gespenstering : Java Glossary


A technique of comparing two ram absolute image snapshots of an application in flight to generate the relocation exe header information. This technique allows the compiler to ignore the complications of relative addresses and pretend they are all absolute. It can also be used to get around crude copy protection schemes. The term comes from the German word for ghost, since one ram image is sort of ghostly shadow of the other. Abundance has been doing gespenstering since 1986 for 16-bit executables. I’m not sure how difficult it would be to repeat that for 32-bit executables.

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