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Reversing: Secrets of Reverse Engineering

ISBN: 978-1-118-07976-8
624 pages
December 2011
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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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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xxiii

Part I Reversing 101 1

Chapter 1 Foundations 3

Chapter 2 Low-Level Software 25

Chapter 3 Windows Fundamentals 69

Chapter 4 Reversing Tools 109

Part II Applied Reversing 139

Chapter 5 Beyond the Documentation 141

Chapter 6 Deciphering File Formats 199

Chapter 7 Auditing Program Binaries 243

Part III Cracking 307

Chapter 9 Piracy and Copy Protection 309

Chapter 10 Antireversing Techniques 327

Chapter 11 Breaking Protections 357

Part IV Beyond Disassembly 421

Chapter 12 Reversing .NET 423

Chapter 13 Decompilation 457

Appendix A Deciphering Code Structures 479

Appendix B Understanding Compiled Arithmetic 519

Appendix C Deciphering Program Data 537

Appendix D Citations 561

Index 567

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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.

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