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David Pastor Sanz

Last known affiliation: Threatray

Date: 2023-04-11
Using systematic code reuse analysis to create robust YARA rules
Jonas Wagner 🗣 | Carlos Rubio Ricote 🗣 | David Pastor Sanz 🗣

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YARA is a commonly used tool to detect and identify malware. There are roughly two types of YARA rules used on binary files: 1) based on metadata and strings and 2) based on code.
There are certain benefits by basing YARA rules on code. Since code reuse is frequent amongst binaries of a malware family, it offers plenty of options to base a YARA rule on. If the chosen code is heavily reused amongst the binaries, then it can result in very robust rules.
This approach comes with certain challenges. A key aspect is being able to find heavily reused code amongst many binaries of a malware family. Unless some sort of automation is at play, this quickly becomes difficult and time-consuming. Once suitable reused code is identified, it needs to be turned into a YARA rule, so that it works even when compiler differences, optimizations or instruction set changes are involved.
In this workshop we will create robust YARA rules for a handful of malware families based on automatically identifying shared code between many binaries of a family.

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Date: 2019-12-05
BackSwap Malware Campaign Evolution
Carlos Rubio Ricote 🗣 | David Pastor Sanz 🗣

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This article will explain in detail the follow-up since the BackSwap malware was discovered in May 2018, as well as the different campaigns that the group behind BackSwap has carried out towards financial institutions from different countries, cryptocurrency exchanges, and its new evolution after a few months of inactivity.

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