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How I Compile Reverse Engineering Exercises For Maximum Learning And Minimum Noise

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Imagine if your first reverse engineering exercise was to reconstruct an encrypted IAT – if you don’t fully know what that means, that’s the point: beginner reverse engineering exercises should be clear (and fun)!
Anything that can throw off the analysis of a reverse engineer, such as optimized inlined functions, shouldn’t be in beginner exercises. Secondly, I would like my exercises to run on as students' computers as possible. These are the goals I strive for when creating CyberQueens exercises, and here is how I configure my compiler to meet those goals.

Ensuring A Clear And Concise Executable is Compiled To prevent the compiler from adding any unintended opcodes or logic, which could confuse aspiring reverse engineers, set all of the following build properties:
To disable uninitialized memory checks (and other debugging) checks from being automatically compiled into the code, set the compilation target to Release. This can be done from VS’s main page, as seen in Figure 1.

To o…