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Section type: sh_type == SHT_STRTAB.
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Common name: "section header string table".
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The section name .shstrtab is reserved. The standard says:
This section holds section names.
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This section gets pointed to by the e_shstrnd field of the ELF header itself.
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String indexes of this section are are pointed to by the sh_name field of section headers, which denote strings.
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This section does not have SHF_ALLOC marked, so it will not appear on the executing program.
readelf -x .shstrtab hello_world.o
outputs:
Hex dump of section '.shstrtab':
  0x00000000 002e6461 7461002e 74657874 002e7368 ..data..text..sh
  0x00000010 73747274 6162002e 73796d74 6162002e strtab..symtab..
  0x00000020 73747274 6162002e 72656c61 2e746578 strtab..rela.tex
  0x00000030 7400                                t.
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The data in this section has a fixed format: http://www.sco.com/developers/gabi/2003-12-17/ch4.strtab.html
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If we look at the names of other sections, we see that they all contain numbers, e.g. the .text section is number 7.
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Then each string ends when the first NUL character is found, e.g. character 12 is \0 just after .text\0.
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