Crash Dump Analysis AntiPatterns (Part 9)

Symbolless Analysis is another anti-pattern when an engineer either in a hurry or due to laziness doesn’t apply proper symbols and relies only on timestamps and module/offsets or trusts what WinDbg says and ignores symbol warnings. I usually apply symbols even in obvious cases and in hard ones strive to apply them until all possibilities are exhausted including search using PDBFinder.

Another weak variant is called Imageless Analysis when an engineer doesn’t specify proper Executable Image Search Path when it is necessary perhaps due to ignorance or just plain laziness again. Please see Minidump Analysis example for proper minidump analysis.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ -

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