[ILUG-BOM] whats obfuscation

q u a s i quasar@[EMAIL-PROTECTED]
Wed Sep 25 00:36:43 IST 2002

At 06:30 even 9/23/02 +0530, you wrote:
>Code obfuscation means complicate ur src codes so that it confuses them 
>who in case reverse engg ur code .... that is just one application of that 
>..... i mean code protection
>techniques involve obfuscation of code as one method ....

If you have the source code, however obfuscated, it will not be /reverse/ 
engeneering.  It wll still be source code which you will have to decode or 
decypher, so to speak.  Reverse engg is generally when you do /not/ have 
the source code and you generally work only with the binaries.

>i mean u can obfuscate AND encrypt the code so that it won't be easily 
>underrstoood by someone else :-)

I would be better simply /not/ to give away the source code if that is your 
purpose !!

err.. OK, obfuscation may protect /interpreted/ code or a /script/.

>If u have time just look at some cracking site/honepots for how guys from 
>wild have used this technique to encrypt the codes/ packet transfer also 
>so that even if the packets r notices they confuse !

encrypting, will be plain encryption, will it not?  Obfuscation is more of 
an art.

below is one of the best examples of obfuscation I have come across.  It is 
in C  - Compiles & runs.  Guess what it does ??  :-) I had come across this 
~5 years back, so unfortunately I do not have the author's name.

---- start ----
#include <stdio.h>

#define l11l 0xFFFF
#define ll1 for
#define ll111 if
#define l1l1 unsigned
#define l111 struct
#define lll11 short
#define ll11l long
#define ll1ll putchar
#define l1l1l(l) l=malloc(sizeof(l111 llll1));l->lll1l=1-1;l->ll1l1=1-1;
#define l1ll1 *lllll++=l1ll%10000;l1ll/=10000;
#define l1lll ll111(!l1->lll1l){l1l1l(l1->lll1l);l1->lll1l->ll1l1=l1;}\
#define llll 1000

                                                      l111 llll1 {
                                                      l111 llll1 *
       lll1l,*ll1l1        ;l1l1                      lll11 lll [
       llll];};main      (){l111 llll1                *ll11,*l1l,*
       l1, *ll1l, *    malloc ( ) ; l1l1              ll11l l1ll ;
       ll11l l11,ll  ,l;l1l1 lll11 *lll1,*            lllll; ll1(l
       =1-1 ;l< 14; ll1ll("\t\"8)>l\"9!.)>vl"         [l]^'L'),++l
       );scanf("%d",&l);l1l1l(l1l) l1l1l(ll11         ) (l1=l1l)->
       lll[l1l->lll[1-1]     =1]=l11l;ll1(l11         =1+1;l11<=l;
       ++l11){l1=ll11;         lll1 = (ll1l=(         ll11=l1l))->
       lll; lllll =(            l1l=l1)->lll;         ll=(l1ll=1-1
       );ll1(;ll1l->             lll1l||l11l!=        *lll1;){l1ll
       +=l11**lll1++             ;l1ll1 ll111         (++ll>llll){
       l1lll lll1=(              ll1l =ll1l->         lll1l)->lll;
       }}ll1(;l1ll;              ){l1ll1 ll111        (++ll>=llll)
       { l1lll} } *              lllll=l11l;}
       ll1(l=(ll=1-              1);(l<llll)&&
       (l1->lll[ l]              !=l11l);++l);        ll1 (;l1;l1=
       l1->ll1l1,l=              llll){ll1(--l        ;l>=1-1;--l,
       ++ll)printf(              (ll)?((ll%19)        ?"%04d":(ll=
       19,"\n%04d")              ):"%4d",l1->         lll[l] ) ; }
                                                      ll1ll(10); }
---- end ----

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