What would be the translated C output of this hexrays decompiler pseudocode? The values of v6 and v5 are floats just as v8. The value of xmmword_108365D0 is 7FFFFFFF7FFFFFFF7FFFFFFF7FFFFFFFh

v8 = (float)(COERCE_FLOAT(COERCE_UNSIGNED_INT(v6 - v5) & xmmword_108365D0) - 4.0) * 0.16666667;

I'm not sure how to go about translating these macros into C.

andps xmm0, ds:xmmword_108365D0 ; xmm0 = xmm0 & xmmword_108365D0 subss xmm0, ds:dword_10835A68 ; xmm0 -= 4.0 mulss xmm0, ds:dword_1083538C ; xmm0 *= 0.16666667

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    press Tab to see the corresponding assembly code.
    – Igor Skochinsky
    Commented Jul 5, 2018 at 19:23
  • @Igor Skochinsky Looking at the assembly this is the code I generated. It does actually use andps to and the xmm0 register with that value. float v8 = ( ( float ) ( ( ( uint32_t ) ( v6 - v5 ) ) & 0x7FFFFFFF7FFFFFFF7FFFFFFF7FFFFFFF ) - 4.0 ) * 0.16666667; This shows that IDA was right. However, the constant used for AND is too large according to my compiler. What is the solution to this? Commented Jul 6, 2018 at 1:31
  • @Biswapriyo attatched assembly in topic Commented Jul 6, 2018 at 21:45

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andps stands for "Bitwise Logical AND of Packed Single Precision Floating-Point Values", i.e. the contents of the register is interpreted as four separate single precision (32-bit) values and a bitwise AND operation is performed using the second operand as the mask. Since floats do not have bitwise operations defined, the CPU performs it on the raw values in the registers as if they were just a stream of bits. I.e. the result of

andps xmm0, ds:xmmword_108365D0

is similar to the following operations:

 xmm0.m128i_u32[0] &= 0x7FFFFFFF;
 xmm0.m128i_u32[1] &= 0x7FFFFFFF;
 xmm0.m128i_u32[2] &= 0x7FFFFFFF;
 xmm0.m128i_u32[3] &= 0x7FFFFFFF;

executed simultaneously (m128i_u32 here represents the contents of the xmm register as an array of four unsigned 32-bit integers).

Since the IEEE floating-point format uses most significant bit (bit 31) as the sign of the value, and this operation clears this bit, obviously this operation makes the number always positive, i.e. it's an equivalent of fabs().

The following two operations (subss and mulss are of the "Scalar Single-Precision" category, i.e. they use only the low 32 bits of the register as the floating-point value, that's why the decompiler tried to convert the calculation to a single float, however it could not discard the andps operation because it is performed on the whole register, which resulted in the ugly cast sequence. So, if we replace the & by fabs, the "correct" expression is probably this:

v8 = (fabs(v6 - v5) - 4.0) / 6;

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