Reverse engineering is the process of discovering the technological principles of a human made device, object or system through analysis of its structure, function and operation.

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Why can't reverse engineering be automated?

I am still in college for a Computer Security degree and took my first assembly language based class last semester. We touched upon the subject of reverse engineering and why it is an important part ...
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How to check if Android application is vulnerable to heartbleed

I Am trying to find if an android application is vulnerable to heartbleed vulnerability. I want to know how to check if the application is vulnerable to heartbleed by reversing the app file.
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Reversing encryption by analysing executable

I have a program that reads data from a file, parses/organizes it, and spits it out as an encrypted XML. The application can also take an encrypted XML and spit out the original file. My objective at ...
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How to get started as a Malware Analyst? [closed]

Sorry if this is posted in the wrong section. A little about me: I'm going to be a sophomore in the fall at university, my major is Computer Science (Information Assurance). I've been interested in ...
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Is the security of this .net application flawed?

Ok, I know that every obfuscated .Net application can be reverse engineered. And I know that it is better if I go the open source way if possible. But unfortunately I cannot because there is no ...
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Preventing reverse engineering through obfuscation and LLVM [closed]

I just came across this concept of "obfuscation" and randomizing the binary so that attacker can't use it to reverse engineer a particular piece of software. Can anyone point me to resources which ...
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What are ways I can analyze malware in an infected machine, not just clean it?

I often run into infected devices in my environment and would like to learn more about the specific infections that have gotten in. What are the best tools and techniques I could use to do this? I ...
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How Secure is my Application?

I have created a little application in .NET that serves as a loader for my other applications. Essentially, when opened, this app will get a list of available applications, and when an option is ...
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How does a reverse proxy change the security posture of a web server residing in the DMZ? [closed]

How does the reverse proxy change internal and external security posture with a reverse proxy compared to not having a reverse proxy? For example, you have a publicly accessible iis server, what is ...
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How is the file overlay read by an exe/virus?

According to what I know ,Overlay is the part of PE file that is not covered by the PE header and therefore isn't part of the virtual image in the Loaded PE. My question is if the overlay is not ...
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How is Thread local storage used by malware/Virus?

I have been told that code in TLS is run before the entry point of an exe is reached ,so if one puts a breakpoint on this TLS address he/she could debug the behavior of the virus.Can Fiber local ...
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Why is there a path to a .pdb file in an exe I am trying to reverse?

My query is ,if I'm seeing a .pdb path in a exe(VC++) what conclusion can I draw from it.Why does the exe have these paths and does it have significance in malware analysis? eg ...
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Reverse Engineer this basic Hash using known answer?

Little background: I forgot one of my CCTV accounts password, so used the admin account to create a new one. However I can't access the old one as it's not possible to change a user account password, ...
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Windows CTF/war games/reverse engineering/exploit challenges

War Games are fun but mainly deal with Linux reverse engineering. Example: http://blackbox.smashthestack.org:85/ Does anyone know of similar online games for Windows security?
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Decrypting TLS Traffic

Context: I want to reverse engineer a protocol in place for the Nintendo 3DS. The implementation however, uses TLS, which makes it difficult to reverse engineer. I'm currently able to sniff packets ...
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Are Citrix Netscalers vulnerable to shellshock bash command?

My enterprise environment is "protected" with reverse proxies, how safe am I?
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Why does malware periodically check google.com

I'm looking at some malware PCAPs, e.g. http://malware-traffic-analysis.net/2014/05/27/index.html . One of the things I've been seeing frequently is requests to alexa top million sites (e.g. yandex, ...
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What is cookie reverse engineering? [closed]

I want to know what is this cookie reverse engineering and how to do this is simple words. Thanks in advance.
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Olly Debugger Linux not functioning

In Kali Linux whenever i open a binary after compiling the c source file, it gives an error: "The file is not a valid PE file." No debugging takes place there after. Is there any workaround for ...
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Is this hash function safe?

Below is the hash function implementation of the roguewave library. It returns a 32 bit hash. The core operation is A = B ^ ((C << 5) | (C >> 27)). Is this hash safe to use as a password check ...
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Google Chrome Crash Report Analysis

I am new to the field of crash analysis. I recently, by accident, happened to crash Google Chrome. I do not know the reason as to why the crash really happened. I'd like to know it in depth though. ...
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Knowing Input&Output, How to determine encode method and the passkey that was used in encoding?

I've looked on this site and on SE. but I couldn't get a handle on this. Is there a way to find what type of encoding (and/or encode key) is being used? For example, I am testing a web ...
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How do Android reverse engineering tools extract packages/ package hierarchy present in Android apps? [closed]

I have been involved in disassembling Android apps using baksmali and dexpler. Whenever I disassemble an app, I find the packages and package hierarchy (that would have been available in development ...
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Explain the Heartbleed Python code [closed]

first post here so be gentle please! I understand the Heartbleed vulnerability concept, and I have a general grasp of Python. I'm struggling to understand the PoC Python code though, so was after a ...
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I have discovered a botnet during testing [closed]

Whilst testing a server I discovered a botnet. I have the executable downloaded to the server and decompiled the file to get the strings from it. My question is what would the next logical step be ...
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SHA1 Hash Find Salt

I have and android app that sends a encrypted sha1 salted message to a server, I know the message, is it possible to find the salt or it would be easier to try to reverse te android app?
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Preventing reverse-engineering of client application

I have a web service which is used by a Flash client. Both the service and the Flash client is produced by me (read: my company). The Flash client communicates with the server over HTTPS. One of the ...
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Difference Between Binary Exploitation and Reverse Engineering?

I am a beginner in Reverse Engineering and am trying to improve my skill by participating in any CTF's I can and solving CrackMe's. I am trying to find out why Binary Exploitation and Reverse ...
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Any MITM tool for forcing weak SSL cipher suite?

Let's say I'm trying to reverse engineering communctions between an Android app and a web server uing HTTPS. At beginning, I tried to do MITM using webmitm and a fake cert. But the app failed to ...
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Is exploit researching different from penetration testing

I'm confused by some terminology - reverse engineering seems to me to be pretty similar to exploit researching. I mean if you can reverse one program probably you will be able to find a vulnerability, ...
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Do disassemblers detect standard functions?

Do disassemblers detect the use of C/C++ standard functions and specify them in the output code, adding the #include line to the appropriate header file (such as stdio.h or even windows.h)? If not, ...
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Reverse-engineering password salts

Lets set out a scenario, a database has been dumped and all the passwords are hashed. You notice that some users seemed to have signed up twice and have the same hash. You run these hashes through ...
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Finding out whether a website uses unsalted MD5 for password hashing

I'm working on a project where websites are analyzed and rated according to password security (factors like min/max password length, alphabet size and more are then calculated into a score). A great ...
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Are there any dangers in exposing git sha1 commit hashes?

For a non-public repository, are there any potential security concerns in sharing git commit hashes? For example, when I post a git-related stackoverflow question that involves git commits from ...
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Examples for practicing reverse engineering/disassembly of win32 .executables

I remember back in the day, there used to be a website where users would post hackits in the form of win32 exes for users to crack. Usually the goal was to defeat some sort of DRM, such as a nag ...
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Is initializing variable to NULL or 0 or -1 a bad practice from security standpoint?

I'm trying to learn little bit about armoring application against reverse engineering. In one article I read that initializing variables to NULL or 0 or -1 is as secure (vs RE) as using common ...
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Should we protect web application source code from being stolen by web hosts through obfuscation?

Is it worth to obfuscate a java web app source code so that the web host cannot make wrong use of the code or even steal your business? If so, how should this be dealt with? How should we obfuscate? ...
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How can I audit which type of Block Mode encryption is being used when no source code is available?

Given that there are clear advantages to using some block modes of encryption over another, and I would like to ensure that all software used in the enterprise uses a certain "level" of security I'd ...
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Securing an appliance

Scenario: We are in the position to offer a local appliance to run a version of our proprietary software, which is normally provided as SaaS. Question: What steps can be taken to mitigate trivial ...
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Comprehensive & current book on native application exploit research & development [closed]

Is there a 'must read', comprenhensive book on native application exploit development? Covering the process of finding vulnerabilities (fuzzing, reverse engineering, code analysis, etc...) & ...
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Is there a combination of Windows permissions that allow execution of a .NET executable but not reading nor copying its content?

I suppose that if a file is executable by anyone, in other words, if a user has enough permissions to execute an executable in Windows, it will be possible to read the contents of the executable and ...
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Extract SquashFS filesystem with shsq magic number [closed]

for a few days I was trying to extract the filesystem of a router firmware. Checking the image that the vendor provides I can see a SquashFS flag on it: DECIMAL HEX DESCRIPTION ...
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Protect java WEB application inside the server(against reverse engineering) [closed]

I have a web application running on Glassfish 3.1.2 servlet container and I need a way to protect the compiled java classes. I have tried to obfuscate the source code but it didn't work. The project ...
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Becoming a malware analyst?

So, I'm currently 16 and am considering a career in IT when I finish school. The thing that has intrigued me the most while growing up is malware. I've come across it so often and have often had to ...
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Eavesdropping a communication between a local application and the network

After some digging on the Internet, I've been unable to find a satisfying solution for my curiosity... Here's the thing : using a shell script, I've been able to obtain a list of IP addresses ...
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Identifying strange Perl CGI script

Recently, while looking at some Perl CGI files, I came across this. I am not familiar enough with Perl to know exactly what it means, but I did attempt to base64 decode the string to no effect. Can ...
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Is it possible to get the encryption key when you have the plaintext?

I have a question about SHA256. I know that this algorithm was used to encrypt a text, which I have. I also have the encrypted version of this text. My question is, can I somehow get to the encryption ...
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Java applet authenticity problem

I implemented an applet in java to authenticate users at my website by the usage of MIFARE cards and everything is working good. However I am concerned about the applet's authenticity, in other words, ...
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How to debug/reverse engineer java applets?

I need to analyze a java application (a .jar file) for a war game. I know java can be decompiled, but the coder apparently did a lot of obfuscation to prevent the reverse engineers from understanding ...
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Reverse engineering and Java

Is java class file or jar file is easy to reverse engineer? Because java generates a class file after compilation and not exe files. Is jar and class files are easy to decompile compare to c# and C++? ...