I’ve recently been involved in a couple of discussions for different ways for identifying malware. One of the possibilities that has been brought up a couple of times is fuzzy hashing, intended to locate files based on similarities to known files.
I recently read Christian Wojner’s excellent paper on Mass Malware Analysis and it re-ignited my desire to build an automated environment to improve and speed up my current malware analysis capabilities. The paper details a step by step for duplicating Wojner’s environment, but I as I don’t have any spare equipment I’ve been looking for alternative routes.
With the machines and environment detailed above and in the previous post I’ve managed to develop a highly versatile lab environment for both tool/exploit development and training/practice. Not bad for a total outlay of under £200 plus some time and effort.
Since working through and reviewing Wilhelm’s ‘Professional Penetration Testing’ I’ve been trying to build up and improve my personal lab environment, still running ESXi and still running on my HP Proliant ML110 . Having just about got all of my target machines in place I thought this would be a good place to list the machines in my lab, and to share the sources for others looking for a test environment themselves.
I’ve known about Vyatta for a while, but whilst the premise has always seemed appealing I’ve not had a reason to dig deeper. Vyatta propose to be ‘The open source alternative to Cisco’, which appeals as a nice fit into a low-cost training and development lab so tonight I decided to take a closer look.
For anyone that has had to migrate machines to a virtual environment VMware’s Converter will likely be nothing new. It allows a straight forward way to migrate an existing server (both physical and most common virtual environments) to VMware’s Infrastracture, Server or Workstation product suites.
I was recently asked by Don over at EH-Net if I would be interested in reviewing a new book by Thomas Wilhelm of Heorot.net: ‘Professional Penetration Testing: Creating and operating a formal hacking lab’. Naturally I jumped at the opportunity.
As part of an upcoming project I’ve been playing with some screen capture and editing software. As I’ve never been one for for the graphical/fluffy side of IT it’s a new area for me, and I was shocked with how simple it can be. For screen capture I used the free CamStudio application, at first […]
<update-20091129> Very grateful to Timmedin for pointing me in the direction of his recent work with the same issue. In usual form, Tim has even packaged up a powershell script to automate the workaround. Check his fix here, much cleaner and slicker than my own. If your still curious, read on for the backstory. </update> […]
Zero Wine is: an open source (GPL v2) research project to dynamically analyze the behavior of malware. Zero wine just runs the malware using WINE in a safe virtual sandbox (in an isolated environment) collecting information about the APIs called by the program. The output generated by wine (using the debug environment variable WINEDEBUG) are […]