Mach-O support (including Universal Binaries and Apple Code Signatures)

The reason behind this addition is that before undertaking the next big step in the road map of the Profiler there was some spare time to dedicate to some extra features for the upcoming 0.9.6 version. There have also been some customer requests for Mach-O support, so we hope that this will satisfy their request. While there are still some things left which would be useful and nice to add to the Mach-O support, they are not many.


The first screenshot as you can see features the Mach-O layout.

The logic of Mach-Os starts with their load commands which describe everything else:

Load commands

Segments and sections:


Entry points (LC_MAIN, LC_UNIXTHREAD):

Entry points



Then the LC_DYLD_INFO can describle some VM operations for rebasing and binding:




Also the DyldInfo export section is represented as in the file as a tree:


Function starts:

Function starts

Of course, Mach-O support makes little sense without Fat/Universal Binary support:

Fat/Universal Binary

While the upcoming version won’t yet support validation of Apple Code Signatures embedded in Mach-Os, it’s already possible to inspect their format and the embedded certificates.

Apple Code Signature

As usual all the formats added have been exposed to Python as well. I paste some of the SDK class documentation here excluding constants, which are just too many.

Given the SDK capabilities, it’s easy to perform custom scans on Mach-Os or to create plugins.

That’s all. Hope you enjoyed and don’t be shy if you have feature requests or suggestions. 😉

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