Tiny microcode optimizer

It is not a surprise to hear the IDA and Decompiler cannot handle all possible cases and eventually fail to recognize a construct, optimize an expression and represent it in its simplest form. It is perfectly understandable — nobody has resources to handle everything. This is why we publish a rich API that can be […]

Hack of the day #1: Decompiling selected functions

Intended audience IDA 7.2 users, who have experience with IDAPython and/or the decompiler. The problem As you may already know, the decompilers allow not only decompiling the current function (shortcut F5) but also all the functions in the database (shortcut Ctrl+F5).A somewhat less-well known feature of the “multiple” decompilation, is that if a range is selected (for example […]

IDA 7.2 – The Mac Rundown

We posted an addendum to the release notes for IDA 7.2: The Mac Rundown. It dives much deeper into the Mac-specific features introduced in 7.2, and should be great reference material for users interested in reversing the latest Apple binaries. It’s packed full of hints, tricks, and workarounds. We hope you will find it quite useful! […]

Deobfuscating xor'ed strings

A few days ago a customer sent us a sample file. The code he sent us was using a very simple technique to obfuscate string constants by building them on the fly and using ‘xor’ to hide the string contents from static disassembly: The decompiler recovered most of the xor’ed values but some of them […]

Decompiling floating point

It is a nice feeling, when, after long debugging nights, your software finally runs and produces meaningful results. Another hallmark is when other users start to use it and obtain useful results. Usually this period is very busy: lots of new bugs are discovered and fixed, unforeseen corner cases are handled. Then another period starts: when users come back for […]

x64 decompiler not far away

Just a short post to show you the current state of the x64 decompiler. In fact, it already mostly works but we still have to solve some minor problems. Let us consider this source code: struct color_t { short red; short green; short blue; short alpha; }; extern color_t lighten(color_t c); color_t func(int red, int green, […]

New features in Hex-Rays Decompiler 1.6

Last week we released IDA 6.2 and Hex-Rays Decompiler 1.6. Many of the new IDA features have been described in previous posts, but there have been notable additions in the decompiler as well. They will let you make the decompilation cleaner and closer to the original source. However, it might be not very obvious how […]

Recon 2011: Practical C++ Decompilation

Last month I visited the Recon conference and had a great time again. I gave a talk on C++ decompilation and how to handle it in IDA and Hex-Rays decompiler. You can get the slides here, and download the recorded talk here. Edit: for some reason the streaming version does […]

ARM decompiler beta is coming

We have the beta version of the ARM decompiler almost ready! Below is a short demo of how it works now: Your browser does not support the video element. Kindly update it to latest version. If you are interested in participating in the beta testing and you have an […]