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An executable file is used to perform tasks according to encoded instructions. Executable files are sometimes also referred to as binaries which technically can be considered a sub class of executable files.
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== File format ==
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The gzip file (.gz) format consists of:
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* a file header
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* optional headers
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** extra fields
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** original file name
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** comment
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** header checksum
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* a body, containing a DEFLATE-compressed payload
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* a file footer
  
There are multiple families of executable files:
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=== File header ===
* Scripts; e.g. shell scripts, batch scripts (.bat)
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The file header is 10 bytes in size and contains:
* DOS, Windows executable files (.exe) which can be of various formats like: MZ, PE/COFF, NE
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{| class="wikitable"
* ELF
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! align="left"| Offset
* Mach-O
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! Size
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! Value
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! Description
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|-
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| 0
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| 2
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| 0x1f 0x8b
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| Signature (or identification byte 1 and 2)
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|-
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| 2
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| 1
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|
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| Compression Method
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|-
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| 3
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| 1
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|
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| Flags
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|-
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| 4
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| 4
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|
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| Last modification time <br> Contains a POSIX timestamp.
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|-
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| 8
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| 1
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|
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| Extra flags
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|-
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| 9
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| 1
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|
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| Operating system <br> Value that indicates on which operating system the gzip file was created.
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|}
  
== External Links ==
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==== Compression method ====
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executable Wikipedia: Executable]
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=== MZ, PE/COFF ===
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{| class="wikitable"
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_Executable Wikipedia: Portable Executable]
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! align="left"| Value
* [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware/gg463119.aspx Microsoft PE and COFF Specification]
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! Identifier
* [https://googledrive.com/host/0B3fBvzttpiiSd1dKQVU0WGVESlU/Executable%20(EXE)%20file%20format.pdf MZ, PE-COFF executable file format (EXE)], by the [[libexe|libexe project]], October 2011
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! Description
* [http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2013/Oct/157 The Internal of Reloc .text], Full Disclosure Mailing list, October 21, 2013
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|-
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| 0 - 7
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|  
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| Reserved
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|-
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| 8
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| "deflate"
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| zlib compressed data
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|}
  
=== DBG, PDB ===
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==== Flags ====
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Program_database Wikipedia: Program database]
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* [http://support.microsoft.com/kb/121366 Description of the .PDB files and of the .DBG files], by [[Microsoft]]
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* [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff553493(v=vs.85).aspx Public and Private Symbols], by [[Microsoft]]
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* [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms679293(v=vs.85).aspx DbgHelp Structures], by [[Microsoft]]
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* [https://code.google.com/p/pdbparse/wiki/StreamDescriptions Stream Descriptions], [https://code.google.com/p/pdbparse/ pdbparse project]
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* [http://moyix.blogspot.ch/2007/10/types-stream.html The Types Stream], by [[Brendan Dolan-Gavitt]], October 4, 2007
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=== Mach-O ===
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{| class="wikitable"
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mach-O Wikipedia: Mach-O]
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! align="left"| Value
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! Identifier
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! Description
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|-
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| 0x01
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| FTEXT
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| If set the uncompressed data needs to be treated as text instead of binary data. <br> This flag hints end-of-line conversion for cross-platform text files but does not enforce it.
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|-
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| 0x02
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| FHCRC
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| The file contains a header checksum (CRC-16)
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|-
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| 0x04
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| FEXTRA
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| The file contains extra fields
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|-
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| 0x08
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| FNAME
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| The file contains an original file name string
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|-
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| 0x10
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| FCOMMENT
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| The file contains comment
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|-
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| 0x20
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|
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| Reserved
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|-
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| 0x40
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|
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| Reserved
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|-
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| 0x80
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|
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| Reserved
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|}
  
== Tools ==
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<b>Note:</b> The FHCRC bit was never set by versions of gzip up to 1.2.4, even though it was documented with a different meaning in gzip 1.2.4.
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==== Extra flags ====
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If compression method is 8 the following extra flags can be defined:
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{| class="wikitable"
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! align="left"| Value
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! Identifier
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! Description
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|-
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| 0x02
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|
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| compressor used maximum compression, slowest algorithm
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|-
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| 0x04
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|
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| compressor used fastest algorithm
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|}
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==== Operating System ====
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{| class="wikitable"
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! align="left"| Value
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! Identifier
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! Description
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|-
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| 0
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|
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| FAT filesystem (MS-DOS, OS/2, NT/Win32)
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|-
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| 1
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|
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| Amiga
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|-
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| 2
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|
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| VMS (or OpenVMS)
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|-
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| 3
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|
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| Unix
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|-
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| 4
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|
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| VM/CMS
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|-
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| 5
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|
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| Atari TOS
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|-
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| 6
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|
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| HPFS filesystem (OS/2, NT)
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|-
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| 7
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|
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| Macintosh
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|-
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| 8
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|
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| Z-System
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|-
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| 9
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|
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| CP/M
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|-
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| 10
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|
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| TOPS-20
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|-
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| 11
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|
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| NTFS filesystem (NT)
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|-
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| 12
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|
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| QDOS
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|-
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| 13
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|
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| Acorn RISCOS
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|-
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| 255
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|
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| unknown
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|}
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=== Optional headers ===
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==== Extra fields ====
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<b>TODO: add description</b>
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The extra field are variable of size and contains:
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{| class="wikitable"
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! align="left"| Offset
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! Size
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! Value
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! Description
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|-
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| 0
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| 2
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|
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| Extra field data size <br> Value in bytes.
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|-
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| 2
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| ...
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|
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| Extra field data
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|}
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==== Original file name ====
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This is the original name of the file being compressed, with any directory components removed, and, if the file being compressed is on a file system with case insensitive names, forced to lower case.
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Contains an ISO 8859-1 (LATIN-1) string with end-of-string character.
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==== Comment ====
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Contains an ISO 8859-1 (LATIN-1) string with end-of-string character. Line breaks should be denoted by a single line feed character.
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==== Header checksum ====
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The header checksum contain a CRC-16 that consists of the two least significant bytes of the CRC-32 for all bytes of the gzip header up to and not including the CRC-16.
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=== File footer ===
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The file footer is 8 bytes in size and contains:
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{| class="wikitable"
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! align="left"| Offset
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! Size
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! Value
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! Description
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|-
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| 0
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| 4
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|
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| Checksum (CRC-32)
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|-
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| 4
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| 4
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|
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| Uncompressed data size <br> Value in bytes.
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|}
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== External Links ==
  
=== MZ, PE/COFF ===
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* [http://www.gzip.org/format.txt The gzip file format], by the [http://www.gzip.org/ gzip project]
* [https://code.google.com/p/pefile/ pefile], multi-platform Python module to read and work with Portable Executable (aka PE) files
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* [http://www.gzip.org/algorithm.txt The gzip compression algorithm], by the [http://www.gzip.org/ gzip project]
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* [http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1952 RFC1952: GZIP file format specification version 4.3], by [[IETF]]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gzip Wikipedia: gzip]
  
=== PDB ===
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[[Category:File Formats]]
* [https://code.google.com/p/pdbparse/ pdbparse], Open-source parser for Microsoft debug symbols (PDB files)
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File format

The gzip file (.gz) format consists of:

  • a file header
  • optional headers
    • extra fields
    • original file name
    • comment
    • header checksum
  • a body, containing a DEFLATE-compressed payload
  • a file footer

File header

The file header is 10 bytes in size and contains:

Offset Size Value Description
0 2 0x1f 0x8b Signature (or identification byte 1 and 2)
2 1 Compression Method
3 1 Flags
4 4 Last modification time
Contains a POSIX timestamp.
8 1 Extra flags
9 1 Operating system
Value that indicates on which operating system the gzip file was created.

Compression method

Value Identifier Description
0 - 7 Reserved
8 "deflate" zlib compressed data

Flags

Value Identifier Description
0x01 FTEXT If set the uncompressed data needs to be treated as text instead of binary data.
This flag hints end-of-line conversion for cross-platform text files but does not enforce it.
0x02 FHCRC The file contains a header checksum (CRC-16)
0x04 FEXTRA The file contains extra fields
0x08 FNAME The file contains an original file name string
0x10 FCOMMENT The file contains comment
0x20 Reserved
0x40 Reserved
0x80 Reserved

Note: The FHCRC bit was never set by versions of gzip up to 1.2.4, even though it was documented with a different meaning in gzip 1.2.4.

Extra flags

If compression method is 8 the following extra flags can be defined:

Value Identifier Description
0x02 compressor used maximum compression, slowest algorithm
0x04 compressor used fastest algorithm

Operating System

Value Identifier Description
0 FAT filesystem (MS-DOS, OS/2, NT/Win32)
1 Amiga
2 VMS (or OpenVMS)
3 Unix
4 VM/CMS
5 Atari TOS
6 HPFS filesystem (OS/2, NT)
7 Macintosh
8 Z-System
9 CP/M
10 TOPS-20
11 NTFS filesystem (NT)
12 QDOS
13 Acorn RISCOS
255 unknown

Optional headers

Extra fields

TODO: add description

The extra field are variable of size and contains:

Offset Size Value Description
0 2 Extra field data size
Value in bytes.
2 ... Extra field data

Original file name

This is the original name of the file being compressed, with any directory components removed, and, if the file being compressed is on a file system with case insensitive names, forced to lower case.

Contains an ISO 8859-1 (LATIN-1) string with end-of-string character.

Comment

Contains an ISO 8859-1 (LATIN-1) string with end-of-string character. Line breaks should be denoted by a single line feed character.

Header checksum

The header checksum contain a CRC-16 that consists of the two least significant bytes of the CRC-32 for all bytes of the gzip header up to and not including the CRC-16.

File footer

The file footer is 8 bytes in size and contains:

Offset Size Value Description
0 4 Checksum (CRC-32)
4 4 Uncompressed data size
Value in bytes.

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