Accelerated Windows Malware Analysis with Memory Dumps
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Accelerated Windows Malware Analysis with Memory Dumps

Training Course Transcript and WinDbg Practice Exercises, Third Edition

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The full transcript of Software Diagnostics Services training. Learn how to navigate process, kernel, and physical spaces and diagnose various malware patterns in Windows memory dump files. The course uses a unique and innovative pattern-oriented analysis approach to speed up the learning curve. The training consists of practical step-by-step, hands-on exercises using WinDbg, process, kernel, and complete memory dumps. The training covers more than 20 malware analysis patterns. The main audience is software technical support and escalation engineers who analyze memory dumps from complex software environments and need to check for possible malware presence in cases of abnormal software behavior. The course will also be useful for software engineers, quality assurance and software maintenance engineers, security researchers, malware and memory forensics analysts who have never used WinDbg for analysis of computer memory. The third edition uses the latest WinDbg Preview version with some exercises updated to Windows 11 and is optionally containerized.

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Dmitry Vostokov
Dmitry Vostokov

Dmitry Vostokov is an internationally recognized expert, speaker, educator, scientist, inventor, and author. He is the founder of pattern-oriented software diagnostics, forensics, and prognostics discipline (Systematic Software Diagnostics), and Software Diagnostics Institute. Vostokov has also authored more than 50 books on software diagnostics, anomaly detection and analysis, software and memory forensics, root cause analysis and problem solving, memory dump analysis, debugging, software trace and log analysis, reverse engineering and malware analysis. He has more than 25 years of experience in software architecture, design, development and maintenance in a variety of industries including leadership, technical and people management roles. Dmitry also founded Syndromatix, Anolog.io, BriteTrace, DiaThings, Logtellect, OpenTask Iterative and Incremental Publishing, Software Diagnostics Technology and Services (former Memory Dump Analysis Services), and Software Prognostics. In his spare time, he presents various topics on Debugging TV and explores Software Narratology, its further development as Narratology of Things and Diagnostics of Things (DoT), Software Pathology, and Quantum Software Diagnostics. His current areas of interest are theoretical software diagnostics and its mathematical and computer science foundations, application of formal logic, artificial intelligence, machine learning and data mining to diagnostics and anomaly detection, software diagnostics engineering and diagnostics-driven development, diagnostics workflow and interaction. Recent interest areas also include cloud native computing, security, automation, functional programming, and applications of category theory to software development and big data.

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Table of Contents

About the Author 5

Introduction 7

Practice Exercises 17

Exercise 0: Download, setup, and verify your WinDbg Preview or WinDbg installation, or Docker Debugging Tools for Windows image 22

Exercise M1A 38

Exercise M1B 49

Exercise M2 64

Exercise M3 81

Exercise M4 133

Exercise M5 187

Exercise M6 211

Selected Q&A 243

Appendix 247

Malware Analysis Patterns 249

Deviant Module 249

Deviant Token 256

Driver Device Collection 257

Execution Residue 258

Fake Module 282

Hidden Module 286

Hidden Process 288

Hooksware 290

Namespace 291

No Component Symbols 292

Out-of-Module Pointer 295

Packed Code 296

Patched Code 299

Pre-Obfuscation Residue 300

Raw Pointer 301

RIP Stack Trace 302

Self-Diagnosis (Kernel Mode) 304

Stack Trace Collection 305

Stack Trace Collection (I/O Requests) 313

String Hint 317

Unknown Module 319

Raw Stack Dump of All Threads (Kernel Space) 322

Complete Stack Traces from x64 System 323

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