Introduction to x86 Disassembly Learning Path

Explore the foundations of x86 assembly.

8 hours, 15 minutes

What you will learn

This learning path will teach you how computer processors truly execute code. You'll learn how to read and write your own code and how to build your own pure assembly applications, all by diving into the world of assembly. Upon completion, you'll have the knowledge to write, compile and debug pure assembly applications, or start to debug and dissect other people's applications.


x86 Disassembly Skill Assessment

Assessment - 36 questions

What is x86 Assembly?

Course - 00:22:00

Dive into the world of assembly by learning a little about its history and some of the key differences between different assembly languages. This course takes you through a brief history of x86 Assembly and explores how it's used.
x86 Basics

Course - 00:51:00

This course will lay the foundation for learning x86 by first looking at the syntax of writing assembly. Continuing on, you'll look at how to represent different types of data and how to interact with system memory. Lastly, we'll look at the processor registers and learn how they can be used for computations and storage.
Programming in x86

Course - 01:13:00

In this course, we'll learn the most commonly used x86 instructions. We'll walk through examples and variations of each involving memory usage and CPU registers. Then we'll walk through how to build and execute an application written entirely in x86 Assembly.
Calls, Strings and Codes

Course - 01:16:00

In this course, we'll learn how to do basic input and output (i/o) operations at the assembly level, including how to store and work with strings. Then you'll try your hand at your first project of building an application written entirely in x86 Assembly. Finally, we'll look at condition codes and how the x86 processor handles tracking the state of certain processor conditions.

Course - 00:38:00

In this course, we'll learn the ins and outs of debugging at the assembly level. In addition, we'll discuss how to recover the assembly code from an already-built application (regardless of what language it was originally built in). We'll continue by diving into the most common x86 faults you'll encounter while writing assembly and how to recognize and fix them. Finally, we round out with a debugging project.
Logic Flows

Course - 01:02:00

Programs are rarely entirely sequential: at some point, conditional sections of code need to be executed. In this course, we'll learn how to take concepts from higher-level languages (such as if/else/for/while) and translate them into x86 so we can write assembly that has conditional code branches and code paths. Then we finish up with a project lab tying together all of the x86 concepts you've learned so far.

Meet the author

Stephanie Domas is the Chief Security Technology Strategist at Intel. Here, she defines and oversees execution of security technology strategies that achieve roadmap discipline, horizontal alignment and market differentiation to accelerate Intel's competitiveness in the area of Security. Partnered closely with business and industry strategists and security architects she leads a one Intel security technology vision and strategy. Prior to joining Intel Stephanie built and lead two successful cybersecurity businesses spanning professional services and Security Software in medical devices, healthcare, and embedded systems

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How to claim CPEs

Should you complete this learning path, you’ll be able to download a certificate of completion. Use this to claim your CPEs or CPUs.

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