Accelerated Windows Memory Dump Analysis, Fifth Edition, Part 1, Revision 2, Process User Space
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Accelerated Windows Memory Dump Analysis, Fifth Edition, Part 1, Revision 2, Process User Space

Training Course Transcript and WinDbg Practice Exercises with Notes

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This book is a full-color transcript of Software Diagnostics Services training sessions with 20 step-by-step exercises, notes, source code of specially created modeling applications, and more than 60 questions and answers. Covers more than 50 crash dump analysis patterns from x86 and x64 process memory dumps. Learn how to analyze application and service crashes and freezes, navigate through process user space and diagnose heap corruption, memory and handle leaks, CPU spikes, blocked threads, deadlocks, wait chains, and many more patterns of abnormal software behavior with WinDbg debugger. The training uses a unique and innovative pattern-oriented analysis approach developed by Software Diagnostics Institute to speed up the learning curve. Prerequisites: Basic Windows troubleshooting. Audience: Software technical support and escalation engineers, system administrators, security researchers, reverse engineers, malware and memory forensics analysts, software developers and quality assurance engineers, site reliability engineers. The 5th edition was fully reworked with new memory dumps, additional slides, exercises, and analysis patterns. It was further revised with some exercises updated to Windows 11, expanded Q&A, and an optional Docker image. The current revision 5.6 uses WinDbg Preview for all exercise transcripts.

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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 33

Exercise 0: Download, setup, and verify your WinDbg Preview or WinDbg installation, or Docker image 38

Exercise P1: Analysis of a normal application process dump (64-bit notepad) 55

Exercise P2: Analysis of a normal application process dump (32-bit notepad) 65

Exercise P3: Analysis of a normal application process dump (64-bit Microsoft Edge) 67

Exercise P4: Analysis of an application process dump (64-bit AppK, no symbols) 91

Exercise P5: Analysis of an application process dump (64-bit AppK, with application symbols) 101

Exercise P6: Analysis of an application process dump (AppL, 64-bit) 106

Exercise P7: Analysis of an application process dump (AppL2, 64-bit) 115

Exercise P8: Analysis of an application process dump (AppM, 64-bit) 129

Exercise P9: Analysis of an application process dump (AppN, 64-bit) 139

Exercise P10: Analysis of an application process dump (AppO, 64-bit) 149

Exercise P11: Analysis of an application process dump (AppP, 64-bit) 158

Exercise P12: Analysis of an application process dump (AppR2, 64-bit) 170

Exercise P13: Analysis of an application process dump (AppA, WOW64) 189

Exercise P14: Analysis of an application process dump (AppS, 64-bit) 208

Exercise P15: Analysis of an application process dump (notepad, 32-bit) 230

Exercise P16: Analysis of an application process dump (notepad, 64-bit) 235

Exercise P17: Analysis of an application process dump (AppQ, 32-bit) 243

Exercise P18: Analysis of an application process dump (AppQ, 64-bit) 255

Exercise P19: Analysis of an application process dump (AppT, 64-bit) 265

Exercise P20: Analysis of a service process dump (ServiceA, 64-bit) 280

Application Source Code 289

AppA 291

AppK 293

AppL 294

AppL2 295

AppM 296

AppN 297

AppO 298

AppP 300

AppR2 301

AppS 302

AppQ 304

AppT 308

ServiceA 310

Selected Q&A 313

Triple Dereference 349

Large Heap Allocations 352

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