Aiding reverse engineering with binary instrumentation

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Izsó Tamás
Department of Networked Systems and Services

The topic of my thesis was inspired by the difficulty, complexity, and overall cost of reverse engineering. Reverse engineering tasks can be eased or automated - partially or fully - with certain methods. To achieve this goal, i utilized binary instrumentation - Intel's binary instrumentation framework called PIN, to be exact.

In the first part of my thesis i present Intel's PIN framework. After a brief look at its history, i introduce its architecture, operation, components, basic concepts, methods, and features. Generally binary instrumentation, and programming PIN has very special problems and needs, which i try to point out and overcome.

After the introduction of the framework i present the architecture and requirements of my toolkit. The concrete tools with the purpose of aiding reversing, their design decisions and implementations are also discussed in detail.

Finally, i measure and inspect the performance impact of the tools on real applications, compare the results to my preliminary expectations, and draw the appropriate conclusions.


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