Delphi 5 debugger is working!

Vitaliy Margolen wine-devel at
Wed Aug 24 08:50:04 CDT 2005

Wednesday, August 24, 2005, 6:20:40 AM, Kuba Ober wrote:

> On Tuesday 23 August 2005 20:05, Vitaliy Margolen wrote:
>> As of todays CVS Delphi 5 debugger is fixed.
>> Well, ok, there are still some bugs. One is a minor bug (Module view
>> reports all modules as a project executable name), but all exports are
>> there. You can even try to disassemble them. But here is where the major
>> problems start. Debugger segfaults on that. This is because
>> NtQueryVirtualMemory and
>> NtProtectVirtualMemory currently don't work on other processes.

> What are the problems with implementing those using SIGSTOP/SIGCONT and 
> ptrace(2)? I imagine that for example changing memory protection for another 
> process could be achieved as follows:

> 1. SIGSTOP to the process
> 2. inject code that invokes mprotect() and stops execution
> 3. change EIP, ESP, etc. then SIGCONT
> 4. wait(pid,&status,WUNTRACED) on the child
> 5. remove the injected code, restore registers, SIGCONT

> I have never implemented such a beast so I might be way off, nevertheless it'd
> be interesting to hear what the problems are. phrack might also be a useful 
> read in that respect.

Hmm, that looks familiar. Something like that safedisc uses, that currently
doesn't work. The only difference - safedisc limited to win API. I guess I can
give it a try to see if it will work.


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