Accelerated Windows Memory Dump Analysis, Fifth Edition, Part 2, Revision 2, Kernel and Complete Spaces
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Accelerated Windows Memory Dump Analysis, Fifth Edition, Part 2, Revision 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 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, 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 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,, 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 37

Exercise 0: Download, setup, and verify your WinDbg Preview or WinDbg installation, or Docker image 42

Exercise K1: Analysis of a normal kernel dump (64-bit) 59

Exercise K2: Analysis of a kernel dump with pool leak (64-bit) 113

Exercise K3: Analysis of a kernel dump with pool corruption (64-bit) 128

Exercise K4: Analysis of a kernel dump with code corruption (64-bit) 134

Exercise K5: Analysis of a kernel dump with hang I/O (64-bit) 151

Exercise K6: Analysis of a kernel dump with stack overflow (64-bit) 171

Exercise K7: Analysis of a kernel dump with stack overwrite (64-bit) 185

Exercise K8: Analysis of a kernel dump with blocked service process (64-bit) 192

Exercise C1: Analysis of a normal complete dump (64-bit) 207

Exercise C2: Analysis of a problem complete dump (64-bit) 226

Exercise C3: Analysis of a problem complete dump (64-bit) 260

Exercise C4: Analysis of a problem complete dump (64-bit) 273

Exercise C5: Analysis of a problem complete dump (64-bit) 298

Application Source Code 313

AppA 315

AppB 317

AppC 319

AppE 321

AppK 323

ServiceA 324

Selected Q&A 327

Minidump Analysis 353

Scripts and WinDbg Commands 353

Component Identification 356

Raw Stack Data Analysis 361

Symbols and Images 370

Wait Chain (Executive Resources) 373

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