Accelerated Linux Core Dump Analysis, Third Edition
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Accelerated Linux Core Dump Analysis, Third Edition

Training Course Transcript with GDB and WinDbg Practice Exercises

About the Book

The full transcript of Software Diagnostics Services training. Learn how to analyze Linux process and kernel crashes and hangs, navigate through core memory dump space and diagnose corruption, memory leaks, CPU spikes, blocked threads, deadlocks, wait chains, and much more. This training uses a unique and innovative pattern-oriented diagnostic analysis approach to speed up the learning curve. The training consists of 47 practical step-by-step exercises using GDB and WinDbg debuggers, highlighting almost 40 memory analysis patterns diagnosed in 64-bit core memory dumps from x64 and ARM64 platforms. The training also includes source code of modeling applications, a catalog of relevant patterns from the Software Diagnostics Institute, and an overview of relevant similarities and differences between Windows and Linux memory dump analysis useful for engineers with a Wintel background. In addition to various improvements, the third edition includes a review of relevant x64 and ARM64 disassembly and a new set of ARM64 GDB exercises.

About the Author

Dmitry Vostokov
Dmitry Vostokov

Dmitry Vostokov is an internationally recognized expert, speaker, educator, scientist, inventor, and author. He is the founder of pattern-oriented software diagnostics, forensics, and prognostics discipline (Systematic Software Diagnostics), and Software Diagnostics Institute. Vostokov has also authored more than 50 books on software diagnostics, anomaly detection and analysis, software and memory forensics, root cause analysis and problem solving, memory dump analysis, debugging, software trace and log analysis, reverse engineering and malware analysis. He has more than 25 years of experience in software architecture, design, development and maintenance in a variety of industries including leadership, technical and people management roles. Dmitry also founded Syndromatix,, BriteTrace, DiaThings, Logtellect, OpenTask Iterative and Incremental Publishing, Software Diagnostics Technology and Services (former Memory Dump Analysis Services), and Software Prognostics. In his spare time, he presents various topics on Debugging TV and explores Software Narratology, its further development as Narratology of Things and Diagnostics of Things (DoT), Software Pathology, and Quantum Software Diagnostics. His current areas of interest are theoretical software diagnostics and its mathematical and computer science foundations, application of formal logic, artificial intelligence, machine learning and data mining to diagnostics and anomaly detection, software diagnostics engineering and diagnostics-driven development, diagnostics workflow and interaction. Recent interest areas also include cloud native computing, security, automation, functional programming, applications of category theory to software diagnostics, development and big data, and diagnostics of artificial intelligence.

Table of Contents

About the Author

Presentation Slides and Transcript 9

Core Dump Collection 31

x64 Disassembly 41

ARM64 Disassembly 53

Practice Exercises 65

Exercise 0 (x64, GDB) 70

Exercise 0 (A64, GDB) 72

Exercise 0 (A64, WinDbg Preview, WinDbg, Docker) 74

Exercise A1 (x64, GDB) 90

Exercise A1 (A64, GDB) 102

Exercise A1 (A64, WinDbg Preview) 117

Exercise A2D (x64, GDB) 134

Exercise A2D (A64, GDB) 138

Exercise A2D (A64, WinDbg Preview) 141

Exercise A2C (x64, GDB) 145

Exercise A2C (A64, GDB) 148

Exercise A2C (A64, WinDbg Preview) 151

Exercise A2S (x64, GDB) 156

Exercise A2S (A64, GDB) 159

Exercise A3 (x64, GDB) 163

Exercise A3 (A64, GDB) 166

Exercise A3 (A64, WinDbg Preview) 171

Exercise A4 (x64, GDB) 176

Exercise A4 (A64, GDB) 182

Exercise A4 (A64, WinDbg Preview) 188

Exercise A5 (x64, GDB) 195

Exercise A5 (A64, GDB) 198

Exercise A5 (A64, WinDbg Preview) 201

Exercise A6 (x64, GDB) 206

Exercise A6 (A64, GDB) 221

Exercise A6 (A64, WinDbg Preview) 237

Exercise A7 (x64, GDB) 264

Exercise A8 (x64, GDB) 270

Exercise A8 (A64, GDB) 285

Exercise A8 (A64, WinDbg Preview) 303

Exercise A9 (x64, GDB) 327

Exercise A9 (A64, GDB) 342

Exercise A9 (A64, WinDbg Preview) 356

Exercise A10 (x64, GDB) 370

Exercise A10 (A64, GDB) 384

Exercise A10 (A64, WinDbg Preview) 391

Exercise A11 (x64, GDB) 400

Exercise A11 (A64, GDB) 410

Exercise A11 (A64, WinDbg Preview) 421

Exercise A12 (x64, GDB) 430

Exercise A12 (A64, GDB) 440

Exercise A12 (A64, WinDbg Preview) 449

Exercise K1 (x64, GDB) 459

Exercise K2 (x64, GDB) 509

Exercise K3 (x64, GDB) 524

Exercise K4 (x64, GDB) 537

Exercise K5 (x64, GDB) 562

Selected Q&A 571

App Source Code 579

App0 581

App1 582

App2D 583

App2C 585

App2S 587

App3 589

App4 591

App5 593

App6 595

App7 597

App8 599

App9 602

App10 604

App11 / App12 606

K2 608

K3 609

K4 611

K5 613

Selected Analysis Patterns 615

NULL Pointer (Data) 617

Incomplete Stack Trace 618

Stack Trace 619

NULL Pointer (Code) 620

Spiking Thread 621

Dynamic Memory Corruption (Process Heap) 622

Execution Residue (User Space) 623

Coincidental Symbolic Information 625

Stack Overflow (User Mode) 626

Divide by Zero (User Mode) 627

Local Buffer Overflow (User Space) 628

C++ Exception 629

Paratext 630

Active Thread 632

Lateral Damage 633

Critical Region 634

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