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Sweep the Minesweeper

, 19 Mar 2001
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This article shows how to inject your code into another applications address space and then subclass their window to force it to act as you desire.
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Introduction

Have you ever been challenged by anyone? If your answer is yes than it is easy for you to understand my feeling when I, being a Microsoft Windows Developer (just pretending), was challenged by a Java Developer over Microsoft Windows Minesweeper (winmine.exe). How amazing was it that this person criticized Microsoft (and there is nothing wrong with that!) and then did all of their Java Development using Microsoft Platform Smile | :)

I asked for some days to practice Minesweeper. During those days I realized that I might not be able to trounce that guy in a speed trial. So being a Microsoft Windows Developer I decided to act as Microsoft Windows Developer (I don't mean cheating!).

I decided to stop the timer of Minesweeper. To get inside Minesweeper's address space I choose WH_CBT hook and wait for the HCBT_CREATEWND notification in my CBTProc(ShellDll_MainHook). Whenever a window with a class name "Minesweeper" came into being I subclassed it for future needs. There is no problem in subclassing because at that moment I am in the address space of the process that created this window. In the new WndProc of Minesweeper I stop any WM_TIMER messages proceeding. As a result, this stops the timer during the game.

LRESULT CALLBACK ShellDll_MainHook(int nCode, WPARAM wParam, LPARAM lParam)
{
    TCHAR szClass[MAX_PATH] = {0};

    if(nCode '<' 0)
        return CallNextHookEx(g_hShellHook, nCode, wParam, lParam);

    if(nCode == HCBT_CREATEWND)
    {
        HWND hwndToNewWindow = reinterpret_cast<HWND>(wParam);

        GetClassName(hwndToNewWindow, szClass, MAX_PATH);
        if(!lstrcmpi(szClass, __TEXT("Minesweeper")))
        {
            g_hwndToMineWindow = hwndToNewWindow;
            if(IsWindowUnicode(g_hwndToMineWindow))
            {
                pfnWndProc = (WNDPROC)SetWindowLongW(g_hwndToMineWindow,
                                                     GWL_WNDPROC, 
                    (LPARAM)(WNDPROC)MineSweeper_SubClassWndProc);
            }
            else
            {
                pfnWndProc = (WNDPROC)SetWindowLongA(g_hwndToMineWindow,
                                                     GWL_WNDPROC, 
                    (LPARAM)(WNDPROC)MineSweeper_SubClassWndProc);
            }
        }
    }
    return CallNextHookEx(g_hShellHook, nCode, wParam, lParam);
}

For more information about Hooks see Kayle Marsh's article about Win32 Hooks in MSDN. For sub-classing see MSDN and http://www.codeproject.com/useritems/safesubclassing.asp

I wrote all the code for the hook and subclassing in a Dynamic Link Library (MinesweeperHook.dll) as is the requirement. To set the Hook I made another application, which on starting sets the hook and waits for Minesweeper while resting in the Tray Notification Area (System Tray). You can unset the hook by closing this application. Just right mouse click and then select close from the menu. This application (MinesweeperExe.exe) sets the hook using MinesweeperHook's exported function ShellDll_Hook(), and then uses Shell_NotifyIcon() to display the Tray Notification area icon. Before exiting it unsets the hook by calling MinesweeperHook's exported function ShellDll_UnhHook().

In DllMain() of MinesweeperHook.dll, it is necessary to un-subclass the Minesweeper because after unsetting the hook our DLL will no longer stay in the Minesweeper's address space. This is the case when we are playing "winmine" and we close the MinesweeperExe.exe through its context menu.

Finally, don't tell me if you find my coding style similar to Dino Esposito Smile | :)

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Mumtaz Zaheer
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Mumtaz Zaheer is working as Senior System Analyst with Information Architects, Pakistan (http://www.info-architects.com/).

Comments and Discussions

 
Generalmine sweeper cheat codes Pinmemberrenato czar tome16-Mar-04 16:28 
GeneralRe: mine sweeper cheat codes PinmemberChristian Graus16-Mar-04 17:15 
GeneralRe: mine sweeper cheat codes PinmemberHawk - The programmer1-Jul-07 23:58 
Questioncodes anyone??? PinsussAnonymous2-Jun-03 18:29 
AnswerRe: codes anyone??? Pinmemberdysfunctional@freesurf.fr4-Sep-07 12:21 
GeneralAnd if you just care about the best time... PinmemberLuis Alonso Ramos20-May-02 6:04 
... and not really winning the game, you could try going to the Registry Editor to:
 
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\winmine
 
and editing Name1, Name2, Name3, Time1, Time2 and Time3 keys. Name1/Time1 correspond to Beginner level, Name1/Time2 to Intermediate and Name3/Time3 to Advanced.
 
Much easier to impress those Java guys, or not?
 
-- LuisR
 
──────────────
  Luis Alonso Ramos
  Chihuahua, Mexico
  www.luisalonsoramos.com
 
"Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics, I assure you that mine are greater." -- Albert Einstein
GeneralRe: And if you just care about the best time... PinmemberAnonymous21-May-02 7:31 
GeneralI did it a little different PinmemberJack Handy28-Mar-02 20:14 
GeneralRe: I did it a little different PinmemberDana Holt14-May-02 10:38 
GeneralRe: I did it a little different PinmemberWhiteMouseGary28-Oct-03 18:55 
QuestionHow about displaying the mine locations PinmemberAnd7-Oct-01 18:12 
AnswerRe: How about displaying the mine locations PinmemberMumtaz Zaheer7-Oct-01 21:12 
GeneralRe: How about displaying the mine locations PinmemberJeremy Kimball12-Dec-03 7:05 
GeneralRe: How about displaying the mine locations Pinmembermaximz20056-Dec-08 15:28 
GeneralStop the timer in Minesweeper WITHOUT code PinmemberVGirish21-Jun-01 1:44 
GeneralRe: Stop the timer in Minesweeper WITHOUT code PinmemberMumtaz Zaheer21-Jun-01 4:35 
GeneralRe: Stop the timer in Minesweeper WITHOUT code PinmemberVGirish21-Jun-01 16:33 
GeneralRe: Stop the timer in Minesweeper WITHOUT code PinmemberMumtaz Zaheer27-Jun-01 0:15 
GeneralRe: Stop the timer in Minesweeper WITHOUT code PinmemberWhiteMouseGary28-Oct-03 18:48 
QuestionDo we have to write a Hook? PinmemberAnonymous4-Jun-01 1:53 
AnswerRe: Do we have to write a Hook? PinmemberMumtaz Zaheer12-Jun-01 0:32 
GeneralRe: Do we have to write a Hook? PinmemberAnonymous10-Jul-01 9:14 
GeneralRe: Do we have to write a Hook? PinmemberAnonymous10-Apr-02 17:30 
GeneralRe: Do we have to write a Hook? Pinmemberdelfin13-Jul-02 0:54 
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QuestionHacking technique? PinmemberIvan Wootton20-Mar-01 23:57 
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