My study of the
Magic numbers are common in programs across many operating systems. Magic numbers implement strongly typed data and are a form of in-band signaling to the controlling program that reads the data type(s) at program run-time. Many files have such constants that identify the contained data. Detecting such constants in files is a simple and effective way of distinguishing between many file formats and can yield further run-time information.
That is Wikipedia's definition of magic bytes / numbers.
0x50 0x45 at offset 0x00.
0x50 = P,
and 0x45 = K in ASCII.
PK stands for Phil Katz, the creator of the