This question was closed as off-topic.

I'm new here, so I'll just assume that the correct decision was made. Several users voted in favor of it.

But, why? I reviewed the list of on-topic and off-topic topics, but I still don't get it.

Is it because the question is not about understanding how the binary works, but rather about how to alter it? I think that can't be correct, because sometimes altering a thing is a valid tactic for figuring out how it works. This is similar to how sending different input can help you see how a thing works.

Maybe all that is needed is a comment on the closed question. But perhaps, the list of on- and off-topic topics should be updated.

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I am one of those who voted in favor of closing the question. While I do not think that the reason given for closing the question is the most appropriate, I still believe the question is off-topic for 2 main reasons:

  • No specific information is given to clearly define the problem. It is very vague.
    • what kind of binary is being patched? ELF? MACHO? firmware? etc
    • what ISA does the code in the binary target? MIPS? x86? etc
    • what is the goal, and the approach to achieve it? Are some bytes being NOPed out to skip an instruction? Do they want to perform a detour? Do they want to perform static binary instrumentation? etc
  • Related to this, the scope of the question is overly broad. The question, in its current form, reduces to "How does one patch binaries?".

If the question was edited to supply the missing information mentioned above, it is likely the question would be re-opened.

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