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Mastering Reverse Engineering

By : Reginald Wong
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Mastering Reverse Engineering

By: Reginald Wong

Overview of this book

If you want to analyze software in order to exploit its weaknesses and strengthen its defenses, then you should explore reverse engineering. Reverse Engineering is a hackerfriendly tool used to expose security flaws and questionable privacy practices.In this book, you will learn how to analyse software even without having access to its source code or design documents. You will start off by learning the low-level language used to communicate with the computer and then move on to covering reverse engineering techniques. Next, you will explore analysis techniques using real-world tools such as IDA Pro and x86dbg. As you progress through the chapters, you will walk through use cases encountered in reverse engineering, such as encryption and compression, used to obfuscate code, and how to to identify and overcome anti-debugging and anti-analysis tricks. Lastly, you will learn how to analyse other types of files that contain code. By the end of this book, you will have the confidence to perform reverse engineering.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
Packt Upsell

Chapter 1. Preparing to Reverse

In this first chapter, we will introduce reverse engineering and explain what it is for. We will begin by discussing some insights already being applied in various aspects that will help the reader understand what reverse engineering is. In this chapter, we will cover a brief introduction to the process and types of tools used in software reverse engineering. There are tips given here on the proper handling of malware. The last section of this chapter shows how easy it is to set up our initial analysis environment using tools that are readily available for download. The following topics will be covered:

  • What reverse engineering is used for
  • Applying reverse engineering
  • Types of tools used in reverse engineering
  • Guide to handling malware
  • Setting up your reverse engineering environment