do Incident Response, please read this post and give feedback on preferred location, time, and frequency of proposed local meetups.
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2012-12-15 21:24:08 by chort
I gave a short presentation at Baythreat this year titled My First Incident Response Team: DFIR for Beginners. Due to the time format, I wasn't able to give a lot of context around some of the concepts. A few people asked if I had suggestions of simpler things to start with prior to diving into digital forensics. I hope to address those questions in a long-form version of my presentation at conferences in 2013, but in the mean time here are a few things I consider prerequisites or jumping-off places for new incident responders.
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