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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 application(PHP)...
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Any comprehensive solutions for binary code protection and anti-reverse-engineering? [closed]

Does anyone know of good products with comprehensive binary hardening and anti-reverse-engineering features? Or better, has anyone seen an independent review comparing products that perform these ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to reverse engineer w32/malware!gemini?

How would you go about reverse engineering malware W32/Malware!Gemini. Recently I found it installed on my computer and would like to trace where the data is being sent.
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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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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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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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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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Reverse engineering (decompiling) an .exe file in OSX

I am a complete newby in the reverse engineering world, and being able to decompile .exe files in my OSX is being a pain. Does anybody know a good decompiler of .exe for OSX, or any hint about where ...
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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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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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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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Good tools for reverse engineering colaboratively? [closed]

Does anybody know a good set of tools for doing reverse engineering of binaries in a collaborative way?. My original idea is to disassemble a binary, allowing to add information about functions, ...
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where is the pe loader in windows?

I have read that the pe loader is responsible for loading executable images from disk. When and where is the control flow exactly transferred to the loader? The pe format is well documented but there ...
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How valuable is secrecy of an algorithm?

On the surface, the inadvisability of security through obscurity is directly at odds with the concept of shared secrets (i.e. "passwords"). Which is to say: if secrecy around passwords is valuable, ...
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How would I go about rebuilding the IAT of a packed executable?

When executables are packed with a tool such as UPX, the real code and data sections are encrypted or obfuscated, then loaded into memory using an injected decrypter stub. This makes static analysis ...
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Vuln research: reverse engineering, debugging or fuzzing?

I wonder how hackers find vulnerabilities. If they use fuzzing, security engineers do it, and it's probably that security engineers (that work in a firm) have more resources than a group of hackers. ...
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Good reading about windows architecture/reversing [closed]

I have a feeling that I need to get more knowledge about system programming and winapi/windows architecture in particular to be able to understand how lots of exploits work (like those exploiting ...
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What methodologies are useful when reverse-engineering malware / shellcode?

Whilst I'm familiar with reverse engineering techniques from a technical standpoint, I've never found a good methodology for approaching and dissecting malware / shellcode. I've found hundreds of ...
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Reverse Engineering for .rtf files

I've received lately a .rtf attachment on my work email from an untrusted email account. I suspect the attacker is exploiting "Microsoft Security Bulletin MS12-029" vulnerability. What are the ...
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What tricks can be used to prevent debugging?

What tricks can be used to prevent or hinder debugging? Examples: IsDebuggerPresent API on Windows Exception handlers used for program flow. GetTickCount / rdtsc checks. Are there any good ...
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Why would malware try to remove other malware?

Recently my php-based website got infected with malware (probably by a stolen ftp password). Basically, every 30 minutes a file frame_cleaner_php.php was uploaded, a HTTP-GET was done on it to execute ...
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Recover file using Java RanNum Gen + Key

EDIT: Here is some more background. I am basically trying to reproduce this the method outlined here I have been able to hit everything up until the paragraph regarding the decrypting of the data file ...
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Expected cost and time frame for black box pen testing?

I work for a major publicly traded company and we need some external black box pen testing done on a Win32 executable. This exe is used in a large client server infrastructure and is a central piece ...
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Global check of input/output of known hash functions

Is there a website, application, or script that will allow you to give an input/output for a hash function, run these against known functions, and return any matches? Here's one attempt to list the ...
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Where can I find good resources on reversing web malware?

I am wondering where I can find a good site with resources on reversing web malware like javascript, flash, html5, and any other stuff that is designed to attack the clients. Does anyone have any ...