Computer security expert and highly acclaimed author Ed Skoudis focuses on one of the biggest areas of computer attacks--malicious code.
° Real-world tools needed to prevent, detect, and handle malicious code attacks.
° Computer infection from viruses, worms, Trojan Horses etc., collectively known as malware is a growing cost problem for businesses.
° Discover how attackers install malware and how you can peer through their schemes to keep systems safe.
° Bonus malware code analysis laboratory.
Malicious code is a set of instructions that runs on your computer and makes your system do something that you do not want it to do. For example, it can delete sensitive configuration files from your hard drive, rendering your computer completely inoperable; infect your computer and use it as a jumping-off point to spread to all of your buddies' computers; and steal files from your machine. Malicious code in the hands of a crafty attacker is indeed powerful. It's becoming even more of a problem because many of the very same factors fueling the evolution of the computer industry are making our systems even more vulnerable to malicious code. Specifically, malicious code writers benefit from the trends toward mixing static data and executable instructions, increasingly homogenous computing environments, unprecedented connectivity, an ever-larger clueless user base, and an unfriendly world. Skoudis addressed malicious code in just one chapter of his previous book. Here, a dozen chapters focus on one of the most interesting and rapidly developing areas of computer attacks.*Chapter 11, "Defender's Toolbox," rolls together the defensive strategies described in the book. As a bonus, Skoudis gives recipes for creating your own malicious code analysis laboratory using cheap hardware and software.
Defining the Problem. Why Is Malicious Code So Prevalent? Types of Malicious Code. Malicious Code History. Why This Book? What To Expect. References.
The Early History of Computer Viruses. Infection Mechanisms and Targets. Virus Propagation Mechanisms. Defending against Viruses. Malware Self-Preservation Techniques. Conclusions. Summary. References.
Why Worms? A Brief History of Worms. Worm Components. Impediments to Worm Spread. The Coming Super Worms. Bigger Isn't Always Better: The Un-Super Worm. Worm Defenses. Conclusions. Summary. References.
Browser Scripts. ActiveX Controls. Java Applets. Mobile Code in E-Mail Clients. Distributed Applications and Mobile Code. Additional Defenses against Malicious Mobile Code. Conclusions. Summary. References.
Different Kinds of Backdoor Access. Installing Backdoors. Starting Backdoors Automatically. All-Purpose Network Connection Gadget: Netcat. Network Computing. Backdoors without Ports. Conclusions. Summary. References.
What's in a Name? Wrap Stars. Trojaning Software Distribution Sites. Poisoning the Source. Co-opting a Browser: Setiri. Hiding Data in Executables: Stego and Polymorphism. Conclusions. Summary. References.
UNIX User-mode RootKits. Windows User-Mode RootKits. Conclusions. Summary. References.
What Is the Kernel? Kernel Manipulation Impact. The Linux Kernel. The Windows Kernel. Conclusions. Summary. References.
Setting the Stage: Different Layers of Malware. Going Deeper: The Possibility of BIOS and Malware Microcode. Combo Malware. Conclusions. Summary. References.
Scenario 1: A Fly in the Ointment. Scenario 2: Invasion of the Kernel Snatchers. Scenario 3: Silence of the Worms. Conclusions. Summary.
Building a Malware Analysis Laboratory. Malware Analysis Process. Conclusion. Summary. References.
Useful Web Sites for Keeping Up. Parting Thoughts.