VM packers like Code Virtualizer and VMProtect seem challenging to existing reverse engineering work, especially static approach like IDA Pro.

According to this slides


from Hex-rays, IDA Pro requires experienced reverse engineer to manually recognize the opcode array and understand the semantic, then decode the bytecode array..

I myself use IDA Pro to deal with simple quicksort program using Code Virtualizer, and I can share two pics.

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See, I use Code Virtualizer to protect this part and IDA Pro can not go to 0X599050h.

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See, the size of relocation section has a significant growth.

So my questions:

  1. Can IDA Pro automatically deal with VM obfuscated binaries?
  2. Any other interesting materials on the state-of-art in this area?

Thank you!


Regarding question #1, no IDA does not handle obfuscated binaries.

You might be interested by the Virtual Deofbuscator talk Jason Raber gave at Blackhat last year, he also released an IDA plugin and the source code is available.

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  • Yes, I have seen this slides. anyway, thank you! – lllllllllllll Mar 26 '14 at 17:02

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