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Question on learning path for reverse engineering malware

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blueaxis

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Post Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:46 pm

Question on learning path for reverse engineering malware

Hi All, My question is do you have to have proficiency in pen testing before jumping on to malware reverse engineering path? Can they both be done in parallel?

I do believe you need know stuff about assembly, c, scripting etc. to be able to understand all this but I wasn't sure if pen testing skills would cover/overlap for some of these pre-reqs.

Please advise - thanks in advance.
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Post Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:57 pm

Re: Question on learning path for reverse engineering malware

There are plenty of good pentesters that are not good at RE and probably vis versa. One is not required for another. RE is hard but there are a few great books to get you started. Search around on the forums, its a common question.
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Post Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:15 pm

Re: Question on learning path for reverse engineering malware

The Malware Analysts Cookbook has some great information, I have been working through it but took a break to learn some python.  But the book does go over a number of tools you can use for various aspects of Malware analysis including some reverse engineering tools.  It does help a bit I suppose if you can reverse engineer so you can utilize some of the bad guys tools to your advantage but to be successful at RE, you may have to stick full time to it and ignore the pen testing.

I think to be successful at Penetration Testing, you need to have some decent background in a number of areas.  So having a bit of background in malware analysis could lead to understanding how to utilize some of your pentesting tools better.
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