NSA releases Ghidra reverse engineering tool2019-03-06 15:51 by Daniela
Tags: Ghidra, NSA
The National Security Agency released a free, public version of Ghidra, a set of tools developed internally for software reverse engineering. The agency will also release Ghidra's source code, allowing users to improve the framework's feature set and turn it into a more effective tool.
Ghidra was created and is maintained by the NSA Research Directorate. It's coded in Java and users need to have JOpenJDK 11 installed on the machine for it to work. It can run in GUI mode but is also capable of running in headless batch mode using the command line.
You can't use Ghidra to hack devices; it's instead a reverse-engineering platform used to take "compiled," deployed software and "decompile" it. In other words, it transforms the ones and zeros that computers understand back into a human-readable structure, logic, and set of commands that reveal what the software you churn through it does.
Such reverse engineering is a major part of the process of figuring out how malware and other malicious code works and then devise ways to defend against such threats out in the wild.
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