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Context Parsing (Not Only) of the Object-File-Format Description Language

KŘOUSTEK, J. KOLÁŘ, D.

Original Title

Context Parsing (Not Only) of the Object-File-Format Description Language

English Title

Context Parsing (Not Only) of the Object-File-Format Description Language

Type

journal article in Web of Science

Language

en

Original Abstract

The very first step of each tool such as linker, disassembler, or debugger is parsing of an input executable or object file. These files are stored in one of the existing object file formats (OFF). Retargetable tools are not limited to any particular target platform and they have to deal with handling of several OFFs. Handling of these formats is similar to parsing of computer languages - both of them have a predefined structure and a list of allowed constructions. However, OFF constructions are heavily mutually interconnected and they create context-sensitive units. In present, there is no generic system, which can be used for OFF description and its effective parsing. In this paper, we propose a formal language that can be used for OFF description. Furthermore, we present a design of a context parser of this language that is based on the formal models. The major advance of this solution is an ability to describe context-sensitive properties on the level of the language itself. This concept is planned to be used in the existing retargetable decompiler developed within the Lissom project. In this project, the language and its parser will be used for an object file parsing and its automatic conversion into the internal uniform file format. It is important to say that the concept of this parser can be utilized within other programming languages.

English abstract

The very first step of each tool such as linker, disassembler, or debugger is parsing of an input executable or object file. These files are stored in one of the existing object file formats (OFF). Retargetable tools are not limited to any particular target platform and they have to deal with handling of several OFFs. Handling of these formats is similar to parsing of computer languages - both of them have a predefined structure and a list of allowed constructions. However, OFF constructions are heavily mutually interconnected and they create context-sensitive units. In present, there is no generic system, which can be used for OFF description and its effective parsing. In this paper, we propose a formal language that can be used for OFF description. Furthermore, we present a design of a context parser of this language that is based on the formal models. The major advance of this solution is an ability to describe context-sensitive properties on the level of the language itself. This concept is planned to be used in the existing retargetable decompiler developed within the Lissom project. In this project, the language and its parser will be used for an object file parsing and its automatic conversion into the internal uniform file format. It is important to say that the concept of this parser can be utilized within other programming languages.

Keywords

object file format, context parsing, scattered context grammar, attributed grammar, priority function, decompilation, Lissom, ELF

RIV year

2013

Released

01.10.2013

Publisher

NEUVEDEN

Location

NEUVEDEN

Pages from

1673

Pages to

1702

Pages count

30

URL

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BibTex


@article{BUT103492,
  author="Jakub {Křoustek} and Dušan {Kolář}",
  title="Context Parsing (Not Only) of the Object-File-Format Description Language",
  annote="The very first step of each tool such as linker, disassembler, or debugger is
parsing of an input executable or object file. These files are stored in one of
the existing object file formats (OFF). Retargetable tools are not limited to any
particular target platform and they have to deal with handling of several OFFs.
Handling of these formats is similar to parsing of computer languages - both of
them have a predefined structure and a list of allowed constructions. However,
OFF constructions are heavily mutually interconnected and they create
context-sensitive units. In present, there is no generic system, which can be
used for OFF description and its effective parsing.

In this paper, we propose a formal language that can be used for OFF description.
Furthermore, we present a design of a context parser of this language that is
based on the formal models. The major advance of this solution is an ability to
describe context-sensitive properties on the level of the language itself. This
concept is planned to be used in the existing retargetable decompiler developed
within the Lissom project. In this project, the language and its parser will be
used for an object file parsing and its automatic conversion into the internal
uniform file format. It is important to say that the concept of this parser can
be utilized within other programming languages.",
  address="NEUVEDEN",
  chapter="103492",
  doi="10.2298/CSIS130120071K",
  edition="NEUVEDEN",
  howpublished="print",
  institution="NEUVEDEN",
  number="4",
  volume="10",
  year="2013",
  month="october",
  pages="1673--1702",
  publisher="NEUVEDEN",
  type="journal article in Web of Science"
}