Reversing Engineering Data Structures in Binary Programs: Overview and Case Study

  • Authors:
  • Xiao Xia Sun;Hua Chen;Yan Wen;Min Huan Huang

  • Affiliations:
  • -;-;-;-

  • Venue:
  • IMIS '12 Proceedings of the 2012 Sixth International Conference on Innovative Mobile and Internet Services in Ubiquitous Computing
  • Year:
  • 2012

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all the unnecessary information of data structures and types is removed at the end of compilation. However, the high level information is extremely valuable and necessary for many fields such as debugging, reverse engineering, security etc. Without data structures information, reverse engineering is extremely hard to perform. Unfortunately, even the most advanced techniques and tools for reverse engineering are very weak in this part. Recently, several new solutions have been proposed and each has made some achievements. In this paper, we summarize challenges in this problem, then analyze three existing outstanding approaches, discuss their limitations and at last propose some possible directions to make further efforts.