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3. Basic Dynamic Analysis > Basic Dynamic Tools in Practice

Basic Dynamic Tools in Practice

All the tools discussed in this chapter can be used in concert to maximize the amount of information gleaned during dynamic analysis. In this section, we’ll look at all the tools discussed in the chapter as we present a sample setup for malware analysis. Your setup might include the following:

  1. Running procmon and setting a filter on the malware executable name and clearing out all events just before running.

  2. Starting Process Explorer.

  3. Gathering a first snapshot of the registry using Regshot.

  4. Setting up your virtual network to your liking using INetSim and ApateDNS.

  5. Setting up network traffic logging using Wireshark.

Figure 3-12 shows a diagram of a virtual network that can be set up for malware analysis. This virtual network contains two hosts: the malware analysis Windows virtual machine and the Linux virtual machine running INetSim. The Linux virtual machine is listening on many ports, including HTTPS, FTP, and HTTP, through the use of INetSim. The Windows virtual machine is listening on port 53 for DNS requests through the use of ApateDNS. The DNS server for the Windows virtual machine has been configured to localhost ( ApateDNS is configured to redirect you to the Linux virtual machine (


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