PE Section Name Descriptions

Published: 2017-07-02
Last Updated: 2017-07-02 21:19:45 UTC
by Didier Stevens (Version: 1)
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PE files (.exe, .dll, ...) have sections: a section with code, one with data, ... Each section has a name, and different compilers use different section names. Section names can help us identify the compiler and the type of PE file we are analyzing.

@Hexacorn compiled a list of section names with corresponding description, you can find the latest version here. I find this list so useful, that I included it (with permission) in my pecheck.py tool. pecheck is a Python tool to analyze PE files, based on Ero Carrera's pefile module. Use -o s (overview of sections) to see the sections, with name, size, entropy and description:

Didier Stevens
Microsoft MVP
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