I have a problem with understanding, why after modifying variable var_4h and passing positively through jne at 0x000006c3 I still cannot see the message. I use radare2

In debug mode, just before cmp I use: wv \0x5 @rbp-0x4

 52: main ();
│           ; var uint32_t var_4h @ rbp-0x4
│           0x000006b0      55             push rbp
│           0x000006b1      4889e5         mov rbp, rsp
│           0x000006b4      4883ec10       sub rsp, 0x10
│           0x000006b8      c745fc040000.  mov dword [var_4h], 4
│           0x000006bf      837dfc05       cmp dword [var_4h], 5
│       ┌─< 0x000006c3      7518           jne 0x6dd
│       │   0x000006c5      488d35980000.  lea rsi, qword str.You_win  ; 0x764 ; "You win!"
│       │   0x000006cc      488d3d9a0000.  lea rdi, qword [0x0000076d] ; "%s"
│       │   0x000006d3      b800000000     mov eax, 0
│       │   0x000006d8      e883feffff     call sym.imp.printf
│       │   ; CODE XREF from main @ 0x6c3
│       └─> 0x000006dd      b800000000     mov eax, 0
│           0x000006e2      c9             leave
└           0x000006e3      c3             ret

Can someone help me with this? I just ran out of ideas what I'm doing wrong.

1 Answer 1


To replicate your issue, I created a simple program:

#include <stdio.h>

int main()
  int x = 4;
  if (x == 5)
    printf("You win!\n");
  return 0;

and then:

[0x7fb00d000c30]> aaa
[x] Analyze all flags starting with sym. and entry0 (aa)
[x] Analyze function calls (aac)
[x] Analyze len bytes of instructions for references (aar)
[x] Check for objc references
[x] Check for vtables
[TOFIX: aaft can't run in debugger mode.ions (aaft)
[x] Type matching analysis for all functions (aaft)
[x] Propagate noreturn information
[x] Use -AA or aaaa to perform additional experimental analysis.
[0x7fb00d000c30]> dcu main
Continue until 0x004004b2 using 1 bpsize
hit breakpoint at: 4004b2
[0x004004b2]> pdf
            ; DATA XREF from entry0 @ 0x4003fd
            ;-- rax:
            ;-- rip:
┌ 38: int main (int argc, char **argv, char **envp);
│           ; var int64_t var_4h @ rbp-0x4
│           0x004004b2      55             push rbp
│           0x004004b3      4889e5         mov rbp, rsp
│           0x004004b6      4883ec10       sub rsp, 0x10
│           0x004004ba      c745fc040000.  mov dword [var_4h], 4
│           0x004004c1      837dfc05       cmp dword [var_4h], 5
│       ┌─< 0x004004c5      750a           jne 0x4004d1
│       │   0x004004c7      bf64054000     mov edi, str.You_win        ; 0x400564 ; "You win!"
│       │   0x004004cc      e8dffeffff     call sym.imp.puts           ; int puts(const char *s)
│       └─> 0x004004d1      b800000000     mov eax, 0
│           0x004004d6      c9             leave
└           0x004004d7      c3             ret
[0x004004b2]> dcu 0x004004c1
Continue until 0x004004c1 using 1 bpsize
hit breakpoint at: 4004c1
[0x004004c1]> pf d @ rbp-0x4
0x7ffff4c0021c = 4
[0x004004c1]> wv 5 @rbp-0x4
[0x004004c1]> pf d @ rbp-0x4
0x7ffff4c0021c = 5
[0x004004c1]> dc
You win!

Few things to notice:

  1. check your write - wv command
  2. Also note that the output doesn't show up (in my case) if I don't use \n in "you win!\n" string (although I don't know the exact reason why this happens)
  3. If you don't have an access to the source code, then edit the string and add \n yourself.
nth paddr      vaddr      len size section type  string
0   0x00000564 0x00400564 9   9    .rodata ascii You win!
>w You win!\n @0x00400564

(in write mode -w) It is not the most elegant way but worked in my case.

If you fix this then your program should work fine.

  • 1
    Thank you. I corrected wv command, and did everything the same as you, but message is still not printed (instead I land in printf command). Unfortunately, I don't have an access to the source code, so I cannot modify it.
    – BTom
    May 21, 2020 at 15:45
  • I edited the my answer
    – R4444
    May 21, 2020 at 16:18
  • Thank you. Unfortunately, after changes and going to debug mode, I got blank line in return, and in assembly after \n I got \%s
    – BTom
    May 22, 2020 at 16:55

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