(This above is an "award" made by
And you may want to have a look at the award
made by Master
DaVinci as well
Comments and writings about Fravia's site
(I have decided to publish only one per month)
Fravia's page of reverse engineering may have few links,
but it's much more worth than tons of useless pages and useless links
Computer Underground, June 1996, Pag.23
"Le meilleur Didacticiel qui existe et de loin: +ORC Cracking Tutorial
(En plus les leçons sont récentes et il y en a costamment des nouvelles).
Vous pouvez trouver les versions les plus récentes sur la page de
Fravia (Meilleure page pour apprendre à déplomber à
Le hacking/cracking/phreaking pour les golios, July 1996, pag.3
"Fravia's page of reverse engineering is a real
goldmine for newbyes"
August 1996, Insert "Hackingworld", Pag.2
"Let's end by saying that Fravia's page gave best
performance on information in relation to spending money for internet account
Christian Teroerde, "On the net", September 1996, Pag.17
Amazing page: Fravia's page of reverse engineering at...
will help your journey to the land beyond trivial surfing
Nexor (uk), "Net Juwels", October 1996, Page 3
"The material on Fravia's page of reverse engineering
is brought together into a coherent whole that is very rare. Finding this page is
like finding a single, brilliant diamond among thousands of common stones"
Kevin Lee Legge, "Review of the Web", November 1996, Page 11
"The information on Fravia's site is fantastic. It has really
helped me much to understand the "inner workings" of this hunk of metal and
silicon in front of me.
M. A. Kedfrog "A 1996 Insider report", December 1996, Page 2
Fravia's page of reverse engineering quoted as
The Best the
Web has To Offer at http://www.x1.net:80/~core/riotlynx.html :-)
"I stumbled across your site while looking for information on 8086 disassemblers. All I can say is
that it's by far the most interesting and useful creation I've ever come across. We're
cancelling my wife's Compuserve account in your honor"
johnb(at)interlog(point)com, February 1997
"I don't really know how I stumbled onto Fravia's page of reverse engineering. I spent the best part of the day
with my mouth open. I have found my Shan-gri-la"
Gerald Hartig, "Perusing the dark sides", Webintern N.52, March 1997
"... Fravia provides this excellent web page
for those of us who wish to learn more about the Internet we live in"
T. Oadlip, "Catching trends", PC-Web N.11, April 1997, p.27
"Now, your site means a lot to me and I can learn
something new there every time I visit. Thank you for maintaining it for so long, even in
the face of censorship.
saltine(at)anon(point)nymserver(point)com, May 1997
"...I have learned enough on your pages to stop the lamers from hacking my code,
and I don't care how long they want to try. If they hack it, I will just make
it more secure."
73553(point)3111(at)compuserve(point)com, June 1997
...Fravia should be aware of the fact that he's loosing good money: I've never
had such a "high" perusing a site without paying for it!
Direct PC World, Issue 134, page 16, July 1997
"...I just wanted to let you know that the work you
are doing is appreciated. I must admit that I am some
what of a lamer... you know, one of those stupid programmers,
but I am in the process of changing that
Mike Coker, 17 August 1997
"Hey. Nice reverse engineering page. I saw the thing on Kremlin... I'm
the author of Kremlin! Oops! Well, I guess next time I'll spend more time on
the protection scheme -- I concentrated on making a good program, not making
a good protection scheme. Kremlin 2.0 will be really cool and will, now,
have better security features and won't be as stupid"
Mark Rosen, Mach5 Software, http://www.mach5.com/, 30 September 1997
"Fravia's page of reverse engineering at... has been named
Best of the Web in
the Computing Channel by the editors of Snap! Online. (http://www.snap.com)
In order to find your review, submit a search for your site in the channel listed
above. Then click on #2: Web Sites; you'll find your site listed in the Best of the
Being named with the Best of the Web designation allows you access to the Snap!
Online "Best of the Web" logo, which you can merchandise in many different ways.
One of the easiest ways to gain recognition of your "Best of the Web" status..."
~Vin Diec vind(at)cnet(point)com, 31 Oct 1997
award, I publish this only in order to put all of you on guard: there are more and
more small organisations that practicize what I would call "reverse awarding": they are not
very important and they try to ACQUIRE importance (and hits) finding some
gullible webmaster ready to publish their logos in good position on his site (which I of
course will not do: quelle vulgarité... besides, this logo is not
even aesthetically appealing). I will probably loose this "Best of the Web" award, after
publishing these lines, yet I got so many
other that I could not care less :-) "merchandise"... what
for an awful attitude!
What can you learn from this? Quite a lot! As soon
as you see a page that has lot of counters and "awards logo" in 'pole position',
(as opposed to hide them the more discretely possible), you know that you can
immediatly point your browser elsewhere... it's an important signal, like the so-called
"gold" versions of all major credit cards! In fact as soon as you see a guy
using a "golden" credit card (proud and haughty to have paid more for next
to nothing :-) you can be sure that you have met an idiot
"Fravia is one of my favorite sites of the Net.
His "reverse engineering" studies and exposes of embedded applets in these new languages
are invaluable. A few hours of reading his collection of studies gives folks like me a whole
new perspective on how to debug our own applications. Altough Fravia focuses on protection schemes,
those are the only ones widely distributed and available worldwide as study targets. My world
has many many occurrences of code taking wrong branches that has nothing to do with
protection schemes... but the tracing algorithms I learn from him are extremely useful to me
in finding out, for instance, why a motor does not turn like it was supposed to in a
robotic welder, or how to port ancient software to use different hardware, to substitute
for hardware that is no longer available"
NODE (n°_053), November 1997, pag. 12
"School taught me how to write code... Fravia is teaching me how to
make it work. One of the hardest things I have ever had to do was to take someone
else's code, sans support, sans source, sans even the company who made the product
ten years ago, and make it work.
Fravia+ is a priceless gem."
Dear Fravia, thanks a lot for your site -- it is great! I've got a lot of
lessons from here as a shareware programmer. By the way, you host a
very interesting article telling how to crack my own
program (Advanced Disk Catalog, old version, though) there
(just to let you know who am I). The protection, of course, was
really stupid. I've improved
it a little bit in the latest version (version 1.20, this is not an
invitation to crack it, btw :) Anyway, I wish you luck -- please continue
your good work. I
think every shareware programmer should visit your site before
releasing his/her "brand-new uncrackable protection".
Katalov - http://www.elcomsoft.com
...Once again, thanks for the great site. I'm a shareware author
myself (CuteFTP), and I found a lot of useful info already (and I
only spent a day there!). Hope my next protection scheme will be
tough enough to last a few weeks, so that some of the lamers
out there will get tired of waiting and actually pay for it :)
Alex Kunadze - rabbit(at)txdirect(point)net
...Ce site est tout simplement fabuleux. Il est comme un
phare guidant l'individu épris de liberté au milieu de
cet océan politico-financier que devient Internet. Il
nous encourage tous à entretenir notre identité
individuelle et à résister aux sirènes des
multinationales-états mercantiles. Comme on ne le dit
pas assez souvent, le savoir est la seule et unique
chose qui donne le vrai pouvoir, celui d'être soi même,
indépendant et libre. L'accès au savoir est un droit
inaliénable et sa diffusion un devoir pour tout un
chacun. Merci encore Fravia pour ce site unique en son
tamaya.wanadoo.fr: "Les sites à visiter"
...as a shareware author, i'm pleased to find my programs cracked. And
this is why: the little .COM app cracks only work for specific versions
and since i constantly put out new versions, the cracks are obsolete
before anyone can ever see them. you might want to mention that in your
page somewhere. Huge companies like M$ and Adobe can't put out 2
versions each week. small shareware authors can, and i do. By flooding
the world with dozens of different versions, an author can keep crackers
very busy. and, no i'm not putting out bug fixes, i respond to users and
add features. and yes, i charge for my programs, but not much: just
enough to keep my web sites alive... now if i could just kill all the
serial # pages run by "StUpiD LoNeLy
tEEnAgErs", my job would be much easier...
...years ago when there were people with flair
and a clue, like Pengo. Now the hacking man of the hour is
Kevin Mitnick, a seemingly smart man who went to jail after
devoting an insane amount of effort to annoying a computer
security expert about his nationality. What really impressed
me though was your reality cracking section, it was hard for
me to believe that you actually had Noam Chomsky essays on
your site. That's what it's all about, mixing political
beliefs with computer knowledge, instead of wasting your
time getting "warez". Micheal Moore once talked about the
potential of the Internet: that Internet was for spreading ideas
and educating people, but that it was bogged down with
commercial garbage. On a side note I find it amazing that
your lessons explain things i assumed to be insanely
technical in a clear, humble, and relatively simple way...
see also -for the same month of may 1998- another, different yet related to the
above, sort of "
..the knowledge that Fravia provides on his pages is important not just in
itself but also because it teaches people to use the wonderful power of
the personal computer as a tool of liberation against the powerful
forces of coercion that try to restrict and control us every
day everywhere, no matter if we are Asian or American or European.
Jim Pannozzi (Mindspring's survey of the net - June 1998)
...You don't know how good it felt to finally understand how ASM code, hex,
and binary all fit together... how it felt to crack my first program, a
web spider called WebMirror... and how it felt when I turned around and
removed a CD check in a game, Fire Fight, within a half an hour.
I have gained from your pages a (somewhat) clear concept of how software protection
and how to defeat or implement it, and for that, as I'm sure I am not
alone. I can never thank you enough. Please keep your site up as long as
you can, as a service to everybody.
Ryan Underwood (July 1998)
... and least but not last I thank Fravia for convincing me to try the
Opera Browser. I loaded the 3.5
beta version and it works wonderfully. With it I will slowly recover
from the MSIEx browsers' trauma. I think also that the process of
detoxication will continue and maybe, maybe, I will land finally on a
Marek Eyal (PC Discover n.77, Jerusalem (Israel), August 1998)
Stop wading through pages of low-level material to learn how to use the
web! Fravia's pages of reverse engineering
offer an amazing
compilation of individual workshops that will teach you some incredibly
fascinating new techniques and tricks.
The new web library (Norway, September 1998)
One person's offerings to the world of hackers, crackers and phreakers (phreakers? sic!).
Can you say First Amendment? Much of what you'll find is definitely in
a gray area legally. But it's OK to know how to do certain things, as
long as you don't actually do them.
The Snap Editorial Team (Snap Editors' Choice, October 1998)
A typical 'bogus' award, see the 'award' for October 1997, awarded to me by
Snap as well exactly a year ago... they seem to
award 'crackers' every October... Often enough the result of
this kind of awards are sites
with a plethora of naïv, slow loading and mostly never seen before little banners
any interest whatoever... if you click one of them you will be
plonged in a banner-clicking and windows spawning hell :-)
As a matter of fact I have never found a site with many of these little
that was really worth something... so maybe my site isn't worth that much either...
"...I'm just writing to say how great your site is, (you already know how
great it is, i can tell... hehe)
and to let you know that it has inspired me, and changed how I view the
world, and the internet, for the better.
I can now find almost anything I want on the internet, and soon,
probably absolutely anything. I may not know how to reverse (yet) but Im
starting to understand the "how, and why" of it."
Fravia is doing a great job and I don't think that people
appreciate it enough, he has my respect.
He recently took a controversial position and
there are some that believe he's betraying +ORC's ideas. I don't think
so. My idea of ZEN is 'feeling the code', and this is, in my opinion,
what reverse engineering is all about:
achieving high level programming skills, 'feeling' the code...
I don't see how anyone can object to that, certainly not
the great +ORC
Harold Brinkhof, ASM newsletter, #7/12, december 1998
Feel free to read the history of my site!
Is reverse engineering legal?
Fravia 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999. All rights