Windows Malware Techniques
User mode malware on Windows is ubiquitous and custom user mode implants are used regularly in red-team engagements. Knowledge of the latest malware techniques helps red teamers improve their custom tooling, malware analysts in taking apart malware, and anti-malware solution developers in designing behavioral solutions to detect malicious activity.
The common theme amongst all Windows malware and implants is that they abuse the facilities provided by the Windows platform to achieve their objectives. Knowledge of the rich set of Windows APIs, understanding their usage in various stages of an implant, and leveraging them to detect and bypass various defenses in the system is essential for red and blue teamers.
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This training course takes attendees through a practical journey with a hands-on approach to teach them about the post-exploitation techniques used by PE file-based implants at every stage of their execution.
Beneficial to both the offensive and the defensive side of the camp, the knowledge and hands-on experience gained in this training will help attendees with real-world red teaming engagements and in defending against both custom advanced persistent threat (APT) tooling and common-off-the-shelf (COTS) malware. Attendees will learn about how malware and implants interact with the latest version of Windows and how the different stages of malware abuse and exploit various components of Windows OS to achieve their goals and evade defenses.
In the hands-on labs, attendees implement various post-exploitation techniques used by PE file-based user-mode implants using Win32 and Native APIs in C and X64-bit assembler. All labs are performed on the latest version of Windows 10 64-bit so attendees can observe the impact of the latest defenses built into the system and learn how to evade them.
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Live Online, Columbia, MD, Client Site
Security researchers, malware analysts, red-teamers, blue-teamers and security software developers
Attendees must have a solid understanding of Windows internals and familiarity with user-mode development on Windows using Win32 APIs. This is a developer-oriented course and attendees are expected to have prior experience with C/C++ programming on Windows 10.
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I really enjoyed the course! It was interesting to see a different perspective on penetration testing and ways of progressing from recon to initial access to escalating privilege and lateral movement.
- Robert L., Washington, DC
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Upcoming Training Sessions
September 13-17, 2021 (Columbia, MD)
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