Automatic extraction of secrets from malware

Ziming Zhao, Gail-Joon Ahn, Hongxin Hu

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As promising results have been obtained in defeating code obfuscation techniques, malware authors have adopted protection approaches to hide malware-related data from analysis. Consequently, the discovery of internal cipher text data in malware is now critical for malware forensics and cyber-crime analysis. In this paper, we present a novel approach to automatically extract secrets from malware. Our approach identifies and extracts binary code relevant to secret hiding behaviors. Then, we relocate and reuse the extracted binary code in a self-contained fashion to reveal hidden information. We demonstrate the feasibility of our approach through a proof-of-concept prototype called ASES (Automatic and Systematic Extraction of Secrets) along with experimental results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 18th Working Conference on Reverse Engineering, WCRE 2011
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Dec 19 2011
Event18th Working Conference on Reverse Engineering, WCRE 2011 - Limerick, Ireland
Duration: Oct 17 2011Oct 20 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings - Working Conference on Reverse Engineering, WCRE
ISSN (Print)1095-1350


Other18th Working Conference on Reverse Engineering, WCRE 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software


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