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Re: On Polymorphic Evasion
From: Andrew Farmer <andfarm () teknovis com>
Date: Sat, 2 Oct 2004 21:22:09 -0700

On 2 Oct 2004, at 11:49, Ali Campbell wrote:
Does the fixed-length nature of RISC instructions make detecting a shellcode on a platform such as PPC via IDS easier ? Or does the larger availability of pseudo-NOP instructions on these platforms (owing chiefly to more combinations of registers being available) in fact make it harder ?

I wrote some shellcode for OS X once, basically as an exercise, and I caught myself wondering about this.

Well, there are a lot more NOPs on PPC, but most of them can be detected pretty easily. If NOP detection were implemented in an IDS, though, NOPs could be replaced with dead code instead - choose random operations from {add, sub, mul, and, ori, xor} and three random registers to create pseudorandom no-op code.

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