"A security expert has released a stripped-down Ubuntu
distribution designed specifically for reverse-engineering malware.
The OS, called REMnux, includes a slew of popular malware-analysis,
network monitoring and memory forensics tools the comprise a very
powerful environment for taking apart malicious code.
"Many security professionals who find themselves needing to
analyze a specific piece of malware end up in a difficult
situation. The classic approach to analyzing malware is to set up a
virtual machine on a PC specifically designed for that purpose and
then let the malware loose and see what it does. But that usually
only shows you part of the picture; much of the malware's behavior
can remain hidden without the ability to do some deeper
"And that's exactly what REMnux is designed to do. The OS is a
lightweight version of Ubuntu that is distributed as a VMware
virtual machine. It can be booted via several VMware products, or