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Managed Code Rootkits
 
 

Managed Code Rootkits, 1st Edition

Hooking into Runtime Environments

 
Managed Code Rootkits, 1st Edition,Erez Metula,ISBN9781597495745
 
 
 

  

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A new type of rootkit means a new type of defense. Get all the facts you need to protect against this new attack vector!

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Key Features

  • Named a 2011 Best Hacking and Pen Testing Book by InfoSec Reviews
  • Introduces the reader briefly to managed code environments and rootkits in general
  • Completely details a new type of rootkit hiding in the application level and demonstrates how a hacker can change language runtime implementation
  • Focuses on managed code including Java, .NET, Android Dalvik and reviews malware development scanarios

Description

Managed Code Rootkits is the first book to cover application-level rootkits and other types of malware inside the application VM, which runs a platform-independent programming environment for processes. The book, divided into four parts, points out high-level attacks, which are developed in intermediate language. The initial part of the book offers an overview of managed code rootkits. It explores environment models of managed code and the relationship of managed code to rootkits by studying how they use application VMs. It also discusses attackers of managed code rootkits and various attack scenarios. The second part of the book covers the development of managed code rootkits, starting with the tools used in producing managed code rootkits through their deployment. The next part focuses on countermeasures that can possibly be used against managed code rootkits, including technical solutions, prevention, detection, and response tactics. The book concludes by presenting techniques that are somehow similar to managed code rootkits, which can be used in solving problems.

Readership

Intermediate to advanced pen testers; hackers; malware researchers; software engineers; OS designers and developers

Erez Metula

Erez Metula (CISSP) is an application security researcher specializing in secure development practices, penetration testing, code reviews, and security training for developers. He has extensive hands-on experience performing security assessments and training for organizations worldwide. Erez is the founder of AppSec. He is also a leading instructor at many information security training sessions. He is a constant speaker at security conferences, and has spoken at Black Hat, DEF CON, CanSecWest, OWASP, and more.

Affiliations and Expertise

CISSP, Founder of AppSec

Managed Code Rootkits, 1st Edition

Acknowledgements About the Author Part I Overview     Chapter 1 Introduction          The Problem of Rootkits and Other Types of Malware          Why Do You Need This Book?          Terminology Used in This Book          Technology Background: An Overview          Summary     Chapter 2 Managed Code Rootkits          What Can Attackers Do with Managed Code Rootkits?          Common Attack Vectors          Why Are Managed Code Rootkits Attractive to Attackers?          Summary          Endnotes Part II Malware Development     Chapter 3 Tools of the Trade          The Compiler          The Decompiler          The Assembler          The Disassembler          The Role of Debuggers          The Native Compiler          File Monitors          Summary     Chapter 4 Runtime Modification          Is It Possible to Change the Definition of a Programming Language?          Walkthrough: Attacking the Runtime Class Libraries          Summary     Chapter 5 Manipulating the Runtime          Manipulating the Runtime According to Our Needs          Reshaping the Code          Code Generation          Summary     Chapter 6 Extending the Language with a Malware API          Why Should We Extend the Language?          Extending the Runtime with a Malware API          Summary          Endnote     Chapter 7 Automated Framework Modification          What is ReFrameworker?          ReFrameworker Modules Concept          Using the Tool          Developing New Modules          Setting Up the Tool          Summary     Chapter 8 Advanced Topics          “Object-Oriented-Aware” Malware          Thread Injection          State Manipulation          Covering the Traces as Native Code          Summary Part III Countermeasures     Chapter 9 Defending against MCRs          What Can We Do about This Kind of Threat?          Awareness: Malware Is Everybody’s Problem          The Prevention Approach          The Detection Approach          The Response Approach          Summary          Endnote Part IV Where Do We Go From Here?     Chapter 10 Other Uses of Runtime Modification          Runtime Modification As an Alternative Problem-Solving Approach          Runtime Hardening          Summary Index

Quotes and reviews

"A well-put-together work: I was able to put some of the tasks to work for me right away. An excellent resource: Technical enough to be useful, but not overly technical." -- Chris Griffin, Trainer, ISECOM USA

"As someone who has to deal with .NET security every day, I always look for new ideas and tools to make .NET applications more secure. This book provides both. It's especially valuable when you have to protect apps without having access to their original source code." -- Kyle C. Quest, GREM, GWAPT, GCIH, GCFA, GCIA, GCWN, GCUX, GCFW, GSNA, CISSP, CIPP, Director of Security Engineering, MetraTech

"Overall the book is very well structured and presented in a way that maintains the reader’s interest as the author delves ever deeper into why hackers use MCRs to target an organisation’s applications. Continuity of the content is maintained by helpful summaries at the end of each chapter… Mr Metula is a consummate and talented security practitioner who knows his subject thoroughly. I consider this book to be excellent value for money and would recommend it to any security professional. In today’s austere economic climate, modern IT solutions are being sought that are proven value for money. The use of virtual servers is rapidly increasing as they provide better utilisation and increased productivity of existing resources. This book highlights the risks of adopting such technology and provides valuable advice on countermeasures to mitigate those risks."--InfoSecReviews.com

"In today’s austere economic climate, modern IT solutions are being sought?that are proven value for money. The use of virtual servers is rapidly increasing?as they provide better utilisation and increased productivity of existing resources. This book highlights the risks of adopting such technology and provides valuable advice on countermeasures to mitigate those risks."--Best Hacking and Pen Testing Books in InfoSecReviews Book Awards

 
 

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