Friday, 18 January 2008

Resource Hacking for Beginners

I'm going to introduce you to the Win32 testing tool that I use for looking at application resources, and which I used to find Mercury Screen Recorder secrets.

My first tool of choice for viewing the resources in applications is called...Resource Hacker.
Resource Hacker (TM) is a freeware tool for viewing the resources embedded in a Win32 executable.
I find this to be a handy tool for checking what hidden secrets await me if I test the application hard enough:
  • What error messages have I not triggered?
  • What icons and pictures have I not seen?
  • What general strings have I not encountered?
A handy little tool to have on your USB stick.
I also have the slightly more dangerous XN Resource Editor which, as its name suggests allows you to edit the information - I haven't found a good reason to do that when testing though so I haven't really used this as much.

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