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 #2218  by GamingMasteR
 Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:34 am
ap0x wrote: Security is notoriously disunited. Every year multiple tools and projects are released and never maintained. TitanMist is its inverse opposite. Built on top of TitanEngine, it provides automation and manages all known and good PEID signatures, unpacking scripts and other tools in one unified tool. TitanMist is the nicely packaged and open source catch all tool that will become your first line of defense. The project also goes beyond pure tool development. It builds a forum to share information and reverse engineering experience built around the biggest online and collaborative knowledge base about software packers.

With the increase in packed and protected malicious payloads, collaboration and quick response between researchers has become critical. As new sample numbers are quickly closing to 40M samples per year, solution to this problem has to come from reverse engineers themselves, integrating the work that they have done in the past and they continue to do. Huge databases of format identification data and unpacking scripts can be reused in a way to maximize automation. Yet, where do we find a definite collection of functional tools, identification signatures and unpacking tools? And how do we integrate them in a meaningful and accurate way?

TitanMist approaches these problems in a manner recognizable to every reverse engineer. It aims to mimic, but automate, the reversing process enabling everyone to easily create unpackers and integrate them in an extensible system. This builds a powerful and fast growing community analysis tool. Overcoming the most basic problems of reverse engineering problems was the top priority for the TitanMist project. Hoping to bridge the programming knowledge barrier which troubles many reverse engineers TitanMist introduces a variety of programming languages in which unpackers can be written in.

TitanMist goes beyond languages that compile to native code relying heavily on popular and easy to learn script languages. Backed up by LUA and Python this project makes coding unpackers a much simpler task. However the challenge of making TitanMist as easy to adopt and extend as possible meant that the project has to go further than extending support for more programming languages. Knowing that most of reverse engineers are familiar with debugger level script language OllyScript we added the support for it as well. Combined with the full TitanEngine functionality these scripts become powerful automated unpackers which combined with the layer of file format identification create a unique database of file analysis tools.

* TitanMist / TitanMist Source
* BlackHat Vegas 2010 whitepaper
* BlackHat Vegas 2010 presentation
 #2234  by EP_X0FF
 Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:06 am

thanks for news.

Does it better than Quick Unpack for example?

 #2251  by GamingMasteR
 Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:46 pm

Difference with TitanMist is that it offers reversers an easy interface to write their own unpackers with light scripting languages like Python/LUA/TitanScript .

If other generic unpackers don't support unpacking some kind of packers, then you have to wait the author to support it.
Even if you manage to code a plugin for this, almost all unpackers offer poor SDK (you have to take care of alot of negligible things) .

Personally, I don't use generic unpackers and I hate Python, I prefer manual unpacking .