Free Automated Malware Analysis Sandboxes and Services

In the malware analysis course I teach at SANS Institute, I explain how to reverse-engineer malicious software. It is an interesting, but time-consuming process if you don’t have the right skills and tools at hand. There are several free malware analysis sandboxes and services that can examine malicious artifacts automatically. They can save time and provide an overview of the specimen’s capabilities, so that analysts can decide where to focus their more manual analysis efforts:

If you’re interested in setting up your own automated malware analysis tools, take a look at my note regarding Free Toolkits for Automating Malware Analysis. These are the services I have come across.

If you know of another reliable and free service I didn’t list, please let me know. My other lists of on-line security resources outline Blocklists of Suspected Malicious IPs and URLs and On-Line Tools for Malicious Website Lookups.


About the Author

Lenny Zeltser is a seasoned business and tech leader with extensive cybersecurity experience. He builds innovative endpoint defense solutions as VP of Products at Minerva Labs. Beforehand, he was responsible for security product management at NCR Corp. Lenny also trains incident response and digital forensics professionals at SANS Institute. An engaging presenter, he speaks at industry events, writes articles and has co-authored books. Lenny has earned the prestigious GIAC Security Expert designation, has an MBA from MIT Sloan and a Computer Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

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