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The IDA Pro Class

Christopher Eagle | July 27-28 & 29-30



Ends May 31



Ends July 24



Ends July 30


The need for reverse engineering binary software components arises in more and more contexts every day. Common cases include analysis of malicious software such as viruses, worms, trojans and rootkits, analyzing binary drivers in order to develop open source drivers for alternate platforms, analyzing closed source software for security flaws, and source code recovery in legacy systems. The first step in such an analysis is generally the acquisition of a high quality disassembly of the binary component. Ida Pro is touted as the premier disassembler available today. Ida Pro is capable of disassembling machine languages for a large number of microprocessors and microcontrollers and is particularly strong when used on Windows and Linux x86 binaries. This course will cover essential background material for effective reverse engineering before diving into the features of Ida Pro that set it apart from other disassemblers.


Information security officers, anti-virus vendors, vulnerability researchers, security consultants, software developers and other nice people will all benefit from the techniques presented in this class. Remember that this course is practical and of an extremely technical nature, so a basic understanding of assembly language (preferably x86), C/C++ programming, networking, and security is a course prerequisite.

What Students Will Be Provided With

Printed course notes, CD with digital copy of course notes and additional course materials used throughout the course

What Students Should Bring

Laptop with their own copy of IDA Pro 6.0 or higher, Adobe Reader or other pdf reader, unzip utility (.zip .gz .tgz), compiler (Visual Studio for Windows users, g++/make for Linux/OS X users), Python 2.7 32-bit


Chris Eagle is a Senior Lecturer of Computer Science at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA. A computer engineer/scientist for 25+ years, his research interests include computer network operations, computer forensics and reverse/anti-reverse engineering. He has been a speaker at conferences such as Black Hat, DEF CON, CodeCon, and Shmoocon and is the author of "The IDA Pro Book", the definitive guide to IDA Pro. In his spare time he is the Dean of Hacking for the Sk3wl of r00t, past champions of the DEF CON Capture the Flag Competition.