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Advanced Preprocessing of Binary Executable Files and its Usage in Retargetable Decompilation

KŘOUSTEK Jakub, MATULA Peter, KOLÁŘ Dušan and ZAVORAL Milan. Advanced Preprocessing of Binary Executable Files and its Usage in Retargetable Decompilation. International Journal on Advances in Software, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 112-122. ISSN 1942-2628. Available from: http://www.iariajournals.org/software/tocv7n12.html
Czech title
Pokročilé předzpracování binárních spustitelných souborů a jeho využití při rekonfigurovatelném zpětném překladu
Type
journal article
Language
english
Authors
Křoustek Jakub, Ing. (DIFS FIT BUT)
Matula Peter, Ing. (DIFS FIT BUT)
Kolář Dušan, doc. Dr. Ing. (DIFS FIT BUT)
Zavoral Milan, Bc. (FIT BUT)
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Keywords

reverse engineering, decompilation, packer detection, unpacking, executable file, Lissom

Abstract

Retargetable machine-code decompilation is used for a platform-independent transformation of executable files into a high level language (HLL) representation (e.g., C language). It is a complex task that must deal with a lot of different platform-specific features and missing information. Accurate preprocessing of input executable files is one of the necessary prerequisites in order to achieve the best results. Furthermore, we can use gathered information to achieve higher quality of decompilation. This paper presents an extended version of our previous system for an accurate code preprocessing. It is implemented as a generic preprocessing system that consists of a precise compiler and packer detector, plugin-based unpacker, converter into an internal platform-independent file format, and debugging information gathering library. We also describe an utilization of the collected information in a problem of automatic data-type reconstruction. This system has been adopted and tested in an existing retargetable decompiler. According to our experimental results, the proposed retargetable solution is fully competitive with existing platform-dependent tools.

Published
2014
Pages
112-122
Journal
International Journal on Advances in Software, vol. 7, no. 1, ISSN 1942-2628
Book
Internation Journal on Advances in Software (IJAS)
Publisher
International Academy, Research, and Industry Association
BibTeX
@ARTICLE{FITPUB10531,
   author = "Jakub K\v{r}oustek and Peter Matula and Du\v{s}an Kol\'{a}\v{r} and Milan Zavoral",
   title = "Advanced Preprocessing of Binary Executable Files and its Usage in Retargetable Decompilation",
   pages = "112--122",
   booktitle = "Internation Journal on Advances in Software (IJAS)",
   journal = "International Journal on Advances in Software",
   volume = 7,
   number = 1,
   year = 2014,
   ISSN = "1942-2628",
   language = "english",
   url = "https://www.fit.vut.cz/research/publication/10531"
}
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