6DISASSEMBLY AND BINARY ANALYSIS FUNDAMENTALS

Now that you know how binaries are structured and are familiar with basic binary analysis tools, it’s time to start disassembling some binaries! In this chapter, you’ll learn about the advantages and disadvantages of some of the major disassembly approaches and tools. I’ll also discuss some more advanced analysis techniques to analyze the control- and data-flow properties of disassembled code.

Note that this chapter is not a guide to reverse engineering; for that, I recommend Chris Eagle’s The IDA Pro Book (No Starch Press, 2011). The goal is to get familiar with the main algorithms behind disassembly and learn what disassemblers can and cannot do. This knowledge will help you better understand the ...

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