I have a function prototype generated by IDA that looks like this:

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However, it looks like there is a struct being referenced at the instruction lea edi, [esp+290h+var_240]. I would like IDA to reference this passed address as an argument in its function prototype.

I have tried the approach below, but it is clear that it does not work.

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What I would like to see is something like this

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Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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My guess is that the function signature should be something like:

int __usercall Call_HTTP@<eax>(int x, int y, void* http_object@<edi>);
  • __usercall means the calling convention for the function is not a standard one (like stdcall, cdecl, etc.) as the function passes two arguments on stack and one in edi.
  • @<eax> : function returns a value in eax register.
  • int x and int y are passed on the stack.
  • void* http_object@<edi> : http_object is a void* passed through the edi register.

You can change the type of the http_object by adding a proper structure for this object to the known IDA structures and pass the real type instead of void*.

For more information on function signature, see the IDA help on Set function/item type.


The right signature should be:

int __userpurge Call_HTTP@<eax>(int x, int y, void* http_object@<edi>);

As stated by @itsbriany:

  • for __stdcall and __userpurge calling conventions, the callee cleans up the stack.
  • in __cdecl and __usercall conventions, the caller cleans up the stack.
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    Thanks, it works! I would also like to add that the calling convention would be _userpurge because the calling convention was originally _stdcall. This is because in _stdcall and _userpurge, the callee cleans up the stack. In _cdecl and _usercall, the caller cleans up the stack :)
    – itsbriany
    Commented Nov 11, 2015 at 16:47
  • @itsbriany Oops, sorry for the error... Nice catch! I'll edit my post.
    – Neitsa
    Commented Nov 12, 2015 at 10:20

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