Accelerated Disassembly, Reconstruction and Reversing
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Accelerated Disassembly, Reconstruction and Reversing

Training Course Transcript and WinDbg Practice Exercises with Memory Cell Diagrams, Second Revised Edition

About the Book

The book contains the full transcript of Software Diagnostics Services training. Learn disassembly, execution history reconstruction, and binary reversing techniques for better software diagnostics, troubleshooting, debugging, memory forensics, vulnerability and malware analysis on x64 Windows platforms. The course uses a unique and innovative pattern-oriented analysis approach to speed up the learning curve. The training consists of practical step-by-step hands-on exercises using WinDbg and memory dumps. Covered more than 25 ADDR patterns, and many concepts are illustrated with Memory Cell Diagrams. The prerequisites for this training are working knowledge of C and C++ programming languages. Operating system internals and assembly language concepts are explained when necessary. The primary audience for this training is software technical support and escalation engineers who analyze memory dumps from complex software environments and need to go deeper in their analysis of abnormal software structure and behavior. The course is also useful for software engineers, quality assurance and software maintenance engineers who debug software running on diverse computer environments, security researchers, malware and memory forensics analysts who have never used WinDbg for analysis of computer memory. The second revised edition uses the latest WinDbg Preview version, is optionally containerized, has three exercises completely redone with Windows 10 memory dumps, includes full source code projects ported to Visual Studio 2022 with corresponding additional Windows 11 process dumps, and also includes reprinted memory and trace analysis patterns and techniques from Memory Dump Analysis Anthology referenced in the book. This new edition also features ADDR pattern descriptions summarized after each exercise.

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, Anolog.io, 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, and applications of category theory to software development and big data.

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Table of Contents

About the Author 5

Presentation Slides and Transcript 7

Practice Exercises 29

Exercise R0: Download, setup, and verify your WinDbg Preview or WinDbg installation, or Docker Debugging Tools for Windows image 34

Exercise R1 47

Exercise R2 68

Exercise R3 91

Exercise R4 105

Exercise R5 121

Exercise R6 134

Memory Cell Diagrams 163

MCD-R1 165

MCD-R2 167

MCD-R3 170

MCD-R5 174

MCD-R6 180

Source Code 183

DataTypes.cpp 185

Separate.cpp 190

CPPx64.cpp 191

Selected Q&A 197

Annotated Disassembly (JIT .NET Code) 212

Execution Residue (Unmanaged Space, User) 213

Fiber Bundle 237

Historical Information 238

Injected Symbols 239

Regular Data 241

Rough Stack Trace (Unmanaged Space) 242

Manual Stack Trace Reconstruction 246

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