So basically I am using objdump to disassemble a binary from GNU Coreutils, on 32-bit Linux x86.

In the disassembled code, I found one "broken" instruction like this:

 804b4db:       ff 24 85 e4 09 05 08    jmp    *0x80509e4(,%eax,4)

It seems like a disassemble error?

And, by digging into the section info, I figure out that 0x80509e4 inside the .rodata section.

So does it mean that 0x80509e4 is a jump table?

  • What are the opcodes of this instruction ?
    – perror
    Commented May 7, 2014 at 21:04
  • @perror Hello, I update my question Commented May 8, 2014 at 2:35
  • @perror Basically I think it should be a typical jump table instruction, am I right? Commented May 8, 2014 at 2:36
  • So, Igor answered, but the instruction is not broken at all. It just follow a strange syntax. When left empty, the argument is assumed to be 1 in memory addressing. And, yes, this is most likely a jump table.
    – perror
    Commented May 9, 2014 at 7:48

1 Answer 1


This is just the ugly AT&T syntax. In Intel syntax it's:

jmp dword ptr [eax*4+0x80509e4]

And yes, it's most likely a jump table.

You can switch objdump to Intel syntax by adding -M intel to the command line.


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