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Not able to compile packet-pkcs12-template.c

asked 2020-04-21 16:21:45 +0000

updated 2020-04-21 16:59:06 +0000

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Hello all,

I am new to wireshark development. I have been able to setup build environment on Cent OS7 and compile wireshark source.

But then I proceeded to make couple of changes in packet-pkcs12-template.c. I got a compile error. I fixed it but I still get the error. Changes to other dissectors like packet-xxx.c (non-asn1 generated) were compiled successfully. I then made random changes in this file to see if the compiler is really looking at the modified file. Surprisingly I do not get other errors I was expecting before the original error. I keep getting the same first error even after fixing it.

I wonder there is something that I don't know about modifying and compiling *-template.c files.

I am badly in need of help. Let me know if you need any details.

Thanks in advance.

[  7%] Built target dissectors-corba
[  7%] Building C object epan/dissectors/CMakeFiles/dissectors.dir/packet-pkcs12.c.o
./asn1/pkcs12/packet-pkcs12-template.c: In function 'PBE_decrypt_data':
./asn1/pkcs12/packet-pkcs12-template.c:344:2: error: passing argument 2 of 'tvb_new_child_real_data' discards 'const' qualifier from pointer target type [-Werror]
In file included from /root/wireshark/epan/proto.h:35:0,
                 from /root/wireshark/epan/packet.h:14,
                 from ./asn1/pkcs12/packet-pkcs12-template.c:18:
/root/wireshark/epan/tvbuff.h:150:25: note: expected 'guint8 *' but argument is of type 'const guint8 *'
 WS_DLL_PUBLIC tvbuff_t *tvb_new_child_real_data(tvbuff_t *parent,
cc1: all warnings being treated as errors
make[2]: *** [epan/dissectors/CMakeFiles/dissectors.dir/packet-pkcs12.c.o] Error 1
make[1]: *** [epan/dissectors/CMakeFiles/dissectors.dir/all] Error 2
make: *** [all] Error 2

packet-pkcs12.c does not get generated as I see the old timestamp on this.

In packet-pkcs12-template.c, I make following change in PBE_decrypt_data() to get additional compile error:

   clear_tvb = tvb_new_child_real_data(encrypted_tvb,(guint8AMIT *)clear_data, datalen, datalen);*

Originally I was trying to remove the const type casting for the 2nd parameter of the function call tvb_new_child_real_data, which I fixed in function definition/declaration etc. but I kept getting the above compile error. So I edited the file to introduce more error and I suspect that those errors are not even looked at by compiler.

I cloned the source from

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  • Where did you get your source, git clone or a tarball?
  • Does the generated file get, er generated, when you modify the template file?
  • Can you show us the error?
grahamb gravatar imagegrahamb ( 2020-04-21 16:29:15 +0000 )edit

Updated the original question with additional information requested.

amit_wireshark gravatar imageamit_wireshark ( 2020-04-21 16:53:01 +0000 )edit

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answered 2020-04-21 17:11:51 +0000

grahamb gravatar image

A template file is compiled as it, think of it as a set of helper functions, modifying it won't regenerate the actual dissector file.

The function signature for tvb_new_child_real_data() requires a const guint8 *, hence the cast in the original code.

Presumably you've changed the type of clear_data, originally this is a char *, to whatever guint8AMIT is, but this will still need to either have an implicit type conversion to the required type, or you have to add an explicit cast.

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I changed this line:

clear_tvb = tvb_new_child_real_data(encrypted_tvb,(const guint8 *)clear_data, datalen, datalen);


clear_tvb = tvb_new_child_real_data(encrypted_tvb,(guint8 *)clear_data, datalen, datalen);

notice "const" from explicit type casting is removed.

I also modified tvb_new_child_real_data() definition and declaration to accept non-"const" pointer. But I still get the error at this same line in this file saying that 2nd argument to tvb_new_child_real_data() discards const qualifier. At this point I suspected if compiler was even looking at my modification, I made some other odd changes to get additional errors and compiler does not show those errors.

diff --git a/epan/dissectors/asn1/pkcs12/packet-pkcs12-template.c b/epan/dissectors/asn1/pkcs12/packet-pkcs12-template.c
index 271051e..3c8eedd 100644
--- a/epan/dissectors/asn1/pkcs12/packet-pkcs12-template.c
+++ b/epan/dissectors/asn1/pkcs12/packet-pkcs12-template.c
@@ -341,7 +341,9 @@ int PBE_decrypt_data(const char *object_identifier_id_param _U_, tvbuff_t *encry

        /* OK - so now clear_data contains the decrypted data */

-       clear_tvb = tvb_new_child_real_data(encrypted_tvb ...
amit_wireshark gravatar imageamit_wireshark ( 2020-04-21 17:46:05 +0000 )edit

patch that I tried to put above is getting formatted. I will re-do this after figuring out how to avoid auto formatting while putting the comment.

amit_wireshark gravatar imageamit_wireshark ( 2020-04-21 17:50:28 +0000 )edit

I've fixed the formatting. Use "Ctrl + K " or 4 space indent to format as code. Use backticks for inline.

I've no idea why you think modifying tvb_new_child_real_data() in such a way is required or even a good idea. Modifying the header (tvbuff.h) won't modify the code in tvbuff_real.c

grahamb gravatar imagegrahamb ( 2020-04-21 18:29:02 +0000 )edit

Thanks for the response. Sorry I did not mention my intention.

I am trying to modify wireshark code so that some of the information elements in telecom protocols (which can be called as user sensitive data) can be obfuscated. Hence, I intend to modify the packet buffer in wireshark and hence converted it (real_data in tvbuff) to non-const so that can I can overwrite these selective fields before it gets displayed (raw buffer as well as dissect tree). To do that I had to make a whole of changes to make buffer as non-const and return pointer as non-const for many functions across wireshark source.

That is how I got into this problem.

I change the function call, definition and declaration for tvb_new_child_real_data() but I get compile error.

Patch did not mention but I did modify function definition in tvbuff_real.c as well.

diff --git a/epan/tvbuff_real.c b ...
amit_wireshark gravatar imageamit_wireshark ( 2020-04-22 06:31:24 +0000 )edit

Thanks you. I was able to solve the problem.

amit_wireshark gravatar imageamit_wireshark ( 2020-04-24 16:37:57 +0000 )edit

answered 2020-04-21 22:52:53 +0000

Guy Harris gravatar image

updated 2020-04-22 03:01:05 +0000

Originally I was trying to remove the const type casting for the 2nd parameter of the function call tvb_new_child_real_data, which I fixed in function definition/declaration etc.

DO NOT DO THAT. That's NOT a "fix" to ANYTHING.

The second argument is SUPPOSED to be a const guint8 *, because neither tvb_new_child_real_data() nor any of the code that uses the data to which it's passed a pointer modifies the data to which it points; the const explicitly indicates that it will not be modified and so it can safely be passed in without a concern that it will be modified.

So PUT THE const BACK IN THE FUNCTION DECLARATION AND DEFINITION, get rid of the cast in the call, and go on from there.

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