Reversing: Secrets of Reverse Engineering

Reversing: Secrets of Reverse Engineering


By (author) Eldad Eilam

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  • Publisher: Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 624 pages
  • Dimensions: 184mm x 234mm x 36mm | 880g
  • Publication date: 30 April 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Foster City
  • ISBN 10: 0764574817
  • ISBN 13: 9780764574818
  • Sales rank: 109,094

Product description

Beginning with a basic primer on reverse engineering-including computer internals, operating systems, and assembly language-and then discussing the various applications of reverse engineering, this book provides readers with practical, in-depth techniques for software reverse engineering. The book is broken into two parts, the first deals with security-related reverse engineering and the second explores the more practical aspects of reverse engineering. In addition, the author explains how to reverse engineer a third-party software library to improve interfacing and how to reverse engineer a competitor's software to build a better product. The first popular book to show how software reverse engineering can help defend against security threats, speed up development, and unlock the secrets of competitive products Helps developers plug security holes by demonstrating how hackers exploit reverse engineering techniques to crack copy-protection schemes and identify software targets for viruses and other malware Offers a primer on advanced reverse-engineering, delving into "disassembly"-code-level reverse engineering-and explaining how to decipher assembly language

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Author information

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.

Back cover copy

Sometimes, the best way to advance is in reverseIf 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 processorsDecipher an undocumented file format or network protocolUnderstand when reverse engineering is legal, and when--and why--it may not be See how hackers use reversing to defeat copy protection technologyFind out how to pull the plug on malicious codeDetermine how to prevent others from reversing your code, and find out how effective such steps can beExplore reverse engineering on the .NET platform and its assembly language, MSILObserve the dissection of a real-world malicious program and see how the attacker used it to control infected systems

Table of contents

Foreword. Acknowledgments. Introduction. Part I: Reversing 101. Chapter 1: Foundations. Chapter 2: Low-Level Software. Chapter 3: Windows Fundamentals. Chapter 4: Reversing Tools. Part II: Applied Reversing. Chapter 5: Beyond the Documentation. Chapter 6: Deciphering File Formats. Chapter 7: Auditing Program Binaries. Chapter 8: Reversing Malware. Part III: Cracking. Chapter 9: Piracy and Copy Protection. Chapter 10: Antireversing Techniques. Chapter 11: Breaking Protections. Part IV: Beyond Disassembly. Chapter 12: Reversing .NET. Chapter 13: Decompilation. Appendix A: Deciphering Code Structures. Appendix B: Understanding Compiled Arithmetic. Appendix C: Deciphering Program Data. Index.