PMA 40: FLARE-VM (20 pts extra)

What you need

Purpose

To set up a FLARE-VM--a powerful Windows-based forensic and malware analysis machine from FireEye.

Warning: This is a Slow Process

This project takes a lot of time and a lot of storage space (60 GB or so). It took more than a day to complete on my system.

Also, the final machine is only useful for 90 days, as far as I can tell (although there may be a way to extend that with snapshots).

Downloading Windows 10

In a browser, go to

https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/tools/vms/

In the "Virtual Machines" list, select "MSEdge on Win10...", as shown below.

In the Choose a VM platform" list, choose your virtualization software, as shown below.

Download the file. Unzip it and launch it in your virtualization software.

Log in with these credentials:

You will need to restart the machine a few times, as you are prompted to, to get the resolution correctly set.

Installing Firefox

In your Windows 10 virtual machine, open Edge. Go to

https://getfirefox.com

Download and install Firefox.

Installing FLARE-VM

In your Windows 10 virtual machine, in Firefox, go to

https://github.com/fireeye/flare-vm

You will see a link to a blog on installing FLARE-VM, as shown below. Click it.

Follow the instructions on that page to download and install FLARE-VM. Once you start it, it will download and install many packages, and automatically restart many times. This process took about a day when I did it.

PMA 40.1: Pentest Folder (20 pts)

On your desktop, double-click the FLARE folder icon.

Double-click the Pentest folder.

The name of the folder inside is the flag, covered by a green box in the image below.

Increasing the Hard Disk Size

This is optional, but I wanted to do it so I could use the FLARE-VM for other things.

Instructions for VMware are here:

https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Fusion/11/com.vmware.fusion.using.doc/GUID-2CE88716-DB0B-4612-AEFE-726E737E347B.html

Posted 9-14-2020
Hard disk resize link added 9-15-2020
Instructions expanded 10-7-20