Reverse Engineering

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Code Completion Credits Range Language
MI-REV.16 Z,ZK 5 1P+2C Czech
Josef Kokeš (guarantor)
Josef Kokeš (guarantor)
Department of Information Security

Students will get acquainted with the essentials of reverse engineering of computer software. They will learn how processes start and what happens before and after the main function is called. Students will understand how executable files are organized and how they interact with 3rd party libraries. Another part of the course is dedicated to reverse engineering of applications written in C++. Students will also understand principles of disassemblers and obfuscation techniques. A part of the course will also be dedicated to debuggers: how debuggers and debugging work and which methods can be used to detect it. One of the lectures will be dedicated to the latest trends on the computer malware scene. The focus of the course is on the seminars, where students will solve practically oriented tasks from the real world.


Very good knowledge of C, C++. Basic knowledge of programming in assembler/machine code.

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Introduction to reverse engineering

2. Analysis of a program's flow

3. Analysis of C++ classes

4. Disassembling and obfuscation

5. Compiler recognition

6. Debugging and anti-debugging

7. Malware

Syllabus of tutorials:

1. Introduction to debuggers and assembler

2. Basic function analysis, stack frame

3. Reverse engineering tools

4. PE file structure, Import Address Table

5. Type information analysis

6. Analysis of obfuscated programs

7. Advanced obfuscation techniques

8. Reconstruction of packed files

9. Antidebugging

10. Code injection

11. Reverse analysis of high level languages

Study Objective:

After he/she had completed the course, the student will be able to independently perform reverse analyses of binary executable files on the MS Windows platform, including analyzing obfuscated files (i.e. malware).

Study materials:

[1] Eilam, E.: Reversing: Secrets of Reverse Engineering. Wiley. 2005. 987-0-7645-7481-8.

[2] Eagle, C.: The IDA Pro Book: The unofficial Guide to the World's Most Popular Disassembler. No Starch Press. 2011. 987-1-59327-289-0.

[3] Seacord, R. C.: Secure Coding in C and C++. Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. 2013. 987-0-321-82213-0.

[4] Russinovich M. - Solomon D. A. - Ionescu A.: Windows Internals Part 1. Microsoft Press. 2012. 987-0-7356-4873-9.

[5] Russinovich M. - Solomon D. A. - Ionescu A.: Windows Internals Part 2. Microsoft Press. 2012. 987-0-7356-6587-3.

Further information:
No time-table has been prepared for this course
The course is a part of the following study plans:
Data valid to 2020-12-03
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