Hello there,

I am trying to self-learn some Assembly and just picked up The Shellcoder's Handbook. There is a short C program regarding a triangle in Ch. 1:

int triangle (int width, int height){
int array[5] = {0,1,2,3,4};
int area;
area = width * height/2;
return (area);

In disassembling the code using gnu's gdb and using intel, I see the following instructions:

(gdb) disassemble
Dump of assembler code for function triangle:
0x080483d7 <triangle+0>:	push   ebp
0x080483d8 <triangle+1>:	mov    ebp,esp
0x080483da <triangle+3>:	sub    esp,0x20
0x080483dd <triangle+6>:	mov    DWORD PTR [ebp-0x18],0x0
0x080483e4 <triangle+13>:	mov    DWORD PTR [ebp-0x14],0x1
0x080483eb <triangle+20>:	mov    DWORD PTR [ebp-0x10],0x2
0x080483f2 <triangle+27>:	mov    DWORD PTR [ebp-0xc],0x3
0x080483f9 <triangle+34>:	mov    DWORD PTR [ebp-0x8],0x4
0x08048400 <triangle+41>:	mov    eax,DWORD PTR [ebp+0xc]
0x08048403 <triangle+44>:	imul   eax,DWORD PTR [ebp+0x8]
0x08048407 <triangle+48>:	mov    edx,eax
0x08048409 <triangle+50>:	shr    edx,0x1f
0x0804840c <triangle+53>:	lea    eax,[edx+eax*1]
0x0804840f <triangle+56>:	sar    eax,1
0x08048411 <triangle+58>:	mov    DWORD PTR [ebp-0x4],eax
0x08048414 <triangle+61>:	mov    eax,DWORD PTR [ebp-0x4]
0x08048417 <triangle+64>:	leave  
0x08048418 <triangle+65>:	ret    
End of assembler dump.

Most of it makes perfect sense but I was confused a bit by what was going on with 0x08...09 (triangle+50) through 0x08...0f (triangle+56). From what I understand, the shr instruction is an algorithm for signed numbers to determine whether the number is positive or negative by getting rid of all but the H.O bit which would be 1 if negative. From what I understand, this would determine whether or not to assign eax value of edx + 1 in the lea instruction. If it's >= 0, you assign just edx value to eax (as here using positive numbers as I have). Then the sar instruction would effectively divide the result by two which would get returned. I am mostly looking for confirmation that I am understanding what is going on but I would like to see this mathematically shown if possible.

Also, is there any significance to multiplying eax by 1 in the lea instruction?

Thanks for any help in advance!

Edited by JackintheMox: n/a

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Probably insignificant.
Just stuff the compiler adds in.

Thanks for replying. Is my understanding about those three lines of assembly correct or am I missing anything?

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