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The IDA Pro Book, 2nd Edition by Chris Eagle

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Static De-obfuscation of Binaries Using IDA

At this point you may be wondering how, given all of the anti–reverse engineering techniques available, it is possible to analyze software that a programmer is intent on keeping secret. Given that these techniques target both static analysis tools and dynamic analysis tools, what is the best approach to take in revealing a program’s hidden behavior? Unfortunately, there is no single solution that fits all cases equally well. In most cases, the solution depends on your skill set and the tools available to you. If your analysis tool of choice is a debugger, then you will need to develop strategies for circumventing debugger detection and prevention protections. If your preferred analysis tool is a disassembler, ...

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