I'm tagging this as security, but it's also useful for other cases.
UPX - The Ultimate executable compressor, is a tool that can compress .exe and .com files. The compressed file will get a small UPX header which will decompress the file in memory (there are exceptions where it will be written to disk, but only on exotic systems like Atari) and run the decompressed file.
Why is this useful ? Because a smaller file transfers quicker, takes up less space, overwrites less blocks on the disk. Also, and this is why it's security related, the 'signature' or hash of the file will change. That's why a lot of crooks use exe compressors to modify their malware, to evade antivirus signatures.
Now, a lot of antivirus vendors have built in de-upx routines so it doesn't work in a lot of cases, but this can be evaded as well. I'll do a little write-up in another post showing a simple but effective way to do this.
for now ... enjoy your smaller executables
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