Ten years of innovation in reverse engineering
By Sebastian Porst
On our way back home from Black Hat Europe in Barcelona, Thomas and I were brainstorming about the most important changes to the field of binary code reverse engineering in the last 10 years. What has changed since then? What made the biggest impact? Remember: Back in the dark days of 2000, W32Dasm and Turbo Debugger were considered good reverse engineering tools. If you had a self-written tracer that logged the execution of conditional jumps you were basically a king.
Anyway, we came up with several trends and technologies we believe have changed the job of reverse engineers tremendously since 2000. Here they are: