While switching eXPressor's sourcecode from vc6 to vc8 I came across a number of problems; one of them was that vc8 linker won't let us merge anymore all sections in one as we want, he sticks IAT at the very beginning of first section; and since my source code relies on that I was forced to find a hack in order to skip recoding which in the particularly case of building stubs is very hard due limited debugging options.
In my stubs I do modifications for some global vars after building; since now I don't have my vars at the beginning of the firsts section I have 2 alternatives:
1.Enable /MAP file and build a simple parser to retrieve variables and functions VA. once I have VA I know where to apply the patch.
2.Find a hack and use the old method: structures stored inside specific PE directories like below:
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#pragma data_seg ( ".A$A" ) DWORD dwVal1 = 1; DWORD dwVAl2 = 2; //...etc #pragma data_seg()[/quote] Now I know for sure that those vars are placed at the beginning of section .A and you can access them later via section[.A].VirtualAddress. The linker will always put teh IAT table (which lies in .idata$5) at the very beginning of teh first section which normally starts at 0x1000, and since I merge all my stub sections in .A I have problems modifying my globals. I found a hack to force having global variables at the very beginning of first section for easy access (we don't even need the /MAP file); in the code above, replace ".A$A" with ".idata$5"