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Old 10-31-2008, 11:00 AM   #1
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C program calling assembly - results in segmentation fault

I'm trying some examples from a book and I just keep getting seg faults.

Below is the smallest possible program that still exhibits this behaviour. The full program is written as a means to 'inject' assembly code into a running program and would, among other things, malloc enough memory, read the 'code' from a file ,then point the function pointer fptr to it and call it.

The hardcoded bytes in this example are the equivalent of the following assembly lines:

xor eax,eax
mov al,1
int 0x80

which basically translates to exit() in C.

This is the program:

#include <stdio.h>

int main(int argc,char **argv)

printf("Calling code...\n");

return 0;

And this is the output:

Calling code...
Segmentation fault

I'm doing this on a Fedora 8 (2.6.23) box

The Last thing i did was
/sbin/sysctl -w kernel.exec-shield=0
/sbin/sysctl -w kernel.randomize_va_space=0
echo 0 > /proc/sys/kernel/randomize_va_space
echo 0 > /proc/sys/kernel/exec-shield
echo 0 > /proc/sys/kernel/exec-shield-randomize

(same segmentation fault...)

Last edited by Filipe; 10-31-2008 at 11:42 AM.
Old 10-31-2008, 01:34 PM   #2
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gcc documentation explains how to call assembly pieces from "C"; you are trying to execute code from constant data (that "\x66\x31\xc0\xb0\x01\xcd\x80" piece of your code), so, I guess, it's a good thing the OS doesn't let you do it, i.e. doesn't
let you execute code from a non-code segment.
Old 11-03-2008, 11:53 AM   #3
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It is working now...

i didnīt execute this:
echo 0 > /proc/sys/kernel/exec-shield
in the box where i was working on... (sory,sory)

let me say that:
it's a good thing the OS DOES let me do what i want !! ;-)


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