sar eax, 6
sar eax, 0x1f

This arithmetic shift operation confuses me. Understand that it's taking the value of eax in hex then shifting it to the right by 6 and the same for the next operation by 0x1f. See what the end result is, but still looking to better understand what's happening with these Shift Operations. Say eax was 0x3338e3e0, how exactly does it get to 0x00cce38f step by step?

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    Next question you should ask is what's the difference between SHR and SAR :) May 17, 2018 at 7:30

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It's easier to see what's going on if you work in binary.

0x3338e3e0 is 0b00110011001110001110001111100000

Shifting this right by 6 bits (i.e. removing the last 6 bits and adding 6 zeros at the start) gives -


Finally, turning this back into hex gives the value in your question.

0b 0000 0000 1100 1100 1110 0011 1000 1111 = 0x00CCE38F

  • I think you did a shr not a sar. Am I wrong? shr fill with zeros and sar fill with the sign bit?
    – Ricardo
    Apr 11, 2019 at 6:28
C:\>python -c "print \"{0:8X}={0:b}\n{1:8X}={1:b}\".format(0x3338e3e0,0x3338e3e0>>6)"

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