Avast 放出他們的 Decompiler,RetDec

AvastMIT License 放出他們的 Decompiler,叫做 RetDec:「Avast open-sources its machine-code decompiler」,專案在 GitHub 上的 avast-tl/retdec 這邊。

Decompiler,也就是直接把 machine code 試著轉回高階語言的程式碼:

這對於分析工作來說簡化很多,尤其是在資安產業的人... 以往比較常見是轉成 assembly 再用人工分析,現在這樣有機會讓大腦輕鬆一些。

雖然目前有些限制 (像是 32 bits only),不過 open source 出來後,可以預料會有不少人開始加功能進去:

  • Supported file formats: ELF, PE, Mach-O, COFF, AR (archive), Intel HEX, and raw machine code.
  • Supported architectures (32b only): Intel x86, ARM, MIPS, PIC32, and PowerPC.


MIT Media Lab 弄出個好玩的東西,可以不打開書直接掃描書的內容:「Can computers read through a book page by page without opening it?」,主標題是「Terahertz time-gated spectral imaging for content extraction through layered structures」。

用 100Ghz 到 3Thz 的電磁波掃描:

In our new study we explore a range of frequencies from 100 Gigahertz to 3 Terahertz (THz) which can penetrate through paper and many other materials.

先前也有類似的方法,用 X-ray 或是超音波,但效果都不好:

Can’t X-ray or ultrasound do this? It may seem that X-ray or ultrasound can also image through a book; however, such techniques lack the contrast of our THz approach for submicron pen or pencil layers compared next to blank paper. These methods have additional drawbacks like cost and ionizing radiation. So while you might be able to hardly detect pages of a closed book if you use a CT scan, you will not be able to see the text. Ultrasound does not have the resolution to detect 20 micron gaps in between the pages of a closed book -distinguishing the ink layers from the blank paper is out of the question for ultrasound. Based on the paper absorption spectrum, we believe that far infrared time resolved systems and THz time domain systems might be the only suitable candidates for investigating paper stacks page by page.


MIT 開發出靜態分析工具,找出 23 個 RoR 軟體未被發現的漏洞

MIT 弄出來的新玩意,靜態分析工具叫做 Space:「New MIT Scanner Finds Web App Flaws in a Minute」,MIT 官方的報導在「Patching up Web applications」這邊:

In tests on 50 popular Web applications written using Ruby on Rails, the system found 23 previously undiagnosed security flaws, and it took no more than 64 seconds to analyze any given program.


FreeBSD 10 的改變...

Zite 上看到 FreeBSD 10 的改變:「FreeBSD 10's New Technologies and Features」。

最耀眼的當然是對 GCC 的宣戰達到高潮,第一個將預設編譯器換掉的 major release。同樣的,也把 GNU 的 libstdc++ 換成 MIT license 實作的 libc++。

再來是 ISCBIND 被換掉,改用 Unbound 以及 LDNS

然後 UFS 檔案系統可以透過 growfs(8) 線上長大... XDDD

其他的改善包括了 iSCSI stack 重寫,PF 防火牆可以善用 SMP 資源,以及 ZFS 的更新。等正式出版後應該還是會等到 10.1 再上 production 吧?感覺 compiler 一換不知道會有多少雷啊 XD