Here is a list of all articles and presentations I've published about IT Security so far.
This is a series of articles about file formats and related security issues. In 2003 I had presented an article in French about this subject at the SSTIC conference: [SSTIC03]. In the following articles I will provide an updated version in English with more information about common file formats.
reScan is a very simple Python script to look for specific patterns (regular expressions) in binary or text files. It has been primarily developed to analyze malicious files, to quickly extract interesting patterns (shellcodes, embedded executables in malformed documents, etc). Update in 2014: it has now evolved into Balbuzard, which provides many more features.
Balbuzard is a package of malware analysis tools in python to extract patterns from suspicious files (IP addresses, domain names, known file headers, interesting strings, etc). It can also crack malware obfuscation such as XOR, ROL, etc by bruteforcing and checking for those patterns.
This article describes the Microsoft Office legacy/binary file formats (doc, xls, ppt), related security issues and useful resources. [WORK IN PROGRESS]
This article describes the PDF file format, related security issues and useful resources. [WORK IN PROGRESS]
python-oletools is a package of python tools to analyze Microsoft OLE2 files (also called Structured Storage, Compound File Binary Format or Compound Document File Format), such as Microsoft Office documents or Outlook messages, mainly for malware analysis and debugging. It is based on the OleFileIO_PL parser.
pyxswf is a script to detect, extract and analyze Flash objects (SWF files) that may be embedded in files such as MS Office documents (e.g. Word, Excel) and RTF, which is especially useful for malware analysis. It is part of the oletools package. pyxswf is an extension of xxxswf.py published by Alexander Hanel.
rtfobj is a Python module to extract embedded objects from RTF files, such as OLE ojects. It can be used as a Python library or a command-line tool. It is part of the oletools package.
oleid is a script to analyze OLE files such as MS Office documents (e.g. Word, Excel), to detect specific characteristics that could potentially indicate that the file is suspicious or malicious, in terms of security (e.g. malware). For example it can detect VBA macros, embedded Flash objects, fragmentation. It is part of the oletools package.