ELF dynamic linking

In the old days, everything was statically linked. If a program used external library functions, the entire library was compiled directly into the executable. ELF supports dynamic linking, which is a much more efficient way to go about handling shared libraries.

When a program is loaded into memory, the dynamic linker also loads and binds the shared libraries that are needed to that process address space. The topic of dynamic linking is rarely understood by people in any depth as it is a relatively complex procedure and seems to work like magic under the hood. In this section, we will demystify some of its complexities and reveal how it works and also how it can be abused by attackers.

Shared libraries are compiled as position-independent ...

Get Learning Linux Binary Analysis now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.