If you have read our previous blogpost “Targeted Malware Reverse Engineering Workshop follow-up. Part 1“, you probably know about the webinar we conducted on April 8, 2021, with Kaspersky GReAT’s Ivan Kwiatkowski and Denis Legezo, to share best practices in reverse engineering and demonstrate real-time analysis of recent targeted malware samples. The experts also had a fireside chat with Igor Skochinsky of Hex-Rays and introduced the Targeted Malware Reverse Engineering online self-study course.
The webinar audience having been so active – it was a very pleasant surprise, thanks again! – not only were we unable to address all the incoming questions online, we didn’t even manage to pack the rest of them in one blogpost. So here comes the second part of the webinar follow-up.
Questions related to malware analysis
How common are opaque predicates in legitimate software? Can these predicates be leveraged as detection signatures?Ivan: It is difficult to provide an answer encompassing all legitimate software. As a general rule, obfuscation or evasion techniques can provide a relevant weak signal potentially indicating malicious behavior, but should not be used for detection.Denis: We mostly deal with malicious, not legit code, but I would not expect such tricks there. What for — protection? I would not expect opaque predicates even from third-party protectors.
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