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Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2015 15:06:51 -0400
From: Rich Felker <>
Subject: Re: Making a shared library that intercepts call to main work
 with musl compiled binary

On Mon, Jul 06, 2015 at 10:00:41PM +0300, Alexander Monakov wrote:
> On Mon, 6 Jul 2015, Rich Felker wrote:
> > On Mon, Jul 06, 2015 at 01:00:52PM -0400, Riyad Parvez wrote:
> > > Hi All,
> > > 
> > > I've shared library [1] which intercepts loading of a binary and does some
> > > pre-processing with the command-line arguments via "LD_PRELOAD" technique.
> > > The shared library works fine with glibc compiled binary i.e., it can
> > > intercept the call to main and does some preprocessing. But it can't
> > > intercept call to "main" in musl-compiled binary. I've compiled my binary
> > > in static mode with musl "CC=/musl-gcc -static". How can I make the shared
> > > library work with musl-compiled binary?
> > > 
> > > Thanks
> > > Riyad
> > > 
> > > [1]:
> > 
> > I haven't read this code in detail, so I don't have any advice on
> > whether there are other problems, but the basic issue seems to be that
> > you're static linking. The same would happen if you use glibc and
> > static link. If you want the ability to use LD_PRELOAD you need to
> > link dynamically.
> Furthermore, even with dynamic linking you cannot interpose 'main' in the
> executable via LD_PRELOAD.  Even more baffling is that the linked code
> interposes __libc_start_main; I'm lost for words that it happens to work with
> glibc.

Presumably it interposes __libc_start_main because it can't interpose
main. As far as I can tell the only reason it does this is to inject
fake argv. I'm skeptical as to whether it works correctly.

> I think a cleaner solution can be obtained by converting __s2e_init_env in the
> linked code to a constructor that examines environment variables, and moving
> the command line processing to an separate wrapper executable.



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