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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.
 
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.
  
There are multiple types of executables:
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There are multiple families of executable files:
* Scripts
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* Scripts; e.g. shell scripts, batch scripts (.bat)
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* DOS, Windows executable files (.exe) which can be of various formats like: MZ, PE/COFF, NE
* DOS, Windows
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* ELF
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* Mach-O
  
 
== External Links ==
 
== External Links ==
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=== MZ, PE/COFF ===
 
=== MZ, PE/COFF ===
 
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_Executable Wikipedia: Portable Executable]
 
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_Executable Wikipedia: Portable Executable]
* [https://googledrive.com/host/0B3fBvzttpiiSd1dKQVU0WGVESlU/Executable%20(EXE)%20file%20format.pdf MZ, PE-COFF executable file format (EXE)]
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* [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware/gg463119.aspx Microsoft PE and COFF Specification]
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* [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
 
* [http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2013/Oct/157 The Internal of Reloc .text], Full Disclosure Mailing list, October 21, 2013
 
* [http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2013/Oct/157 The Internal of Reloc .text], Full Disclosure Mailing list, October 21, 2013
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=== Mach-O ===
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mach-O Wikipedia: Mach-O]
  
 
== Tools ==
 
== Tools ==

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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.

There are multiple families of executable files:

  • Scripts; e.g. shell scripts, batch scripts (.bat)
  • DOS, Windows executable files (.exe) which can be of various formats like: MZ, PE/COFF, NE
  • ELF
  • Mach-O

External Links

MZ, PE/COFF

Mach-O

Tools

MZ, PE/COFF

  • pefile, multi-platform Python module to read and work with Portable Executable (aka PE) files