Revealing Packed Malware

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Executive Summary

The past few years have witnessed a significant increase in malware threats to computer users, threats that also pose a serious risk to the Internet's integrity. Malware exploits software vulnerabilities to compromise computers and help attackers steal users' private data. To evade malicious content detection, malware authors use packers, binary tools that instigate code obfuscation. By using executable packers, modern malware can completely bypass personal firewalls and AntiVirus (AV) scanners. Thus, security researchers are facing a great challenge in overcoming malware's complexity. Security researchers and AV products must be able to unpack and inspect the payloads hidden within the packed programs using Reverse Engineering (RE) tools.

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