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A Novel Approach to Online Retargetable Machine-Code Decompilation

ĎURFINA Lukáš, KŘOUSTEK Jakub, MATULA Peter and ZEMEK Petr. A Novel Approach to Online Retargetable Machine-Code Decompilation. Journal of Network and Innovative Computing (JNIC), vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 224-232. ISSN 2160-2174. Available from:
Czech title
Nový přístup k online rekonfigurovatelnému zpětnému překladu strojového kódu
journal article
Ďurfina Lukáš, Ing. (DIFS FIT BUT)
Křoustek Jakub, Ing. (DIFS FIT BUT)
Matula Peter, Ing. (DIFS FIT BUT)
Zemek Petr, Ing. (DIFS FIT BUT)

reverse engineering, decompilation, retargetable decompiler, raw machine code, code snippets, web service, Lissom


Machine-code decompilation, belonging to the area of reverse engineering, has found its applications in many real-world areas. Analysis of malicious software, search for vulnerabilities, and source-code recovery are some of the most important uses. As there exists a diversity of different platforms on which software can be run, an existence of a generic decompiler would be highly appreciated.

This paper presents an extended version of our retargetable decompiler that also allows decompilation of raw binary code, such as firmware or code snippets. More specifically, in the present paper, we provide a description of a retargetable decompiler that is being developed within the Lissom project. First, we give an introduction into the area of machine-code decompilation, including a brief discussion of existing tools. Then, we describe the concept and architecture of the decompiler. As it is available in the form of a web service, we also provide its description. Finally, we summarise our results, present a case study of using the tool for analysing malicious software, and conclude the paper by several remarks on future research.

Journal of Network and Innovative Computing (JNIC), vol. 2, no. 1, ISSN 2160-2174
   author = "Luk\'{a}\v{s} \v{D}urfina and Jakub K\v{r}oustek and Peter Matula and Petr Zemek",
   title = "A Novel Approach to Online Retargetable Machine-Code Decompilation",
   pages = "224--232",
   journal = "Journal of Network and Innovative Computing (JNIC)",
   volume = 2,
   number = 1,
   year = 2014,
   ISSN = "2160-2174",
   language = "english",
   url = ""
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