The IDA Pro Book
The Unofficial Guide to the World's Most Popular Disassembler
Publisher: No Starch Press
Final Release Date: August 2008
Pages: 640

No source code? No problem. With IDA Pro, you live in a source code-optional world. IDA can automatically analyze the millions of opcodes that make up an executable and present you with a disassembly. But at that point, your work is just beginning. With The IDA Pro Book, you'll learn how to turn that mountain of mnemonics into something you can actually use.

Hailed by the creator of IDA Pro as the "long-awaited" and "information-packed" guide to IDA, The IDA Pro Book covers everything from the very first steps to advanced automation techniques. While other disassemblers slow your analysis with inflexibility, IDA invites you to customize its output for improved readability and usefulness. You'll save time and effort as you learn to:

  • Identify known library routines, so you can focus your analysis on other areas of the code
  • Extend IDA to support new processors and filetypes, making disassembly possible for new or obscure architectures
  • Explore popular plug-ins that make writing IDA scripts easier, allow collaborative reverse engineering, and much more
  • Utilize IDA's built-in debugger to tackle obfuscated code that would defeat a stand-alone disassembler

You'll still need serious assembly skills to tackle the toughest executables, but IDA makes things a lot easier. Whether you're analyzing the software on a black box or conducting hard-core vulnerability research, a mastery of IDA Pro is crucial to your success. Take your skills to the next level with The IDA Pro Book.

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    Comments about No Starch Press The IDA Pro Book:

    IDA Pro is a comprehensive disassembler that may be the most powerful available. Because of the vast number of options and features of IDA, it can be difficult to use. Fortunately, "The IDA Pro" book explains the basic operation of IDA Pro, more advanced topics, extending IDA, and using IDA in code analysis.

    The book starts by explaining how disassemblers work and different types of disassembly. This is welcome since disassembly is a complicated topic.

    Various tools are discussed to give the reader an idea of how to get started examining a program. Then the fun begins. IDA Pro is covered starting with available versions and how to install IDA Pro.

    Once installed, the author describes how IDA Pro tools are put into the directories then gets into using IDA to perform basic disassembly. Each major display of IDA is covered, which is great since there are many. IDA shows large amounts of information while running and this information is organized into various windows that the user can show or hide. The IDA Pro books gives examples of each window. The reader can follow along.

    IDA navigation is covered including searching the disassembled code, working with the stack, and navigating through the various displays and features.

    IDA Pro can allow the user to change the executable. This topic is covered in chapter 7 then the book moves onto advanced topics. IDA has many advanced features. The book explains how to use IDA to graph program execution and watch complex data structures, arrays, header files, and objects.

    The IDA Pro book goes beyond IDA usage in the second half. It covers advanced disassembly techniques then moves into scripting IDA to automate and customizing disassembly functionality. IDA plugins can also be used to help extend IDA and these have a chapter to themselves.

    No stone is left unturned. The features in IDA are vast but the The IDA Pro book does a solid job of covering them all in one comprehensive place. This book is a must have for those using IDA. It is almost certainly the most complete guide available and one of the few coverages that are in print.

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