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Reversing: Secrets of Reverse Engineering [NOOK Book]

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Sometimes, the best way to advance is in reverse

If you want to know how something works, you take it apart very carefully. That's exactly what this book shows you—how to deconstruct software in a way that reveals design and implementation details, sometimes even source code. Why? Because reversing reveals weak spots, so you can target your security efforts. Because you can reverse-engineer malicious code in order to neutralize it. Because ...

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Reversing: Secrets of Reverse Engineering

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Overview

Sometimes, the best way to advance is in reverse

If you want to know how something works, you take it apart very carefully. That's exactly what this book shows you—how to deconstruct software in a way that reveals design and implementation details, sometimes even source code. Why? Because reversing reveals weak spots, so you can target your security efforts. Because you can reverse-engineer malicious code in order to neutralize it. Because understanding what makes a program work lets you build a better one. You'll learn how here.

  • Learn to read compiler-generated assembly language code for IA-32 compatible processors
  • Decipher an undocumented file format or network protocol
  • Understand when reverse engineering is legal, and when—and why—it may not be
  • See how hackers use reversing to defeat copy protection technology
  • Find out how to pull the plug on malicious code
  • Determine how to prevent others from reversing your code, and find out how effective such steps can be
  • Explore reverse engineering on the .NET platform and its assembly language, MSIL
  • Observe the dissection of a real-world malicious program and see how the attacker used it to control infected systems
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Until now, to learn the art and lore of reverse engineering, you’d either have to know an expert or sweat out years of trial and error. Not any more.

Eldad Eilam’s Reversing begins with an overview of reverse engineering: what it is, what it’s good for, and the processes and tools involved. He discusses applications ranging from evaluating software quality to achieving interoperability. Then, it’s on to detailed techniques for reversing low-level software, code written in higher-level languages, and even Windows and .NET code.

Eilam introduces disassemblers, debuggers, decompilers, and other tools; then puts them to work in several applied projects, from reversing file formats to auditing program binaries. He also presents a laundry list of “antireversing” techniques -- and shows how to break protections. Discover what really lies beneath. Get this book. Bill Camarda, from the June 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118079768
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/12/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Eldad Eilam is a consultant in the field of reverse engineering. He assists clients with operating system and in-depth software reverse engineering, and has devoted several years to developing advanced reverse engineering techniques.
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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xxiii

Part I Reversing 101 1

Chapter 1 Foundations 3

Chapter 2 Low-Level Software 25

Chapter 3 Windows Fundamentals 69

Chapter 4 Reversing Tools 109

Part II Applied Reversing 139

Chapter 5 Beyond the Documentation 141

Chapter 6 Deciphering File Formats 199

Chapter 7 Auditing Program Binaries 243

Part III Cracking 307

Chapter 9 Piracy and Copy Protection 309

Chapter 10 Antireversing Techniques 327

Chapter 11 Breaking Protections 357

Part IV Beyond Disassembly 421

Chapter 12 Reversing .NET 423

Chapter 13 Decompilation 457

Appendix A Deciphering Code Structures 479

Appendix B Understanding Compiled Arithmetic 519

Appendix C Deciphering Program Data 537

Appendix D Citations 561

Index 567

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

    Fascinating

    This is a great book for those interested in the details of PC software.

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