Hiding code in ELF binary

Since I'm contributing to the radare2, I'm learning on how a disassembler works, and especially how ELF files are handled by disassemblers. I saw that almost (even every ?) disassemblers rely on ELF section headers (generally located at the end of the file), which has never used in reality (by Linux kernel or glibc) because ELF's mapping in memory is given by program header (another ELF structure, which I described in my article about ELF packer

So, we can easily hide code from disassemblers by manipulating virtual address fields of the ".text" section structure. I'll use an hexadecimal editor and the latest git revision of radare2 (which fixes a bug related to virtual address calculation in ELF binary), so I recommend you to have those tools installed of your computer to continue the reading of this article.

Category: Hacking - Tags: radare2 C ELF