I just started playing around with reverse engineering and Ghidra, so please bear with me.

I wanted to run an old game. One version available on archive.org does not work even when I have mounted the ISO, the other one does. As a learning exercise, I wanted to try patching the latter anyway: https://archive.org/download/Loewe2/Loewe2.iso/Setup%2FWinRoot%2FTerzio%2FLoewenzahn%202%2FLoewenzahn%202.exe

When I run the exe without the ISO mounted I get the error message Bitte die CD-ROM "Löwenzahn 2" einlegen!, which means Please insert CD-ROM "Löwenzahn 2"!.

So I ran strings -t x Loewenzahn\ 2.exe | grep einlegen and got the output 17020 einlegen!. I found the same address using the hex-editor Okteta.

file Loewenzahn\ 2.exe gives the following output:

Loewenzahn 2.exe: PE32 executable (GUI) Intel 80386, for MS Windows

Now when I import Loewenzahn 2.exe into Ghidra and run all analyzers, there's a discrepancy between the addresses and I can't find the string "einlegen" via Search > For Strings....


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Why is there an offset and can I configure Ghidra to start at 0? Can I configure Ghidra to show the raw strings, like "Th is program canno t be run in DOS mode"? And how can I find it using the String search?

  • Looks like I need to calculate the virtual address to find the corresponding section in the disassembled code: reverseengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/8050/… Jun 30, 2022 at 17:38
  • When I use Ghidra's Hex editor via Window > Bytes, it only shows the contents of the file up to the PADDINGXX section. However, Okteta shows more data after that point, which is where the string "einlegen" is defined as well. Jun 30, 2022 at 17:54
  • I'm is possible to append data to an Windows executable which can be used by the executable. But on a strict perspective this data does not belong to the executable as it was just appended. A common example for such executables are self-extracting archives and installers. May be Ghidra only shows you the actual executable content? As the executable seems to be an installer I would check if a program like 7Zip can extract it.
    – Robert
    Jun 30, 2022 at 20:48
  • Thanks for the hint. This exe is not an installer and I couldn't extract it either. However, I tried Cutter with the Ghidra plugin and it listed all the strings and recognized library functions out of the box. Jul 1, 2022 at 1:34


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