Reverse Engineering 101 – Newbie Contest and Webcast with eLearnSecurity

| November 15, 2013 | 15 Comments

Reverse Engineering 101 - Newbie Contest and Webcast with eLearnSecurity - eLS ARES LogoDetails on the new training course from eLearnSecurity is out! There’s been some buzz about the new eLS course and what it could possibly be. As the above title indicates, one of the premier online training organizations is getting into RE. If you are interested in Software Reverse Engineering, either driven by curiosity or by the dream to become a professional in this subject, then the Advanced Reverse Engineering of Software (ARES) course is just what you need to get all the theoretical and practical knowledge to start your journey into the world of RE. And it starts right here with Reverse Engineering 101.

It’s been a while since we’ve had a webcast or a hacking contest, so why not combine them into one big EH-Net Special Event? And to get your Holiday Season rolling in proper EH-Net fashion, we’re also able to offer 5% Off with Coupon Code: EH-Net-5-eLS, even before the official launch date of Nov 26. So go reserve your seat now.

So here’s what we’ve cooked up for all of you EH-Netters out there. Just like you, eLS is also driven by passion, so they prepared a small challenge for their future students. Below is an executable just begging to be broken. You’ll have until Monday Dec 9 to break it. If you do, you’ll be entered into a pool of candidates where one of you will win the entire ARES course + Certification Exam for free! Then stay tuned for a future article with a full write-up as well as a video containing an Intro to RE, the solution to the challenge and the announcement of the winner. Good Luck.

Reverse Engineering 101 Contest Steps

  1. Get the exe to be hacked: elearnsecurity_eh-net_re_challenge2013.7z
  2. Break it open and start exploring.
  3. The only rule for the challenge is that it has to be solved by creating a valid key file named eLearnSecurity.dat. No patching is allowed! Test your dat file using the exe. If successful, then send your solution to els_re_2013 @ ethicalhacker . net with the Subject: eLS RE Challenge 2013 by Monday Dec 9, 2013. You will be notified if you made into the winners pool.

If you can’t solve it, don’t be scared. It only means that you have the passion but you miss the knowledge, and this is what eLS guarantees to offer to you. Still, if you manage to solve it, then you know that there is so much still to learn. eLS guarantees that through the ARES course, you will learn much more in order to enhance your technical skills.

More on the Advanced Reverse Engineering of Software (ARES) course from eLS:

This fundamental course teaches you the theoretical and practical knowledge required to perform advanced reverse engineering of software on assembly level in third party software and/or malware. Through a series of lessons, which also involve several challenges to be solved and to play with, you will be taught all the necessary skills to succeed as a professional reverse engineer (and not just acquire a superficial understanding of how to use reversing tools).

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During your advanced reverse engineering training you will learn several methods used to identify, isolate, and finally analyse the portions of any code which are of high interest. You also learn about the most common Windows APIs utilized for file, memory and registry manipulation by either software protections (such as packers) or malware.

Additionally, the training does also focus on several packers in order to give you as the student all the essential knowledge and understanding of manual unpacking. This is one of the most important parts of advanced reverse engineering.

On top of all these exciting topics, you will also get insights into the most common anti-reversing tricks, including different code obfuscation methods. Not only will you analyse their mechanisms, but also learn how these can be bypassed in order to successfully perform the reverse engineering process.

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  • 14 highly technical modules
  • All technical chapters include challenges with walk-throughs
  • 10 applications to reverse engineer
  • All technical chapters include demonstration videos
  • 6 hours of video material
  • Successful completion of the course and examination leads to the prestigious eCRE certification.

Go Get ‘Em

Thanks in advance for participating. If you have any questions, please use the forum thread associated with this post. Please be careful not to give away any clues to the answer.

Have fun!!

Donald C. Donzal
The Ethical Hacker Network Online Magazine

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  1. Avatar image don says:

    There’s still plenty of time to crack open and play with the exe file for the EH-Net Reverse Engineering Newbie Contest. Test your current skill level and try to win a free seat in eLearnSecurity’s new Adv Rev Eng of Software online course. See details on what you might win:

    Anyone have questions or stuck on what to do?


    • Peleus says:

      Tried giving it a go but with my current level I didn’t get very far. Seems to have some antireversing features which I have no idea how to patch / bypass – however that could be my very inexperienced mistake.

      Would love to do it to learn, but haven’t got the skills to even do the basic yet it seems :)

  2. Avatar image don says:

    BTW – We did get a successful entry. Still lots of time to enter yours.

    Be sure to register for the webcast where you will learn more on reverse engineering as well as find out who won from the pool of correct entries.

    Register Now!


    PS – Be sure to register even if you can’t attend to get info on the video recording of the webcast.

  3. Avatar image don says:

    Thanks for trying. Be sure to tune in to the webcast to learn how to solve the challenge. It’s a great primer in RE. It’s all about the learning. :)


  4. Avatar image caissyd says:

    Don, what have you done to me?
    I am hooked now…

    I just started working on the challenge and now I am late for an appointment!!!

  5. I’ll be sure to tune in for the webcast. That’s some pretty cool stuff. Thanks!

  6. Avatar image don says:

    Hey All,

    The webcast for "Reverse Engineering 101 – Newbie Contest and Webcast with eLearnSecurity" at Tue, Dec 10, 2013 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST has been canceled due to unfortunate conflicts.

    Don’t fret, as the contest remains alive and well, and we’ll still award the eLS ARES class to the winner. In fact, we will also publish an article with details of the solution to the challenge, announce the winner and also post a video with the same contents planned for this cancelled webcast.

    Stay tuned to EH-Net for details on when the video and article are ready. Get more details on eLS’s ARES online course and certification: … _software/

    Be sure to take advantage of the 5% Discount with Coupon Code: EH-Net-5-eLS.

    I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

    Don Donzal
    The Ethical Hacker Network

  7. hawaii67 says:

    Any news by now? Any winner of the contest?
    Or was it just a not so serious marketing joke……..

  8. Avatar image don says:

    Kyriakos is going through the entries and then will pick the winner and contact them offline first. We’ll then announce it here in the forums possibly as early as tomorrow.

    The article with walk-through and video should be done next week.

    Thanks for your patience and kind words,

  9. hawaii67 says:

    Thanks a lot for the heads-up!

  10. Avatar image don says:

    We Have a Winner!

    Congrats to Gerardo Iglesias Galvan for not only getting the correct answer but also doing a great job in describing how he did it. His write-up will be featured in the full article announcing his winning entry as well as Kyriakos’ video.

    Thanks to all who participated and stay tuned for the video.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

  11. hawaii67 says:

    Sorry for the impatience but when there will be the announced write-up/video?

  12. hawaii67 says:

    Hmm……it feels fishy sonwhow……

    ??? ??? ??? ??? ???

  13. hawaii67 says:

    Ok, I take it, the contest was a fake. Oh man!

  14. Avatar image don says:

    Sorry for the massive delay, but here’s the winner and solutions (1 video by the author and 1 write-up by the winner):

    Thanks for your patience,


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