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Vulnerability Discovery

In many uses of decompilation, humans, or machines, aim to understand if a program is safe. To verify if this program is safe, they attempt to do the opposite: find vulnerabilities in the program. Some decompilers, and their associated research, have attempted to tune their decompilers to be better at this task1. There has also been work at evaluating decompilers by how well they perform with source tools2.

Most research in this area has focused on static analysis123 and symbolic execution4 applied to decompilation. Since these tasks have often been researched with source, an application to binaries has been achieved through decompilation.

  1. Botacin, Marcus, et al. "Revenge is a dish served cold: Debug-oriented malware decompilation and reassembly." Proceedings of the 3rd Reversing and Offensive-oriented Trends Symposium. 2019. 

  2. Mantovani, Alessandro, et al. "The Convergence of Source Code and Binary Vulnerability Discovery--A Case Study." Proceedings of the 2022 ACM on Asia Conference on Computer and Communications Security. 2022. 

  3. Park, Jihee, et al. "Static Analysis of JNI Programs via Binary Decompilation." IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (2023). 

  4. Han, HyungSeok, et al. "QueryX: Symbolic Query on Decompiled Code for Finding Bugs in COTS Binaries." 2023 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (SP). IEEE, 2023.