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# 1  
Old 03-28-2002
MySQL Obfuscated C

Well this year i decided to enter the International Obfuscated C Code Contest. This was my first attempt at writing obfuscated C (at least purposely), so I am sure that this is kids-stuff for the real obfuscation gurus. Anyway, the results are out, and I am not a finalist (I wasn't expecting to be), so I figured I would share my code with you all, just for fun. If anyone else made an entry this year, please share them!

Here are the remarks included with my entry:

This program grew out of a non-obfuscated utility that I threw
together a while ago. I use it as a reference from time to
time since different architectures produce different results (at
least, the output is different on my HP-UX box than it is on my
Intel box). It simply outputs a nicely formatted ascii character
table. It is run with no arguments and produces its report on
the standard out. I achieved obfuscation by using a couple of
levels of recursion, plus some confusingly named variables and
functions. I also included some additional code which does
absolutley nothing just to confuse things a little more.

I strived for "-Wall" cleanness. As a result I had to give up
a couple minor obfuscations, but I think it is still sufficiently
convoluted. This is my first attempt at obfuscated C -- it was
written over the course of several weeks as a diversion. By
the end it became very difficult to improve as I could no longer
understand how it worked without a serious amount of thought!

The code is neatly arranged in the form of my initials. Smilie

#  include  <stdio.h>
#          define d (
#          define I1 1<<
#          define b )
#          define Il(l) \
#          define lI \
I*((I1 3)-1)+(I*(I1\
(I1 4))
#define \
_l(l)  \
#define \
ll(l) l
#define \
l1 main(

long i,l,ll(I)=d(I1 5)-(I1 1)b;int _l(l)
{putchar d ll(l)b;Il(l);}int II(l,L){_l(
(l/L)+48);l-=((l/L)*L);d L/=10 b?II(l,L)
          :0;Il(l);}int l1 
          b{*d d l b?&I:&l
          b=I;if d l>(I1 8
          b b Il(I1 0);_l(
          32);_l(I1 5);II(
          _l(I1 5);_l(ll(l
          ));l%(I1 2)?0:_l
          ((I1 3)+(ll(I1 1)
          )b;l++;Il(l1 l));

# 2  
Old 03-29-2002
Hey, I like that!
I've moved it to $HOME/bin since it is a lot better than "man ascii"...
Here's one of my favorites:
 main() { printf(&unix["\021%six\012\0"],(unix)["have"]+"fun"-0x60);}

It was written by David Korn, and won Best One-Liner in 1987.
Another one I think is awesome is thadgavin.c, a winner in 2000 (source too long to post here).

Also, a stongly suggested entry to look at in jarijyrki.c in 2000. I've actually used that program before for work purposes!

Lookin' good PxT!
# 3  
Old 04-03-2002
One liner is not working!!!! by david korn

That one liner is not working.
What include files should I have in the code ?

thank you,
sharath chandra
# 4  
Old 04-03-2002
Dr. Korn's one liner seems to have been written in the days of K&R C. LivinFree uses HP-UX. HP-UX includes a old K&R C compiler for free as part of the OS. I am sure that he is using this compiler to compile the one liner.

The old C preprocessor seems to set the symbol "unix" to be "1" for some odd reason. And I guess that ansi cleaned up the name space. I never noticed this before and now I wonder what old C compilers did on, say, an old IBM pc. Set unix to 0? Or leave unix undefined and set ms-dos to 1?

In any event, I got the one liner to work with ansi C by adding a line "#define unix 1".
# 5  
Old 04-03-2002
I also got it compiled on a Linux machine with gcc.
I checked the Makefile, and I didn't see any extra options either that may be needed on some systems. I also checked the hint file again to see if some compilers didn't like it... The commands I used were:
$ gcc -o korn korn.c
$ ./korn

What system are you using to compile? What compiler?
# 6  
Old 04-03-2002

It was nice and could't trace how it is printing.


thank you,
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