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app proxygen

A DLL proxy generator written in Rust

9 releases (4 breaking)

0.5.1 May 8, 2024
0.5.0 Nov 11, 2023
0.4.1 Nov 10, 2023
0.3.1 Nov 9, 2023
0.1.0 Nov 7, 2023

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MIT and GPL-3.0 licenses

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A DLL proxy generator written in Rust. Easily proxy any DLL.


  • Generate a proxy DLL Rust project
  • Easily call the original function with the use of #[proxy], #[pre_hook] and #[post_hook] macros
  • Merge new DLL exports into an existing proxy DLL project
  • Update an existing DLL project's exports (removes automatically generated proxies which have been intercepted)


Assuming you have installed Rust, just run:

cargo install proxygen

Editing the generated project

You generally just need to edit src/intercepted_exports.rs.

Just add whatever functions you want to intercept to src/intercepted_exports.rs (make sure to match the name in src/proxied_exports).

Run proxygen update . in the project root to update automatically generated exports.

Then build the project.


pub extern "C" fn SomeFunction() {
    // The call is forwarded directly to the original function
    // Also note: we cannot place anything in the function body when forwarding the call this way

pub extern "C" fn SomeFunction(some_arg_1: usize, some_arg_2: u32) -> bool {
    println!("Pre-hooked SomeFunction. Args: {}, {}", some_arg_1, some_arg_2);
    // After all our code in this pre-hook runs, if we don't return, the original function will be called
    // and its result will be returned

pub extern "C" fn SomeFunction() {
    println!("Pre-hooked SomeFunction. Unknown signature");
    // The original function will then run afterwards

pub extern "C" fn SomeFunction(some_arg_1: usize, some_arg_2: u32) -> bool {
    let orig_result = orig_func(some_arg_1, some_arg_2);
    println!("Manually proxied SomeFunction. Args: {}, {}. Result: {}", some_arg_1, some_arg_2, orig_result);
    // This is just a normal/manual proxy. It is up to us to return a value.
    // Also note that the original function `orig_func` will not be run in this case unless we explicitly call it

pub extern "C" fn SomeFunction(some_arg_1: usize, some_arg_2: u32) -> bool {
    // `orig_func` got run just before our code. Its result is stored in `orig_result`
    println!("In post-hook for SomeFunction. Args: {}, {}. Result: {}", some_arg_1, some_arg_2, orig_result);
    // We could manually return something here if we didn't want `orig_result` returned


A DLL export dumper and proxy generator

Usage: proxygen <COMMAND>

  dump-exports  Prints out the exported functions from a given PE file
  generate      Generate a new proxy DLL project for the given DLL file
  merge         Merges the given DLL's new exports into an existing DLL proxy project
  update        Updates an exisitng DLL proxy project's exports based on the intercepted exports
  help          Print this message or the help of the given subcommand(s)

  -h, --help     Print help
  -V, --version  Print version

Toolchains and building

You need to build this project with nightly rust since we rely on naked functions.

Note, there is a toolchain.toml file that sets the channel to nightly in the generated project.

Building in general

In general, you can just run the following and build the project for whatever default target the project has.

cargo build --release

This will obviously require that you install the correct toolchain, and msys2 for i686 DLLs (see below).

Building for x86_64

By default, 64-bit DLLs will be built with the x86_64-pc-windows-msvc target.

If you'd like to build with the GNU toolchain instead, don't forget to Install msys2, update your path, and install mingw-w64-x86_64-toolchain.

Then, just run:

cargo build --release --target=x86_64-pc-windows-gnu

Building for i686

There are some name mangling issues when building for i686-pc-windows-msvc, and you will probably get linking errors.

So I suggest building for i686-pc-windows-gnu if you run into issues

Setting up to build for i686-pc-windows-gnu

Install the nightly-i686-pc-windows-gnu toolchain

rustup toolchain install nightly-i686-pc-windows-gnu

Add the i686-pc-windows-gnu target:

rustup target add i686-pc-windows-gnu

Install msys2.

Add your msys2/mingw32/bin folder to your system path.

Then, open up a mingw64 terminal, and install mingw-w64-i686-toolchain

pacman -S mingw-w64-i686-toolchain

Open a new terminal in your proxy project, and build it

cargo build --release --target=i686-pc-windows-gnu

Example usage

proxygen generate path/to/some_library.dll my_some_library_proxy

And just like that, you have a ready to compile DLL proxy Rust project.

Then add some exports you want to replace to intercepted_exports.rs.

Eg. you could intercept/proxy the _SomeMangledFunctionName@12 function. Assuming it has a void* (pointer sized type) followed by an int (32-bits usually), and returns a boolean

We can proxy it by adding the following to intercepted_exports.rs:

#[export_name = "_SomeMangledFunctionName@12"]
pub extern "C" fn SomeFunctionName(
    some_arg_1: usize,
    some_arg_2: u32,
) -> bool {
    let original_result: bool = orig_func(some_arg_1, some_arg_2);
        "Proxied SomeFunctionName. Original result: {}. Returning true instead",

And then update your exports by running this in the root of the project before building:

proxygen update .

Build the DLL:

cargo build --release

Next, rename the original DLL and add an underscore to the end. Copy the dll from the target folder into the same folder as the original DLL.

Run the program and you should see a console appear. Anything you send to stdout or stderr will appear in that console.


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