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comment Is there a good FOSS utility for converting machine code to assembly or even C?
@DavidKohen Among the various pieces of software I'd be looking at, there is an ostensibly FOSS operating system, made by a company that may have links to the people who wrote Stuxnet. Needless to say, just because a company says their OS is compiled from FOSS doesn't mean they didn't secretly compile from an alternate form i.e. FOSS+spyware.
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comment Is there a good FOSS utility for converting machine code to assembly or even C?
@Mat The authorities usually side with whoever is most powerful, and it is the powerful who are often the ones mandating that spyware and other forms of malware be put into operating systems and other programs. They are the ones breaking the laws. If I were to tell them that program X from company Y has spyware in it, they would do nothing because they're doing the same thing.
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comment Is there a good FOSS utility for converting machine code to assembly or even C?
@Mat True but I'd only modify software that itself breaks laws e.g. the privacy laws, the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution etc.
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accepted Is there a good FOSS utility for converting machine code to assembly or even C?
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comment Is there a good FOSS utility for converting machine code to assembly or even C?
This is true. My thought was that if I owned a program that I suspected had spyware in it, then in the best case I'd like to analyze the system calls in it so I could find the spot where something nasty was being done. But I probably don't need to recompile it to fix the problem: If I knew precisely where it is, I can use a binary editor to overwrite the call with NOPs. It would be nice if there were a tool that were a combination disassembler and binary editor, like where I see the asm code on the left and machine code bytes on the right in the editor.
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asked Is there a good FOSS utility for converting machine code to assembly or even C?