Reverse Engineering Malware on Linux with IDA Pro

The brief method. If I get good response to this post, I will put up a more detailed and in-depth look at malware reversing on Linux.

* Download IDA Pro (freeware)
* Install wine
* Install IDA Pro
* Start reversing

Download IDA Pro (freeware):
$ cd /tmp
$ wget

Install wine:
$ sudo aptitude install wine

Install IDA Pro:
$ wine /tmp/idafree49.exe

Start reversing:
$ wine "~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/IDA Free/idag.exe"
-> Now open the malware binary and select the option for ELF executables

This post is a stub for a future longer version if anyone shows interest. I don't even know how many Linux Journal readers actually reverse malware on Linux...


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slowpoison's picture

I need to see more!

I need it too!

Kamal Wickramanayake's picture

Count me in.

I want to see a more

Gullit's picture

I want to see a more detailed and in-depth look at malware reversing on Linux too!

Thanks in advance!

Count me in(terested)

EdT.'s picture

I am definitely interested in the in-depth version!


the linux part is irrelevant

b0ne's picture

Reverse engineering malware with IDA is the same regardless of which platform you use, especially if you are using WINE and IDA v4.9 free. There is a linux native version of IDA, except that it is commercial only.

Either way, you are still going to need a virtualbox/vmware/etc virtualization image of Windows XP SP2 or newer in order to effectively unpack most malware using a debugger.

I dont see why you think a

Kristian Erik Hermansen's picture

I dont see why you think a windows installation is necessary to unpack linux ELF obfuscated binaries :-)