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how To edit exe to insert a serial no wich can be usd by runing exe

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At time of installation I have to open the resource. and i have to insert a string serial number in the exe.
please provide me code to edit the exe (in solaris) to insert a serial number which can be used by exe at run time. please help

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/* serialnum.c
 *
 * Rewrite serial number in a file.  This should be called as such:
 *   strings -o filename | grep serialnumberflag | serialnum filename serialnumber
 *
 * the serialnumberflag is a string embedded in the file at the position where the serial number
 * will be written.  serialnumberflag must be at least as long a the eventual serial number.
 * serialnumberflag must not contain whitespace.
 *
 * For instance the executable file "exefile" could have the following line in its source code:
 *    char serialnum[] = "The_serial_number_will_go_here";
 *
 * then the patch would occur as follows:
 *   strings -o exefile | grep "The_serial_number_will_go_here"| serialnum exefile "1456 FJCH 0013 ABCD"
 */

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#include <fcntl.h>
#include <string.h>

int main (int argc, char ** argv)
{
  unsigned len;
  int fd = -1;
  long offset = -1L;
  long roffset = -1L;
  char serialtag[1024];

  if (argc < 3) {
    printf("usage: %s filename serialnum\n", argv[0]);
    return (-1);
  }

  /* open the executable file to modify */
  if ((fd = open(argv[1], O_RDWR)) == -1) {
    perror("could not open executable file");
    return (-2);
  }

  /* read the serialnumber tag string and is offset as output of strings -o */
  if (scanf("%ld %1000s", &offset, serialtag) < 2) {
    printf("could not parse serialtag offset\n");
    return (-3);
  }
  printf("offset = %ld    tag = %s\n", offset, serialtag);

  /* make sure the serialnumber tag in the file is large enough to hold the serial number */
  if ((len = strlen(argv[2])) > strlen(serialtag)) {
    printf("serial number too long for reserved space in file.\n");
    return (-4);
  }

  /* seek to the appropriate location in the file and write out the serial number string */
  if ((roffset = lseek(fd, offset, SEEK_SET)) != offset) {
    printf("seek into execuable file failed - %ld", roffset);
    return (-5);
  }

  /* write out the new serial number string */
  if (write(fd, argv[2], len+1) < (int)(len+1)) {
    perror("failed to write serial number into execuable file");
    return (-6);
  }

  if (close(fd)) {
    perror("failed to close executable file");
    return (-7);
  }

  return (0);
}

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You can remove the line (for debugging):
 printf("offset = %ld    tag = %s\n", offset, serialtag);

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