YARA Performance Guidelines
When creating your rules for YARA keep in mind the following guidelines in order to get the best performance from them. This guide is based on ideas and recommendations by Victor M. Alvarez and WXS.
- Revision 1.4, October 2020, applies to all YARA versions higher than 3.7
YARA extracts from the strings short substrings up to 4 bytes long that are called "atoms". Those atoms can be extracted from any place within the string, and YARA searches for those atoms while scanning the file, if it finds one of the atoms then it verifies that the string actually matches.