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Excellent Guide To Help Apply Your Knowledge,
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This review is from: Malware Analyst's Cookbook and DVD: Tools and Techniques for Fighting Malicious Code (Paperback)
Still working my way through this book, but so far every chapter has been quite useful. This book is more of a practical guide to malware analysis than anything else. I have found that many of the previous books are in one of two cases: they either are not quite practical enough and simply teach the concepts without showing you how to use the programs (or often even mentioning the programs), or they are too difficult for those who want to learn more about the subject but haven't been doing it for years.
I understand that the concepts are key in the long run, and mentioning specific programs can lead to an outdated book faster, but considering this book just came out, the programs are indeed current and work great. The book goes through a good number of programs freely available on the web or included on dvd, and it describes them and how to use them / configure them as well, rather than simply presenting a list of programs.
The book is detailed and in-depth enough to provide good analysis of malware as well. It does assume some prior knowledge of programming, general security concepts, and different OS's, but it provides clear descriptions of malware analysis tools that are easy to follow.
Overall, it's a good book to pick up and work your way through, rather than read your way through. This is simply the way it's structured. As you read each chapter you feel the need to actually sit in front of a computer and FOLLOW the recipes to learn the material - something that can often be difficult to do with other textbooks. So far, my favorite book on the subject!