Neural Reverse Engineering of Stripped Binaries

Sep 25, 2019 ICLR 2020 Conference Withdrawn Submission readers: everyone
  • Abstract: We address the problem of reverse engineering of stripped executables which contain no debug information. This is a challenging problem because of the low amount of syntactic information available in stripped executables, and due to the diverse assembly code patterns arising from compiler optimizations. We present a novel approach for predicting procedure names in stripped executables. Our approach combines static analysis with encoder-decoder-based models. The main idea is to use static analysis to obtain enriched representations of API call sites; encode a set of sequences of these call sites by traversing the Control-Flow Graph; and finally, attend to the encoded sequences while decoding the target name. Our evaluation shows that our model performs predictions that are difficult and time consuming for humans, while improving on the state-of-the-art by 20%.
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