I want to modify my teamspeak server (linux), I'm particulary interested in the connection with clients (UDP), so I figured I need to set a breakpoint at the linux socket function to start reversing. How can I achieve this?



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In gdb you can set a syscall breakpoint with catch syscall.

If this is in 32-bit x86 (IA-32), check the syscall number in your_linux_source_dir/usr/include/asm/unistd_32.h. There is no syscall called socket in 32-bit x86, do you mean socketcall? Its number is 102.

If this is in x86-64 (AMD64), check the syscall number in your_linux_kernel_source_dir/usr/include/asm/unistd_64.h. The syscall called socket is 41.

Then run the executable in gdb:

$ gdb myexecutable

And set the syscall breakpoint (41 is the socket syscall number in x86-64, change to appropriate syscall number for you):

(gdb) catch syscall 41

And then run the program:

(gdb) r

Using the name of syscall (such as socket) instead of the number (eg. 41) may also work, depending on your configuration.

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    I have no idea when this was added. But now you can use the syscall name instead of its number. So, just catch syscall socket.
    – Celelibi
    Sep 26, 2018 at 16:25

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