Bonus

In the previous pages, we found out the the right password. Now, we can figure out whether it is calculated at runtime or hard-coded into the binary.

To do this, we will look at what happens from the beginning of the current function from the address 0x00454084.

As a first, we'll go to the address 0x00454084.

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Take a break and observe the assembly code. You will see a repeating code sequence :

mov eax, [ebp - X] ; or X is between 0x8 and 0x24
mov edx, Y ; or Y is between 0x00454188  and 0x004541d0

Look the address 0x00454188.

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Pay attention to the previous picture. You can see the password broken down letter by letter.

We can see that the routine is concatenating each letter into a string and compares it to a user input.