Before we get too far into this chapter, we need to make one thing clear: IDA is not a vulnerability discovery tool. There, we said it; what a relief ! IDA seems to have attained mystical qualities in some people’s minds. All too often people seem to have the impression that merely opening a binary with IDA will reveal all the secrets of the universe, that the behavior of a piece of malware will be fully explained to them in comments automatically generated by IDA, that vulnerabilities will be highlighted in red, and that IDA will automatically generate exploit code if you right-click while standing on one foot ...

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