I am using IDA pro to decompile a series of applications. These applications share a common feature and what I have found is that in each decompilation each application shares the same set of functions. If the binary is stripped how does IDA pro work out the function names ?

The functions that I am seeing in common between the applications are all very abstract, for example v404(), and as far as I can work out don't come from any open source library set of functions.

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    Can you give some examples of the function names that you're seeing? Oct 7, 2014 at 21:17
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    v404()? Hm, mine always look like sub_<address of function>(params)
    – Gizmo
    Oct 9, 2014 at 17:44

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I've seen 4 naming conventions being used:

  • vNNN() when decompiling ARM binaries (i.e.: Android JNI code) - not sure how it numbers them as it doesn't seem it's related to their position or address within the binary.
  • sub_HHHHHH() when decompiling x86/64 binaries (i.e.: for Windows, OSX) with the actual address on the name
  • _name/__name() for functions IDA is able to identify via its FLIRT algorithm
  • finally the clear names for functions it has enough information on the binaries to reverse as they were named originally.

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