Although nowadays most IDA users probably use the graph view, the text view can still be useful in certain situations. In case you haven’t noticed, it has a UI element which can help you visualize code flow even without the full graph and even outside of functions (the graph view is available only for […]
Navigation band, also sometimes called the navigator, or navbar, is the UI element shown by default at the top of IDA’s window, in the toolbar area. It shows the global overview of the program being analyzed and allows to see at a quick glance how well has the program been analyzed and what areas may need […]
Hints (aka tooltips) are popup windows with text which appear when you hover the mouse cursor over a particular item in IDA. They are available in many situations.
As we’ve mentioned before, the I in IDA stands for interactive, and we already covered some of the disassembly view’s interactive features like renaming or commenting. However, other changes are possible too. For example, you can change the operand representation (sometimes called operand type in documentation). What is it about? Most assemblers (and disassemblers) […]
In one of the previous posts, we’ve discussed how to edit types of functions and variables used in the pseudocode. In most cases, you can use the standard C types: char, int, long and so on. However, there may be situations where you need a more specific type. Decompiler may also generate such types […]
Last week we started improving decompilation of a simple function. While you can go quite far with renaming and retyping, some things need more explanation than a simple renamng could provide. Comments When you can’t come up with a good name for a variable or a function, you can add a comment with an explanation or […]
Previously we’ve covered how to start using the decompiler, but unmodified decompiler output is not always easy to read, especially if the binary doesn’t have symbols or debug information. However, with just a few small amendments you can improve the results substantially. Let’s look at some basic interactive operations available in the pseudocode view. Renaming Although […]
IDA supports more than 40 file formats out of box. Most of them are structured file formats – with defined headers and metadata – so they’re recognized and handled automatically by IDA. However, there are times when all you have is just a piece of a code without any headers (e.g. shellcode or raw firmware) […]