I am trying to decode what seems to be simple C# binary serialization to disk:

  1. https://github.com/malaterre/MMCPrivate/raw/master/sample1.raw
  2. https://github.com/malaterre/MMCPrivate/raw/master/sample2.raw

I do not have access to the original DLL that generates this binary blob so I fail to understand how to process this file unless I have a full definition of all C# structures. If I had access to the original DLL I could reverse engineer the C# binary to find the structures, so how should I do in this case ?


using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Collections;
using System.Runtime.Serialization.Formatters.Binary;
using System.Runtime.Serialization;

public class Dump
    static void Main() 

static void Deserialize() 
    // Declare the hashtable reference.
    Hashtable addresses  = null;

    // Open the file containing the data that you want to deserialize.
    FileStream fs = new FileStream("input.dat", FileMode.Open);
        BinaryFormatter formatter = new BinaryFormatter();

        // Deserialize the hashtable from the file and 
        // assign the reference to the local variable.
        addresses = (Hashtable) formatter.Deserialize(fs);
    catch (SerializationException e) 
        Console.WriteLine("Failed to deserialize. Reason: " + e.Message);

    // To prove that the table deserialized correctly, 
    // display the key/value pairs.
    foreach (DictionaryEntry de in addresses) 
        Console.WriteLine("{0} lives at {1}.", de.Key, de.Value);

Leads to:

$ mono ./Dump.exe
Failed to deserialize. Reason: Unable to find assembly 'ApplicationObjects, Version=1.0.4073.26998, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null'.

Unhandled Exception:
System.Runtime.Serialization.SerializationException: Unable to find assembly 'ApplicationObjects, Version=1.0.4073.26998, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null'.


1 Answer 1


Turns out this was barely a reverse engineer task since everything is already available on internet. Mainly this post is a great read:

And then you can even play with a python implementation:

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