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Tutorial #7: More Crackmes


Welcome to Part 7 of  of R4ndom’s tutorials on Reverse Engineering. This time, we will be cracking two crackmes; one to re-iterate last tutorial’s concepts, and one that we are going to have a little fun with :) In the download of this tutorial, you will find these two crackmes as well as the program “Resource Hacker” that we will be using on the second crackme. You can also download this tool on the tools page.

You can download the files and PDF version of this tutorial on the tutorials page.

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Tutorial #5: Our First (Sort Of) Crack


In this tutorial we will be finishing up some last minute Olly things as we review a crackme. Well, sort of a crackme. It’s really just the program we used before but changed to ask for a serial number and displays either a good message if you get the serial right, or bad message if you get it wrong. I chose to do it this way, as opposed to jumping into a completely different crackme, because I want you to be able to focus on the serial checking routine, and not get bogged down in all off the other superfluous code. Next tutorial we will be going over a real crackme (I promise).

In this tutorial, all you need is OllyDBG (either my version or the original), and a copy of my revised crackme, which, by the way, I am calling the “First Assembly Kracking Engine”, or F.A.K.E. It is included in the files download for this tut. (and yes, Gdogg, I know kracking does not start with a ‘K’ :)

You can download the files and PDF version of this tutorial on the tutorials page.

Let’s get started.

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The Reverse Engineers Toolkit


I remember when I first got started in reverse engineering. Well, let’s be honest. It was cracking commercial software. but I digress. Anyway, when one first starts getting introduced to this world, it doesn’t take long to learn a very important tenet: Tools are King. Most budding young crackers start getting the ‘tool-bug’ and start amassing as many tools as possible; it doesn’t matter that you don’t know what most of them do (or that half are actually viruses), just that it felt like the more tools one had, the better potential cracker they would be.

After the initial tool-buzz wears off you soon learn that most of those tools (and viruses) you amassed really aren’t that pivotal in day-to-day cracking (if there is such a thing). Hell, most of them you never really learn what the heck they do anyway! In fact, after you’ve been reverse engineering as long as I have (much longer than I like to admit) you eventually learn that you really only use a small subset of all the tools out there. Some you use regularly, some semi-regularly, and some rarely, tho all of the ones you use have a purpose.

It can be hard for a beginner to learn even what tools are out there, much less the tools that are really important and which aren’t. In order to help those who are interested in getting into reverse engineering (and yes, sigh, cracking) I have put together a list of what I consider the most important tools for really getting involved in RCE. I have arranged the list by several qualities, first of which is how often you would use them, followed by their importance and experience needed to use them, and finally where you can get them. If they are tough to find, I am hosting on this site so you can download them here. I have also included a description of what the tool does. And just because everything sounds cooler as an anagram, I am calling it

R4ndom’s “Reverse Engineering And Cracking Tools Of Note” or R.E.A.C.T.I.O.N.

I know it doesn’t change anything, but damn, it sounds cool!!!!

Now, before you begin flaming me with your “How could you not include tool X!!!” and “Tool Y SUCKS!!!”, please keep in mind that these are tools ordered by importance for *ME*. I know that everyone will not share my same viewpoints, but I hope to at least get the beginner started. And my ratings may be a little ‘loose’.

And lastly, don’t get me wrong, I still get excited when I learn of a new tool, even if it was programmed in 1997,  Norton won’t even let me open it, it’s packed with Themida, and it’s called BackOrifice. Just the idea that it might be that long lost ‘secret’ program that let’s you unpack, un-protect, disassemble into proper English, debug and remove all copy-protection with the click of a single button, well, you never know. Some dreams you just don’t get over.

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Quick Guide To Some Important Ollydbg Plugins

I have compiled a list of what I consider to be the most important Olly plugins for reverse engineering. Every one of these will be used at some point in my tutorials. Of course, this list is nowhere near exhaustive (for that I would go to Tuts4You ), and I’m sure there are plenty that I am missing that some would consider ‘vital’. Mostly, I have listed these here for convenience for people going through my tutorials. I have included the name, the latest version that I could find, the author, and a quick outline of what they do.  All of these can be downloaded from my tools page.

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