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Applications Using libc as Interpreter Fail in Branded Zone With "referenced symbol not found" (Doc ID 1506602.1)

Last updated on MARCH 08, 2017

Applies to:

Solaris Operating System - Version 8 2/04 U8 to 11 11/11 [Release 8.0 to 11.0]
Information in this document applies to any platform.


An application built with a 3rd party compiler fails with missing symbols on Solaris 10, or in a branded zone, like this.

# /var/tmp/myapp myapp: fatal: relocation error: file /var/tmp/myapp: symbol errno: referenced symbol not found

Actually many symbols from libc are not found:

# ldd -r /var/tmp/myapp
  symbol not found: errno (/var/tmp/myapp)
  symbol not found: __iob (/var/tmp/myap)
  symbol not found: atexit (/var/tmp/myapp)
  symbol not found: exit (/var/tmp/myapp)
  symbol not found: _exit (/var/tmp/myapp)
  symbol not found: fflush (/var/tmp/myapp)
  symbol not found: signal (/var/tmp/myapp)
  symbol not found: strcmp (/var/tmp/myapp)
  symbol not found: memset (/var/tmp/myapp)
  symbol not found: strcpy (/var/tmp/myapp)
  symbol not found: toupper (/var/tmp/myapp)
  symbol not found: atoi (/var/tmp/myapp)
  symbol not found: strlen (/var/tmp/myapp)
  symbol not found: memcpy (/var/tmp/myapp)
  symbol not found: strcat (/var/tmp/myapp)
  symbol not found: close (/var/tmp/myapp)
  symbol not found: fstat (/var/tmp/myapp)

libc itself is fine, and the missing symbols do exist in libc.

Complex variations are possible in non-global zones on Solaris 10.


The executably uses libc as an interpreter, rather than the linker.

# /usr/ccs/bin/elfdump -i /var/tmp/myapp
Interpreter Section: .interp

If your executable's interpreter is not libc, then you are not encountering this problem.

Furthermore, the executable's NEEDED entry is /usr/lib/ rather than /lib/

# /usr/ccs/bin/elfdump -d /var/tmp/myapp | grep NEEDED  
[0] NEEDED 0x1c3 /usr/lib/


On Solaris 10 in the global zone, the problem can only show up


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