Binary Rewriting of an Operating System Kernel

In this paper, the authors deal with some of the issues that arise in the context of binary rewriting and instrumentation of an operating system kernel. OS kernels are very different from ordinary application code in many ways, e.g., they contain a significant amount of handwritten assembly code. Binary rewriting is an attractive approach for processing OS kernel code for several reasons, e.g., it provides a uniform way to handle heterogeneity in code due to a combination of source code, assembly code and legacy code such as in device drivers.

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