Accelerated Windows Memory Dump Analysis, Sixth Edition, Part 2, Kernel and Complete Spaces
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Accelerated Windows Memory Dump Analysis, Sixth Edition, Part 2, Kernel and Complete Spaces

Training Course Transcript and WinDbg Practice Exercises with Notes

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The full-color transcript of Software Diagnostics Services training sessions with 14 step-by-step exercises, notes, source code of specially created modeling applications, and 45 questions and answers. Covers more than 35 crash dump analysis patterns from x64 kernel and complete (physical) memory dumps. Learn how to analyze system crashes and freezes, navigate through the kernel and complete spaces, and diagnose 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, and site reliability engineers. The 6th edition was fully reworked for the latest WinDbg version and includes additional relevant x64 assembly language review and BSOD analysis pattern strategy outline.

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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,, 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.

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Table of Contents

About the Author 5

Presentation Slides and Transcript 7

Review of x64 Disassembly 37

Practice Exercises 49

Exercise 0: Download, setup, and verify your WinDbg or Debugging Tools for Windows installation, or Docker Debugging Tools for Windows image 54

Exercise K1: Analysis of a normal kernel dump (64-bit) 68

Exercise K2: Analysis of a kernel dump with pool leak (64-bit) 122

Exercise K3: Analysis of a kernel dump with pool corruption (64-bit) 137

Exercise K4: Analysis of a kernel dump with code corruption (64-bit) 144

Exercise K5: Analysis of a kernel dump with hang I/O (64-bit) 163

Exercise K6: Analysis of a kernel dump with stack overflow (64-bit) 183

Exercise K7: Analysis of a kernel dump with stack overwrite (64-bit) 198

Exercise K8: Analysis of a kernel dump with blocked service process (64-bit) 204

Exercise C1: Analysis of a normal complete dump (64-bit) 221

Exercise C2: Analysis of a problem complete dump (64-bit) 240

Exercise C3: Analysis of a problem complete dump (64-bit) 274

Exercise C4: Analysis of a problem complete dump (64-bit) 287

Exercise C5: Analysis of a problem complete dump (64-bit) 312

Application Source Code 325

AppA 327

AppB 329

AppC 331

AppE 333

AppK 335

ServiceA 336

Selected Q&A 339

Minidump Analysis 365

Scripts and WinDbg Commands 365

Component Identification 368

Raw Stack Data Analysis 373

Symbols and Images 382

Wait Chain (Executive Resources) 385

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