There are some excellent DBI frameworks for Windows (Intel PIN, DynamoRIO...) but unfortunately none of them expose an IR afaik. I am looking for something like Valgrind's VEX that works on Windows.

Any pointers / references would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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If you are searching for lifting assembly to IR, look at either BAP or RevGen.

Edit 2018: There is also great McSema (supports x86, x64 and aarch64).

  • This may be what I was looking for. I always avoided BAP since it is written in OCAML but I guess I'll have to check it out nevertheless. Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 14:21
  • On a closer look, it does not seem that BAP supports Windows. Any experiences with compiling this on a Windows OS? Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 16:18
  • Nevermind, it accepts PE files as input. Suboptimal for my purposes but it'd make do. Sorry for the little self-chat here. Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 16:24

dynamoRIO does expose an IR (see documentation). There is just no "written textual" form of it, it is basically a 1:1 mapping of the underlying assembly language and thus very close to the underlying architecture.


Intel's Pin is probably what you want.

Microsoft's Vulcan is great, but I don't think it was ever released publicly, at least not in a standalone form.

  • Intel Pin would be my DBI framework of choice but I could not find any reference to an IR similar to VEX. Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 14:24

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