Software Reverse Engineering (SRE) is the practice of analyzing a software system, either in whole or in part, to extract design and implementation information. A typical SRE scenario would involve a software module that has worked for years and carries several rules of a business in its lines of code; unfortunately, the source code of the application has been lost – what remains is “native” or “binary” code. Reverse engineering skills are also used to detect and neutralize viruses and malware and to protect intellectual property.
Why Mylotec prefer reverse engineering?
The purpose of reverse engineering is to find out how an object or system works. Reverse-engineering in information technology is also used to address compatibility issues and make the hardware or software work with other hardware, software, or operating systems that it wasn’t originally compatible with.
1. Reverse engineering helps in designing and creating new yet cheaper products.
2. It allows you to create more powerful codes and also, link different databases or systems.
3. It helps you reveal the uncoordinated characteristics of a commercial product.
4. The most important step in creating or developing a new system is to identify and understand its working. Using reverse engineering, you can duplicate an existing component on the basis of its characteristics, physical dimensions, and properties.
5. IoT devices are specifically very responsive to reverse engineering due to the ease of retrieving firmware. The firmware updates are available online for some devices.
Popular reverse engineering tools
Reverse engineering has proved to be very useful in the IT sector. It is an ethical and legal way to deal with compatibility problems, security evaluations, recreate legacy parts, and improve the quality of a product and system.
This tool helps you in understanding software visually. It uses the white box method and is mainly aimed at program comprehension. It reduces costs, shortens time-to (the local) market, and provides translations of high quality.
This is an application generator that supports the development of analytic tools for the C++ language. To create a tool using Gen++, you have to write an analysis specification in a domain-specific language.
The Portable Book Shelf (PBS) has a set of tools that extract and visualize the architecture of programs. These tools have the ability to extract the architecture for systems written in Java, C, C++, and PL/IX.
It is a software modularization/clustering tool. It can cluster source-level modules and dependencies into subsystems. It does so by assuming that the modules and dependencies are mapped to a Module Dependency Graph (MDG). The MDG is constructed automatically using source code analysis tools, such as Acacia for C and C++.