Mutexes and malware analysis

There is many way to investigate malware and to “find evil” in an unknown executable. There will be situation where looking at a list of running processes won’t give you information to raise a red flag. You can always go deeper and perform more manual analysis. Even though this might be fun it might also be very time consuming…and we don’t always have the  luxury of time neither the resources.

Analysis of mutexes (sometime called mutant) can be a pretty good way to continue your analysis and find more evidence of “evil”.

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sysmon form sysinternals

Microsoft has released an updated version of the sysinternals tools recently. This update include a tool named: sysmon. You can find all details from the TechNet website by following this link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/dn798348.aspx

In short the tool will provides detailed information about process creations, network connections, and changes to file creation time. As you can guess this sounds like the perfect addition for your lab!

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