[Dshield] F-Secure: So who is Diabl0?

Stephane Grobety security at admin.fulgan.com
Tue Aug 30 17:04:08 GMT 2005

j> I disagree. It's not as easy as you think to just pop open a binary and
j> start changing stuff.

Actually, it is most of the time.

j> What about lengths of data and instructions in 
j> memory?

What about it ? What these people do is replace data with data of
equivalent length. Some strings gets padded with 0's and that's about

j> You run into a big problem when what you want to change doesn't 
j> fit into the hardcoded structure of the binary you already have, so this 
j> doesn't work. Give it a try.

I've done it more than enough (although not for modifying viruses or
worms, mind you: not my kind of "game"). It depends on what you want
to change but many things are no problem at all. Most strings are
null-terminated anyway and structures are often nicely padded within
the binary file.

of course, you can't change a program behavior altogether. But
changing the target botnet, the name of the payload files or things
like that are probably easy to play with.

Good luck,

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