Reverse engineering non-executable files

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    • #6953
      ShadowReaper
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      Hello,
      how can I reverse engineer a file that is not executable, for example a firmware file.
      Either in Windows or in Linux.

      Thank you

    • #43182
      mambru
      Participant

      RE is a way to get some knowledge about the workings of something, so you can. There are good tools for both platforms.

    • #43183
      ShadowReaper
      Participant

      Could someone name a few?

    • #43184
      blackazarro
      Participant

      Here are some tools you can try:

      ExifTool
      McAfee FileInsight
      FileAlyzer

      Try them and see what you can get.

    • #43185
      mambru
      Participant

      The tools you will use will depend on the type of files you’re working with and what you want to achieve. The most basic tools are strings, file and hex editors. It’s very common to find compressed data, so then you’ll have to user some other tools. For a very good example read the next post:

      http://www.devttys0.com/2011/05/reverse-engineering-firmware-linksys-wag120n/

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