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getsection: make use of Elf32_Ehdr and Elf32_Shdr on 32-bit systems

Using the 64-bit counter parts causes the location of the embedded ELF
section for `--updateinformation` to be calculated incorrectly, and
eventually causing a segmentation fault.

Notice this commit relies on GCC specific defines (`__i386__`), and
defaults to 64-bit if 32-bit was not detected.

See: #307
Signed-off-by: Juan Cruz Viotti <>
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Juan Cruz Viotti
Juan Cruz Viotti committed Dec 2, 2016
1 parent 6a7293f commit 0db202826d6dbcfbbd7df244654179bb61e7c6c9
Showing with 11 additions and 2 deletions.
  1. +11 −2 getsection.c
@@ -11,12 +11,21 @@ int get_elf_section_offset_and_lenghth(char* fname, char* section_name, unsigned
uint8_t *data;
int i;
Elf64_Ehdr *elf;
Elf64_Shdr *shdr;
int fd = open(fname, O_RDONLY);
data = mmap(NULL, lseek(fd, 0, SEEK_END), PROT_READ, MAP_SHARED, fd, 0);

#ifdef __i386__
Elf32_Ehdr *elf;
Elf32_Shdr *shdr;
elf = (Elf32_Ehdr *) data;
shdr = (Elf32_Shdr *) (data + elf->e_shoff);
#else // Default to x86_64
Elf64_Ehdr *elf;
Elf64_Shdr *shdr;
elf = (Elf64_Ehdr *) data;
shdr = (Elf64_Shdr *) (data + elf->e_shoff);

char *strTab = (char *)(data + shdr[elf->e_shstrndx].sh_offset);
for(i = 0; i < elf->e_shnum; i++) {
if(strcmp(&strTab[shdr[i].sh_name], section_name) == 0) {

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