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first time caller, long time listener

by chargrill (Parson)
on Jan 03, 2006 at 20:43 UTC ( #520723=obfuscated: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

This is my first posted obfuscation. Many thanks to my fellow monks for sharing tricks and treats that led to the following:
#!/usr/bin/perl -wire $_=q|$/="J";$\=",";$s=kpjo"",nbq{ $_+=79;dis}nbq{ pse}tqmju//,"4*(/;87 +(";@u=tpsu nbq{jg(n*^\x$*n){$_}}lfzt%{*::};tvc'v{$"}tvc't{$^I.tvctus$s,5,7}tvc'k{ +$u[-7].$^I . $u[ -35 ] } tvc'P{$^I.tvctus$s,2,6}tvc'm{$u[-4].$u[-5].$u[-3].$/}qsj +ou nbq{jg( n#bdl#){$_}fmtf{$_.=&v} }nbq{~~sfwfstf}(m,&t,&k,&P);|;$e=q=fho'e{49}fh +o'n{e()-1} fho'o{n( )-1}fho'p{o( )+3}fho'q{0}=;$e=~y/a-z/n-za-m/;eval$e;eval join +'',map{if( m|^\d+$|){pack'c',$_}else{$_}}(22+c( )+r( ),b(),(~~join'',map{$a=$_+a( +);$a=pack( 'c',$a);$a=~s{(b|2)}[$1-];$a}(c(),24+c(),r(),2,9,d(),1)),b(),(~~join'' +,map{$b=$_ +r();$b=pack('c',$b);$b=~s=(a|0)=$1-=;$b}( a(), 24 + r(), -1,8 ) ), b +() ); eval
I kept thinking at each stage "well, that's entirely too obvious" so I just kept at it, adding more misdirection.

Let me know if this is confusing as intended, or as plain as the nose on my face.

Thanks (and happy new year!)


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Re: first posted obfu, explanation
by chargrill (Parson) on Jan 17, 2006 at 19:02 UTC
    I just thought I'd post the steps I took to create this.

    This is all pretty much a spoiler, so I'm tucking it all away into a readmore.

    Many thanks to the following monks, tidbits, and snippets: gmax and their post Structured obfuscation - the fifth level of obfuscation listed there in particular, and in Writing highly obfuscated code in Perl there are many gems including the ~~ for scalar substitution, and my inspiration for using $^I.

    Hopefully, it's not bad form to post the explanation of my obfuscation to my post without giving anyone else the chance to do so :)

Re: first time caller, long time listener
by jdalbec (Deacon) on Jan 04, 2006 at 20:27 UTC
    I was confused. I had to run it through perltidy twice while deobfuscating, and even then I had to ask in the chatterbox about the
    sub'x{...} syntax.
    Also, I don't think I've seen
    used before. Well done!++
      Drat. All I had was this: old obfu tricks revealed - I wouldn't've minded seeing the explanation as to WHY it's acceptable syntax :)

      As far as $^I... Really? After all I've read about fans of obfu searching perldoc perlvar for vars to exploit...

      Thanks for the ++. I hope to produce more fine nuggets of misleading and hard to follow code.

      Oh. And stuff that's actually helpful for people too. ;)

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