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The IDA Pro Book, 2nd Edition by Chris Eagle

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Anti–Dynamic Analysis Techniques

None of the anti–static analysis techniques covered in the past few sections have any effect whatsoever on whether a program will actually execute or not. In fact, while they may make it difficult for you to comprehend the true behavior of a program using static analysis techniques alone, they can’t prevent the program from executing, or they would render a program useless from the start and therefore eliminate the need to analyze the program at all.

Given that a program must run in order for it to do any work, dynamic analysis aims to observe the behavior of a program in motion (while it is running) rather than observe the program at rest (using static analysis while the program is not running). In this section ...

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