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Course Description

This course enables the skilled malware analyst to branch into the less mainstream (but equally important) areas of reversing C++ binaries and Linux binaries. After a review of assembly, including a deeper dive into the differences between x86 and x64 architectures, students will learn about C++ calling conventions, classes, objects, and exception handling and how these affect reverse engineering. The course then turns to the Linux operating system, covering topics such as kernel structure and the Linux Application Binary Interface (ABI) in preparation for statically analyzing and debugging Linux executables and malware.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the implications of features from high-level languages at the assembly level
  2. Recognize and analyze the structure of C++ binaries
  3. Describe the Linux System V ABI, including how processes and threads are executed in Linux
  4. Understand the structure of the Linux Executable and Linkable Format (ELF)
  5. Statically analyze Linux binaries using IDA and other tools
  6. Debug Linux binaries using GDB and the IDA Remote Debugger

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.