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Lorgnette enables you to lookup symbols on OS X and iOS (jailbreak is required, though). It works for both local and remote symbols (i.e. symbols within an alien process address space). So you may think about it as dlsym() without «the current process symbols only» and «won't find unexported symbols» limitations.

OS X contains a private framework called CoreSymbolication that can be used to locate symbols in any running task on the system and even more. I believe that it has something to do with dtrace.
So if you need something production-ready (heh), you should use the Apple thing instead of liblorgnette.
See CoreSymbolication section of this file.

Usage

If the target is a mach_task_self() then lorgnette_lookup() will act like dlsym(). But unlike dlsym() it can be used to locate unexported symbols.

#include "lorgnette.h"
mach_vm_address_t main_addr = lorgnette_lookup(mach_task_self(), "main");
assert(dlsym(RTLD_DEFAULT, "main") == main_addr);

mach_vm_address_t dlopen_addr = lorgnette_lookup_image(mach_task_self(), "dlopen", "libdyld.dylib");
assert(dlsym(RTLD_DEFAULT, "dlopen") == dlopen_addr);

Or it will inspect any alien task you have rights to control (task_for_pid isn't for everyone, you know):

pid_t proc = 20131;

task_t target;
task_for_pid(mach_task_self(), proc, &target);

mach_vm_address_t remote_addr = lorgnette_lookup(target, "_private_function");

Interface

mach_vm_address_t lorgnette_lookup(task_t target, const char *symbol_name);

Locate a symbol inside an arbitrary process' address space.

This function iterates local symbols first and only then it looks for symbols in linked libraries.

Parameter Type (in/out) Description
target in (required) The target process to inspect
symbol_name in (required) The name of the symbol to find. This parameter must not be NULL
Return value
An address of the given symbol within the given process, or 0 (zero) if this symbol could not be found


mach_vm_address_t lorgnette_lookup_image(task_t target, const char *symbol_name, const char *image_name);

Locate a symbol within a particular image inside an alien process.

Parameter Type (in/out) Description
target in (required) The target process to inspect
symbol_name in (required) The name of the symbol to find. This parameter must not be NULL
image_name in (optional) The name of the host image of the given symbol. The image name should be either a full file path or just a file base name
Return value
An address of the given symbol within the given process, or 0 (zero) if this symbol could not be found [within the given image, if image_name is not NULL]

CoreSymbolication

Here're some reverse engineered headers for the framework along with functionality tests: mountainstorm/CoreSymbolication.
Also see this StackOverflow question by Johannes Weiß.


If you found any bug(s) or something, please open an issue or a pull request — I'd appreciate your help! (^,,^)

Dmitry Rodionov, 2014
i.am.rodionovd@gmail.com