In case you missed Defcon 24 or were there and happened to miss this talk, this is some amazing stuff. It’s called the Witchcraft Compiler Collection (WCC) by my co-worker and friend, Jonathan Brossard.
Some things you can do with WCC:
- Transforming ET_EXEC ELF executables into shared libraries (id est: transforming an executable into a shared library !) Demoed this by patching proftpd into a shared library and then calling functions in it from C.
- Unlinking ELF binaries into relocatable object files, then relink them back using gcc and verify they still work !
- Running OpenBSD binaries natively on linux by relinking it. 0 patching required !
- Using ET_DYN executables as shared libraries (Used /usr/sbin/apache2 as a shared library ! Called internal functions from C code)
- Prototyping exploits from symbolic execution partial traces (did a live exploit from an old version of Samba)
In memory JIT translation from ARM to Intel x86_64 + debugging : did a demo on running a ARM library natively on amd64 linux with inprocess JIT binary translation.</i> </ul> Abstract of the talk : https://defcon.org/html/defcon-24/dc-24-speakers.html#Brossard
The slides are available here : https://github.com/endrazine/wcc/blob/master/doc/presentations/Jonathan_Brossard_Witchract_Compiler_Collection_Defcon24_2016.pdf
The codebase is available here : https://github.com/endrazine/wcc under MIT License (proper open source).
The code for all the demos is available here : https://github.com/endrazine/wcc/tree/master/doc/presentations/demos_defcon24_2016
Check it out!