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November 21st, 2008, 06:58
hi guys, my first post here

i try to reverse a piece of software, and i'm facing a problem. if i'm opening the main exe in a hexeditor, i can find all the strings i'm looking for (Demo, License Expired, etc.). but in the dead list (olly, IDA, Wdasm), i cannot find any of them. any hint?

thanks alot,

November 21st, 2008, 11:04
They might be strings in the Resource Directory (just check with CFF, ResHack, ...), thus, they'll be loaded via LoadString(A for ASCII, W for Unicode), LoadResource or similar functions. Just check MSDN, will help you a lot.

November 21st, 2008, 12:40
thanks for your kind reply. i just checked with both programs you mentioned, and can't find anything

November 21st, 2008, 14:12
Obiously, you are NOT loading the resource section in IDA>
Wdasm cannot read it because MOSTLY all resources are in UNICODE and Wdasm stumbles there>
Don;t know about olly...

Have Phun

November 22nd, 2008, 01:54
did Reshacker spit out a message saying
"file may be packed"?

does it have any resources?

November 22nd, 2008, 05:55
I'm loading the resources in IDA

ResHacker does not say anything about packing. And I don't think it's packed, since the exe file is quite big (13 Mb). But ResHacker is showing very few resources (Icons and Cursors, nothig more). PEiD show "Nothing found [Overlay] *"

Thank you all for your time.