VB2019 paper: Rich headers: leveraging the mysterious artifact of the PE format

Posted by    on   Jan 31, 2020

When analysing malware, especially if it's new and rare, researchers look for every possible clue that could give them details on the context and perhaps help them find similar samples. One such clue could be what has been called ‘rich headers’, an undocumented chunk of data inside PE files.

In a paper presented at VB2019 in London, ESET researchers Peter Kálnai and Michal Poslušný discussed the subject of rich headers and how it can be useful in malware research.

04_table.pngThe unencrypted Rich Headers structure.

Today we publish the researchers' paper in both HTML and PDF format, as well as the recording of their presentation in London.

VB2019-conference-paper.jpgRich headers: leveraging the mysterious artifact of the PE format

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