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SubjectRe: The disappearing sys_call_table export.
On Wed, 7 May 2003, petter wahlman wrote:

> On Wed, 2003-05-07 at 18:59, Richard B. Johnson wrote:
> > On Wed, 7 May 2003, petter wahlman wrote:
> >
> > > On Wed, 2003-05-07 at 18:00, Richard B. Johnson wrote:
> > > > On Wed, 7 May 2003, petter wahlman wrote:
> > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > It seems like nobody belives that there are any technically valid
> > > > > reasons for hooking system calls, but how should e.g anti virus
> > > > > on-access scanners intercept syscalls?
> > > > > Preloading libraries, ptracing init, patching g/libc, etc. are
> > > > ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> > > > |________ Is the way to go. That's how
> > > > you communicate every system-call to a user-mode daemon that
> > > > does whatever you want it to do, including phoning the National
> > > > Security Administrator if that's the policy.
> > > >
> > > > > obviously not the way to go.
> > > > >
> > > >
> > > > Oviously wrong.
> > >
> > >
> > > And how would you force the virus to preload this library?
> > >
> > > -p.
> > >
> >
> > The same way you would force a virus to not be statically linked.
> > You make sure that only programs that interface with the kernel
> > thorugh your hooks can run on that particular system.
> >
>
> Can you please elaborate.
> How would you implement the access control without modifying the
> respective syscalls or the system_call(), and would you'r
> solution be possible to implement run time?
>
> Regards,
>

The program loader for shared-library programs is ld.so or
ld-linux.so. It's the thing that mmaps the shared libraries
and, eventually calls _start: in the beginning of the program:

execve("/bin/ps", ["ps"], [/* 32 vars */]) = 0
brk(0) = 0x804c748
open("/etc/ld.so.preload", O_RDONLY) = 3 <<<<<<--- your hooks here!!
fstat(3, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0644, st_size=0, ...}) = 0
old_mmap(NULL, 0, PROT_READ|PROT_WRITE, MAP_PRIVATE, 3, 0) = 0
close(3) = 0


Cheers,
Dick Johnson
Penguin : Linux version 2.4.20 on an i686 machine (797.90 BogoMips).
Why is the government concerned about the lunatic fringe? Think about it.

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