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Chapter 28. Collecting Malware and Initi... > Initial Analysis of Malware

Initial Analysis of Malware

Once you catch a fly (malware), you may want to conduct some initial analysis to determine the basic characteristics of the malware. The tools used for malware analysis can basically be broken into two categories: static and live. The static analysis tools attempt to analyze a binary without actually executing the binary. Live analysis tools study the behavior of a binary once it has been executed.

Static Analysis

There are many tools out there to do basic static malware analysis. You may download them by following the links in the “References” section. We will cover some of the most important ones and perform static analysis on our newly captured malware binary file.


  

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