In January 2019, the National Security Agency (NSA) announced the release at the RSA Conference of the free reverse engineering framework GHIDRA.
GHIDRA is a multi-platform reverse engineering framework that runs on major OSs (Windows, macOS, and Linux).
The framework was first mentioned in the CIA Vault 7 dump that was leaked in 2017. WikiLeaks obtained thousands of files allegedly originating from a CIA high-security network that details CIA hacking techniques, tools, and capabilities. Digging in the huge trove of files, it is possible to find also information about the GHIDRA, a Java-based engineering tool.
Early March, the NSA has released the suite Ghidra that could be used to find vulnerabilities and security holes in applications.
The platform was presented at the RSA Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday by Rob Joyce, former head of the NSA’s elite hacking team and now White House cybersecurity coordinator,
Joyce has presented the code-analysis suite, he remarked the absence of backdoors.
“There is no backdoor in Ghidra,” he announced. “This is the last community you want to release something out to with a backdoor installed, to people who hunt for this stuff to tear apart.”
After the release of GHIDRA some security experts and malware researchers have demonstrated how to use it in practical analysis. My colleagues at Cybaze-Yoroi ZLAB malware demonstrated how to use the NSA Ghidra suite in a real case study, the analysis of the AZORult malware.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.