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Review - Reversing: Secrets of Reverse Engineering

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Post Fri Aug 07, 2009 3:16 am

Review - Reversing: Secrets of Reverse Engineering

I did some time ago a review on the book Reversing: Secrets of Reverse Engineering by Eldad Eilam.


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As implied by its title the book covers many topics in the field of reverse code engineering which are essential to know. The book is divided into four parts (named Reversing 101, Applied Reversing, Cracking and Beyond Disassembly) which are again divided into several subparts. Throughout the book a Windows environment is used mostly which is pursuable as most malware and copy protections are available for these platforms.


The first part focuses on the very basics and gives an introduction to reverse engineering, such as where and when it is used, legal aspects, which tools can be used and how an operating system works in some aspects. This part will answer many questions for people who are not familiar with reversing at all and should be read therefore carefully.



Full review can be read at my site www.awesec.com.

Hope this helps somehow, comments are of course appreciated.
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Post Sun Aug 09, 2009 8:28 pm

Re: Review - Reversing: Secrets of Reverse Engineering

I've wanted to check out this book. Thanks for the review.

I checked out your review and your rating is hidden within with the boring facts such as number of pages and ISBN. Might be a good idea to pull it out of the middle of the facts so it is easier to see at first glance.
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Post Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:29 am

Re: Review - Reversing: Secrets of Reverse Engineering

You are welcome. :)

Thank you very much for your feedback, it is much appreciated. I will change this for all coming reviews and change it as soon as possible for the already existing ones.

edit: Done. :)
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Post Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:17 pm

Re: Review - Reversing: Secrets of Reverse Engineering

Thanks for the review awesec!

It was indeed useful! As soon as I am done with PWB (OSCP), I will read this book.
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Post Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:32 pm

Re: Review - Reversing: Secrets of Reverse Engineering

Glad it's useful. If you have any more questions feel free to ask.
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Post Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:06 am

Re: Review - Reversing: Secrets of Reverse Engineering

I was quite disappointed by the editorial quality of this book. There is however quite a bit of useful information and it covers some nice topics.
I would suggest reading Hacking: The art of exploitation first to get a better handle on programming assembly before attempting the material in this book. I would also get a grasp of the lena 151 tutorials from tuts4you.

All in all it is a good book, with some flaws. However it does cover areas in  which there is a surprising lack of decent literature available. it will also give you a nice intro to the reversal of a trojan.

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Post Fri Mar 19, 2010 6:36 am

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The thing that becomes more and more obvious to me, is to get 4 books, 2 tutorials and plenty of time!

n1p, I take good note of what you said.
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