[Mono-dev] {kinda OT} Linux equivalent of Win32 "ReadProcessMemory"...

Mike Edenfield kutulu at kutulu.org
Tue Apr 14 18:02:09 EDT 2009

On 4/14/2009 11:47 AM, Martin Baulig wrote:
> On Mon, 2009-04-13 at 10:45 -0400, Miguel de Icaza wrote:
>>> * Has anyone actually done something like this and run into non-
>>> obvious
>>> problems?  I'm most concerned that there are some gotchas in how Linux
>>> manages memory, though if its just a matter of trial and error to find
>>> the right spots in memory I'm already assuming that's coming.
>> You might want to first look in /proc/PID/maps which describes which
>> memory addresses are actually valid for that process.   Then you can
>> start seeking and reading at will.

> b) you're the tracing parent of the target process - and the restriction
>     applies on thread-level.

I eventually figure that out, it was the source of my seemingly random 
ESRCH errors trying to read from /proc/<pid>/mem.  Once I realized that 
I need to PTRACE_ATTACH first, I was all set.  I am successfully reading 
memory from my target process.

So far, I've only managed to pull the ELF header out of memory, but it's 
a start.  I just need to find a way to tell the difference between each 
possible version of the binary I might run into; the original utility 
relied on the fact that Windows linkers stick a time stamp into the PE 
header at creation time, but I don't see anything similar in ELF.


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