Sunday, February 24, 2013

Illegal instruction: 4

Some old arm v6 binaries that compiled using iPhone-gcc and old sdk have "Illegal instruction: 4" when using devices with A6/A6X CPU such as iPhone 5 / iPad 4 as discussed in
The is how to patch these binaries without recompiling or when source code is not available

perl -pe 's/\x{00}\x{30}\x{93}\x{e4}/\x{00}\x{30}\x{93}\x{e5}/g;s/\x{00}\x{30}\x{d3}\x{e4}/\x{00}\x{30}\x{d3}\x{e5}/g;' < old_ios_binary > old_ios_binary_patched
chmod +x old_ios_binary_patched
ldid -s old_ios_binary_patched
mv old_ios_binary old_ios_binary_original
mv old_ios_binary_patched old_ios_binary

If you have gnu sed in iOS or OS X, you can patch directly without the temp file in one step
sed -i'' 's/\x00\x30\x93\xe4/\x00\x30\x93\xe5/g;s/\x00\x30\xd3\xe4/\x00\x30\xd3\xe5/g;' old_ios_binary
ldid -s old_ios_binary

iphone-gcc patched package for iPhone 5 / iPad 4 is here


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this!!! I was wondering why NTPdate was croaking on my iPhone 5 but was fine on my iPhone 4 and iPad 3 ...

Anonymous said...

This works brilliantly. Many thanks !

Anonymous said...

Okay this looks FANTASTIC! But as a new developer, I am unsure where my ios_binary or the ios_binary_patched is!!!

Can somebody do me the great favor or posting the ACTUAL commands for me??

Litchkis Baggins said...

I have the patched binary... How to I determine my old binary?!

Can somebody do me the great blessing of giving me the steps to follow?

Thanks so much ahead of time, guys.

Safdar said...

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Daniel Ferreira said...

I wrote a small blog post about why this works:

To the author: How did you come up with this?

javacom said...

Ask saurik

Anonymous Skynet said...

After completing those steps it says new error:

gcc: Internal error: Illegal instruction: 4 (program cc1)
Please submit a full bug report.
See for instructions.

What to do?

uname -a: root:xnu-2784.20.34~2/RELEASE_ARM64_T7001 iPad5,4 arm64 J82AP Darwin
uname -m: iPad5,4 (ipad air 2)
dpkg --print-architecture: iphoneos-arm

javacom said...

Because you have an older version of gcc and related libraries on a 64 bit device. please upgrade your gcc to clang in iOS.