Run-time Function Interception

If we have to intercept functions from shared libraries, we can use this kind of link seam. It is based on the fact that it is possible to alter the run-time linking behaviour of the loader in a way that it considers libraries that would otherwise not be loaded. This can be accomplished by the environment variable LD_PRELOAD that the loader interprets.

With this we can instruct the loader to prefer our function instead of the ones provided by libraries normally resolved through the environment variable LD_LIBRARY_PATH or the system library directories. As an example, consider the following code and the CDT build options which is generated by Mockator to intercept function calls to Die::roll:

#include <dlfcn.h>
int rand(void) {
  typedef int (*funPtr)(void);
  static funPtr origFun = 0;
  if (!origFun) {
    void* tmpPtr = dlsym(RTLD_NEXT, "rand");
    origFun = reinterpret_cast<funPtr>(tmpPtr);
  int notNeededHere = origFun();
  return 3;

$ LD_PRELOAD=path/to/ executable

The advantage of this solution compared to the first two link seams is that it does not require re-linking. It is solely based on altering the behaviour of A disadvantage is that this mechanism is unreliable with member functions, because the member function pointer is not expected to have the same size as a void pointer.