Questions tagged [disassemblers]

A disassembler is a software tool which transforms machine code into a human readable mnemonic representation called assembly language.

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Why there are not any disassemblers that can generate re-assemblable asm code?

I am struggling on this problem for around three months: How to use disassemblers (IDA Pro and others...) to generate re-assemblable asm code and assemble it back My experience is that: There is NO ...
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Is there any disassembler to rival IDA Pro?

Is there any disassembler (not only a live debugger) second to IDA in capabilities? IDA is wonderful, and somewhat amazing in how robust and useful it is for reversing. However, it is quite expensive ...
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What is the algorithm used in Recursive Traversal disassembly?

Disassembling binary code is a quite difficult topic, but for now only two (naive) algorithms seems to be broadly used in the tools. Linear Sweep: A basic algorithm taking all the section marked as ...
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Can AI be used to write better decompilers/disassemblers? [closed]

In the past for years I used some disassembler and tried some decompiler, nowadays there's so much talking and stuff about deep learning and AI, I wonder if some can be used with those tasks (given ...
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Decompiling a 1990 DOS application

I have some crucial data written decades ago by an ancient 16bit DOS application. There are no docs, no source, and no information about the author. Just the 16 bit exe. I guess it's time for me to ...
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What is the difference between static disassembly and dynamic disassembly?

I am told that tools like IDA Pro are static disassembly tool, and tools like OllyDbg are dynamic disassembly tool. But from the using experiences on these tools, I don't think there is any ...
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idapython - Get Xrefs to a stack variable

I am trying to write an IDAPython script that will return a list of references to a local stack-frame variable. However, I couldn't find any API that does so. What I am trying to achieve is a code ...
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How to Make .text Section in Assembly Writeable for Win7-64 EXE

I have a basic XOR decoder that functions perfectly in Linux, but when I try to move it over to an exe in windows, it fails. I am leaving this question open for historical reference since the issue ...
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How to find obfuscated hidden command line parameters?

The Amazon KindleGen command line app (Windows, macOS, Linux download links) has several undocumented command line parameters that I'm curious about. One of these hidden command line parameters is: -...
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Real-time changes of executable on IDE/Assembler

I'm new on this, sorry for bad usage of terms or overextending an explanation. I'm learning code languages and the way I found to bring it to my world so I can learn it better was coding for/with ...
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How can the problem posed for disassembly by the admixture of executable code and literal pools in ARM firmware be overcome?

It's probably too soon for me to ask about this since I'm not familiar with ARM but it's been bothering me for a while now so I'm going to ask anyway. Context and Background Information Part 1: ARM ...
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Initializing a struct in win32 assembly programming using MASM

I'm trying to create a demo program demonstrating struct(s) in MASM , I've written a code like this : struct1 struct first db ? second dw ? struct1 EndS .386 .model flat,stdcall option casemap:none ...
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Capstone: What's the purpose of the 'address' argument in cs_disasm()?

I'm trying to play around with the Capstone Disassembler in C. In the documentation they show the following use of the cs_disasm() function: from here count = cs_disasm(handle, CODE, sizeof(CODE)-1, ...