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.


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.



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.