please help me with Intel Pin: I print each instruction to the console and I want to insert +++++ after it using Ins_Insertcall:

VOID CpuidCalled(const CONTEXT* ctxt)
std::cerr << "+++++" << std::endl;

std::cerr << INS_Disassemble(ins) << std::endl;


mov esp, esi
pop ebx
pop edi
pop esi
pop ebp
ret 0x10
mov byte ptr [ebp-0x19], al
mov dword ptr [ebp-0x4], 0xfffffffe
mov dword ptr [ebp-0x24], 0x0
call 0x779fdd6d

why so and how can it be fixed? Thank you


that's because you are printing disassembly in instrumentation routine and "+++++" in analysis routine.

PIN has theoretically been divided into two routines:

  1. instrumentation - where you define your instrumentation points - happens when instruction is jitted
  2. analysis - where you execute actual instrumentation code - happens when instruction is executed

Refer following slides for quick overview:


so, what you should do? - depends on your preference - either print both disassembly and "+++++" in analysis routine - i.e. inside function CpuidCalled (which makes more sense), or print both in instrumentation routine (which would not make much sense as you want to observe the executed instructions).

  • thanks for the answer, but how to call CpuidCalled a function by analogy with INS_Disassemble(ins)? I need to output: mov esp, esi EAX= ... , IP=...
    – ALex
    Dec 3 '21 at 20:30
  • send it like new string(INS_Disassemble(ins)) as an argument in the instrumentation function
    – R4444
    Dec 3 '21 at 20:37
  • #include "pin.H" #include <iostream> #include <fstream> #include <string> VOID DisplayInstruction(ADDRINT instructionAddress,string assemblyCode){ cout<<std::hex<<instructionAddress<<":"<<std::dec<<assemblyCode<<"\n";} VOID Instruction(INS ins, VOID *v) { INS_InsertCall(ins, IPOINT_BEFORE, (AFUNPTR)DisplayInstruction, IARG_INST_PTR, IARG_REG_VALUE,new string(INS_Assemble(ins)), IARG_END); } error new string: type specifier required, may be new std:string?
    – ALex
    Dec 3 '21 at 21:21
  • IARG_PTR, new string(INS_Disassemble(ins)),
    – R4444
    Dec 3 '21 at 21:38
  • INS_InsertCall(ins, IPOINT_BEFORE, (AFUNPTR)DisplayInstruction, IARG_INST_PTR, IARG_PTR, new string(INS_Disassemble(ins)), IARG_END);, but error again:type specifier required
    – ALex
    Dec 3 '21 at 21:42

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