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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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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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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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 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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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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Identifying the author(s) of a piece of malware

When a new piece of malware appears, people can try to determine where it comes from, and who its authors could be. How do security experts attempt to identify the authors of a new publicly disclosed ...
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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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Facebook API : App Secret - possible misuse

I've recently find out that by simple quick look into compiled code of one of our applications, you can get both App ID (API Key) and App Secret for Facebook API I suppose that we should really keep ...
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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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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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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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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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What role does cryptography play in anti-piracy?

As a follow-up to Cipher for Product Registration, are there secure yet usable cryptographic standards/protocols for protecting software and data used by software? I'm interested in hardware and ...
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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++? ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Computer Virus Phylogenies algorithms - pseudocode?

I've collected a large number of "Web Shell by oRb" (a.k.a. "FilesMan" backdoor, a.k.a. antichat backdoor) files by running a WordPress honeypot, and searching pastebin. The code in the variants is ...
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How to harden an iPhone/Android app so its tough to reverse-engineer it?

These are the following objectives I have in mind: Make the app hard to crack, as the binary will hold some secret tokens. If it still can be cracked, is there any way the app can tell someone or ...
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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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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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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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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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Avoid unauthorized updating of online leaderboard php/sql [duplicate]

I am developing an offline web app (game) for android using cordova (phonegap). The leaderboard of the same is maintained online in my server. Currently this is how the leaderboard is updated Step ...
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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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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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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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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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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 could a publicly available stream cipher (RC4) be kept secret so long?

I'm reading about the cryptographic function called RC4. Apparently, its method was kept secret from 1987 until 1994 despite being available to the public for licensing and use. How did it stay ...
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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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Decrypt SSL Connections established by a Host I have adminsitrative privileges on

I want to decrypt a SSL connection that is established by an unknown binary file on a Windows 7 Computer. This binary doesn't exist on any other computer on our network and establishes SSL encrypted ...
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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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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 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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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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A code protector claims that it “ensures it is physically impossible to run code without a serial number” is this a scam?

VMProtect Software (found at http://vmpsoft.com/) claims that it: "allows the generation and verification of serial numbers. Both manual and automatic generation are supported. Serial numbers can be ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to extract and re-use the API of a mobile banking app [closed]

I am aware of the basic techniques used to reverse engineer and extract meaningful information in order to re-use an applications API. I am not fully adept with the advanced techniques however. Is ...
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Reverse engineering of a global hash salt from known plaintext and hash

First of all i'm not asking what is a hash, or something else. I will try to explain what i'm searching clearly: Let's say I have a dump of a database, all the passwords of this database are hashed, ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...