"Reverse Engineering for Beginners" free book

Also known as RE4B. Written by Dennis Yurichev (yurichev.com).

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Download English version A4 (for browsing or printing) A5 (for ebook readers)
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PGP Signatures

For those, who wants to be sure the PDF files has been compiled by me, it's possible to check PGP signatures, which are: RE4B-EN-A5.pdf.sig, RE4B-EN.pdf.sig, RE4B-RU-A5.pdf.sig, RE4B-RU.pdf.sig.

My PGP public keys are here: http://yurichev.com/pgp.html.


Topics discussed: x86/x64, ARM/ARM64, MIPS, Java/JVM.

Topics touched: Oracle RDBMS, Itanium, copy-protection dongles, LD_PRELOAD, stack overflow, ELF, win32 PE file format, x86-64, critical sections, syscalls, TLS, position-independent code (PIC), profile-guided optimization, C++ STL, OpenMP, win32 SEH.

Call for translators!

You may want to help me with translation this work into languages other than English and Russian.

Just send me any piece of translated text (no matter how short) and I'll put it into my LaTeX source code.

Korean, Chinese and Persian languages are reserved by publishers.

English and Russian versions I do by myself, but my English is still that horrible, so I'm very grateful for any notes about grammar, etc. Even my Russian is also flawed, so I'm grateful for notes about Russian text as well!

So do not hesitate to contact me: dennis(a)yurichev.com


Those who supported me during the time when I wrote significant part of the book:

2 * Oleg Vygovsky (50+100 UAH), Daniel Bilar ($50), James Truscott ($4.5), Luis Rocha ($63), Joris van de Vis ($127), Richard S Shultz ($20), Jang Minchang ($20), Shade Atlas (5 AUD), Yao Xiao ($10), Pawel Szczur (40 CHF), Justin Simms ($20), Shawn the R0ck ($27), Ki Chan Ahn ($50), Triop AB (100 SEK), Ange Albertini (€10+50), Sergey Lukianov (300 RUR), Ludvig Gislason (200 SEK), Gérard Labadie (€40), Sergey Volchkov (10 AUD), Vankayala Vigneswararao ($50), Philippe Teuwen ($4), Martin Haeberli ($10), Victor Cazacov (€5), Tobias Sturzenegger (10 CHF), Sonny Thai ($15), Bayna AlZaabi ($75), Redfive B.V. (€25), Joona Oskari Heikkilä (€5), Marshall Bishop ($50), Nicolas Werner (€12), Jeremy Brown ($100), Alexandre Borges ($25), Vladimir Dikovski (€50), Jiarui Hong (100.00 SEK), Jim Di (500 RUR), Tan Vincent ($30), Sri Harsha Kandrakota (10 AUD), Pillay Harish (10 SGD), Timur Valiev (230 RUR), Carlos Garcia Prado (€10), Salikov Alexander (500 RUR), Oliver Whitehouse (30 GBP), Katy Moe ($14), Maxim Dyakonov ($3), Sebastian Aguilera (€20), Hans-Martin Münch (€15), Jarle Thorsen (100 NOK), Vitaly Osipov ($100), Yuri Romanov (1000 RUR), Aliaksandr Autayeu (€10), Tudor Azoitei ($40), Z0vsky (€10), Yu Dai ($10).

Thanks a lot to every donor!

As seen on...

... hacker news, reddit, habrahabr.ru, Russian-speaking RE forum.

There are some parts translated to Chinese: HTML, epub.

The book at Goodreads website.


English; Russian; Spanish; Brazilian Portuguese.

Supplementary materials

All exercises are moved to standalone website: challenges.re.

Be involved!

Feel free to send me corrections, or, it's even possible to submit patches on book's source code (LaTeX) on GitHub!

Any suggestions, what also should be added to my book?

Write me an email: dennis(a)yurichev.com


See ChangeLog

Stay tuned!

My current plans for this book: Objective-C, Visual Basic, anti-debugging tricks, Windows NT kernel debugger, .NET, Oracle RDBMS.

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About Korean publication

In January 2015, Acorn publishing company (www.acornpub.co.kr) in South Korea did huge amount of work in translating and publishing my book (state which is it in August 2014) in Korean language.

Now it's available at their website.

Translator is Byungho Min (@tais9).

Cover pictures was done by my artist friend Andy Nechaevsky: facebook/andydinka.

They are also the Korean translation copyright holder.

So if you want to have a "real" book on your shelf in Korean language and/or want to support my work, now you may buy it.