Learn to Analyze Malware – Malware Analyst’s Cookbook Preview

I usually don’t recommend a book before I finish reading it, but once in a great while I run into one that is so good, that I feel that it is best just to get the word out. Malware Analyst’s cookbook is such a book.

Malware Analyst’s Cookbook and DVD: Tools and Techniques for Fighting Malicious Code, written by Michael Ligh, Steven Adair, Blake Hartstein, and Matthew Richard is one of the best security books that I have seen.

Are you a computer programmer and want to learn about malware analysis? A server administrator, network guy or computer tech looking to add to your knowledge or explore a new career field? Then this book is for you.

Though it would help if you have some programming experience, Malware Analyst’s Cookbook is written so even those without programming expertise can follow along. All the programs listed in the book are included in the companion DVD, so you don’t have to type them in. The book does recommend that you have some networking knowledge and understanding of how malware works.

If you want to learn how to surf anonymously, capture malware without getting infected yourself, and analyze it using (mostly) free utilities and websites then this is the book for you.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Honeypots
  • Malware Classification
  • Sandboxes and Multi-AV Scanners
  • Malware Labs
  • Malware and Memory Forensics
  • De-Obfuscation

This book is a great reference and learning tool, written by authors that perform malware analysis and forensics for a living. I highly recommend this book.