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15.5. Maintaining a Malicious Code Collection

My space is running out for discussion of the malicious code analysis process, but I need to talk about one more very important subject: virus collection maintenance. It is extremely important to save your analysis for future reference. Malicious code needs to be classified into families, and this process can be more efficient if you have saved old analyses of malicious code and its samples. A good read on collection maintenance is a paper by Vesselin Bontchev17, which I strongly recommend.

Good AV detection and repair, heuristics, and generic detection cannot be developed without a well-maintained collection.

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