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Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2015 23:34:49 +0300 (MSK)
From: Alexander Monakov <>
Subject: Re: Making a shared library that intercepts call to main work
 with musl compiled binary

> > 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 was wrong about interposition on __libc_start_main being somehow surprising
-- I missed that it's called from the main executable's startup routine, not
from the dynamic linker (thanks to Rich for explaining that on IRC!).  So as a
result I expect that original code should usually work in practice.


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