Build Your Own OS #6

User modes

Loading an External Program

GRUB modules

module /modules/program
mkdir -p iso/modules

Creating a program

; test module à copier dans iso/modules                           
; set eax to some distinguishable number, to read from the log afterwards
bits 32
start:
mov eax, 0xDEADBEEF ; enter infinite loop, nothing more to do
jmp start

Compiling the program

nasm -f bin program.s -o program

Instruct the GRUB

; in file `loader.s`


MAGIC_NUMBER equ 0x1BADB002 ; define the magic number constant
ALIGN_MODULES equ 0x00000001 ; tell GRUB to align modules

; calculate the checksum (all options + checksum should equal 0)
CHECKSUM equ -(MAGIC_NUMBER + ALIGN_MODULES)

section .text: ; start of the text (code) section
align 4 ; the code must be 4 byte aligned
dd MAGIC_NUMBER ; write the magic number
dd ALIGN_MODULES ; write the align modules instruction
dd CHECKSUM ; write the checksum

Finding the Program in Memory

int kmain(/* additional arguments */ unsigned int ebx)
{
multiboot_info_t *mbinfo = (multiboot_info_t *) ebx;
unsigned int address_of_module = mbinfo->mods_addr;
}

Jumping to the Code

typedef void (*call_module_t)(void);
/* ... */
call_module_t start_program = (call_module_t) address_of_module;
start_program();
/* we'll never get here, unless the module code returns */

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