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SubjectRe: 2.5.63 accesses below %esp (was: Re: ntfs OOPS (2.5.63))
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Denis Vlasenko <vda@port.imtp.ilyichevsk.odessa.ua> said:
> On 13 March 2003 23:04, Horst von Brand wrote:
> > Szakacsits Szabolcs <szaka@sienet.hu> said:
> > > On Wed, 12 Mar 2003, Horst von Brand wrote:
> > > > It is _hard_ to do with variable length instructions (CISC,
> > > > remember?), the code is designed to be easily decoded forward,
> > > > noone executes code going backwards.
> > >
> > > Of course, it's a bad approach. You start earlier and stop at EIP.
> > > Repeat this for max(instruction length) different offsets and you
> > > will have the winner. Figure it out from the context after EIP.
> >
> > By hand, OK. Automatically, no.
>
> Why not? Disassemble from, say, EIP-16 and check whether you
> have an instruction starting exactly at EIP. If no, repeat from EIP-15, -14...
> You are guaranteed to succeed at EIP-0 ;)

But your previous success (if any) doesn't mean anything, and might even
screw up the decoding after EIP (if accidentally an address looks like an
instruction, say). This is too much work (to get right) for something of
purely informational value (if that much), generated by a suspect kernel
(an Oops is when something went wrong...).
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