• Classroom
  • Online, Instructor-Led
Course Description

This course teaches students how to perform advanced analysis of real-world malware samples using disassembly and debugging techniques. The course also covers data decoding and binary obfuscation to bypass protections and perform effective analysis on hardened samples and how to defeat anti-debugging and other anti-analysis techniques. We will use IDA Pro Disassembler, OllyDbg, and x64dbg, to demonstrate how to accomplish common analysis tasks, overcome malware analysis roadblocks, and achieve a more complete understanding of a malicious sample’s functionality

Learning Objectives

Successful completion of this course will enable students to:

  • Use IDA Pro, OllyDbg, x64dbg and other tools to analyze and debug malware, and report on its capabilities
  • Describe in detail the structure and functions of the Portable Executable (PE) header, and analyze PE headers to aid in malware characterization
  • Apply techniques for identifying, analyzing, and bypassing data obfuscation
  • Understand the structure and use of Dynamic Linked Libraries (DLLs) and apply reverse engineering skills to DLL analysis
  • Identify and overcome a range of anti-debugging and anti-analysis techniques used in modern malware
  • Identify developer code in a compiled binary

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs) identified within the Specialty Areas listed below. Click to view Specialty Area details within the interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.