I am feeling really good in the RE website, the topics feet me and the discussions are quite interesting. But, then I noticed the IT-security website and tried to see what kind of community was there (I read a lot and ask a few questions to test the community).

It appears that the do not simply care about software security (i.e. advanced buffer-overflow exploitation, heap-based exploitation, string-format bugs, Java bytecode exploits, ... and so on).

So, my question is: Reverse-engineering is already quite interesting, but could we extend our interest also to any deep and technical problems linked to software exploitation (i.e. software security which include both obfuscation/deobfuscation and deep understanding of software to exploit it) ?

As an example, the question Understanding the most recent heap implementation under Linux has been marked 3 times for closing because it is out of scope for reverse-engineering... But, try to ask such a question in IT-security and you will wait forever for an answer (not the good community to ask). So ?

EDIT: Note that I do not suggest to change the name (Reveser-Engineering) of the website. But, to extend a bit the scope of it (accept questions about software security in a wider manner). I started creating a tag software-security. This should be enough.

  • There are plenty of questions about exploits on Information Security, they aren't going unanswered more than other kinds, and some experts do hang out there, so I wonder where you get your impression that “the [sic] do not simply [sic] care about software security”. Software security is the main focus of Information Security. Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 21:22
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    I think I had this feeling because it appear to me that most of the questions (and, thus, the answers) are more focused on giving recipes to strengthen the security of a computer system and not understanding how it works and discover the potential vulnerabilities. I admit that I may have misinterpreted what I saw. But, somehow, I think it is a natural way to have the IT-security website to be concerned about finding solutions to problems and RE website to be concerned about finding answers to questions. Even if they are dealing with the same topic.
    – perror
    Commented Dec 11, 2013 at 8:37
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    I noticed this as well and suggested an exploit development stack. This got shotdown, fast.
    – Stolas
    Commented Jul 30, 2014 at 9:56


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