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Reverse engineering non-executable files

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ShadowReaper

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Post Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:24 am

Reverse engineering non-executable files

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
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mambru

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Post Wed Oct 26, 2011 4:18 pm

Re: Reverse engineering non-executable files

RE is a way to get some knowledge about the workings of something, so you can. There are good tools for both platforms.
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Post Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:07 am

Re: Reverse engineering non-executable files

Could someone name a few?
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blackazarro

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Post Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:09 am

Re: Reverse engineering non-executable files

Here are some tools you can try:

ExifTool
McAfee FileInsight
FileAlyzer

Try them and see what you can get.
Security+, OSCP, CEH
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mambru

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Post Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:25 am

Re: Reverse engineering non-executable files

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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