Approaching Retargetable Static, Dynamic, and Hybrid Executable-Code Analysis

Jakub Křoustek, Dušan Kolář
2013 Acta Informatica Pragensia  
Program comprehension and reverse engineering are two large domains of computer science that have one common goal – analysis of existing programs and understanding their behaviour. In present, methods of source code analysis are well established and used in practice by software engineers. On the other hand, analysis of executable code is a more challenging task that is not fully covered by existing tools. Furthermore, methods of retargetable executable code analysis are rare because of their
more » ... because of their complexity. In this paper, we present a complex platform independent toolchain for executable-code analysis that supports both static and dynamic analysis. This toolchain, developed within the Lissom project, exploits several previously designed methods and it can be used for debugging user's applications as well as malware analysis, etc. The main contribution of this paper is to interconnect the existing methods and illustrate their usage on the real world scenarios. Furthermore, we introduce a concept of a new retargetable method – the hybrid analysis. It can eliminate the shortcomings of the static and dynamic analysis in future.
doi:10.18267/j.aip.10 fatcat:zzrkfqsg6ngp5oyac2ngdkttua